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# 175623 6-Jul-2015 13:18
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Hi all,

I just bought a T2100 yesterday, as I'm ditching Sky (mostly watch Netflix nowadays via Chromecast) and not quite ready to upgrade my TV, I was keen to get something I could pause/record with, and was also curious about FreeviewPlus (HbbTV).  As this receiver is pretty cheap I thought I'd give it a go.

When researching this, I didn't really find a lot of real-world info/screenshots of the receiver, FreeviewPlus and apps - so I thought I'd take a few shots for anyone interested (sorry about the poor quality/angles, damn plasma glare)...

Setup
I didn't take any photos of the setup process, but once it was all plugged in (including ethernet), I turned the receiver on and it promptly installed a firmware update, took about 5 minutes, no hassle.  After that it went through the usual channel scan etc, the setup wizard did catch me out on the last step you have to press the blue button to save and exit the wizard (not the "OK" button).  If you wanted to use WiFi, you'll have to contend with a dreaded on-screen keyboard - and the buttons on the remote are quite small and a bit fiddly, especially until you commit the layout to memory.

There are two USB ports (front and back), it formats the stick/HDD for you and runs a speed test to warn you of any potential issues with the device you've connected.

FreeviewPlus
When you change channel to one that supports FreeviewPlus, an HbbTV icon appears in the lower third, and an overlay pops out in the top-left of the screen.  This disappears after a few seconds, but the options (using the coloured buttons) are still valid.  In this shot, on channel One - there are options for the new EPG or to go to the TVNZ OnDemand app.



Note that pressing the EPG/Guide button on your remote will bring up the existing Freeview guide, not the new one.

The new guide pops up as an overlay, the show keeps running in the background:



The three icons down the left-hand side of the guide are the menu (press the red button to jump across), top to bottom they are: expand (takes you to full-screen mode), favourites (TV shows you've marked as favourites) and the hamburger icon takes you to the "discovery" page to help you find TV and movies that are on now (or OnDemand).

If you've got one of the above menu options highlighted and you press the left arrow button (yellow button to go back 24 hours) this will switch the guide into "time machine" mode and start showing you (up to 8 previous days?) worth of shows:



If the name of the show is in white text, it's available OnDemand, once you highlight and press OK on a show it will take you this screen where you can view it now via OnDemand.  In this case, via the TVNZ OnDemand app (which requires sign-in, including the aforementioned on-screen keyboard):



If you select a show on the EPG that's in the future, it will display as shown below, and allow you to record, remind or favourite the show:



You can also access the OnDemand apps by pressing the "APPs" button on the remote, which takes you here:



Other Stuff (interface, recording)
The last DishTV box I used was for satellite and that was quite a while ago, since then it seems the interface has been worked on quite a bit.  It certainly still has it's quirks, but no worse that a MySky box.  Here's a look at the main menu options:



As for recording, it's pretty straight-forward... press "record" and confirm the end time (defaults to the program end time).  You can pause a live show, and it will start recording, but unlike MySky this model doesn't start recording a "rewind buffer" when you change channel, so there's no rewind for live TV (unless of course, you've paused and then played) - I guess this would be tricky with the single tuner, especially if you were already recording something.

All things considered, it's a pretty competent box for the price-point.

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  # 1338361 7-Jul-2015 10:56
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Great review!! We are going to dump MySky shortly and I am looking at alternatives. The pain for us is that I don't think FreeviewPlus is avaialble where we are  frown

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  # 1338442 7-Jul-2015 12:37
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Thanks for the review the premise of Freeview plus seems good for those who don't want to pay $60 -$100 for Sky.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1338456 7-Jul-2015 12:47
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Great review. Many thanks.



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  # 1338477 7-Jul-2015 13:14
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Thanks guys, I think it's even just a good way to get the OnDemand apps, if your TV isn't smart (or not made by Samsung).

Bit of a bugger if you can only get Freeview via Satellite, with this receiver I assume only the apps would work in that situation as they seem to pre-loaded with the firmware.

I will miss a few channels from Sky (NatGeo, Discovery, BBC Knowledge, UKTV) - which may mean I take another look at Igloo, just a pity it doesn't record.

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  # 1338513 7-Jul-2015 13:30
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andrewb: I will miss a few channels from Sky (NatGeo, Discovery, BBC Knowledge, UKTV) - which may mean I take another look at Igloo, just a pity it doesn't record.


Well it does, but only in a time shift manner - the duration of which depends on the capacity of your USB stick. Don't think about trying to watch anything the next day though, because its middle-of-the-night reboot "feature" resets everything. frown

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  # 1338547 7-Jul-2015 14:12
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I take that FreeviewPlus still require Aerial? I must admit I don't know or haven't find out much about what FreeviewPlus is actually - I thought it's FTA streaming service.




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  # 1338575 7-Jul-2015 14:48
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chiefie: I take that FreeviewPlus still require Aerial? I must admit I don't know or haven't find out much about what FreeviewPlus is actually - I thought it's FTA streaming service.


Yep, it's only available via UHF.  It's basically Freeview + internet services, things like the OnDemand streaming.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1371949 22-Aug-2015 10:17
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Thanks for posting!

Apparently the TVNZ On Demand app is exclusive to Samsung Smart TVs but these photos show it can be accessed through a Freeview Plus box.
Freeview Plus is available on non-Samsung Smart TVs so does that mean other smart tvs can actually use TVNZ On Demand app???

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jtbthatsme: Thanks for the review the premise of Freeview plus seems good for those who don't want to pay $60 -$100 for Sky.


I don't see how as Sky and Freeviewplus are different. If you pay 60-100 for Sky, clearly thats because you want the Sky channels. Going from Sky to FreeviewPlus isn't going to help that.

Igloo or Fanpass can bridge all or some of the gap for many though, maybe Netflix if it has some of the doco channels,  I'm not sure on that

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  # 1372054 22-Aug-2015 16:59
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anyone had issues with the box not responding to the remote? just brought one from DSE and the first 5 mins its fine but after that i can press any number of buttons on the remote and it doesnt, its like its frozen, then a minute of so later it will do one of the functions for one of the buttons you pushed. Doesn't seem to recover.

Its only connected to the UHF aerial at the moment, so no internet.

Also the EPG didnt work, pushed the button and nothing happened.

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  # 1372577 23-Aug-2015 17:19
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Gemini: Thanks for posting!

Apparently the TVNZ On Demand app is exclusive to Samsung Smart TVs but these photos show it can be accessed through a Freeview Plus box.
Freeview Plus is available on non-Samsung Smart TVs so does that mean other smart tvs can actually use TVNZ On Demand app???


The aerialBox is not in the Smart TV category, all FreeviewPlus boxes require the apps to launch from the FreeviewPlus guide as the command is sent through to the separate applications. All FreeviewPlus TVs will have these apps built in. However FreeviewPlus and the Smart TV apps are separate.




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  # 1372578 23-Aug-2015 17:19
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Jase2985: anyone had issues with the box not responding to the remote? just brought one from DSE and the first 5 mins its fine but after that i can press any number of buttons on the remote and it doesnt, its like its frozen, then a minute of so later it will do one of the functions for one of the buttons you pushed. Doesn't seem to recover.

Its only connected to the UHF aerial at the moment, so no internet.

Also the EPG didnt work, pushed the button and nothing happened.


Hi Jase2985

What is your firmware version?




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  # 1372632 23-Aug-2015 18:49
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Thanks for this.

Quick question. Will this box work without a UHF antenna?

I would like to use it on a secondary TV. Not interested in live TV. Just keen to know if catch up TV will work?

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  # 1372647 23-Aug-2015 19:24
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Thanks for the review, whats the streaming quality like?,do you have it running wifi or lan? Thank you


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  # 1372670 23-Aug-2015 20:05
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Jase2985: anyone had issues with the box not responding to the remote? just brought one from DSE and the first 5 mins its fine but after that i can press any number of buttons on the remote and it doesnt, its like its frozen, then a minute of so later it will do one of the functions for one of the buttons you pushed. Doesn't seem to recover.

Its only connected to the UHF aerial at the moment, so no internet.

Also the EPG didnt work, pushed the button and nothing happened.


Hi Jase2985

What is your firmware version?


it was 1.1b i think i upgraded it to 1.28 i think it was (off my phone internet as they dont have an internet connection yet)

it was about 10x better but on the odd occasion it was slow to respond to the remote but no freezing anymore

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