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Thread: Hard disk video recorders
Stephen Coates 13:44 19th June 2011
A bit of googling revealed that I'm not the only Humax user who has trouble with the new Family Guy episodes (the old ones during the week are fine).

I'm pretty sure my Mum's now oldish Vestel based PVR didn't playback Family Guy properly either. I will record some more episodes and see what happens.
Buleste 15:24 19th June 2011
Like I say it has been a major problem with Humax PVR's that they cannot play back new episodes of Family Guy. It's been going on for 2 years and still they've not been able to do anything. As I showed in my previous post Humax are looking into it but I have very little hope of anything getting done unless ALL Humax owners actually start emailing the company.
Harrison 14:32 20th June 2011
That seems very strange about Family Guy. Is there an actual technical reason for it? Different broadcast bandwidth or something odd?

And how does BT VIsion actually work? I've had no knowledge of the system at all other than the adverts that don't really explain anything. Is it broadband based?
Buleste 19:35 20th June 2011
The BT Vision Box is broadband based so you can download movies etc via your broadband. However important data is also broadband based like TV Guide and what programmes you've recorded (the actual recordings are stored on the BT Vision Box but the information isn't). Last year I tried getting 2 BT Vision Boxes working in the same house but it never quite worked as all the recorded information was sent to one box and not the other however it did have the effect that I could watch stuff recorded on one box on the other. However the reality one BT Vision box per household.

What pisses me off about all the freeview PVR that I've tried (Don't know what it's like with satellite and never will) is they all have the noisiest fans ever installed. Once the 12month guarantee has run out you try to install a quieter fan and then you find out they don't have standard connectors so you end up doing a bodge job.
Stephen Coates 22:35 20th June 2011
Can't say I've ever had any issue with fans.

My Hitatchi one doesn't have a fan, but it does get quite warm. I'm pretty sure my Mum's old Digihome one doesn't have a fan. My Humax 9150T does, but that only comes on for the first few seconds when it is switched on. On mine it always either slows down or stops completely (not sure which). Don't think I have ever heard it come back on during use.
Harrison 10:28 21st June 2011
Originally Posted by Buleste:
The BT Vision Box is broadband based so you can download movies etc via your broadband.
As I thought. So BT Vision won't work in any areas outside of inner cities with fast Broadband connections then. Our connection is 3Mbit at the most and sometimes is slow enough that I had to wait for a youtube video to download before watching it, so anything in realtime is completely out of the question. This country really needs to sort out its broadband infrastructure because at the moment anyone not living right on top of an ADSL2 exchange is being left behind by a long way.

Sky have also recently launched Anytime+ which is an upgraded version of their existing Anytime server. This has always worked by downloading programs to the Sky Box HDD when it isn't in use through the satellite connection, so you then have a selection of films, documentaries, latest episodes and sports programs from the current week to watch on demand. The Anytime+ service expands this by combining it with the 20Mb broadband for true on demand access to films and loads of other programs and content. Obviously this again only works if you are lucky enough to have access to such connection speeds, which I'm not.

Originally Posted by :
What pisses me off about all the freeview PVR that I've tried (Don't know what it's like with satellite and never will) is they all have the noisiest fans ever installed. Once the 12month guarantee has run out you try to install a quieter fan and then you find out they don't have standard connectors so you end up doing a bodge job.
Sky digiboxes are quiet. I've never had one make any noise and I've had standard boxes, Sky+ and Sky+ HD boxes. Why would you never get Sky? Aversion to the company? I personally don't see any other TV service able to offer the same range of channels, especially in HD with now over 60 available.
Buleste 08:48 22nd June 2011
I live in the country and BTVision works fine. I forgot to mention apart from BBC iPlayer you do get on demand TV which allows you to download missed TV shows from ITV and Channels 4 & 5 but also allows you to rent out TV programmes from other channels etc. It also has limited HD capabilities (I haven't got a HD TV so I can't tell you exactly what it can do but it can display images in HD and playback rented HD films etc but it cannot receive HD signals).

I think I've said why I would never get Sky on here several times. Apart from the fact that Rupert Murdoch owns so much of the worlds media he is beginning to seem like a Bond Villain there and the fact that his global empire control most of the world sports broadcasting rights there is the fact that SKy in itself is just a license to print money for him. They make money off the Sky Boxes, they make money of advertising, they make money off subscriptions, once you have sky then after the first 12 months they stick the prices up. They screw over any pub/club that wants to broadcast their sports matches. They allow other free TV channels to make an imported TV show popular and then outbid them by a ridiculous amount to buy the show and usually kill the show off. If there is any competition they buy them out and kill them off (prime example is Virgin Media). Apart from Sports and News they produce next to no TV shows of their own. The Murdoch Family are also trying to destroy the BBC as a quality broadcaster by influencing (paying off) politicians from any side of the political spectrum and convincing them that the BBC is politically biased against them.
Harrison 10:11 22nd June 2011
I personally don't care who owns a company as long as the service I pay for delivers what I want and for me Sky does this. I don't care if they personally don't make that many programs themselves. They are a platform to broadcast the widest range of content to their customers. And with recently launched channels like Sky Atlantic they are in my view doing a good job. They are the best option for HD viewers, but I can understand how other services might be worth considering if you don't have an HDTV yet.

I agree that there is a current vendetta against the BBC and I am with you in not wanting anything bad to happen to the quality programs they produce or the channels they broadcast. And recent rumours that the BBC are considering dropping F1 from 2012 is disturbing as no one else can cover that like the BBC. The same is true for Tennis. It would be a sad day if Wimbledon ever left the BBC. However I think the BBC issue runs much deeper than anything to do with Sky. Many in the government have something against any organisations that are state funded or tied into government spending. Look at the issues currently surrounding Royal Mail as another good example of that. I think the government needs to take a step back from all such ideas and actually look at what these companies have delivered over their lifespans for the UK as a country and how they have been leading the way in their fields until external forces changed the rules which set them up to fail.
Stephen Coates 17:26 5th July 2011
My Vestel based Hitachi PVR also definitely has familyguyophobia like the Humax does. It is struggling with the weekend episodes, and also some of the weekday episode as they are currently more recent ones (2008).

It is not as bad as on the Humax though, so it is at least watchable. May require the odd bit of rewinding though.
Buleste 10:24 4th January 2012
Humax have a OTA software update for the 9150T available today between 10AM 04/01/12 to 9AM 05/01/12 to HPTTF 1.00.26.

There is no information as to what improvements are made with this update.

If you miss this update then I advise you goto the Humax website and email them and they should broadcast the update again (they seem to have done that for me either way).
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