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Master Geek

  #1978309 15-Mar-2018 20:43
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Hi All




Its been a while since this announcement. It also so happens that I have just cancelled Sky so its time to find a replacement box.


What was announced sounded promising.


Anyone have any leads on this supposed Dish TV box and/or the "New" Freeview Plus?

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Ultimate Geek

  #1978316 15-Mar-2018 21:00
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I rang Dish about 3 weeks ago and was told that it could be some time before it is available so I bought a Panasonic DMR-HWT260 and I am pleased I did. It works really very well in comparison to my old Dish T1050


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Uber Geek

  #1978336 15-Mar-2018 22:10
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It doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that they announced the product in October, yet come March they still don't have any details. In fact, I'm starting to wonder whether they have a real product at all, or whether their announcement was just vapourware? It the least, it's pretty poor marketing and brand management.


I'm going to need to make a decision on how I will upgrade my setup soon, as I want to delete Sky and consequently the MySky from my life.And I'm certainly not going to sit around waiting for Dish to announce something, maybe, some day.


The more I look at it the more I think that something like Android TV (at least for clients, currently looking at the nVidia Shield) for handling the TV-side end and Lightbox/Netflix etc is the way to go, with a computer-based solution for recording. There are 4-tuner terrestrial and satellite tuner on the market, so I'm currently toying with something like a NextPVR based solution, running on an i5 box, with quad satellite and terrestrial tuners (so 8 tuners in all) and a couple of TB of drive space as my recording solution. Comskip to automatically remove ads from recordings also looks like it could be nice.


The Plex server on my NAS would handle long-term archival storage. The shields would run streaming services, a plex client and/or a kodi client to connect to the PC and the Plex server.


At the least, I am enjoying researching and comparing options at the moment. But hey, this is GZ after all.



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Uber Geek


  #1978864 16-Mar-2018 21:37
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I'll follow up what's happening with Freeview On Demand Upgrades early next week, as for Dish TV i'm sure their agents on here can help out. 

Currently working with Freeview NZ and Owner of Tech Plus Services Limited
Former Consultant at Spark New Zealand Trading Limited, DISH TV Technologies. 


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Uber Geek


  #1978985 17-Mar-2018 11:46
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Does that mean there might be something worth announcing Josh? ??



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Master Geek

  #1980953 21-Mar-2018 12:00
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I rang Dish about 3 weeks ago and was told that it could be some time before it is available so I bought a Panasonic DMR-HWT260 and I am pleased I did. It works really very well in comparison to my old Dish T1050





I was convinced we were getting one of these. Tick most of the boxes. The problem I just encountered is that we truly live in a hole.


Not only do we get no cell reception and poor ADSL only but the cost to get UHF, due to very little reception, is near $800.




This leaves me with satellite freeview as my second choice, however that receiver is terrestrial.


Perhaps I pay double that and get a new Samsung tv, but that is only single receiver, SD(due to DVB-S) and not sure if it does PVR.


Edit: having done some research the samsung tv do in fact have a PVR function and duel receivers(both S & T). Not sure how well it works based on forum comments elsewhere.

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Ultimate Geek

  #1989473 6-Apr-2018 13:35
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So it's April is this out?  I was looking for an extra Freeview box to record Commonwealth etc..



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  #2005578 1-May-2018 06:57
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It’s now May. So much for the publicised launch...

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Master Geek

  #2049796 5-Jul-2018 13:38
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So we have new freeview features but still waiting on the allusive Dish TV set

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  #2058127 18-Jul-2018 09:26
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The New box is still coming! There have been some unforeseen delays in production, we are doing our best to make this new set-top box the best it can be upon release.


Unfortunately for those after more information on features and functionality, we are unable to disclose information except for what has already been said by Freeview NZ.


Regards J

Dish TV Technologies Ltd

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Wannabe Geek

  #2060828 23-Jul-2018 09:46
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Spoke to Dish TV technical staff today.  Still no date for release of new model recorder box that was announced in the October 2017 Press Release.  It appears new model will have both UHF and Sat input but no other features are being disclosed at this time. 


I'm want to be able to record both live and on-demand so I can skip ads.  What options are there to do this?

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