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Other features of MyFreeview|HD JCMatthew DVR-320T

, posted: 26-Jan-2010 17:06

In this post I will touch on some less common usage scenarios with the JCMatthew DVR-320T.

Software upgrade
The unit has a USB port at the back. When you want to install a software upgrade copy the required files onto a USB stick and connect it. The Menu => System => Information hides an option to trigger a Software upgrade. All you need to do is drill down into the menus mentioned above and hit the Red button. Now you are able to browse the contents of you stick and apply the software upgrade.

Ethernet port / Extracting the recordings
I was hoping to be able to use the Ethernet port to extract the recordings, but it didn't seem to work quite so well. That's not to say that the recordings can't be extracted. The 320-T comes with a standard 3.5" HDD therefore you can use an existing enclosure (or your Desktop PC) to get the job done.

Radio
Listening to the radio channels available from Freeview is easy. There is a TV/Radio button on the remote that switches between radio and TV. What surprised me was how fast it was to switch between the two. All my previous units took ages to flip to and fro but that was surely not the case with the 320-T.

RWD / FWD
When watching a previous recording you might want to skip (ads) or rewind and you should know there is a trick here. There is a lag of around 1 second until the command to stop rewinding/fwd-ig is actually processed. What this means is that you should push the play button just before the actual play time that you want. An easy trick when forwarding past the ads is to hit play when you see the promos that follow the ads. By the time the command is processed the promos will be almost over and you'll only have to put up with a few seconds of "undesirable" content.

The other things you should know is that pushing the RWD/FWD buttons will increase the speed twofold: 2x 4x and 16x. The faster it goes the less accurate you'll be with selecting the play start time.

Record and shut down
A feature I quite like is the ability to start recording a programme and then shut down the unit. The programme keeps recording which is very cool.

Pause vs. Record
The unit allows you to pause live TV at the push of a button. I reckon you should use Record instead as often as possible. But here are the differences I noticed:
- Pause does not persist the recorded programme to HDD and you cannot do much other than hit the Play button once you've Paused live TV
- Record allows you to change channels freely, shut down the unit and also keeps the recording on the drive for later viewing
- Pause is actually slow to kick in: once the button is pressed it actually takes 4 to 5 seconds for the programme to actually freeze...


About the author: Nick Parfene was born in Romania and emigrated to NZ in 2005. He is a consultant for a Wellington based IT company 4 days a week and spends most of his spare time building mobile solutions for a small start-up called Tmro. He adores his partner and his Goddaughter, loves playing adventure games on his PS3, sports, sci-fi, animals (has a dog called Haiduc) and travelling. He is slowly being drawn into the field of photography but has no regrets. You can follow Nick via his Twitter account @nicktmro or his blog http://www.tmro.net/blog.

Other related posts:
Using the MyFreeview|HD JCMattew DVR-320T
MyFreeview|HD JCMatthew DVR-320T setup problems? Check the antenna
Introducing Nick Parfene reviewing the JCMatthew DRV-320T








Comment by boredwild, on 9-Jun-2010 14:12

Thanks for your reviews so far.  Now that you have used the unit for some time, can you let us know what annoyances we should be prepared for.  All tech devices have their idiosynchracies, so I like to know if there are any deal-breakers here.  The Magic TV unit gets generally better reviews, but I don't really know why.  Also, it is rarely available for less than $699, whereas I have recently seen the JC Matthew for $399.  The difference amounts to a lot of cabbage...

I've read that the Magic has the facility to 'trim' recordings if they have extended beyond what you intended to record, such as if you started to 'instant record' a programme and forgot to stop the recording after the programme ended.  Does the JC Matthew unit have this feature?


Comment by boredwild, on 9-Jun-2010 15:18

Thanks for your reviews so far.  Now that you have used the unit for some time, can you let us know what annoyances we should be prepared for.  All tech devices have their idiosynchracies, so I like to know if there are any deal-breakers here.  The Magic TV unit gets generally better reviews, but I don't really know why.  Also, it is rarely available for less than $699, whereas I have recently seen the JC Matthew for $399.  The difference amounts to a lot of cabbage...

I've read that the Magic has the facility to 'trim' recordings if they have extended beyond what you intended to record, such as if you started to 'instant record' a programme and forgot to stop the recording after the programme ended.  Does the JC Matthew unit have this feature?


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