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