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  Reply # 735238 20-Dec-2012 03:10 Send private message

robjg63: Samsung seem to have firmware updates all the time for the 'smart' tvs.
What do you think the risks are?
The issue is that now they are more than a 'simple' tv - they have lots of software - you will potentially gets lots of software updates.


The issue is Firmware updates tend to nobble exploits that can be used to open up the set with 3rd party tools and apps that Samsung don't want you to have.


Example I also have a C650 with PVR mode enabled in the service menu. If I upgrade firmware on it I understand that the function will be lost without a lot of jiggery pokery to get it back.


Samsung are also quiet on what specific firmware updates fix / change.




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  Reply # 735400 20-Dec-2012 11:54 Send private message

Apsattv:
robjg63: Samsung seem to have firmware updates all the time for the 'smart' tvs.
What do you think the risks are?
The issue is that now they are more than a 'simple' tv - they have lots of software - you will potentially gets lots of software updates.


The issue is Firmware updates tend to nobble exploits that can be used to open up the set with 3rd party tools and apps that Samsung don't want you to have.


Example I also have a C650 with PVR mode enabled in the service menu. If I upgrade firmware on it I understand that the function will be lost without a lot of jiggery pokery to get it back.


Samsung are also quiet on what specific firmware updates fix / change.


I have the same set and for the moment it doesn't look like Samsung will be bringing TVNZ on Demand to the C Series sets which is a real shame. There has been an increase in VoD style applications for this model of late.




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  Reply # 735700 20-Dec-2012 19:51 Send private message

Which fimrware are  you running on your c650? and have you got the pvr mode enabled?





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  Reply # 735768 20-Dec-2012 22:21 Send private message

mattwnz:
Yes the sonys system works quite well. But I think it is interesting how some manufacturers seem to be getting favoured over others. So if you buy a samsung you may get tvnz ondemand content, but if you buy another brand, you may get eg. media works content. I think there needs to be some regulation and openness on this for consumer benefit. Youtube for example seems to be on most devices these days.


Except virtually nothing will play on the youtube on the tv "not available on this device" from almost any music video etc.




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  Reply # 735858 21-Dec-2012 08:54 Send private message

richms:
mattwnz:
Yes the sonys system works quite well. But I think it is interesting how some manufacturers seem to be getting favoured over others. So if you buy a samsung you may get tvnz ondemand content, but if you buy another brand, you may get eg. media works content. I think there needs to be some regulation and openness on this for consumer benefit. Youtube for example seems to be on most devices these days.


Except virtually nothing will play on the youtube on the tv "not available on this device" from almost any music video etc.


Same thing seems to apply to the WD TV Live platform as well..




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  Reply # 735914 21-Dec-2012 10:29 Send private message

I just noticed TVNZ are advertising their ondemand as now playing on Samsung Smart TVs without being at all specific about any models.

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  Reply # 735989 21-Dec-2012 12:30 Send private message

Apsattv: Which fimrware are  you running on your c650? and have you got the pvr mode enabled?



Need to check the firmware version out. I haven't enabled the PVR mode on my set. Based on the Samsung site they don't currently support 2010 models




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  Reply # 736755 24-Dec-2012 03:48 Send private message

robjg63: Samsung seem to have firmware updates all the time for the 'smart' tvs.
What do you think the risks are?
The issue is that now they are more than a 'simple' tv - they have lots of software - you will potentially gets lots of software updates.


Oops, I thought I was on Firmware 1016 appears i'm actually on v1014. Current firmware for this set has been updated on Samsung site to v1018 on the 22nd.






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  Reply # 736874 24-Dec-2012 15:25 Send private message

mine says 1016 and that there is no upgrade currently.




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  Reply # 736949 24-Dec-2012 18:57 Send private message

Online firmware updates for Samsung usually arrive about a week after they are posted on Samsung site.




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  Reply # 737918 28-Dec-2012 01:41 Send private message

Upgraded from 1014 to 1018. TVNZ on demand now working quality is ok. Firmware update has also tweaked tv settings. Much better blacks but need to re-calibrate my colours again!

anyone else have a ES 8000?




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  Reply # 737921 28-Dec-2012 03:46 Send private message

Apsattv: Upgraded from 1014 to 1018. TVNZ on demand now working quality is ok. Firmware update has also tweaked tv settings. Much better blacks but need to re-calibrate my colours again!

anyone else have a ES 8000?


Yep, we have one. Haven't done this upgrade yet.

How do you go about your calibration?

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  Reply # 737922 28-Dec-2012 05:14 Send private message

Perhaps this is getting bit offtopic. Might be better to move to a thread in the Home Theatre section?




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  Reply # 770538 26-Feb-2013 15:20 Send private message

The app is now out for iPad. But it's not working for me :( Gets stuck on loading and then says "something went wrong, please try again".

Anyone manage to to use it? Thoughts?

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  Reply # 770561 26-Feb-2013 15:44 Send private message

Works okay on our iPad 2 running iOS 6.1 using Orcon Genius ADSL.

Been waiting for this since the Nov 2012 announcement.

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