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  Reply # 2139557 5-Dec-2018 08:33
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steve2222:

 

What about this:

 

http://www.freeviewnz.tv/new-freeview-recorder/

 

 

 

 

WOW they actually did it, now will it work better than their other efforts. On paper or on screen it looks good but the proof is in the using and I guess any issues will soon appear on these Forums. 





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  Reply # 2139561 5-Dec-2018 08:43
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Nice looking box. Android based, Google Play store, both UHF and Satellite.

 

I hope it isn't too buggy. Maybe they've (finally) cracked it.

 

However, I can't remember the last time I recorded something. I watch it all OnDemand now.

 

I wonder if they will release a non recording version of this?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2139570 5-Dec-2018 08:50
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Interestingly this is where I found out about it:

 

https://twitter.com/androidtv_rumor?lang=en

 

I am a user of Android TV via a Mi Box so was referred to this twitter feed by someone as the best way to stay up to date.

 

Reference to the Dish TV/Freeview box first occurred on 29 November when this guy picked up an article about it in the M2 Magazine. At that point I could find no reference to it on either Freeview or Dish TV. It was not until the further tweet on 3 December that I saw Freeview had updated their website.

 

 

 

Available from December 7th.


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  Reply # 2139644 5-Dec-2018 09:49
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Knocking the price down by $100 would be good idea but I'm impressed for once.


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  Reply # 2139652 5-Dec-2018 10:06
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Doesn’t support Netflix (yet)?




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  Reply # 2139655 5-Dec-2018 10:19
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Its just a Freeview box. The Freeview boxes so far have not been great at all. When will this $439 box be downgraded to the lite version when they next upgrade it??? The T2200 looked the real deal and that's ended up being an ongoing problem

 

 

 

The convenience is partially offset by having to to to another box for the other content. May as well stick with my current PVR and use the ATV4 for all streaming, 6 of 1....


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  Reply # 2139660 5-Dec-2018 10:24
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scuwp: Doesn’t support Netflix (yet)?

 

It has the Google Play store, so I'd assume it would support Netflix from there?


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  Reply # 2139676 5-Dec-2018 10:48
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trig42:

 

scuwp: Doesn’t support Netflix (yet)?

 

It has the Google Play store, so I'd assume it would support Netflix from there?

 

 

Yeah I'd assume if it loads the Google Play Store it should in theory support available apps too.


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  Reply # 2139686 5-Dec-2018 11:02
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trig42:

 

I wonder if they will release a non recording version of this?

 

 

Their 'SmartVU X' also made by Dish probably ticks that box also running Android TV.  It's also on pre-order but only $159.85.  Curiously this device has YouTube AND Netflix pre-installed which the the recorder doesn't mention either of but I'd think YouTube would be a given being powered by Google.

 

https://www.smartvu.co.nz

 

The one cool thing I hope they'll do is allow this SmartVU device to act as a slave which can stream from their new recorder unit over a LAN.  This would really open doors where the new recorder could effectively become a home entertainment hub and a SmartVU could be connected to another TV sharing content from the same HDD.


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  Reply # 2139690 5-Dec-2018 11:07
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This appears to be a nice box.

 

Dish TV always seemed to have a better EPG/User Interface than Panasonic.  Frankly anything is better than my Panasonic for user interface.

 

But I still record using my old box.  

 

The trouble with on demand is 1) the unzappable adverts and 2) shows disappear.  Heck the oldest thing on my Panasonic is the second season of Happy Valley...all unwatched.  Ill get round to it one day, but its there to drop in on.  I couldn't do that with on-demand as it would be gone a long time ago.  

 

So ill see how the report of life with this unit are (not holding out THAT much hope for Dish TV on this one) and ill still use my trusty Panny BWT840GZ and the ATV4 for all off the on demand stuff....

 

 





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  Reply # 2139701 5-Dec-2018 11:20
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DickDastardly:

 

The trouble with on demand is 1) the unzappable adverts and 2) shows disappear.  Heck the oldest thing on my Panasonic is the second season of Happy Valley...all unwatched.  Ill get round to it one day, but its there to drop in on.  I couldn't do that with on-demand as it would be gone a long time ago.  

 

 

On-demand has it's place but agree 100% with this.  On more than one occasion I've started watching something only to find I can't get to the end of a season before it disappears and ("allegedly") have had to find another way of watching the last two episodes.  Or my favourite, watching a season of something on-demand where episodes are released weekly but each episode is only available for 7 or 14 days.  Miss an episode due to other commitments/holiday etc... and it's gone.  Although I suspect much of this is dictated by the content maker it makes a mockery of local broadcasters promoting on-demand as 'catching up' on missed episodes when there's a tight leash with timing.


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  Reply # 2139806 5-Dec-2018 13:30
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Anybody know anything about the Freeview app on the Android box? Is it only on-demand shows only or is it live TV as well?

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  Reply # 2139936 5-Dec-2018 15:26
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Groucho:

 

trig42:

 

scuwp: Doesn’t support Netflix (yet)?

 

It has the Google Play store, so I'd assume it would support Netflix from there?

 

 

Yeah I'd assume if it loads the Google Play Store it should in theory support available apps too.

 

 

 

 

If I recall correctly from my following of Reddit threads on both the Android TV OS and the MiBox (running Android TV), there is a difference between a device being Google certified and Netflix certified.

 

 

 

The Mi Box is Netflix certified ,but there are many Android TV boxes that are not Netflix certified (the MeCool or something like that springs to mind). I cannot recall what the implication is; either NF won't work at all, or it may only stream in SD. I believe NF may actually have a web page that lists devices they have certified.


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  Reply # 2139994 5-Dec-2018 16:13
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If anybody gets this Android box would they be able to extract the APK's off it - I'd be interested to see the details of the Freeview app (yes I know its HBBTV, but I'd like to know how they implemented it)


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  Reply # 2140002 5-Dec-2018 16:41
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Spyware:

 

Knocking the price down by $100 would be good idea but I'm impressed for once.

 

 

Knocking $100 off the price of anything is always a good idea! tongue-out

 

$440 doesn't seem bad for a six tuner PVR with a 1TB hard drive.

 

I'll be interested to see if it can be "persuaded" to accept UK catch-up apps and play nice with DNS4ME.

 

Be nice if I could get everything into a single box for family usage.


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