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  #182948 9-Dec-2008 11:37
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mattstutter:
sbiddle:?HD over component will never occur with any Freeview certified boxes.

And what's the reason for that again? ? ??


One word. DRM

And don't go blaming Freeview - it is not their choice. Blame the content producers who are demanding DRM and who (like the music industry) seem to regard all their customers as theives.

At this stage I've heard or read nothing to suggest that the ICT flag won't be forced to be used on all devices and HD media come 2012 as planned.

 
 
 

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  #182970 9-Dec-2008 12:48
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sbiddle:
mattstutter: Plot thickens - now DSE aren't showing an expected date of?receiving?stock and the picture of the unit has gone...
Shame there isn't a manual available to inform purchasers - would be nice to know what features/limitations the unit has. ? ?HD over component would be a nice addition - can't claim copyright issues, it's a freeking recorder!




HD over component will never occur with any Freeview certified boxes.

Glad I've got an uncertified box then..





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  #182976 9-Dec-2008 13:20
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Freeview have updated their website - lots more info up now, user manual even...
http://freeviewnz.tv/products/detail/zinwell_zmt-640pvr_-_digital_television_recorder



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  #183009 9-Dec-2008 15:03
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In the manual it appears that button 23 will allow you to select either Auto/1080i/720p/576p/576i

So looks like an Auto option is present




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  #183010 9-Dec-2008 15:03
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It's interesting to see that Freeview now also mention "Hard Drive addons" - allows you to record digital television using your existing Freeview approved satellite or terrestrial receiver.

I had heard for some time there was going to be an official Zinwell software update to allow this (it's a feature already available on some other firmware). Maybe it's going to turn out to be true.



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  #183015 9-Dec-2008 15:08
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Yeah i noticed that too.. they wouldnt put it there if there was no possibility of something appearing in the not too distant future

Obviously something in the works




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  #183019 9-Dec-2008 15:23
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i couldn't see anything in the manual to illustrate how you can adjust the timer bookings to pad the booking by a few mins to make sure you get the whole show.
Unless it can cleverly tell from the EPG when the show REALLY does start and REALLY does finish....  Have noticed the EPG on my SAT unit is saying shows are starting 1-2 mins before they're timed to start....   But that doesn't help the end of the show, unless it pads 5 mins on just in case.
Anyone care to comment? 



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  #183020 9-Dec-2008 15:27
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I would doubt it.  While it may seem logical to have some sort of broadcast signal, I dont think any pvrs do this.




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  #183024 9-Dec-2008 15:37
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davidcole: I would doubt it.? While it may seem logical to have some sort of broadcast signal, I dont think any pvrs do this.


I still fail to understand how a TV channel that runs on a computerised schedule can end up running late! It's not like their is live content that always runs over!


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  #183044 9-Dec-2008 16:02
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mattstutter: i couldn't see anything in the manual to illustrate how you can adjust the timer bookings to pad the booking by a few mins to make sure you get the whole show.
Unless it can cleverly tell from the EPG when the show REALLY does start and REALLY does finish....  Have noticed the EPG on my SAT unit is saying shows are starting 1-2 mins before they're timed to start....   But that doesn't help the end of the show, unless it pads 5 mins on just in case.
Anyone care to comment? 


The buffer is 2 mins before and 10 mins after

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  #183055 9-Dec-2008 16:25
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Cheers Brunzy!!   I know the topfield PVR units let you specify a padding/buffer and I read the Oz Tivo box had a setting for something similar too, so figured there must be something similar in the workings.
That's quite a sales feature - surprised it's not in the manual, or listed somewhere!

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  #183073 9-Dec-2008 17:32
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Quote from press release quoted by freitasm
freitasm: The MyFreeview|HD DTR uses the Freeview eight-day electronic programme guide to select programmes or series to record.




Is this the same as EIT data (which I can see in mythtv), which certainly isn't much more than now and next, currently?



Does all this mean that the EIT data will be expanded to 8 days? If not, then how does the Freeview HD PVR get it's EPG?

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  #183079 9-Dec-2008 17:41
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The 8 day epg core info is in the MHEG-5 guide.

The EIT data contains TV Anytime format information that is used to assist scheduling and features like Series Link.

In the future the EIT might be updated to EIT Actual which can provide acurate start times.




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  #183241 10-Dec-2008 08:21
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I heard from someone a while ago that Zinwell were releasing an official pvr firmware + USB HDD combo in Australia, and if you google long enough you can find an image of a Zinwell USB drive that looks like it sits under and matches the DVB-T box.

I have a NAS that has LAN+USB, it would be awesome to be able to record onto that using the Zinwell via USB and then watch the recordings using XBMC or another media player attached to the network.

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  #183455 11-Dec-2008 09:11
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JimmyLizar: Also says on same page

Online Store: Out of stock, due 08-Dec-2008

Maybe their stock arrives 8.12.08, in both retail and online sales depts?


EDIT:
 Also noticed an anomaly in some reporting on this receiver.  This article in Stuff says:
"The box would store 80 hours of high definition TV programmes"

The DSE website says:
"250GB Hard Drive – up to 60 hours of high definition recording"

20 hours of HD content is quite a bit.  Any ideas?


DSE's website is now saying that while stores don't have stock, the online store does have them available.

Are they in stock in other shops? I see the NL's website doesn't mention anythig about them not being available?

If available, has anyone bit the bullet yet and bought one? If DSE is selling them now for $1000, it's a possibility they'll have them on sale post Xmas - and if we can find an "early adopter" to review it, that would be great!

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