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Offline auntieshelia

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should i buy second hand topfield trf 7160?
« on: July 26, 2011, 11:47:23 AM »
I have been using an elgato stock device that has just died.

Am looking at buying anew one $199 and i have seen a topfield trf 7160 secondhand for $199.

I want to record from the tv.

I am a bit nervous about the topfield after having read other posts but I do find having to have the computer plugged into an antenna to use the elgato a nuisance.

Any input would be greatfully received.

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Re: should i buy second hand topfield trf 7160?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2011, 12:18:52 PM »
I think you'll be right with the Toppy. The 7160 is pretty well bedded down with no known bugs. The Intelligent Recording option (recording a series or season based on the program name - NOT just a time slot) is not quite as intelligent as it should be just yet - it will record all repeats of a show for example. But, that is a failing that all Free To Air EPG PVRs suffer from as FTA EPGs don't carry a Repeat flag or information. You would need to become an ICETV subscriber to be able to screen out Repeats.

The TRF7160 does NOT allow you to use ICETV however, so you would need to go to another model to get that functionality.
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Re: should i buy second hand topfield trf 7160?
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2011, 12:25:29 PM »
Thanks very much for your input.

I'm very new to all of this, I was surprised to read that its not compatible with ice tv, I thought that was what it was for.

Can you explain to me how i would use it then, would I use another epg?

Thanks

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Re: should i buy second hand topfield trf 7160?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 04:15:47 PM »
You have Free To Air or FTA EPG. If you set up a series of View Timers, each of 5 min duration on each of the networks, you will always have a fully loaded 7-8 days' worth of EPG.

Head over to the iTopfield Forum for more details on all of this.

http://www.itopfield.com.au/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2112&PID=19932&title=have-your-free-to-air-epg-always-fully-populated#19932

Lots to read and learn I know, but can be fun too  :).


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