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  #720215 20-Nov-2012 16:45
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Just wondering if there is a dongle-type device that will plug into a computer (I use a Mac) to allow for Freeview viewing & recording...?



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  #720216 20-Nov-2012 16:47
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clicknz: Just wondering if there is a dongle-type device that will plug into a computer (I use a Mac) to allow for Freeview viewing & recording...?

A bit off topic as those are not provided by Freeview - check Elgato.


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  #720222 20-Nov-2012 17:05
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Why are freeview and going digital refering it to a digital switch over instead of an analog switch off? The impression that several elderly people I know have had as a result is that they cant do anything about it until the day that it happens.


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Ultimate Geek

  #720249 20-Nov-2012 17:38
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What exactly is DTCP-IP ?  What is it applied to and for what reason(s)? Is is intended to stop copying of TV programmes recorded onto a FreeView approved device - or stop streaming of such content?

Does it affect all prgrammes, or just HiDef ones ?

How can you tell in advance which programmes are affected by it  (to avoid recording ones that will not stream).

Thank you.

Cheers - Kirk

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Master Geek

  #720250 20-Nov-2012 17:40
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Is Freeview considering a better Live Sport coverage?

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Master Geek

  #720252 20-Nov-2012 17:43
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Why are there some of the programme listings not displayed on the EPG screen?

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Ultimate Geek

  #720258 20-Nov-2012 17:52
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Freeview - there have been a lot of anecdotal reports about problems since the recent mediaworks updates to their channels. These have centered around older freeview boxes. A lot of advice talks about simply resetting the channels - but this doesn't seem to work for some older boxes. Is there some underlying issue where the pace of change with Freeview in NZ means that technology is outdated quickly?

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  #720267 20-Nov-2012 18:21
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There have been many comments about "spare" or "free" or "unused" channels, is there any chance of coming to some sort of arrangement with any of the Australian broadcasters, for example SBS which has a terrific range of programmes that would be very complementary to the existing Freeview range.

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Wannabe Geek

  #720272 20-Nov-2012 18:29
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A little off topic but from my initial perusal at adding a PVR such as DishTV, etc to record Freeview channels via the usb port (to plug into my second TV because my MySky is always 90+x% full !), but it appears I MUST then replay my recording via the source TV... in which case is the prize worth winning?

Similarly were I to poke any USB device into a new smart Tv with usb recordable port - can Freeview please enlighten me, are these Freeview or device restrictions, or both, or what ? Cheers & Merry Xmas all

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  #720295 20-Nov-2012 19:16
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carleeto: Given that the content is free to air, could the EPG be made freely accessible too?
Could it be published in a standard form (say XML) from a central location for Kiwis to use in their DIY setups?

DIY is in our DNA after all :)

A  lot of modern "Lounge" computers have UHF receivers built into them and Windows 7 makes use of this in it's Media Center Software.
The hassle is getting access to an EPG to make the PVR work.

Even better would be a way to drag it from the set-top-box via an Ethernet or USB or similar connection.

How has Freeview thought about those of us who have high spec equip that is in our modern lounges, and how they interconnect. I have an internet capable TV, internet capable BluRay, and an internet capable TV-Box which is a multi media storage and broadcasting device. My old DVB-S Freeview decoder is ancient and is difficult to interface with my modern equipment lacking HDMI, Ethernet and a decent Menu system.

I would be interested in a software patch for my TV or STB that gave me Freeview via IP if UHSBB gets to my place.


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  #720324 20-Nov-2012 20:06
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1. To what extent does Freeview testing look at whether a decoder is a "quality" product, and can casual buyers interpret Freeview approval as identifying a quality product, or it is all just about checking that DRM and restrictions are in place?
2. Are you in the process of certifying any Freeview PVRs that will allow for proper integration into a modern home - DLNA streaming to media players in other rooms etc?
3. The big issue with Freeview compared to alternatives is a dismal lack of content. Are any new channels on their way in the next few months?

(And, if we want to be tongue in cheek, why are you persisting with futile DRM and crippling restrictions for official boxes, when they are futile to stop any "pirate" with a cursory knowledge of what they are doing yet make the whole experience more miserable and frustrating for many mainstream users?)

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  #720337 20-Nov-2012 20:26
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As has already been asked a few times, I'm interested to know if DVB-T2 and DVB-S2 will be implemented down the track?

The question of HD over DVB-S has also been raised - as an extension to this, are Freeview having talks to try and get UHF coverage extended, not only to rural areas but in 'black spots' within metropolitan areas?

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  #720353 20-Nov-2012 20:44
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I have a question!

I've recently relocated from Canada to NZ. Most of our electronics weren't worth transporting due to 240 versus 110 juice issues, but we have one LCD HD TV that's dual voltage.  Have brought, it works on 240, it's all good...

..except it's NTSC rather than PAL. So it's dual voltage but not multi-system. it's also not a model that was sold outside of Canada and the US so there's no (legit) way to upgrade the firmware to PAL. We sort of get the TV picture, but the audio's missing.

A friend suggested that a Freeview digital box with HDMI output would allow us to watch Freview HD content on our TV.  

Would a digital box convert the TV to signal that would display correctly on our NTSC TV?

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Ultimate Geek

  #720359 20-Nov-2012 20:50
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Will Freeview consider removing the requirement that manufacturers disable the skip ahead function on PVRs etc in order to gain Freeview certification?  This pathetic restriction is insulting to users who may have legitimate reasons for skipping ahead that has nothing to do with bypassing ads. In any case, skipping ads is the viewers choice and NZ users should have access to the same features as the rest of the world.

Cheers - Kirk

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  #720377 20-Nov-2012 21:18
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How long do you think Free to air broadcast TV will remain relevant after we get lots of fibre penetration and people start to watch TV "on demand" via the internet?

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