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  # 2270234 5-Jul-2019 07:10
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Latest update seemed to have forgotten our Freeview account details. First time that's happened for me.

Beyond that everything else ok at the moment. Early days...

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  # 2270251 5-Jul-2019 08:24
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Still has momentary freezes while watching Freeview channels.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2270561 5-Jul-2019 14:45
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Lewk: Still has momentary freezes while watching Freeview channels.

 

 

 

I only see the momentary freezes when there is a construction crane turned so part of it is between my aerial and the transmit tower.

 

 

 

What is your signal strength like? That could be the issue?


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  # 2270596 5-Jul-2019 16:10
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IceFragmatic:

Lewk: Still has momentary freezes while watching Freeview channels.


 


I only see the momentary freezes when there is a construction crane turned so part of it is between my aerial and the transmit tower.


 

LL879917

What is your signal strength like? That could be the issue?



I have very good signal strength but Dishtv support have acknowledged that this is an issue. It was to be fixed in an up coming firmware update and I thought that it might have been included in the last one. Appears not.

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  # 2276992 15-Jul-2019 14:22
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SouthernKiwi:
evilengineer:

 

The box should pair to a Logitech Harmony Hub if the remote is Bluetooth based.

 

Anyone have that working?

 



I’ve found a work around for pairing this box to my Harmony Smart Hub, I’ll post instructions once I have all the buttons mapped and confirmed it all works as expected 👍🏻😄

 

I have managed to get this working with my Harmony setup (regardless of type) by getting Dish TV to add IR to the box and then programming the remote as per normal. 

 

     

  1. Contact Dish TV on Facebook and confirm you can send your box to them to have IR added. Then get their address, send it in and add a note requesting IR be added and include your return address.
  2. Dish TV will install an IR Sensor and send it back (via Courier at no cost... takes approx 5 working days). 
  3. You can get them to send you an IR Remote back too (I would recommend this at a cost of $35 or less for a second-hand one if they have stock)
  4. Program your Harmony Remote with:

     

    • Manufacturer: Dish TV
    • Device Model Number: S8300
  5. Note: You will need to program Apps and Volume buttons

 

Done. 





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  # 2277038 15-Jul-2019 14:38
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can someone confirm what apps are available?  I'm interested in Netflix, Lightbox, Kodi, Spark Sport plus the usual NZ / international ones. 


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  # 2277056 15-Jul-2019 15:17
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Spark Sport, Lightbox, Plex, Youtube, TVNZ, Spotify, Kodi are all supported from the Play store natively. You can also side load some apps but will have varying degrees of success. e.g. the Netflix Android TV app doesn't work but the Android phone/tablet version kinda does (it has quirks). 

 

Note: Side load at your own risk. 

 

Plus all the usual OnDemand channels are there, TVNZ1, TVNZ2, Three, ThreeLife, Maori, Bravo, TVNZD, Te Reo





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  # 2277142 15-Jul-2019 16:44
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So no native Netflix yet?  Any reason why not or just not certified yet?  Are Dish planning to get it certified?


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# 2277230 15-Jul-2019 18:54
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Is anyone finding the video feed freezes but the audio keeps going, for 10-40 seconds or so?

 

Happens to me every ~10 minutes.

 

Not sure if that's a fault or a bug?




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  # 2278882 18-Jul-2019 12:36
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Just to make it here... I've posted the Spark Sport release in the Spark Sport thread, but here is the Freeview release:

 

 

Spark Sport now available on the Freeview A2 Recorder and SmartVU X streaming device

 

Rugby fans rejoice! Via a new partnership between Freeview and Spark, Spark Sport will be available on the Freeview A2 Recorder and Freeview SmartVU X streaming devices, giving Kiwi sports enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy their favourite matches from the comfort of their own home.

 

All matches in the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019 will be available for viewers to stream through a Spark Sport Rugby World Cup Tournament Pass.

 

The addition of Spark Sport content broadens the growing ecosystem of entertainment Kiwis can already enjoy on Freeview.

 

New Zealand’s first personal video recorder (PVR) powered by Android TV, Freeview’s A2 Recorder allows viewers to watch Live TV, On Demand content and Record their favourite shows - entirely subscription-free. With the Recorder, viewers also have access to a range of other features including numerous Android TV apps on Google Play.

 

And now, Kiwis without an aerial or satellite dish can also access Freeview. Released late last year, the Freeview SmartVU streaming device is a tiny gadget that can connect to almost any TV, allowing viewers to watch Live TV streamed over the internet, as well as access Freeview On Demand and other third-party apps such as Spark Sport, Netflix, Lightbox and YouTube on Google Play.

 

Freeview’s CEO, Jason Foden, says the partnership with Spark Sport further solidifies Freeview’s commitment in providing the best TV experience for New Zealanders.

 

“There’s no doubt that rugby is part of our Kiwi culture – so we’re excited to provide our viewers with access to the premium content available on Spark Sport and experience the exhilaration of the Rugby World Cup 2019 together.

 

“In the future, we’ll expect to see more content partnerships that will further enrich TV viewing for New Zealanders,” Foden concludes.

 

Created in partnership with local manufacturer Dish TV and priced from $139, these compatible Freeview devices can connect to any TV to stream Spark Sport on the big screen, offering a lean-back viewing experience as an alternative to purchasing new Smart TVs.

 





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  # 2278953 18-Jul-2019 13:13
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So I'm sure its been posted here but Dish TV confirmed that there is no roadmap to get the A2 certified for Netflix; it will happen whenever it happens... Shame as this would have been a great device with access to the NZ app library.


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  # 2278975 18-Jul-2019 13:29
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Benoire:

 

So no native Netflix yet?  Any reason why not or just not certified yet?  Are Dish planning to get it certified?

 

 

Way back in December 2018 they said this:

 

freitasm:

 

I got this from Freeview:

 

"While Freeview would love to include Netflix on the New Freeview Recorder and have indicated to Netflix that we'd like to work together to make that happen, it is up to Netflix to determine when their requisite certification procedures would take place before Netflix can be introduced."

 

 

In classic PR style it makes literally no promises about when, or indeed if, Netflix may arrive on this box.

 

This may or may not be a problem for you (I've got three or four different devices that can do Netflix) but it does seem like the elephant in the room for a box that's marketed as bringing broadcast TV, catch-up and streaming apps into a single box.

 

I was originally looking at one of these as a family friendly solution that could bring everything into a single device and didn't involve buying a new "Smart TV" that will be as dumb as a brick within 3-5 years.

 

From what I've gathered to date, this probably isn't the device I am looking for.      


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  # 2278978 18-Jul-2019 13:32
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Benoire:

 

So I'm sure its been posted here but Dish TV confirmed that there is no roadmap to get the A2 certified for Netflix; it will happen whenever it happens... Shame as this would have been a great device with access to the NZ app library.

 

 

That's pretty much what I thought.

 

Don't hold your breath.


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  # 2278984 18-Jul-2019 13:37
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evilengineer:

 

Way back in December 2018 they said this:

 

freitasm:

 

I got this from Freeview:

 

"While Freeview would love to include Netflix on the New Freeview Recorder and have indicated to Netflix that we'd like to work together to make that happen, it is up to Netflix to determine when their requisite certification procedures would take place before Netflix can be introduced."

 

 

 

The Smart Vu X doesn't do netflix either does it without a sideload and issues... I think they have failed badly in their approach to get all in one devices without getting Netflix on board.




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  # 2278986 18-Jul-2019 13:42
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@Benoire:

 

The Smart Vu X doesn't do netflix either does it without a sideload and issues... I think they have failed badly in their approach to get all in one devices without getting Netflix on board.

 

 

The Smart Vu does have Netflix.





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