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mattwnz
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  #2822177 1-Dec-2021 00:11
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Apsattv:

 

Any modern tv with apps that can support an iptv .m3u playlist can use the freeview .m3u that are out there. They use the same streams as the official freeview android stb

 

Of course they are not the same quality as vodatvs official offering.. I don't think user will be let down by vodafone there will be an official offer of some sort people shouldn't panic at this stage

 

In any case i do have backup copys of most of the vodafone tv  .bin firmwares

 

 

 

 

I recall with igloo, sky offered some some to form discount for their pay service when they closed that service. So if it just a discount, an offer probably won't be valid for a large number of VTV users who mainly wanted a reliable freeview device. I ended up returning my igloo box to my retailer for a full refund.  The VTV was $180 so not a cheap device, and one would expect it's functionality  to last a good number of years. I am sure retailers don't want to have to be giving refunds on them if the service being EOL'd. 
IMO Freeview itself could be doing something if this is the case, even if they took it over. Freeview lacks a good reliable freeview streaming device like this, and if they are EOLing the service, then this is at least the third such freeview type product  after Tivo and Igloo where customers devices have stopped working , and IMO NZ Freeview consumers deserve better.

I find the VTV very reliable and a good product. I previously had one of those smartvu ones, and it was a good concept, but unreliable as heck, and I ended up getting a refund on it after it froze one too many times. Not sure how their new one works, but once bitten and all that. But looking for an easy to use device that works out of the box without configuration.


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mattwnz
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  #2822178 1-Dec-2021 00:15
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Apsattv:

 

Any modern tv with apps that can support an iptv .m3u playlist can use the freeview .m3u that are out there. They use the same streams as the official freeview android stb

 

Of course they are not the same quality as vodatvs official offering.. I don't think user will be let down by vodafone there will be an official offer of some sort people shouldn't panic at this stage

 

In any case i do have backup copys of most of the vodafone tv  .bin firmwares

 

 

 

 

People need the technical expertise to do this and support it if setting up devices for elderly people , friends etc. The beauty of the VTV box is that it worked out of the box .  I feel somewhat bad now for recommending this device to elderly people who rely on it and on a limited budget. So hopefully they are looked after well by VF if the service is being EOL'd, with a replacement type device where they are not paying monthly subscriptions to access freeview.


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  #2822179 1-Dec-2021 00:20
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DjShadow:

 

 

 

There is still this if you want to stream Freeview: https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/TVNDTV2011/DishTV-SmartVu-V11-4K-Android-10-TV-Streaming-Dong

 

My hope is with the new Sky box you can buy it outright and run FTA through it without subscription 

 

 

 

 

LOL I previously had the earlier version of that, and and to return it to the retailer, as it was so unreliable. So I ironically replaced it with the VTV. Is their new version as reliable as the VTV or does it still have the same sorts of problems as the old version? the SV It was a good concept but even the picture quality wasn't as good as the VTV and lacked recording.




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  #2824544 5-Dec-2021 07:10
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After a few months of our VTV behaving in the last week or two we have started to get irratic performance. Freezes during play, non responsive at turn on and Apps such as YouTube, TVNZ and Netflix freezing or buffering. Anyone else noticed this?

Edit: Today (Sunday 5/12) I am getting stuttering video on both Freeview and Sky channels. I have power cycled and rebooted my network. I hope it comes right quickly as I want to catch a bit of the Bathurst 500 this afternoon.

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  #2824619 5-Dec-2021 14:38
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MikeB4: After a few months of our VTV behaving in the last week or two we have started to get irratic performance. Freezes during play, non responsive at turn on and Apps such as YouTube, TVNZ and Netflix freezing or buffering. Anyone else noticed this?

Edit: Today (Sunday 5/12) I am getting stuttering video on both Freeview and Sky channels. I have power cycled and rebooted my network. I hope it comes right quickly as I want to catch a bit of the Bathurst 500 this afternoon.

 

 

 

I have two and had no problems at all. Sounds like it is your device or your connection. I am using wired Ethernet not wifi, as wifi has never been great on it I have found.


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  #2824622 5-Dec-2021 14:47
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I am using wired Ethernet. I am using Orcon gigabit service. I am about to swap out cable to see if that makes a difference.

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  #2824765 5-Dec-2021 20:07
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I have found my sky feed of Bathurst has been very poor for the last hour or so. I have restarted ONT, router and Voda box to no avail. Was fine earlier in the day.



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  #2824772 5-Dec-2021 20:37
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I’m using wifi, watched the Chase Bloopers, didn’t miss a beat.

 

Going to watch movie recorded off Prime a few weeks ago, I’ll post if there is any big glitches but not expecting any.

 

Edit, I got a you are not subscribed message, and then it went back to program details. I pressed watch recording a second time, and then it started playing ok.


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  #2824775 5-Dec-2021 20:43
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IceFragmatic: I have found my sky feed of Bathurst has been very poor for the last hour or so. I have restarted ONT, router and Voda box to no avail. Was fine earlier in the day.

 

Brings back bad memories when Sky Sport Now crashed during a Top Ten Shoot out a few years ago


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  #2824777 5-Dec-2021 20:46
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I gave up trying to watch Bathurst

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  #2824850 6-Dec-2021 08:31
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MikeB4: I gave up trying to watch Bathurst

 

Greetings did you check the bitrate of the channel you were watching? Settings -> More settings -> information -> Bitrate; 1080p HD should be around 6000kbps. What were other channels like at the same time? If other channels were watchable then the issue probably not at your end. But who do you go to to report these issues as there appears to not be anyone at Vodafone who is monitoring content / quality issues and these should not be dealt with in a forum such as this.

 

We had an issue with a series on SOHO that on Sky Go had 6 episodes but Vodafone was only showing 5. After 6 weeks of phone queues and communicating with 6 various HANA bots I ended up having to send an email to the CEO and the issue was fixed with SKY within 3 hours. We also now find that if you watch something on SOHO live the feed is in HD but if you watchlist or record it the pic quality is somewhat inferior. 

 

During the Olympics there was a massive dif. in picture quality depending on the channel viewed. Just because they poke inferior quality up to their satellite despite their ability to distribute in quality HD, VODA TV seems to not require min service delivery standards from Sky. This is also why the often quoted 3 days rewind / recording at 90% is a joke. Digital rights covering these issues seem to have been solved in other jurisdictions yet Voda TV seems to just take what they were given.

 

From T box day we subscribed to Voda TV because we saw quality media distribution via fibre was the way of the future. Apparent lack of investment in performance / new apps / upgrades to current ones to make them useable seems to have stopped so like many others on the forum we wait to see what Vodafone will do with the release of the new Sky box - big disappointment!

 

 


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  #2824865 6-Dec-2021 09:18
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I am giving up on Vodafone TV and Vodafone for good. I see more business ethics at the average used car dealer than what we see from Vodafone and the telcos in general.


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  #2824905 6-Dec-2021 10:22
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@MikeB4:

I am giving up on Vodafone TV and Vodafone for good. I see more business ethics at the average used car dealer than what we see from Vodafone and the telcos in general.


Telcos have a very long history of poor service, FUD, lies, bullying, confusion and other behaviour that many of us consider unethical. So long as we keep having excellent performance at a lower price than anyone else, and an email to the CEO's office fixes issues, then I can put up with not having other useful customer service.

I remember when Vodafone purchased iHug in 2006 I sent a message to a friend (we were on TelstraClear at the time - same cable we still use): "Nah nah nah - your ISP is owned by a bigger telco than my ISP now. Performance will drop." A few weeks later iHug had one of the most significant outages in their history!

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  #2825244 6-Dec-2021 19:48
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Not the NZ service but still interesting.. Vodafone TV in Spain arriving as an APP on LG TVs

 

https://www.digitaltveurope.com/2021/12/03/vodafone-tv-arrives-on-lg-tvs-in-spain/ 





 


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  #2825256 6-Dec-2021 19:55
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Apsattv:

Not the NZ service but still interesting.. Vodafone TV in Spain arriving as an APP on LG TVs


https://www.digitaltveurope.com/2021/12/03/vodafone-tv-arrives-on-lg-tvs-in-spain/



This is what I've been trying to tell pay TV operators to do like, have an app on the smart TV OSs as their means to provide pay TV content to customers. Gets rid of monthly rental fees.

But also, this looks like UK's Sky Glass TV which has a lot of restrictions too.

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