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  Reply # 496074 21-Jul-2011 08:26
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Isn't the freeview approved/official Zinwell twin tuner approved PVR with series link $398 normally at JB Hifi?

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  Reply # 496362 21-Jul-2011 18:36
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I am trying to decide whether to get one of these units, and reading the threads with interest. Even if the Zinwell is $398 with twin tuner, I still think I prefer something like the Dish as an option.

I can watch any channel (using the TV's Tuner) while recording any other on the Dish. Given the fairly limited viewing choices on Freeview, the times I would need to record two channels at once are pretty darn limited (and I always have the trusty DVD recorder plugged into the Sky decoder to fall back on).

I like the idea of being able to transfer recorded files onto my home network, where they can be viewed across the network (WD Lives), copied onto my laptop for when I travel, and have the commercials cut and a disk burned if I want to keep something. Plus, using external drives means that storage is essentially uncapped - instead of 500GB, plug in 1,2 or even 3TB if you need to. Provided Dish fixes the issues being discussed, and I can get confirmation that HD material can be viewed if I copy the files to a PC, these advantages more than outweigh having a twin tuner.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 496441 21-Jul-2011 21:47
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Brunzy:

Please qualify your statement.
I have had a 640 for over two years without any issues.
I have also installed around 200 odd 620's & 630's and have had two fail in the last few months.
Compare that to another freeview approved receiver I stocked , they have all been returned , some twice


Who imports Zinwell now?
Didn't the importer fold? Leaving no service agent in NZ / no firmware updates forthcoming?

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  Reply # 496447 21-Jul-2011 22:01
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I bought a DishTV T1020 from Noelleeming today for $140,- , Harvey got them on sale for $ 144,- took the mailer into Noel and they sold it for $140 to me .
Not worth much more than that I think ,
Unit is not straight i had to bend it a bit before the 4 foots touch the surface .
It says MyFreeviewHDsatellite on the unit while it is a terrestrial receiver.
Cheap looking menu I think ,
But for the price/quality i am happy with it

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  Reply # 496450 21-Jul-2011 22:05
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Rojul: I bought a DishTV T1020 from Noelleeming today for $140,- , Harvey got them on sale for $ 144,- took the mailer into Noel and they sold it for $140 to me .
Not worth much more than that I think ,
Unit is not straight i had to bend it a bit before the 4 foots touch the surface .
It says MyFreeviewHDsatellite on the unit while it is a terrestrial receiver.
Cheap looking menu I think ,
But for the price/quality i am happy with it


$140?  That's cheap.  Are they running a special?

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  Reply # 496458 21-Jul-2011 22:17
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Hi, well Harvey Norman does $144 and Noel did beat that price

 http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/dish-tv-freeview-digital-terrestrial-receiver.html

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  Reply # 496476 21-Jul-2011 22:45
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The menu does look cheap... but is yours the current firmware? The older firmware looks somewhat worse than the latest version. Would be worth downloading the latest f/ware and doing an update just to check.

And yeah, I agree. They are a cheap box - but then, all the single tuner jobbies are. Heck, they only cost $140, so it's no wonder.

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  Reply # 496504 22-Jul-2011 07:12
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Dunnersfella: The menu does look cheap... but is yours the current firmware? The older firmware looks somewhat worse than the latest version. Would be worth downloading the latest f/ware and doing an update just to check.

And yeah, I agree. They are a cheap box - but then, all the single tuner jobbies are. Heck, they only cost $140, so it's no wonder.


Yes i did update the current fw  straight away after took it out of the box

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  Reply # 496664 22-Jul-2011 13:12
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JimmyH: Given the fairly limited viewing choices on Freeview, the times I would need to record two channels at once are pretty darn limited



Agree, and i looks like its going to stay that way for a while.

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