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DViCO TViX / DViCO TViX 6640N PVR - capabilities and how stable is it?
« on: October 07, 2010, 09:28:10 PM »
SWMBO is getting sick of me always fiddling with the Media Center and has ordered me to investigate alternatives that "just work" so im considering buying 2 DViCO TViX 6640N PVR's - my questions are:

1/ it says dual recording, does this allow for 2 items to be recording while you watch a previous recording or play a H.264 movie over the network?

2/ is it stable, what current bugs plague it?

3/ can 2 6640N on the same network playback TV each other has recorded over the network (like beyonwiz pvr's can).

is there any major gotcha's with them?

Currently IceTV are imo treating 7MC like a dumb PVR (one with no intelligent features, 7MC is more like a TiVo than a Toppy etc) and as a result Ice Interactive doesn't work nearly as well as it should!

I realise this is a big ask but can you guy's please rewrite Ice Interactive so it supports the following Win7 Media Center Features properly:

*uses the built in series functions (merely maintains the list of shows/series to record - creating individual shows is a poor hack!)
*supports hard padding and other 7MC advanced options (how many recordings to keep, when to delete, tighter recording parameters etc)
*supports extra win7 meta-data with show thumbnails
*supports channel logo's

I currently use the excellent IceTV EPG Data via BigScreenEPG + BSE by Remote instead as this gives me everything I believe ICE TV should - the only thing this combo doesn't give me is the ability to use the excellent ICE TV iPhone app and have my series/show record list backed up to my ICE TV account.

My Media Center didn't record Underbelly on sunday night, was it flagged a a repeat?

I ask as my Series Record is still in place and working and having 4 tuners I have no congestion issues?

I cant remember if it was last year or the one prior but I think had to set a single record event as it wasn't part of the series.

Considering you guy's dont change from "AFL Season" to "Grand Final" for the last game of the season i'm hoping you'll be consitent this year with the NFL?

Topfield / How do I add ch's 23, 72, 99 & 11 to TEDS+ 7.10 for Toppy 5k
« on: December 20, 2009, 10:37:06 PM »
I was around my dad's house tonight resetting up his Toppy with IceGuide + TEDS + IceBox1 as he has been moaning about not having the new channels in TEDS+ but I couldn't for the life of me figure it out as I haven't been near it in 2 years.

Can anyone assist, im in Adelaide if that helps?

XMLTV (General) / Repeat flags not working in Win7MC via BigScreen EPG
« on: October 22, 2009, 11:45:24 PM »
Hi Ice Guy's & Gal's, the Repeat flags dont seem to be working properly in Win7MC via BigScreen EPG - eg Family Guy (ch7) on tonight (atm) has "(repeat)" in the info but 7MC is still recording it despite my series having only "New" episodes set to record - this seems to be the case with some other shows too (not all tho).

I personally think it is a bit silly seeing as other forms of Sport have pre-race shows that aren't listed as seperate Guide entries. eg V8 Supercars, NASCAR NationWide Races etc.

Because I use hard padding on my media center it also wastes an extra tuner in the overlap period which I set to 1 hour for F1 series records (you never know with motorsport if it'll run late due to weather etc) which is another reason i'd prefer a single guide entry for the F1 race.

So what does everyone else think - 1 Guide entry or 2 for each F1 Race?

General Discussions / Congratulations IceTV for beating Nein!!!!!
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:44:26 PM »
Fantastic win against the evil predatory & anti-competetive Nein organisation.  ;D

For those not wanting to read the entire verdict, Pete from the DTV Forums has produced this excellent summary:

Copyright legislation strikes a balance of competing interests and competing policy considerations[15]. Relevantly, it is concerned with rewarding authors of original literary works with commercial benefits having regard to the fact that literary works in turn benefit the reading public.

Copyright does not protect facts or information. Copyright protects the particular form of expression of the information. That facts are not protected is a crucial part of the balancing of competing policy considerations in copyright legislation

In 'brief':

Nine argued their EPG database was copyright protected. ICE agreed that it was from the outset, so no judgment has been made as to Nine's claim (as its irrelevant)

Nine also had no problems with ICE watching TV for 4 weeks and then extrapolating out future shows for their EPG.

The issue boiled down to when ICE having predicted 97% of the next weeks programming, used Nine's own guide to fix up the last 3% (say for a new premiere event)

Nine argued that this 3% represented a 'substantial part' of their EPG document. The court agreed that it is necessary to consider not only the extent of what is copied but also the quality of what is copied is critical.

Nine also argued that the 'systemic' copying covered a large period of time, but the court decided each weekly EPG was a seperate document and the merits of Nine's case could be decided on a single week's publication.

The court found that the form of time and title information as published was not 'original' enough to enable it to constitute a substantial part of the EPG. Essentially title was something provided by the shows makers not the broadcaster and time could only ever be expressed in a time format. <= This finding essentially awarded the case to ICETV.

Nine also argued that the decision making process that lead to a certain show airing at a certain time was a big part of the creative process. This was a very wide ranging interpretation of copyright law and having been previously held as correct was IMO probably the reason the High Court acted to revist this case. As they mention

The error is of a kind which might enable copyright law to be employed to achieve anti-competitive behaviour of a sort not contemplated by the balance struck in the Act between the rights of authors and the entitlements of the reading public.

The court agreed that Nine expanded considerable effort and skill creating their schedule, however they found that the level of skill and labour required to express the time and title information was minimal. It is the expression of this information that is the subject not the fact of it.

The High Court found fully in favour of ICETV as nothing substatial was ever copied. We can anticipate no more "N/A Channel Nine" entries. Yay ICE and well done  :)

Hi Ice Guy's,
after some research I have some corrections to ONE HD/Digital in the Ice Guide for you:
(only the new stuff, not bothering with repeats)

NASCAR Sprint Cup:
Sprint Cup Qualifying - Sunday 1:30am - 2:30am
Sprint Cup Final practice - Sunday 2:30am - 4:00am

NASCAR NationWide:
NationWide Race - Sunday 4am - 7:30am

Formula One Grand Prix:
Qualifying - Saturday 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Race - Sunday 5:30pm - 8:30pm (includes 1 hour pre-race show)

PS. Im in Adelaide  8)

Hi Guy's, not sure what happened but for the last 2 weeks I've had Sunday night repeats of "Underbelly: tale of two cities" recorded as the repeat flag has been missing and I noticed that last night's (monday) screening had the usual episode title missing.

Im using Vista media Center.

GF loves this show but I think it is a waste of bad actors and HDD space.  ;D

anyway, the Catch-Up Episodes’ are not marked as repeats (eg todays)

Cheers Derek.

C'mon ICE Guy's and Gal's, we were promised that all sports series would be properly titled so that Series Recording's would last more than one year and now the Dakar Series has been ballsed up!!!

There are (so far) 2 series available to record:

Dakar Rally 2009 and Dakar Rally Preview 2009

Can you please remove the YEAR from all series as promised 18 months ago to make it consitent with other Sports?

It is Seriously disappointing that you guy's aren't following common sense guidelines and applying them consistently for ALL Sports across the otherwise excellent ICE TV Guide! :(

PS. I do hope that NASCAR will get sorted for the 2009 season so we can use ICE Guide for its intended purpose (ie recording series)?

IceTV EPG Content / FreeView ???
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:17:34 PM »
Hi Ice Guy's, just wondering if you can tell us if you have a plan to deal with the broadcasters "freeview" initiative or if you guy's even know what their plans are? (just sounds like multi-channelling to me?)

IceTV EPG Content / *** Repeats on VMC broken ***
« on: November 18, 2008, 05:22:53 PM »
Hi Guy's, I realsise with the "Nein Case" ongoing this is a tricky one, but is it possbile to more accurately identify which of these are repeats as my MC is currently getting flooded with the mostly the early season/episodes atm and wasting alot of HDD space!

IceTV EPG Content / NASCAR for 2009?
« on: November 17, 2008, 05:11:21 PM »
Ok Ice Guy's, the NASCAR fans suffered through an entire season without the ability to set "Series Recordings" for the 2 NASCAR series (over 40 Races!!!) - my question is, can you please, please fix it before the 2009 season?

FWIW, here is how the 2 NASCAR series need to be configured to render them "Series Recording" freindly:

Title: Motor Sport: NASCAR Nationwide Series
Subtitle:  2008 Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway
Description: NASCAR Nationwide Series for 2008 starts in Daytona for the Camping World 300.


Title: Motor Sport: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Subtitle: 2008 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway
Description: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for 2008 starts with the classic Daytona 500.

TenHD also play weekly "highlights packages", can I suggest that you make these 2 totally different series (eg "Motor Sport: NASCAR Nationwide Series - Highlights") because some races aren't shown that weekend so the highlights package the next week is in fact the 1st showing of that race?

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