Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

4 posts

Wannabe Geek

Topic # 68045 14-Sep-2010 00:04
Send private message

After visiting the Home Show last week, I decided it was finally time to modernise my AV equipment slightly.  PB Tech had a stand showing off some shiny LCD TVs and media players which caught my eye, so the next day I was down to their store to take advantage of their "home show specials".  I headed home with a Sony 40" LCD and an AC Ryan Playon DVR-HD with 2TB HDD ( and  It seemed like a great solution to the need for a DVR that could record Freeview HD with the bonus of being able to add it to my network and use it to play all sorts of other media, with a reasonable amount of storage and much more flexibility when compared the the MyFreeview style DVRs.

The problem is that when using it to view/record TV One or TV2, the video and audio regularly break up, often enough to make it unwatchable.  These channels are showing just fine using the tuner built into the Sony LCD, so I'm fairly confident in the quality of the signal getting to the unit (I live in an apartment building that has a professionally installed distribution system).

I've tried updating the firmware but that didn't help.  I took the unit back to the store and described my problems, so they gave me a replacement unit which shows exactly the same behaviour.  I tried the unit around at my friends place in case there was a source of interference from one of my neighbours that was upsetting the tuners in the DVR but not the Sony LCD, but it had the same problems there too.  It receives all of the other Freeview channels without any problems.

Has anyone got any suggestions for things I can try to get it to work reliably?


Create new topic
21915 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4604


  Reply # 379497 14-Sep-2010 00:39
Send private message

Sound like promising devices, but I couldn't get an answer from the guy about if it would stream or not, he was saying about plugging it into your computer and using a website which while interesting, is not something I want to have to do.

As for the break up, you may have tuned into the wrong transmission. Happens with my lappy at a friends place where they get just enough skytower signal to sometimes work, but not always work. See if the user interface can tell you what frequancies or channels it is recieving on.

And also let me know if there is a way to paste in a or URL and have it play it, since the sales staff had no idea ;)


4 posts

Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 379591 14-Sep-2010 11:03
Send private message

Thanks for your reply.  Yes, the remote has an "info" button which adds a banner to the top of the screen with details of the currently displayed channel.  Checking through the ones I had tuned in, all the TVNZ ones were on 538MHz, TVWorks were on 570MHz and everything else on 666MHz.  Looking at the info on and this would appear to match up with Waiatarua, which is where our aerial is pointing, so that makes sense.  Would it be worth trying to manually tune in to the Sky Tower frequency for the TVNZ channels?

From what I've explored of the device so far, I haven't seen any way of getting a or URL into it.  Its network capabilities seem to centre around it acting as a storage device (NAS and FTP), accessing other local servers through SMB and NFS, downloading BitTorrents and remote management through a web interface.  I think I might have seen an RSS feeds page when I was looking through the menus but I can't see that listed in the features now.



21915 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4604


  Reply # 379761 14-Sep-2010 17:34
Send private message

Yeah, thought as much, the idiots that make the feature lists of these things seem to think that youtube is a streaming video service so say they do streaming video.


1630 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 859

  Reply # 384565 26-Sep-2010 15:50
Send private message

My friend has recently bought one of these DVRs - partly based on my good experience with the PlayonHD. The problem he has experienced is that TVNZ1 and TVNZ2 reception are very poor. A visit from an aerial installer has confirmed that there is a good signal available (70db SNR on all channels). It would appear that these boxes have a problem with the specific frequency used by these chanels in the Auckland area.

4 posts

Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 386301 30-Sep-2010 12:58
Send private message

I'm glad it's not just me then.  I ended up taking the unit back and got a refund.  My plan now is to experiment with putting together my own HTPC.

Create new topic

Donate via Givealittle

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Amazon introduces new Kindle with adjustable front light
Posted 21-Mar-2019 20:14

A call from the companies providing internet access for the great majority of New Zealanders, to the companies with the greatest influence over social media content
Posted 19-Mar-2019 15:21

Two e-scooter companies selected for Wellington trial
Posted 15-Mar-2019 17:33

GeForce GTX 1660 available now
Posted 15-Mar-2019 08:47

Artificial Intelligence to double the rate of innovation in New Zealand by 2021
Posted 13-Mar-2019 14:47

LG demonstrates smart home concepts at LG InnoFest
Posted 13-Mar-2019 14:45

New Zealanders buying more expensive smartphones
Posted 11-Mar-2019 09:52

2degrees Offers Amazon Prime Video to Broadband Customers
Posted 8-Mar-2019 14:10

D-Link ANZ launches D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Protected by McAfee
Posted 7-Mar-2019 11:09

Slingshot commissions celebrities to design new modems
Posted 5-Mar-2019 08:58

Symantec Annual Threat Report reveals more ambitious, destructive and stealthy attacks
Posted 28-Feb-2019 10:14

FUJIFILM launches high performing X-T30
Posted 28-Feb-2019 09:40

Netflix is killing content piracy says research
Posted 28-Feb-2019 09:33

Trend Micro finds shifting threats require kiwis to rethink security priorities
Posted 28-Feb-2019 09:27

Mainfreight uses Spark IoT Asset Tracking service
Posted 28-Feb-2019 09:25

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.