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  Reply # 21728 19-Oct-2005 12:35
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Oh does anyone (or MCE User) know if there is a remote controller code set for TelstraClear Digital decoder? I ask this because I would like to know if MCE's remote control can be taught to emit TelstraClear Digital decoder's remote control signal to the decoder, and instead of using multiple controller, it just need MCE to control (i know Harmony 880 or 680-MCE) can achieve this... but i would like to utilise MCE to its best potential.




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  Reply # 21731 19-Oct-2005 13:10
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If you look inside the decoder the PCB has lots of unpopulated connectors, apparently TelstraClear saved something like US$20 per decoder by opting for this. There are guys out there who work for the company who are embarrased by the whole saga but it's obvious that those higher up fail to understand the issue - Allan Freeth's comments that people couldn't spot the difference between a composite and higher spec output if the proof of that. Even a 5yr old could spot the difference between a composite and s video or RGB output on a large plasma or LCD especially with fast movement.

I can just see them launching a DVR in a year with RF output! :-)

Slightly off topic but I hear they're launching some new cable plans next month and will be introducing bandwidth throttled caps in addition to paying for excess data. Buying your own modems is still some time off but you can hardly blame them for working slowly when they can get $10 per month rental for a modem worth about NZ$80 to buy retail...

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 21732 19-Oct-2005 13:31
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that's true...

well just wondering. what's the population of TelstraClear Saturn TV users here? and how many of you are on Digital service now?




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Reply # 21739 19-Oct-2005 16:23
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I have TelstraClear cable TV (and phone line and cable modem) but watch most of the times the open channels, and only a movie every month on pay per view. I wouldn't move to TelstraClear digital based on what I've read here...







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Reply # 21747 19-Oct-2005 18:02
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Mauricio, do you use MCE at home? reason I asked is I wonder if MCE's IR Blaster will be able to change channel on the analog decoder or not. if so. then with EPG on MCE, i could then degrade back to analog decoder and use EPG for guide and all sweet. :-)

(except that, analog decoder will get schedule program block for any programme rating M+ above between 6am and 6pm... grrrrr




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Reply # 21748 19-Oct-2005 18:09
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Nope. I use Windows XP Pro and Windows 2003 Server for my Exchange Server. I thought of using MCE, but I am just changing desktops and will stick with Windows XP Pro - media is not something we use that much (although I have a few GB of pictures here)...





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  Reply # 22280 29-Oct-2005 08:05
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chiefie: that's true...

well just wondering. what's the population of TelstraClear Saturn TV users here? and how many of you are on Digital service now?


I have had TCL triple service for about 3 years now - had it installed when I moved into a new home. My cable picture has been pretty poor for the whole time despite over 15 calls to customer service and probably 6 tech visits. It's especially bad on TV3 with lots of video noise on the picture. The techs all say the problem is my house location - I am about 30 meters from the street (subdivided section) so the signal strength drops too much before hitting the house. I think this is rubbish but I can't prove it.

Anyway I was looking forward to digital cable and ordered it when it came. But having heard about the lack of high quality video outputs on the box I was prepared to be disappointed and I wasn't disappointed! On my 52in DLP RP TV the picture wasn't much better than analogue cable and it showed up all the nasty mpeg compression artifacts that appear in the non FTA channels as well as other picture problems. I told the tech to remove it which he did willingly.

All very disappointing. Makes me wonder if I should ditch TCL completely and move to Telecom, DSL and Sky. The only advantage of TCL at the moment is the fact that they charge less for a second cable box than Sky does and a second phone line is only $14. Their internet plans suck IMHO

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Some random ranting about the TCL Digital service:

I too have the TelstraClear "Digital" TV service. Initially I had the analogue decoder and had always been dissapointed with its shortcomings - no widescreen output, no EPG, composite outputs only. You can imagine my excitement when I was asked to take part in the Digital trial! This excitement turned to open mouthed astonishment when I opened up the decoder box and had a look at the back... Ummm, "digital" they said. I hunted around in vain for the component/SCART output and coax audio output. Hmm, maybe i have the wrong box. Nope...

Ah well, I'll give it a go - crystal clear video they are promising, and mindblowing audio. After some initial setup issues (mainly the Cable modem not picking up the EPG) I was up and running. I was horrified to see that I had a *worse* picture on a number of channels than I had on the analogue box (especially TV3, C4, CTV/DWTV). It looked like it had been downsampled to VHS then re-transmitted. Ick. On the plus side, several other channels (doco channels, news and a couple of others) were much crisper- something at least.

Oooh! 16:9 output! I gleefully turned this on and fiddled around. Hang on, there appear to be NO channels transmitted in 16:9 except PPV movies (which I don't watch). Not even the movie channels. "It's coming soon.." they say. Still waiting. Audio is much improved, but not the mind blowing digital goodness I was expecting.

I am a bit dissapointed to read in this topic that they *could* have provided better outputs in thier decoders. All in the name of profit. [Moderator edit: removed expletive]. To be honest, I would be more than willing to spend more on the service for these little things.

Apart form those gripes, most things about the service have been good. The EPG is great, the channel change lag is similar to Sky. Be nice to be able to view the clock on the decoder while watching telly like on the old analogue box. The remote is a bit rubbish - unresponsive and cheap feeling.

Lastly, my decoder seems to have been randomly rebooting itself and freezing on the loading screen for the last day. Anyone else suffering this? EPG seems to be dead too... meh. First nasties since I started though.




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  Reply # 22522 3-Nov-2005 09:19
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amen to the same feeling bro.


and double amen to "Where the hell is the clock on the decoder like in the analogue STB"?

and... yes, my digital decoder hiccups and sh*t itself and rebooted quite randomly, twice lastnight when I fiddle with MCE! LOL




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  Reply # 22532 3-Nov-2005 10:15
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Yeah I have the odd "reboot" and the EPG has been dead for about 5 days now. Thank Heavens above I have a HTPC running with a REAL 5 day EPG not the days and a half you seem to get on Telstra.




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  Reply # 22534 3-Nov-2005 10:25
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where or how do you get your EPG for your telstraclear?




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I think you need to turn the decoder off to get a download of the EPG - in the small print in some of the documentation they suggest turning it off when not in use to enable updates, but why oh why?



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i mean on your HTPC, how do you get the 5 days worth of EPG on it? I got MCE and been wanting to know how to get EPG off TC's EPG signals off the tv service cable modem.




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Sorry for the confusion I was responding to Psycik - if you don't turn the decoder off the EPG seems to stay empty.

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  Reply # 22563 3-Nov-2005 11:52
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Ok, I'll trying turning off the decoder....but I must agree...WHY!!!! Anyone else take about 12 hours to re-populate their EPG after the decoder has been turned off?? Mine's really slow, and I mean c'mon, it's not downloading that much data. Again my HTPC can do it in less that 30 minutes...and that's still on a 256k connection.

The other question about the EPG data, I use XMLTVNZ and it manages to get about 5 days worth at a time.





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