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Pumpedd
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  #2050444 6-Jul-2018 13:28
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allan:

 

Actually I just discovered in my Samsung TV app list an app called "Freeview" which I don't think has always been there (maybe I just overlooked it) that presents a combined view of all on demand content from TVNZ, Three and Maori - or you can select content from each individually. This allows streaming without the need for an aerial connected. 

 

 

and no way to bypass all the adverts. 

 

I mostly record all my TV and watch later so I can FF thru the adverts. Streaming TV does not allow this.


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  #2050550 6-Jul-2018 15:07
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jonathan18:

 

It's not due to the price that I'm not interested in a recorder - we've already got two Tivos that we've not yet had modified, plus a fully working Magic TV in a box in the HT cupboard that I've not got around plugging in since Tivo stopped being supported - but more that we've kind of given up on recording live TV; we seem to be too used to on-demand viewing via Netflix etc!

 

So, yeah, covering all my bases would be easily achieved through getting the Tivos modified and/or plugging in the Magic TV, but then also getting a device that offers 'free to air' on demand content.

 

Increasingly, though, I'm thinking the most effective way to get this is via a 4th gen or 4K Apple TV, given that that will also provide Lightbox (and it would be replacing a current device - a 3rd gen Apple TV - as opposed to adding another). Does anyone have such an Apple TV they no longer need and want to sell?!

 

Still interested to see if there are any good Freeview on Demand-compatible set-top boxes, though, which may persuade me otherwise. 

 

Just an FYI in case you weren't aware, modified Tivos won't help with any Freeview On Demand stuff, although they are very handy for quickly FF'ing through ads on recorded content. We have actually ended up with a Panasonic DMR-BWT760 recorder, which we purchased at a very good price before the Tivo mods became a thing, plus modified Tivo. We tend to use both. My other half likes to watch the Panasonic because it supports playback of recorded content at 1.3 x the speed. Personally I have trouble keeping up with the dialogue. The Panny also supports Freeview On Demand of course.


 
 
 
 


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  #2050624 6-Jul-2018 15:20
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@ockel:

 

My Sony KDL43W800C is listed as being a model with Freeview OnDemand.  It does not have an aerial connected and it does not have or allow download of the Freeview app.  FreeviewNZ is very clear "Tip! All SONY TVs only work with UHF aerial, so you'll need to have a working UHF aerial as well as UHF coverage to connect your TV antenna directly to your SONY TV. "  

 

Can you confirm that you dont have an aerial (and havent previously had) connected to your Sammy but you do have capability to stream Freeview content? 

 

So I have had an aerial connected to the Samsung TV in the past, but not now. It turns out that there are two ways to access Freeview on Demand content on the Samsung.

 

- With an aerial connected, I can use the coloured buttons on the remote (can't remember which one sorry) to bring up the Freeview on Demand dialogue and choose content, which is then internet delivered. Without an aerial connected, this does not work at all. This same mechanism also works for a Panasonic DMR-BTW760 recorder (with aerial), with its remote.

 

- Without an aerial, I can still access the Samsung Freeview app in the overall Samsung app list (the standalone ThreeNow app has now disappeared from this list) and either choose a merged On Demand list, or access content for each of TVNZ, ThreeNow and Maori separately.

 

Hope that clarifies it somewhat.

 

 


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  #2050632 6-Jul-2018 15:35
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allan:

 

 

 

So I have had an aerial connected to the Samsung TV in the past, but not now. It turns out that there are two ways to access Freeview on Demand content on the Samsung.

 

- With an aerial connected, I can use the coloured buttons on the remote (can't remember which one sorry) to bring up the Freeview on Demand dialogue and choose content, which is then internet delivered. Without an aerial connected, this does not work at all. This same mechanism also works for a Panasonic DMR-BTW760 recorder (with aerial), with its remote.

 

- Without an aerial, I can still access the Samsung Freeview app in the overall Samsung app list (the standalone ThreeNow app has now disappeared from this list) and either choose a merged On Demand list, or access content for each of TVNZ, ThreeNow and Maori separately.

 

Hope that clarifies it somewhat.

 

 

 

 

Thanks.  I notice that the Sony descriptor on the Freeview page is clear about an aerial - the other manufacturers, not so much (especially not Samsung) so wondering if there is the usual manufacturer specific approach to apps (everyone does something different).

 

I might use a temporary UHF aerial to see what happens - and whether restrictions reappear after removing the aerial.


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  #2050655 6-Jul-2018 16:18
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allan: Just an FYI in case you weren't aware, modified Tivos won't help with any Freeview.


Yep, am aware - hence why I said that would be in conjunction with say a newer Apple TV or set top box. Given I have three recorders sitting doing nothing I’d be best to sort that out than purchase a new one!

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  #2073259 14-Aug-2018 13:20
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Is there any news on when the new Freeview On Demand service will be made available on Apple TV? I can't find anything on the Freeview site. 


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  #2073267 14-Aug-2018 13:42
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Copatikus:

 

Is there any news on when the new Freeview On Demand service will be made available on Apple TV? I can't find anything on the Freeview site. 

 

 

I believe it's a hurry up and wait for Freeview to flick a switch as they stagger the roll out.  In another thread DishTV said it won't be available on their T2200 box until Freeview enable it at their end.

 

Seems to me the Freeview team have only enabled the new interface on new smart TV's rather than set top boxes.


 
 
 
 


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  #2073288 14-Aug-2018 14:03
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Copatikus:

 

Is there any news on when the new Freeview On Demand service will be made available on Apple TV? I can't find anything on the Freeview site. 

 

 

A single app to stream all the Freeview Channels in HD would be wonderful, could do away with both UHF aerial and Satellite Dish. Given we're in a Fibre age now this should be a no brainer.


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  #2073297 14-Aug-2018 14:30
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Partner has the freeview app on her iPhone.  It has a rather annoying feature.  If it's charging while chromecasting it has little advertising notifications that pop up on the phone (e.g. Order an Uber) every few minutes. Each time the phone vibrates or beeps.





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  #2073671 15-Aug-2018 07:58
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@MikeAqua not sure what app you would be using. The only official Freeview app is the TV guide. Other OnDemand apps are provided by individual broadcasters on mobile (ThreeNow, TVNZ OnDemand etc.). It must be some sort of unofficial app.


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  #2074618 16-Aug-2018 20:15
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This update landed on my LG TV tonight. Freeview guide and on demand apps were super fast and responsive on this TV before, but new UI is very laggy which makes the TV feel different in a bad way. Around 1sec between click and reaction. Do like how the ondemand stuff is one unified library, but a glaring omission is profiles. They forget that TVs are more often that not shared devices.

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  #2074630 16-Aug-2018 21:00
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Pumpedd:

 

allan:

 

Actually I just discovered in my Samsung TV app list an app called "Freeview" which I don't think has always been there (maybe I just overlooked it) that presents a combined view of all on demand content from TVNZ, Three and Maori - or you can select content from each individually. This allows streaming without the need for an aerial connected. 

 

 

and no way to bypass all the adverts. 

 

I mostly record all my TV and watch later so I can FF thru the adverts. Streaming TV does not allow this.

 

 

Good thing about streaming TV is that it only has a few ads in the beginning, then the rest is ad free.


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  #2074870 17-Aug-2018 14:04
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Got the update on our Dishtv T2100 aerialbox last night. Haven't had a play with it yet


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  #2076581 21-Aug-2018 01:53
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Went to watch the latest episode of Agents of Shield (ep 11); however it is not on the new on demand system but has tuned up on the old TVNZ on demand. Something not right?


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  #2086277 8-Sep-2018 21:53
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Wonderful.  However, our recent (less than a year old) "smart" TV has removed all Freeview and OnDemand apps.  Very, very frustrating.  Especially when Panasonic and Freeview techies can help sort the issue.    Any ideas? 


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