A high definition journey

The Magic MTV3600TD arrives!

, posted: 4-Nov-2009 09:07

So the Magic TV box has arrived… and at first glance this thing is, well sexy! I love how it looks, very sleek black box, which matches my tv and PS3 perfectly. The unit is run through the remote only, so no buttons defacing the LCD panel. Which brings me to an interesting point – this unit has one slight problem, if your remote is broken or MIA, you are unable to use it.

On Sunday I plug it in, very simple instructions for how to do this which even the least technical minded people could do, I may even test this theory on my anti-technology mother and lo and behold, my remote seems to be DOA. Bummer.

Today I had a lovely Scottish fellow (who is on Geekzone) come and set up an aerial, as I discovered my aerial only connects up to half the house… the wrong house. At the same time he managed to work some “magic” of his own on the remote, no idea what he did but it’s alive!

So onto the actual setup of the machine, to be honest this has to be the easiest setup menu I have ever seen. It is highly user friendly and very quick. Choose your language. Choose your viewing quality (options in both 50 and 60Hz). Choose your aspect ratio and then it auto scans all the channels in for you! What more could you want?

That’s the setup done really, 10 minutes and I am happily watching Freeview|HD either natively or upscaled to 1080p. The channels have ~3 sec delay when changing channels which seems pretty reasonable.

I wish there was more to say, but there really isn’t any more setup to it so nothing more to write! Time to begin the road testing me thinks! If anyone has anything in particular they would like to test chuck a comment and I will try my hardest to give it a go.

 About the author: Suzi Heath is a 20 year old university student studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration majoring in Information Systems and E-Commerce. As a retail electronics sales consultant, she has spent many an hour explaining the finer points of Freeview to customers, but up until now has not dabbled much in it herself. Suzi is looking forward to feeding her currently dormant trashy television habit and also showing everyone that you don’t need an abundance of testosterone and long career in IT to take charge of some technology!


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Comment by nate, on 4-Nov-2009 12:34

Good post, looking forward to reading more updates in future!


Comment by wongtop, on 4-Nov-2009 16:14

What cables come with the unit?  If I recall correctly an HDMI cable is not supplied - is this correct?  If so it is a significant shortcoming as Freeview only alows HD output over HDMI and not analogue.


Comment by pebbles, on 5-Nov-2009 12:08

Only comes with component, which they say you can get High Definition video from anyway. But it isn't that hard to just buy an HDMI cable, I had one lying around anyway which was good. I am not sure if any units come with the HDMI cable anyway, even a PS3 doesn't.


Comment by Gordon, on 11-Aug-2010 14:29

We give this Magic Tv box a go was working fine and good till the weather got bad .Turned on the Tv and wow no picture no nothing , lost the signal 2 day and still nothing, So back to the zinwell set top box that worked fine. no longer own the Magic Tv, did not stack up..Shame


Comment by peter jamieson, on 1-Jan-2011 08:24

Did you find that a programme you wanted to keep could be saved externally?


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