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  # 2316574 12-Sep-2019 16:14
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If you have problems with over heating then you should get a replacement.... Unless you are a tinkerer like me. :-)

 

As others have said... keeping the SmartVu X cool helps.

 

I added heatsinks to some of the ICs on mine.

 

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  # 2317617 14-Sep-2019 10:43
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Are there any issues with this device and surround sound?

 

I picked one up recently and haven't really played with it too much. Had it connected through my matrix switch and wasn't getting any surround sound on my amp (e.g. on Netflix). This isn't that unusual as I had something similar with my Panasonic PVR that I never figured out (that's another story, just plugged it direct to the amp instead).

 

I tried plugging it directly into the amp and rebooted etc but I'm still not getting surround sound. Is there a trick or some setting I might have missed? I tried both PCM and RAW in the Android TV surround settings (my amp doesn't do the newer HD formats) but that didn't have any affect. Netflix doesn't even show the 5.1 audio option anywhere that I can see.

 

Is this a Dolby Digital Plus issue? I hope not because the only reason I bought this was to watch Netflix without having to use my Playstation.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2321986 21-Sep-2019 15:24
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bazzer:

 

Are there any issues with this device and surround sound?

 

I picked one up recently and haven't really played with it too much. Had it connected through my matrix switch and wasn't getting any surround sound on my amp (e.g. on Netflix). This isn't that unusual as I had something similar with my Panasonic PVR that I never figured out (that's another story, just plugged it direct to the amp instead).

 

I tried plugging it directly into the amp and rebooted etc but I'm still not getting surround sound. Is there a trick or some setting I might have missed? I tried both PCM and RAW in the Android TV surround settings (my amp doesn't do the newer HD formats) but that didn't have any affect. Netflix doesn't even show the 5.1 audio option anywhere that I can see.

 

Is this a Dolby Digital Plus issue? I hope not because the only reason I bought this was to watch Netflix without having to use my Playstation.

 

 

Dish TV didn't have anything to say other than "Ask Netflix", which I thought kind of missed the point.


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  # 2322026 21-Sep-2019 17:38
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You have your 'SmartVU' HDMI ARC selected..


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  # 2322096 21-Sep-2019 18:34
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Graymond:

 

You have your 'SmartVU' HDMI ARC selected..

 

 

Is this directed at me? It's plugged straight into my amp. I'm pretty sure the problem is Netflix only outputs DD+, my amp doesn't support it and SmartVU doesn't have the license to decode it. There's some hacks online for the Nvidia Shield but not sure if they will be applicable to this unit. I guess I might try looking into it if no one has any other advice?


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  # 2322185 21-Sep-2019 20:32
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bazzer:

 

Graymond:

 

You have your 'SmartVU' HDMI ARC selected..

 

 

Is this directed at me? It's plugged straight into my amp. I'm pretty sure the problem is Netflix only outputs DD+, my amp doesn't support it and SmartVU doesn't have the license to decode it. There's some hacks online for the Nvidia Shield but not sure if they will be applicable to this unit. I guess I might try looking into it if no one has any other advice?

 

 

I have my unit plugged into the TV which is connected to my Tuner/Amp by a HDMI ARC connection both ends, when I selected HDMI ARC on the SmartVU unit it gave me the ability to switch all units from it's remote, I have full surround sound, but prefer headphones.

 

Yet to figure out how to incorporate my Dish Sat Tuner, it is HDMI connected to the tuner but I have to switch it seperately.


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  # 2324981 26-Sep-2019 07:54
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Hello.

 

I picked up a SmartVu a few weeks ago to test the Spark Sport app. 

 

Now that I have decided to just use the TV app, I thought I would re-purpose this a Freeview dongle for a TV in the spare bedroom where there is no cable from the aerial.

 

But when I select TVNZ1 or any of the other Freeview channels, the screen goes grey for a second or two then the main menu reappears, no channel will load at all. Is there something that needs to be activated for this to work?





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  # 2324989 26-Sep-2019 08:05
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kiwifidget:

 

Hello.

 

I picked up a SmartVu a few weeks ago to test the Spark Sport app. 

 

Now that I have decided to just use the TV app, I thought I would re-purpose this a Freeview dongle for a TV in the spare bedroom where there is no cable from the aerial.

 

But when I select TVNZ1 or any of the other Freeview channels, the screen goes grey for a second or two then the main menu reappears, no channel will load at all. Is there something that needs to be activated for this to work? 

 

Needs the Freeview app updated I suspect. I read elsewhere that some of the channel URLs had changed since the original release.


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  # 2324991 26-Sep-2019 08:07
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@allan The app won't update by itself? Is there a way to manually update the app?





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  # 2325001 26-Sep-2019 08:40
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Could it need to be signed into a Google account to update the apps?


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  # 2335706 11-Oct-2019 17:11
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mattwnz:

Stu1:
tb9: RWC promo email just received from TVNZ in relation to their RWC coverage states:-

We won’t be streaming Rugby World Cup 2019™ on tvnz.co.nz, TVNZ OnDemand apps or through Freeview SmartVU.

Spark Sport will have all 48 matches available to stream online.



Thats gotta suck for all those people who ditched their aerials and hoped just to watch the FTA games on TVNZ without paying extra.


They have been advertising that during ondemand shows for the last 2 weeks, must be don't have the rights for online streaming. Interesting to know how streaming rights work


 


So does that mean that devices like the smartvu  where people are using it as a UHF  replacement will stop working on those channels when the games are on. That is pretty terrible, especially for those people who can't get a TV signal. My parents couldn't get a reliable  uhf signal without pixilation so purchased a smartvu to get FTA tv, I hope they sort that out. 



This is correct, from freeview "Hi Mark - TVNZ don't have the streaming rights to the RWC so they can not offer the coverage via TVNZ On Demand or Freeview Smart Vu IP Streams."

However you only need to install the spark app, sign up for a trial account and cancel it, that gives you a free to air account and lets you watch all the free games.

Only issue will be if the spark app craps out during the games as you have no fall back. But if that happens there'll be a LOT more complaints than just that...

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