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Topic # 68045 14-Sep-2010 00:04
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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 (http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=DVAACR7620 and http://www.playondvr.com/en/).  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?

Thanks,
Jason


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  Reply # 379497 14-Sep-2010 00:39
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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 ustream.tv or justin.tv URL and have it play it, since the sales staff had no idea ;)




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  Reply # 379591 14-Sep-2010 11:03
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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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeview_%28New_Zealand%29 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_channel_frequencies#Western_Europe.2C_Greenland.2C_most_countries_in_Asia_and_Africa.2C_and_most_of_Oceania 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 ustream.tv or justin.tv 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.

Cheers,
Jason

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 379761 14-Sep-2010 17:34
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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.




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  Reply # 384565 26-Sep-2010 15:50
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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.



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  Reply # 386301 30-Sep-2010 12:58
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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.

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