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Master Geek

#89496 3-Sep-2011 13:44
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I'm in the market for a DVB-T PVR. I had been planning on getting a Tivo, but have dillydallied due to the lack of an EPG for Prime. (My inlaws have a Tivo, and it bothers me when I visit and want to watch or record something on Prime). Aside from that, I do really like the Tivo.

I noticed today that JBHifi have the DishTV T1050PVR on sale for $396. It's got twin tuners and 500GB, so seems to fit my criteria. (I'm upgrading from a 40GB analogue Panasonic I bought off Trademe a few years back, so my wife and I are used to using a PVR, and we expect it to be easy to use and robust enough to last).

The DishTV website says it's got some extra functionality (some sort of email, weather etc), but, but I'm more concerned with reliability and ease of use than anything that is is peripheral to the main purpose of the device.

My problem is that I know nothing about this model, and can't find any opinions anywhere.
Has anyone got one? Are they any good? Or should I just get a Tivo? (despite the shortcomings of the Tivo?) 

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Master Geek

  #516410 4-Sep-2011 12:27
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mmm, i've also just noticed the T1050 - i believe it is brand new - JB hifi still awaiting stock.

my guess: similar to the T1020 but with twin tuners and an on-board hard drive?

$396 is a pretty good price if you compare it to the magicTV for example

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Uber Geek


  #516429 4-Sep-2011 13:09
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I had the 1020 - the weather email, etc. were pretty gimmicky.

The recording functionality worked really well, and the reception was good - we are still using an old VHF aerial to receive Freeview.

The 1020 had a single channel and I can confirm that you could record and watch another channel.

I did notice that there were some issues with recording - they are mentioned in another forum here, but basically we put it down to the reception.

As an aside, we replaced our 1020 with a Panasonic PVR and that's been perfect for our needs - obviously occasionally we have reception issues as we still have the VHF aerial, but that's normally only channel four (and usually co-incides with something else being recorded).


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Master Geek

  #527743 30-Sep-2011 15:52
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I don't own a T1050 but I have used one at a friends place. It seems very good, practically the same as the T1020 but twin tuners, built in HDD etc. Booking direct from the EPG is always brilliant of course.

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Uber Geek

  #527870 30-Sep-2011 20:57
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Dish TV offer entry level prices, and typically, entry level performance.
By that...
I mean they seem to put the products out on the market before they're ready, meaning there's a lot of BETA testing to be done by the people who buy them. If you're happy to stay on top of the firmware updates, it could be for you. However if you want something you can plug in and forget, maybe head towards the Panasonic DVD recorders?

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Ultimate Geek

  #528240 2-Oct-2011 12:32
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I got one of these for my mum for her birthday as she was not happy her few month old Hdd recorder would be made unusable when analogue gets turned off.

It's pretty good. The upscaling seems to be better then the samsung tv as non hd looks better through that then just on tv.

Recording is so easy and series link is great. Though it does reserve the Hdd for the series record so doesn't take long before no more can be recorded

The problems I have noticed are. It glitches out from time to time but I think it's If a recording gets started or deleted during a recording.

It has crashed a couple of times.

Sometimes it takes 30sec to change channel but that only seems to happen to me

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Master Geek

  #605925 5-Apr-2012 22:58
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I am thinking of getting one as they are now down  to $298, sale price but had bad luck with the T1020 to much pixilations.

I have tried 3 other PVR's and dont have any problem with Pixilaion or my 3 TV's

The T1050 is very small and light for a HD PVR  but the remote is Not very good when compared to the
DVBS-T1  has a Rec and Play list buttons, no need to go through a Menu to play a recordings and very nicely layed out but the box has a few Bugs that need fixing.

I have noticed the the PVR market here is almost Dead,  no decent brand models, only the low end Panasonic model, way over priced and with only 35 hours HD recording.

Wishing we has a better choice here, may be when Anolog is shut down

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Master Geek

  #611434 18-Apr-2012 20:07
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Update   did get one but found what was the cause to my Pixilation problems, affected both the T1020 and the T1050 but not any other box or my TV's, they suggested and my old boss did  to used a Band pass filter, got given a Matchmaster Brand but its a lot dearer than the DishTV one but the Matchmaster one is intended to go direct to the antenna so that the interference does not go to the mast head amp, plus feeds clean RF signals to other rooms.

I have 2 cell phone towers very close, some 150m, about 30 Dec in front of my antenna and Analogue TV can affect DTV, this filter only passes CH 25-48

"Designed to remove unwanted “Digital Killing” VHF interference and safe guard against future 4G Cell phone interference.The current UHF channel plan is CH(21-69) 470 - 862MHz. Once analogue is switched off the new TV channel plan will be CH(25-48) 502 - 694MHz.

This is been done to clear spectrum for 4G Cell phone that will use CH(50) 702MHz upwards. The effect of 4G Cell phone is unknown, but may create overloading on Digital tuners and amplifiers causing pixilation and lock-up."

Yes same as my Symptoms.

Changed the T1050 as it stated to lockup a lot and DishTV sent me new Firmware  V1.22 see how it goes
uses a different way to update the firmware.


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