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Topic # 60942 6-May-2010 10:52
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An alpha version of TelstraClear’s HomeMedia PVR is available to view in the Wellington retail store from today. The patience of customers has been greatly appreciated and we are confident it will be rewarded when we move to Beta phase and start installs. An alpha unit will also be available to view in our Christchurch office at 258 Hereford St from today.

The alpha units are receiving software updates and bug fixes for a little bit longer and we are aiming to confirm a date for moving to Beta within a couple of weeks

Jeff Doyle
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  Reply # 327309 6-May-2010 11:26
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Ok, so you need a couple more weeks to confirm a date for when the beta phase can start? Then I would assume the beta test would be for at least a few more weeks? In other words, there's no chance of this being installed in my home by the time the football world cup starts?

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  Reply # 327313 6-May-2010 11:30
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By the way, there are 5 weeks before the World Cup starts. As much as it pains you to say it, we would all appreciate your honesty here if you can just say that the PVR won't be ready in time.

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  Reply # 327317 6-May-2010 11:33
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A better idea is give the beta test to us that had made the most 'noise' and technically sounded/minded people then we can tell you what-works and what-not-works :-D

Win-win deal ;-)




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  Reply # 327319 6-May-2010 11:44
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If any of you goes to see it, could you tell me if it's got a card reader (probably not) or a USB reader for an external hard drive? I'm interested to know if the box can play files from my videocamera.
Alternatively, can we put and play videos onto the box somehow, via network?

Thanks

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  Reply # 327329 6-May-2010 12:00
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The PVRs have a USB port on the front and the back though we don't know if it's enabled or not: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=155161&id=104773219155

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  Reply # 327335 6-May-2010 12:11
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I seriously highly doubt that they'll allow network/media transfer via USB port, it could open up potentials to break their unit - it's quite fragile and susceptive to sudden power surges... *hehe*




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  Reply # 327340 6-May-2010 12:21
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Regarding the Beta phase.  I can confirm that when we announce to you we are ready for Beta launch, this will be a customer Beta. 

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  Reply # 327362 6-May-2010 13:05
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Interesting to see this has been opened up as a new thread and not a follow on from the other questions - a new message does not mean a clean slate!

The only reason for me to wait is to see if it does play other media either via USB or network.




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  Reply # 327399 6-May-2010 14:28
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Does anybody else think it is a bit ironical that the ad on the top of this page, is for the Homecast Free View HD PVR?

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  Reply # 327400 6-May-2010 14:31
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kiwipawl: Does anybody else think it is a bit ironical that the ad on the top of this page, is for the Homecast Free View HD PVR?

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Ironic? nah - bloody hilarious




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  Reply # 327403 6-May-2010 14:47
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If you guys are interested, I have been in to the shop today to view it. I have been advised that the unit will cost $499 to buy or $15 a month to hire (much the same as Sky).  They will also be charging the $10 HD ticket.  It looks to me as if MySkiHDi will be the best bet here, as you will have a guaranteed box for the world cup.

As for you, TelstraClear; when you say the Beta Phase will be available to Customers, does this mean ALL of Telstra's customers will be able to take advantage of the Beta unit within the next couple of weeks? And if you can only install 2,000 boxes a month, how will you be sorting out who gets the boxes first, will it be a first in first served thing? Will the pre-registered have priority?

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  Reply # 327404 6-May-2010 14:55
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@Mulac, I think it is probably a draw on those who had registered their interests during their earlier notification at the end of last year.

We'd be keen to upgrade all of our STB unit and add another one, so that'll be total of 3 units, wonder if there'll be discount for having this many units?




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  Reply # 327406 6-May-2010 15:18
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@Chefie, Yeah I thought that would be the case also. I wonder how many people Pre-Registered to test the new units, 10's of thousands I would assume. So the chances of us getting it within a month are what, 1/5 if there were 10,000 people, which there are likely a lot more than that.

Just got my quote for Vodafone, $165 for ADSL2+ 30GB, MySkyHDi with Sky Sport and HD Ticket, and home phone line. Not too bad if you ask me, considering the prices that Telstra have said their HomeMedia will cost

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  Reply # 327431 6-May-2010 16:13
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kiwipawl: Does anybody else think it is a bit ironical that the ad on the top of this page, is for the Homecast Free View HD PVR?

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This is now changed to was the ad.

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  Reply # 327442 6-May-2010 16:36
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kiwipawl:
kiwipawl: Does anybody else think it is a bit ironical that the ad on the top of this page, is for the Homecast Free View HD PVR?

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This is now changed to was the ad.


hmmm interesting!  Conspiracy theorists unite




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