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Uber Geek


  #340692 11-Jun-2010 16:39
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Sweet prize!
Has Freeview been going 3 years - yikes - how time flies....

I have a Panasonic G10 50" in the lounge - Finally splashed out last year. Sound on those is a bit ordinary so had to get a Denon Home theatre - sounds good too. Freeview HD looks and sounds awesome.

Also got a Pioneer DVD player hooked in there and the newest toy - a AC Ryan PlayOn HD mini so that I can stream movies and stuff from my PC to the TV - pretty pleased with that as well. Did have a mediagate MG350HD - but the power supply went belly up. I replaced it with the Playon HD mini then worked out about a day later where I could get a suitable power supply - so the Mediagate has gone upstairs (no - not the great electronic afterlife - the bedroom).

Never been much of a fan of sky - always seems like a good idea - then I look at what they have on and cant be bothered with it. Often see that I have missed interesting docos on TVNZ 6 and often wish I could record them.


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Wannabe Geek

  #340694 11-Jun-2010 16:42
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I have a home theatre PC, with a Haupaugge WinTV-HVR-4000-HD tuner card. Have not really had a great chance to play with the card, as when I'm at home my partner or flatmates like watching the TV. The totally unsophisticated composite input from the Sky Box works great though ;)

However am using Windows 7 Home Premium, and loving My Movies 3 on Windows Media Centre, and the HDMI connection from my Radeon Saphire Graphics Card to my Sony 32" Full HD TV means I don't have to worry about a separate audio cable.

We recently got MySky, as my partner wanted to be able to record a Sky Channel while watching another sky channel, something I will struggle to do with my home theatre until I have my dreambox(s).... ...which probably will not be before we get married in November as we are saving for that and a house too. 

We've also got a thoroughly cool Logitech DiNovo Bluetooth Mini Keyboard which I thoroughly recommend for using with Home Theatre systems.

I still use the main PC for playing music in the lounges however, as I like to play iTunes Genius playlists rather than use the manual playlist / play an album approach favoured in WMC. Haven't been bothered settnig up iTunes on the Home Theatre yet, but interested in another (better) solution if anyone has come up with one?  

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Ultimate Geek

#340703 11-Jun-2010 17:01
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I am on Telstra clear digital cable and I need to be able to save programs for my wife who is a shift worker.

If I wait for their PVR I will have missed all the program I were meant to copy for her, so I need this to save my marriage.

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Uber Geek


  #340705 11-Jun-2010 17:02
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I'm confused... I thought all those that had asked a question in the last round of "Ask Freeview" where in the draw..... now there is this and no mention of that?

I have
Panasonic G10 50" Plasma
Connected to Windows 7 HTPC via DVi -> HDMI per signature for all my digital goodness.

Also have a Wii thanks to free Panasonic giveaway deal.
On the hunt for blue-ray but need to find a decent video shop that stocks them first.

Sound from some Logitech 5.1 computer speakers, much needed of an upgrade but so much other stuff on the list before them :(

Would love to use the magic instead of the PC to record freeview. Hopefully it will arrive in time for me to record the end of the world cup games....

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#340706 11-Jun-2010 17:04
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I have a Sony 23" CRT Television, VHS recorder & DVD player - would love to upgrade to Freeview with recorder.

When the TV dies it will definitely be flat screen.........

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Uber Geek


  #340710 11-Jun-2010 17:06
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I have an infamous eXtra Terrestrial box in my spare room. I thought that was going to get upgraded to PVR abilities one day? I guess it's probably not going to now, so this will take its place nicely!

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  #340711 11-Jun-2010 17:09
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Currently have MySky HDi in the lounge but I haven't got the HD ticket for sport or movies.

Also, have a 40" Samsung HD Ready LCD (a few years old but why oh why did I not get an FullHD set???), with the Sony Muteki 7.2 Home Theatre. Its loud.. This unit would compliment it nicely! 

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Wannabe Geek

#340713 11-Jun-2010 17:10
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Well ill give this a go, i enter everything but never win anything. I currently have a 2 year old Sony Bravia 50" with a cheapey Triones Freeview box. All work well but im always up for something new

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Wannabe Geek

#340716 11-Jun-2010 17:23
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I have an old crt tv which is connected to a dvd player and video player.  Neither of which I know how to make work with the tv.  Its all too technical.  What hope is there for me in this ever-changing world?  Although it would be nice to have something modern before my children have one.

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#340722 11-Jun-2010 17:33
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In my Man Cave (old converted garage-comlete with dodgily covered mechanics pit) I've got air. con,beer fridge,50 ' panasonic Plasma,Yamaha 7.1 home theatre amp,older JBl speakers with 2xJBL amps,MySky HDI,old Pioneer DVD,Panasonic VCR/DVD Recorder,PS3,Old Laser-Disc Player and a WDTV.And usually a few mates and mates/hangers-on of my son.And I've got no $!

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#340723 11-Jun-2010 17:34
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I would Love one of these as I live in levin and watch all tv channels through a curtain of static and in black and white as well

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Master Geek

  #340730 11-Jun-2010 17:40
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We have a 42" panasonic plasma and a panasonic home theater system.  We also have a wii.   So not much in there, a MyFreeview HD DVR will be a nice addition.


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Ultimate Geek


  #340731 11-Jun-2010 17:42
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Currently running:

Optoma HD20 projector on 77" screen
DSE branded Zinwell Freeview decoder
Oppo BDP-83 Blu-Ray player
XBox 360 (via VGA as it's a pre-HDMI model)
Logitech Z5500 5.1 speakers

Have replaced everything bar the XBox 360 and speakers recently - just can't justify the cost of upgrading to a amplifier/speaker set at the moment as the Logitech speakers are just fine for my little lounge.  Need to get an antenna tech in to sort out my freeview reception, though (or cut down a tree in the adjacent park - grr!)

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Ultimate Geek

  #340737 11-Jun-2010 18:01
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40" Sony LCD approx 3 years old. Connected to this is mysky, ps3 and wii . Would love to connect one of these devices so can record FTA programmes with subtitles.

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Wannabe Geek

  #340740 11-Jun-2010 18:03
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I have a Sony 40inch HD LCD with built-in Freeview.  Get wonderful digital HD signal but I can't split it around other rooms in the house.  Since the TV retailer installed my TV, the splitter signal around the house has been dreadful on all except Prime and Maori TV.  With built-in Freeview, my DVD recorder can only record an analogue signal - very frustrating!

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