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Master Geek
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  Reply # 538770 28-Oct-2011 15:37 Send private message

I've found AVS Video Converter works for a wide variety of formats including .TS
 

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 538858 28-Oct-2011 19:36 Send private message

giollarnat:
Zipdisk:
giollarnat: Zipdisk this used to be the case with many especially on HD programs on TV1 and TV3. Ever since the 2nd to last firmware update these problems for the most part disappeared. (documented in the thread here somewhere). They certainly are a thing of the past for me.



I am using the 1.1f Firmware.


i have noticed that my old IDE HDD struggles at times (even though it is 7200rpm) especially when recording something in HD and watching something recorded simultaneously ... the speed of HDD might be part of the equation?



Should not be with a SD recording, you cant fix Low Grade Tuner with a Firmware upgrade.

This is a New WD Elements  500GB , I only recorded one program as I have 3 Freeview LCD TV's and dont need to watching another, its being used to replace a VCR.


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Master Geek
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Reply # 538863 28-Oct-2011 19:57 Send private message

Ralph: Yes, probably the HD performance has an impact. I've got a new WD disk and it works fine. Even extended the USB cable by 1 meter which is always a bit "dangerous" but seems to work fine.

I haven't had any success trying to trancode the MP2-TS files to something that my XBMC can easily handle, but no luck so far. Anybody have any tips? MeGui and ffmpeg seem to not like the format...



The pixelation  problem is cause by the low grade tuner fitted to the T1020  in a past post some one quoted DishTV that the T1020 needed a Sig and Qual level of 90%, I am only getting some 72%-90% Sig level and about 72%  Qual level,  when I had the prblem with Prime it was raining and only getting 50%  Sig level and 70%  Qual.

But all my TV's at the same time were showing 100% for both.

I am thinking that the 90% that has been quoted is correct so I might move my Antenna to be direct inline with the Freeview Transmitter and up the gain of my mast head amp as that was turned down so as not to over load the TV's.

But I still have a large block of  Popular trees in its path.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 538868 28-Oct-2011 20:10 Send private message


But I still have a large block of  Popular trees in its path.


Doesn't sound like those poplar trees are popular at all! 

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 538905 28-Oct-2011 22:17 Send private message

Ralph: Yes, probably the HD performance has an impact. I've got a new WD disk and it works fine. Even extended the USB cable by 1 meter which is always a bit "dangerous" but seems to work fine.

I haven't had any success trying to trancode the MP2-TS files to something that my XBMC can easily handle, but no luck so far. Anybody have any tips? MeGui and ffmpeg seem to not like the format...


My understanding is that the Freeview rules require that the HD content on removable drives such as this unit used need to be encrypted and not easily accessible/transcodable on a PC - withwise they wouldn't get approval. I suspect converting the file format itself is quite straightforward, and that it's deliberate encryption stopping you. That's the main reason I haven't purchased one.

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  Reply # 539398 30-Oct-2011 23:24 Send private message

Hi JimmyH,

yes, looks like you're right and the content does seem to have some encrypted media on it. Some of it is transcodable though - I've been able to transcode to something my XBMC can handle with no problem using AVS Video Converter. But other content is simply not readable by AVS or VLC. Oh well, not too big a deal really. I'm contemplating getting another T1020 for the media PC TV and simply moving the disk from the one T1020 to the other when the kids want to watch their recorded show.

So looks like some content is transcodable, while others isn't. I guess the high-value stuff, like RWC etc is encrypted, but the Sponge Bob stuff isn't.

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  Reply # 539962 1-Nov-2011 16:32 Send private message

is it just MY unit or does the t1020 reboots itself randomly?
I've had it for several months now, and find it reboots itself every few days.
I'm not in front of it 24/7 so it may reboot more frequently, but I'm finding it reboots often enough to frustrate me.
these frequent reboots makes the t1020 not so good for recording or watching.
e.g. i was watching the amazing race last night,and it rebooted itself at the closing of the show. good thing analogue is still up or i would have missed the ending.

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  Reply # 539966 1-Nov-2011 16:39 Send private message

I've never experienced any automatic reboot during use. When I upgraded the firmware, I saw a reboot when I wasn't expecting it, but attested it to the upgrade process somehow.

Seems I've been pretty lucky with my model - no pixelation, no rebooting. But then again, I don't really use it too much.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 539976 1-Nov-2011 17:02 Send private message

diamonddata: is it just MY unit or does the t1020 reboots itself randomly?
I've had it for several months now, and find it reboots itself every few days.
I'm not in front of it 24/7 so it may reboot more frequently, but I'm finding it reboots often enough to frustrate me.
these frequent reboots makes the t1020 not so good for recording or watching.
e.g. i was watching the amazing race last night,and it rebooted itself at the closing of the show. good thing analogue is still up or i would have missed the ending.



My First one kept doing that, but try turning Auto OTA OFF,  my current one seems OK ecept its needs more Signal and Qualty that my Freeview TV's, just the  same as my first one.


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  Reply # 541205 4-Nov-2011 16:00 Send private message

Ralph: So looks like some content is transcodable, while others isn't. I guess the high-value stuff, like RWC etc is encrypted, but the Sponge Bob stuff isn't.


Hi Ralph, yes high-value is one way to put it, specifically it is the high definition content. Not referring to the broadcast definition where TV1, TV2 and TV3 are in a form of HD (720p or 1080i) and the rest are in SD, but rather referring to the original content.

If the original content is in HD, then the box is told to encrypt it when recording. If the original content is in SD then the box will record it unencrypted. Fortunately at this stage by far the majority of the content on Freeview is SD. But of course your 5 favorite primetime programs are probably in HD. :-)

As mentioned earlier in the thread, this is a Freeview requirement. Why? Only because the broadcasters (TVNZ, CanWest etc) insist because the production studios refuse to give them HD content unless they agree to use some sort of encryption to protect it from being copied in HD.

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  Reply # 541223 4-Nov-2011 16:33 Send private message

Hi Mac2008, thanks for the info. I didn't realise all HD content is encrypted. I can understand the premise behind it all actually.

I was thinking - if I got a second T1020, would that play content stored on a drive which recorded from the first T1020? I assume so, but I guess there's a possibility that the encryption is specific to the T1020 that did the recording. Do you know if it's possible?

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  Reply # 541364 5-Nov-2011 01:17 Send private message

Ralph: Hi Mac2008, I was thinking - if I got a second T1020, would that play content stored on a drive which recorded from the first T1020? I assume so, but I guess there's a possibility that the encryption is specific to the T1020 that did the recording. Do you know if it's possible?


To tell you the truth I am not entirely certain anymore. I recall DishTV telling me that they had intended that any content you recorded on one of their devices could be played back on any of their other devices. But as to whether they have managed to stick to that, I am unsure. I would recommend you simply flick an email to their support team (use their website www.dishtv.co.nz if you don't have their email address) and ask. They will tell you quite quickly and you can tell all of us.

If they have managed to do that, then it would mean you could have a T1050 twin tuner in the lounge say and a T1020 in the bedroom. That would give you the ability to record four channels at once and on any of the three frequencies broadcast by Freeview. If you wanted to watch something recorded on the T1020 in the bedroom, you could take the HDD to the lounge and play it on the big TV. Anyway that was an idea I heard, but I am not sure if it has happened yet or not.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 541421 5-Nov-2011 11:17 Send private message

IMHO, and sort of off topic, and I do like the do-it-yourself aspect of flashing these T1020 boxes to be a PVR - but reading all of the fuss above about freezing, firmware upgrades and trouble transcoding, and file shifting, I am left with the overwhelming impression that 4 letters represent a far easier solution:

H.T.P.C

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Master Geek
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Reply # 541449 5-Nov-2011 14:02 Send private message

sultanoswing: IMHO, and sort of off topic, and I do like the do-it-yourself aspect of flashing these T1020 boxes to be a PVR - but reading all of the fuss above about freezing, firmware upgrades and trouble transcoding, and file shifting, I am left with the overwhelming impression that 4 letters represent a far easier solution:

H.T.P.C


I think most of it is finger  Problems, unsutable Hard Drives and low signal level,  the Box is good except it needs a good Signal.

A H.T.P.C.   to me is not the way to go you need a fast CPU  and a good Video card to work with Full HD.

Plus the noise, wiring and situation  plus in a lot of cases no remote.


Plus its a lot cheaper than a H.T.P.C.


 

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  Reply # 541977 7-Nov-2011 12:07 Send private message

Got to say I agree. No comaprrison with an HTPC.

Saw this unit for under $140 the other day.

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