Py99ajh: Thanks everyone. Fat format sorted it!! My general impressions of the magic box are a bit dissapointing to be honest. I have been using a topfield in the uk on freeview and it's 5yr technology and ui is still way superior. Suggestions for magictv folk I'd they're listening:
- epg is dreadful! changes need to be made. If it means losing the freeview certification then it should be dropped like a stone! To start tneeds to be a grid version. Now and next is useless. This could surely be easily done by scraping epg data and populating it locally. If this was done would also allow searching of epg data for programs to record. Eg on topfield boxes you can enter in search term 'home*' and it would automatically record all future episodes of home and away (as well as everything else starting with home) in the future. (bad example, sorry).
- when you are recording a show it should be integrated into the same menu as the recorded programs menu, rather than hidden in recording > recording options menu. You could just show recording in red, to allow to start watching from start.
- when you goto a program that is currently recording it should start automatically at the beginning, not where it's currently at in it's recording! Who wants to breifly see the a plot or sports game score when you want to start at the begining?!?
- user program forward timeshift set time period. Eg red = forward 10, green f 30, yellow f 90sec , blue = back 30 sec. I read this is a nz freeview thing. See earlier comment on dropping like a stone!!!
rosswakelin: Just an update to show why I was confused about the capabilities of the Magic
with regard to being able to save content to a USB drive.
is a screen capture of one of the FAQS from the current NZ Magic tv support page
(http://www.magictv.co.nz/support.html). It explicitly states that you can save
edited programs to a USB HDD.
I guess the FAQ never got updated when the firmware got crippled.
terryr: Interesting power consumption figures, but I wonder if they are correct. 16W does seem a big large for the Magic Box in standby, I'd believe that figure for normal use, but not on standby. Has anyone got one of those power meters that they could plug the Magic Box into to check this as I'm afraid I'd disbelieve it until it was checked.