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# 239598 25-Jul-2018 18:09
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I have an old Magic TV 3600 running the latestest modded firmware and I notice when I rewind a program recorded on Prime, often won't rewind at all or if it does it goes back a long way. Fast forwarding does not work as smoothly as any of the other channels either. Last night it had just started to record Car SOS on Prime and the Magic TV froze with Prime displayed. I had to power off on to recover.


I understand the old Magic TV is past it's use by date and am not concerned with it's problems, but am curious to know if what is transmitted digitally by Prime and therfore recorded is different somehow to the other channels.


Do other brands of recorders have trouble with handling only prime?


As I said I know the Magic TV is old and I am not trying to fix it. I just wondered if what prime transmit is different to the other channels.



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  # 2062595 25-Jul-2018 21:31
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Prime on DVB-T is only SD (720x576, interlaced).  It is H.264 video and stereo AAC audio.  TVNZ 1 and 2 and Three are all HD (1920x1080, interlaced).  They have AC-3 5.1 or better audio, as well as the stereo AAC audio channel.  I think Maori TV is HD now too.  Most of the other channels are similar to Prime (SD).  So try Choice or HGTV or a +1 channel and see if they give you the same problems as Prime.

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  # 2062801 26-Jul-2018 09:48
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Have just recorded programs from Choice and HGTV and played around with them to see if I can reproduce the symptoms and they work fine as do the plus 1 channels that are also in SD.
Then tried a couple of programes from prime and the RW function freezes regularly. Its not a problem. If I press play it starts to play again fine and I can then use the jump back instead of the RW and that works well.
There just seems to be something different about recording from prime. Quite strange.


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  # 2063008 26-Jul-2018 15:16
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It is something to do with Prime, and not restricted to DVB-T - Prime DVB-S has a similar issue. Current versions of VLC won't play a stream from Prime (older versions will) but other Freeview channels seem fine.

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