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Topic # 79151 13-Mar-2011 21:17
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Does anyone know if the Vu+duo can skip by a fixed time increment (say 1 minute, or two minutes) when using satellite Freeview?

I've looked at the manual online and don't see that feature.

Obviously, I want to skip ads, which have made TV here unwatchable for me, and I find the fast forward feature on the DishTV7050
which we have is a pain to use for that.
I understand that Freeview have forbidden this feature for 'Freeview Approved' STB, unless it's for >10minutes. Correct?

More questions:
- does it have a 'time shift' feature that's reasonably easy to use?
- does it have 1080px output?
- can I use one dish shared between the tuners?
- anyone got any experience of reprogramming it? I believe it uses python, which is good.
- best place to get one in NZ?

My enquiries of Vu+ directly haven't really yielded any satisfactory answers, so I'd appreciate a bit of local input here.

cheers

anthony


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  Reply # 448072 13-Mar-2011 23:09
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If you are running PLi on it, have a look at their website for all you need to know.

From memory, keys 1, 4, 7 skip backwards and 3, 6, 9 forwards by 15sec, 1min, 5min respectively.

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  Reply # 448087 14-Mar-2011 01:32
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That's correct about the numeric keys for skipping, but the intervals are user-definable, so you can set them to whatever you want.

Time shift is simple, and can be to a different device from that used for recording.

Output is 1080i.

No problem using one dish/lnb for both tuners. They can be 'looped' through a menu setting.

There are several groups offering "images" - search for Vix, openPli, Blackhole.

I don't know if it's the best place, but I got great service and a great price directly from the importer, Peter at Satlink (NZ).

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 448116 14-Mar-2011 09:08
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Thanks for the information!

Can you clarify for me:

Does the 'standard' (as supplied) Vu+duo have these features (particularly the 'fixed time skip') or do I have to load someone's image to
get them?

If I do, is there somewhere I can check out what the different images do and how they differ?

cheers

anthony

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  Reply # 448134 14-Mar-2011 10:08
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There is some more info on these boxes at Austech (I'm fairly sure linking to this forum doesn't breach FUG?) This may help in your search for answers!

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  Reply # 448155 14-Mar-2011 11:02
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ajbw: Thanks for the information!

Can you clarify for me:

Does the 'standard' (as supplied) Vu+duo have these features (particularly the 'fixed time skip') or do I have to load someone's image to
get them?

If I do, is there somewhere I can check out what the different images do and how they differ?

cheers

anthony


The unit I received from Satlink (NZ) shipped with the openPLi image installed, and fully configured for Freeview/Sky/SBS reception.  The time skipping feature was present out-of-the-box.  The only configuration I did initially was to separate the tuners (the reverse of the looping mentioned above, which was the default) so that I could run separate feeds from a multi-output LNB.

A good resource for the Vu+ is: http://www.world-of-satellite.com/forumdisplay.php?11-VU-Duo
 

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  Reply # 448169 14-Mar-2011 11:49
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I can confirm what Xarqi has said, but I got my unit from http://www.satgear.co.nz/. Mine also has the OpenPLi image, and does fixed time steps as standard. In my case I've found that settings of 300 sec, 60 sec and 15 sec work best - most ad breaks are ~300sec, and if they're not, a 15 sec in either direction usually nails it :-)

Great machine - you won't regret getting one!




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