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Topic # 45926 5-Nov-2009 06:26
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It looks like things are starting to move on the PVR with TelstraClear.  Planned for Feb 2010 and a set of testers wanted for this year.  more information http://www.telstraclear.co.nz/sub-sites/homemedia/index.htm

I have signed up for the testing.

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  Reply # 270222 5-Nov-2009 09:14
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Anyone got more info on this?  Is it a network PVR, or one with storage?




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  Reply # 270224 5-Nov-2009 09:17
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They talk about "3 tuners". What!? delivery over the air?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 270240 5-Nov-2009 09:55
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You still need tuners on the cable network. :) They've just DVB-C(able) instead of DVB-T(errestrial) or sky's DVB-S(attelite).

Although, the 3 tuners are an indication that it isn't a network PVR, they wouldn't need more than one tuner if it was.




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  Reply # 270255 5-Nov-2009 10:16
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I don't have Tv with Telstraclear so do these digital boxes use a different cable than the one that goes into the modem?

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  Reply # 270257 5-Nov-2009 10:21
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You will most likely need TCL's TV service.

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  Reply # 270276 5-Nov-2009 10:55
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Initial thoughts...
Looks like it will initially be cable only, with future additions of IPTV through www.Digisoft.tv
300GB hard drive doesn't sound much by today's standards, by I guess 50 hours of HD recordings is ample.
It doesn't mention being able to stream content from a home NAS, but the codec support (video and audio) indicates that this could be a possibility.
No mention about which channels will be HD? Hopefully it will be all the Sky channels (movies, sports, etc) as well as the Freeview ones.
Viewable in store in December - can't wait to see it!

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  Reply # 270283 5-Nov-2009 11:21
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Behodar: You will most likely need TCL's TV service.



I've always found it quite expensive for someone who's not interested in Sky

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  Reply # 270284 5-Nov-2009 11:21
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ZiglioNZ, with the current Digital TV, there's another modem that's specifically used for/by the digital set top box.

Hopefully with the new HomeMedia PVR, that it has integrated cable modem. That said, hopefully there's new modem for cable internet as well...

This is promising, so perhaps this time round (with TelstraClear) Now's Good??




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  Reply # 270309 5-Nov-2009 12:30
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chiefie: This is promising, so perhaps this time round (with TelstraClear) Now's Good??


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  Reply # 270313 5-Nov-2009 12:42
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A further comment about the announcement is that it specifically avoids mentioning anything about what channels (if any) will be broadcast in HD. It mentions how the device can record HD and that it can playback up to 1080p, but doesn't mention if any channels will be broadcast in HD for launch.

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  Reply # 270333 5-Nov-2009 13:57
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If they dropped the need to have a phone I would probably go for this. I currently use MyskyHDi and Telstra cable internet which means no phone line - it so nice to never have a random call at dinner time from someone trying to sell you something - but pretty sure they only do TV with a phone line.




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  Reply # 270342 5-Nov-2009 14:11
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Just made the jump back to Telecom to get TiVo, so a bit late for me.




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  Reply # 270364 5-Nov-2009 14:59
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@geekiegeek You will need phone line if you're on 1GB/5GB cable internet. But if you're 10GB+ cable internet plans, you won't need phone line to get TV service.




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  Reply # 270394 5-Nov-2009 16:30
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"Supports future internet video delivery."  - So i'm guessing that means that it's IPTV ready, probably an ethernet port.

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  Reply # 270416 5-Nov-2009 17:39
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jpollock: You still need tuners on the cable network. :) They've just DVB-C(able) instead of DVB-T(errestrial) or sky's DVB-S(attelite).

Although, the 3 tuners are an indication that it isn't a network PVR, they wouldn't need more than one tuner if it was.


That's not entirely the case. 3 tuners is a great number to have. The box certainly is network capable (and has a built in modem) so streaming and downloadable content could certainly play a part in the future.


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