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Topic # 116953 14-May-2013 21:39
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I only have access to a Panasonic TV at present and the Freeview | HD guide looks and functions well.

Do all brands share the same EPG format and UI, or are they (subtly or completely) different?

I am specifically interested in the 2013 LG models, does anyone have an image or photo of the EPG they could share?

I've tried asking in stores but all of the TVs are invariably hooked up to an external AV source and the salespeople have no clue what I'm asking...

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  Reply # 817750 14-May-2013 21:47
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They're all essentially the same, which is the goal of the MHEG5 based EPG.

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  Reply # 817756 14-May-2013 22:00
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Excellent, this is what I was hoping to hear. I don't want to buy a TV and get it home only to find a horrible EPG implementation.


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  Reply # 817795 14-May-2013 23:33
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Some of them such as Samsungs new smart range of TVs with a PVR function, have a minor tweaked interface to allow for one touch recording of shows. The vast majority is the same though.

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  Reply # 817798 15-May-2013 00:03
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Same as in the same bad across all tv's for the interface part, its like they dont have any ability to control the layout based on screen size or a user preference, so a big tv just gets a blown up version of what you see on a small tv, no ability to show more lines of data. It reminds me of using windows set to 640x480 on a giant screen.

the speed of loading the guide after changing channels and the navigation speed is hugely variable between brands.


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  Reply # 817811 15-May-2013 02:17
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There's a difference in MHEG resolution, i.e. MHEG HD vs MHEG (SD) as in Magic TV series MTV3700 vs MTV3600.  The characters will look much smoother in MHEG HD.

In addition, the very latest Freeview-approved models should support MHEG ICS for catch up TV service if/when Freeview launches it.

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