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Topic # 144207 11-May-2014 13:25
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At the end of last year VTV ceased Television broadcasting from the Sky Tower. They were broadcasting about six Asian channels - mostly Korean, but also some Chinese.

Several of the channels were labeled V1, V2 ...V6

The format was DVB-T but they didn't appear to be associated with Freeview and the channels never appeared in the Freeview EPG.

I thought I heard a rumor that they intended to return around April this year.

They still have a website http://www.vtvnetwork.co.nz/, but it hasn't been updated, and there are no clues as to whether any of the Asian channels will return.
I have not tried to contact them via the website, as it seems that they probably don't exist anymore, else the website would be updated. I figure Geekzone would be a better place the obtain any update information.

Can anyone here shed any information as to what - if anything - is happening? Will they return? If so, when, and from what site(s)?

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  Reply # 1041764 11-May-2014 16:44
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If you have a smart tv (internet enabled) have a look on freeview channel 600.
This brings up a test channel that seems to have arirung nhk + some others and a couple of on demand test vids.
Dont know what their plans are though - its been there for a month or so.
I am in Auckland. Freeview hd.




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  Reply # 1041789 11-May-2014 17:27
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Umm.. just tried Channel 600 and get Powered by Worldnet TV and pressing  the Blue Button get the info.. but nothing after that.

Is there supposed to be anything there at all which plays at the moment?

(And yes it is a Internet connected TV)









 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1041791 11-May-2014 17:34
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Just checked. Working ok for me.
From the waitakares.
4 live channels an 3 video on demand.
Samsung smart tv.


I dont know what the first sceen shot is, but after the powered by worldnet message you wait a few seconds, then the channel menu shows up.




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  Reply # 1041794 11-May-2014 17:49
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Ah.. just remember my TV uses StrongVPN for overseas content.. bypassed the IP Addressees which it uses and works quite well.. Seems the MHEG-IC Content is geo-limited

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  Reply # 1041821 11-May-2014 19:06
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Shine TV also used to be on Sky Tower but it and the V channels seems to have gone..
I used to get them all on my Dish DVR   but no more.  They also used to turn up on my TiVo scan but never saw any program content just a gray screen..




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  Reply # 1041900 11-May-2014 22:43
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Here is the website http://www.worldnettv.co.nz/


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  Reply # 1041915 11-May-2014 23:14
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Streams on their site are easily ripable for other devices.





 


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  Reply # 1041917 11-May-2014 23:23
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Oddly doesn't work on my Samsung DVB-T set even though it has most internet features.

It would be good to know what the issue is.




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  Reply # 1041920 11-May-2014 23:30
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The mheg i.c stream is not the same to each transmitter site.




 


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  Reply # 1041990 12-May-2014 09:50
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Working here too, Sugarloaf transmitter, Panasonic E6 TV. The number keys on the remote select between the streamed channels. Channel up and down buttons work as expected, so can be used to exit the app. Quality looks quite good, but some pauses, probably due to our internet connection speed. I would hope that some ISPs would provide unmetered access to Freeview internet channels at some stage.

The problem I have is that changing channel from the app back to the standard DVB-T channels using the up and down remote buttons results in no sound being output either by SPDIF or inbuilt speakers. Switching to an input and then back to the built-in TV tuner fixes it though.

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  Reply # 1042012 12-May-2014 10:16
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grolschie: Working here too, Sugarloaf transmitter, Panasonic E6 TV. The number keys on the remote select between the streamed channels. Channel up and down buttons work as expected, so can be used to exit the app. Quality looks quite good, but some pauses, probably due to our internet connection speed. I would hope that some ISPs would provide unmetered access to Freeview internet channels at some stage.

The problem I have is that changing channel from the app back to the standard DVB-T channels using the up and down remote buttons results in no sound being output either by SPDIF or inbuilt speakers. Switching to an input and then back to the built-in TV tuner fixes it though.


I found more pauses in the live channel streams than the video on demand as it happens.
Maybe their satellite feeds arent too hot.
I dont know if/when they intend to launch. 
Seeing the sample nature of the video on demand it just looks like a test.

In these days of netflix/hulu etc I am not quite sure why you would want to wrap up video on demand through a freeview front end/menu.
Though I suppose it makes 'TV' watching fairly easy to use for people with a smart/internet enabled tv.
You would have to be careful though - I could imagine users suddenly wondering why they have used all their internet allowance for the month. It doesnt spell out that watching the VoD streams will chew through your internet data.




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