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Currently I am a TCL subscriber for cable TV. I receive Freeview HD only using a DVB-T tuner and gbpvr but haven't had time to work out the complex configurations to get gbpvr to actually playback the recorded broadcasts. For that I use a Popcorn Hour and for most channels have to record and transcode the audio before I can hear it (apart from TV3).

I need a plug and play solution that doesn't need me to be there and can support real time viewing. The choices are a FreeviewHD STB or possibly the TCL HD STB. Assuming TCL get the licensing sorted out I can't imagine their box being free - something along the lines of an additional $20/month is not beyond the realms of possibility (doubt if they would ask you to buy the box though like Sky). So assuming a FreeviewHD STB is about $350 the point at which the two costs converge is at over 18 months and the TCL box will record.

Seems like a no brainer if I want to watch HD easily but just wonder what others who are TCL subscribers and also capturing HD now think.

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  #170795 12-Oct-2008 23:07
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Wait. Freeview HD PVR's come out soon, so by then Telstra should shed more light on what their setup will be.



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That's what I am thinking. For me anyway, the only channel I watch/record on FreeviewHD is TV3 and I can record and watch that fine. There is the occasional shows on TV1 in HD I might want to watch (quite like Criminal Minds) but for the rest I can just use DVB-S or TCL cable.  The only pressure on me now is CTV8 which is only on the Freeview UHF platform. No easy way to watch that at the moment with my setup.




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System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #170821 13-Oct-2008 09:27
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The new beta versions of GB-PVR have a lot of improvements for DVB-T and it's now very stable. Also has a few cool features that only Media Portal had before.


You had suitable hardware for GB-PVR and H.264 hardware acceleration didn't you? If so I'm sure it's not far away from a release now so could be worth checking out.




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Well I sort of have the right hardware but not all installed. The CPU is a modest AMD Sempron (64 bit) 3000 which in itself wouldn't do it. I do have a ATI 2600 video card (can't recall the manufacturer) but it's AGP and I have read reports here that it's somewhat tricky to get hardware acceleration to work with the AGP cards (though not impossible). So not installed yet.

When I try to playback DVB-T recordings using gbpvr the video is all messed up (a kaleidoscope of colour I guess would describe it) but I do get audio since gbpvr has support for AAC audio.

Interestingly when I installed the latest beta of xbmc that product played back the DVB-T broadcasts with video (though very jerky given the modest CPU) but no audio. So it seems by gbpvr installation isn't quite right and I might have to blow it away and start again and also install the new video card.

Looks like a Christmas project and/or wait to see what TCL come up with

Larry




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System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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