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Topic # 190932 16-Jan-2016 23:41
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Anyone got it working yet?

I've installed the HBBTV plugin and can browse the TVNZ, TV3 and Maori Television on-demand apps ok. However when I play a video, it stalls after 3-5sec while playing the pre-roll ads.

Any help appreciated.

PS: running latest Vix image 3.2 (build 033) with MetrixHD skin.

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  Reply # 1505420 3-Mar-2016 10:14
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Did you get anywhere with this ?  I was just thinking of how to do it on my Vu+ Duo.




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  Reply # 1505721 3-Mar-2016 22:30
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Alas no. I've reached out to UK site World of Satellite too without success.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1507417 7-Mar-2016 12:53
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My understanding is it wont work on the orginal Vu Duo  (HBTV)but on the other models after this it good, hows the Duo2 its on the wish list after my duo dies




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  Reply # 1507434 7-Mar-2016 13:15
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Nup, still not working on my Duo2. I imported my VU+Duo2 from Germany where HbbTV first started, so there shouldn't be any issue. Unless of course there is some plugin verification process that is needed before playback of on-demand video is allowed.

 

 

 

I've emailed Freeview to see if there is such a process to get VU+ boxes enabled/verified to allow FreeviewPlus.




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  Reply # 1507770 7-Mar-2016 21:44
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Here's what Freeview had to say:

 

Thank you for your contact and interest in Freeview Plus.

 

At Freeview we approve a whole range of digital receivers, recorders, and TVs with Freeview built-in that we put through testing to make sure they're up to the Freeview standards. Any device that has been tested and approved are termed Freeview Approved.

 

Freeview Compatible devices have not been tested or approved by Freeview; however they may still work with the Freeview services as their specifications have been agreed with Freeview. The Vodafone T-Box is an example of a Freeview Compatible device.

 

Based on the model you have provided, your device may be a Freeview Compatible device but is not a Freeview Approved device. As we have not tested non-approved devices we cannot guarantee full compatibility with our signal.

 

Please be aware that while HbbTV is open source (so literally anyone can make apps and software as long it complies with its own certification), FreeviewPlus is not open source and because the content contains content which is copyrighted from the broadcasters and studio outputs, the HbbTV product needs to be certified from Freeview in order for the manufacturer to be able to use it. Freeview is very open to new manufacturers but at the end of the day it is up to the manufacturers to talk to Freeview, not vice versa.

 

FreeviewPlus is only currently available on some 2015 smart TVs and the Aerial box T2100 or T2200 manufactured by Dish TV. If you have an older TV you can still get FreeviewPlus via the use of the Aerial box T2100 or T2200 manufactured by Dish TV.

 

A full list of the currently approved devices can be found here:

 

http://www.freeviewnz.tv/get-freeview/approved-products/?categoryId=1

 

If you require more information or assistance, please contact us on 0800 FREEVIEW or via email again.

 

Kind Regards,

 

The Freeview Team

 

 

 

In summary:

 

VU+Duo2 may be Freeview Compatible BUT it is not Freeview Approved...

 

HbbTV is open source BUT FreeviewPlus is not, as it contains content which is copyrighted...

 

VU+ the manufacturer need to talk to Freeview to get their HbbTV product certified.

 

 

 

So the HbbTV plugin obviously needs to go through a verification process before it will allow video playback. Unfortunate really, as it may mean I need another box just to view FreeviewPlus on my TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1508729 9-Mar-2016 10:56
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Seems someone else has asked Free-view the same question about  their TV

 

[http://freeviewforum.co.nz/forum/topics/freeview-plus-difficulties]

 

seems the criteria is here

 

[http://www.freeviewnz.tv/company/equipment-supply-chain/]

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1536049 19-Apr-2016 21:26
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Looks like these are the guys that built the system for NZ.

 

http://www.switch.tv/portfolio/freeview-plus-new-zealand/

 

http://www.switch.tv/universal-player/

 

 


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  Reply # 1540845 23-Apr-2016 19:39
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With FreeviewPlus now available on satellite I thought I'd give it a crack with my Vu+ Solo2, running Blackhole 3.0.2..... No luck!  :-(

 

 

 

It can manage to browse the TV3 and Maori app sites, (but not TVNZ), but then you just get a frozen black screen (with player controls) when you try to play a video. Probably to do with all the DRM cr*p they have on the sites!


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  Reply # 1540892 23-Apr-2016 21:34
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I get similar here on both a Duo and Solo2 with Vix 4.1 and 4 bit of a shame really


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  Reply # 1541610 25-Apr-2016 12:18
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Gidday Gtoons and Maverick.

Hey, was any specific changes made to your configuration on the Vu+ to enable Freeview plus via Hbb browser ?..

Also - if you don't mind me asking, what reliable source did you obtain your duo2 from ?.

Cheers:


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  Reply # 1541699 25-Apr-2016 15:41
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Rentakill: Gidday Gtoons and Maverick.

Hey, was any specific changes made to your configuration on the Vu+ to enable Freeview plus via Hbb browser ?..

Also - if you don't mind me asking, what reliable source did you obtain your duo2 from ?.

Cheers:

 

 

 

The theme of this thread is that we have NOT been able to get Freeview Plus to work on the Vu+ units. To get anything you just need the HbbTV plugin installed. However this only gets you to the show selection pages. Trying to play a video results in a black screen only!  :-( 


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  Reply # 1542141 26-Apr-2016 12:18
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Thanks for the reply Tangerz.

Slightly off topic - but are you guys running all associated channel picons on your vu duos / dreambox ?.
I regularly compile them and post them over at austech.
I have both Sky and Freeview platforms covered.

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  Reply # 1543340 28-Apr-2016 12:25
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I never understood what the picons are,

 

 

 

on another note I actually got a log-in page last night for  TVNZ via the Hbbtv app on my duo running Vix 4.1.004, didnt go any futher as couldn't recall what the log in was.


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  Reply # 1543380 28-Apr-2016 13:11
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Mavarick:

 

I never understood what the picons are,

 

 

The channel logos - a contraction of PLi icons.


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  Reply # 1543394 28-Apr-2016 13:32
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Ah, I see, so theses would display in the EPG?

 

If so where do I get these as I only have typed words in the EPG for the channel names, oh and one for Channel 9 in OZ

 

 

 

thanks

 

 


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