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There can be issues when you do a service scan to pick up these new services. The Toppy can assign the wrong LCN to services which could cause problem with IceTV EPG. As it can also result in duplicate LCNs for the same same service (which IceTV Toppys do not cope well with).

The best thing to do is to delete all services: Menu, Installation, System Recovery, Reset Service List. Then do a new service scan. In part the issue seems to be associated with the duplicate service detection module of the firmware (seems to have been added in more recent firmware).


General Discussions / 10HD (LCN13) Melbourne starts March 2
« on: February 25, 2016, 04:26:27 PM »
This service is advertised as commencing on Wednesday March 2; are we to assume that EPG data will be provided from commencement as it has the same content as Ten?


IceTV EPG Content / Early Start - Silent Witness (Tuesday nights, GEM)
« on: February 24, 2016, 10:22:32 AM »
In recent weeks the transmission has started before the IceTV scheduled time (8.40pm). With 15 pre-padding on my Toppys I come close to missing the start of the program. This week there was only just over 2 minutes of the recording before the program started (so it was at least 10 minutes before the start time in the IceTV guide).


When I go to the IceTV login page, type in my user-name and password but nothing happens. Does this for both accounts. Is anyone else having the same issue?

Same using Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

Update: Tried another computer and there was no problem. Rebooted the one causing issues and the problem went away. Just one of those weird things when using Windows 10.


This program is shown in the IceTV guide but both the Yahoo7 and Freeview EPG have a second episode of escape to the Country scheduled.

Also, at 8.30 the episode of Escape To The Country is gicen in the IceTV guide as 'Somerset - (Series 13/70), but the Yaho7 and Freeview guid have the episode as "Suffolk" - the Freeview guide identifies it at episode 20:69 from 2014.

Some clarification seems to be need here.


IceTV EPG Content / Revenge Monday 23 November
« on: November 21, 2015, 05:46:33 PM »
The episodes on Revenge (noon and 1 pm) Seven Digital (LCN 7) Melbourne are shown as 2012 episodes and should have a repeat flag.


General Discussions / Programs not recorded - SBS HD Fargo 17-11-15
« on: November 17, 2015, 02:12:16 PM »
None of the devices on which I have series recording set for Fargo (2 x TF7100HDPVRt Plus and SKIPPA) recorded Fargo last night. It was definetly in the EPG earlier in the day, but no recording. Fortunately my TRF-2470 (which does not support IceTV) recorded the program.

Is this just something that happened to me or was it a general issue?


SKIPPA / Choice PVR review - November 2015
« on: October 30, 2015, 07:00:32 PM »
Got an email today saying that Choice had done a group tests of PVRs. The SKIPPA was not one of the recommended ones (not clear from the www site why). But it did out-perform the Altech 9600. It scored very highly on EPG and series recording. I will report more once I get my copy. Yes I know printed copy is so 20th century ... forgot to change my subscription details to get the iPad version (and that would have saved me money).


SKIPPA / Firmware 1.1.10579: SKIPPA stops contacting IceTV Servers
« on: September 29, 2015, 12:12:06 PM »
I have had this happen twice with this firmware. The solution is to reboot the SKIPPA (Menu; Settings; General; Restart). Alternatively remove the power plug from the back. You can check when the SKIPPA last checked in with ICE TV Servers logging into My Account, and selecting the Guide Settings TAB.


SKIPPA / Firmware 1.1.10579 - cannot sort recordings
« on: September 28, 2015, 02:56:50 PM »
Nothing happens when you press the green button nothing happens.


IceTV EPG Content / Empire Eleven (22.25-22-55)
« on: September 27, 2015, 08:50:18 PM »
This is shown on the EPG on my Toppys but NOT on the SKIPPA (The FreeView Plus EPG on the Skippa has it).

Not sure if this is a EPG data error or something to do with the SKIPPA not having checked in since Saturday evening morning.


PS It is difficult to schedule something if it is not in the EPG.

SKIPPA / How to get recordings off the Skippa
« on: September 27, 2015, 06:04:33 PM »
I am running Windows 10 Pro 64. If I go into This PC the SKIPPA is listed, clicking on it leads to the recordings - in sub-directory called 'raw recordings'. The right click, select 'Send to' then select destination drive (it appears that you can only 'send to' root directory'.

You may be able to overcome that by mapping a directory to appear as a drive. Cannot remember how to do it ... goes back to pre-Windows I suspect.


SKIPPA / ozskippa wiki and Skippa forum
« on: September 26, 2015, 01:25:51 PM »
Some good new SKIPPA users. :)

IceTV Tech support agree that we need a more structured Forum for discussion of issues relating to the SKIPPA. At this stage there is no ETA for the expanded Forum. I suspect it will not be happening immediately, or even yesterday ;).

While an enhanced Forum will be very useful in organising content, a wiki is a better way of aggregating community knowledge about a particular subject: if you are interested in the sort of thing that can be done you can check out the

It took me a while to get an appropriate name for a wiki dealing with the IceTV SKIPPA. I thought it best to avoid the use of "Ice" given the drug related connotations. I settled on ozskippa. The wiki will not go live for a week or so. I am a novice in setting up such a wiki so please be understanding if it takes longer than I anticipate.


At present there is no public access to the wiki site ...

SKIPPA / Skippa is really shipping .... got AustPost tracking number
« on: September 22, 2015, 04:34:44 PM »
Just got an Aust Post tracking number from IceTV (email sent at 4.05 today). It has not yet been accepted for delivery by Australia Post (the initial scan when Aust Post takes physical possession of the item to be delivered).

I am in south-west Melbourne and according to the Australia Post Calculator delivery will be on Friday/Monday if it is "regular item" and tomorrow (Wednesday) if it is a "Next Day Item".

You can check out estimated deliveries at URL below:

It appears that it is being sent as an eParcel (only information currently given 18:29pm).


SKIPPA / Skippa Hardware
« on: September 19, 2015, 11:59:19 AM »
There is currently some uncertainty about the hardware (SoC) used by the Skippa (and how it compares to the Altech 9600t).

Some time back I compared the hardware specifications:

The PVR9600T apparently uses a Broadcom 7231 chip: CPU power: +3000 DMips; Flash Memory: 256MByte NAND; RAM: 1 GB DDR 3

The Skippa uses Broadcom 7241; CPU power: +3000 DMips; Flash Memory: 256MByte; RAM: 1 GB DDR 3

Not sure what the differences are between the two processors.

Update: the 7241 apparently has integrated wifi, but the 7231 does not.


The current specifications are given as:

Main CPU: Broadcom SoC; CPU power: +3000DMips; Flash Memory: 256MB; RAM: 1GB DDR3

It appears that the Skippa does not use a Broadcom 7241 SoC, since it is rated at +5000DMips and has integrated 5G WiFi Wireless (not dual band so it will not connect to older wireless Access Points) with 802.11 b/g/n/ac support. I have been advised by IceTV Technical Support that the Skippa's wifi is not on the SoC - it has a separate chip and is 802.11 b/g/n.

I have been unable to isolate a Broadcom SoC that has the specifications given (including HbbTV support). I could find only one that was 3000 DMips - the BCM7424 but it has "Distributed processing STB architecture featuring an additional 3000 DMIPS (total of 6000) of multiple high-performance subsystem processors and hardware" and apparently has integrated wifi. The only Soc I could find that expressly mentioned HbbTV support was the BCM7231 (which is only 2000 DMIPS). However I cannot confirm DMIPS rating for the BCM7231 on the Broadcom www site, so the 9600T may in fact be 3000 DMIPS.

The only Broadcom SoC's that I could find mentioning HbbTV support are the BCM7231 and the BCM7563.

IceTV technical support are hoping to be able to find out the model of the SoC used.


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