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IceTV EPG Content / Tony Robinson's Hidden Britain By Drone
« on: February 20, 2020, 11:26:20 AM »
SBS is currently running the second season of what they claim to be Tony Robinson's Hidden Britain By Drone, however according to the producers of the program Windfall Films Ltd, the correct name is Hidden Britain By Drone - see Both imdb and Channel4 use the name sans the reference to Tony Robinson.

I would appreciate it if this could be corrected for future episodes.


PS I find the propensity of SBS to rebadge programs very annoying.

After you do the service scan, it is also a good idea to turn off IceTV, resend all timers from you PC/MAC, then turn IceTV back on on the Beyonwiz. I had to do this to get 9Gem HD to be reported properly.

General Discussions / What is 7Mate HD Melbourn about?
« on: January 09, 2020, 03:55:25 PM »
Just did a rescan of one of my Toppys and it found 7Mate HD meblourne - coming soon. Is this "real" or is it a phantom. If real, will it be included in IceTV data?


Topfield / Daylight saving firmware bug - patched firmware now available
« on: January 01, 2020, 09:51:49 PM »
All my Toppys have lost the daylight saving time adjusgmnet. Presumably it happened a midnight on 31 December 2019. Still to confirm this is what is happening. My timers are all out by an hour.

Will investigate tomorrow and report back

Update Definitely a bug in the firmware. All you need to do is to turn off auto mode, and change the offset from 10 to 11 hours.

Update 2 Patched firmware is available via the oztoppy forum"

Update 3 An updated DST fix firmware was release on 15 Jan 2020. In some instances the orginal fix was transitory rather than permanent.


Thanks Alison. SBS seem have a propensity for renaming programs which can be quite confusing.


The correct name for this series is Britain's Ancient Tracks with Tony Robinson. This is the name given in the recording.


IceTV EPG Content / Re: Street Outlaws
« on: September 25, 2019, 06:08:08 PM »
You do not say what sort of device you are using. What you are seeing may be specific to the device rather than an issue with the information being sent to the device by the IceTV server.

I have seen similar things happen with my Toppys - the time name is correct, but the content of the recording is for another program as is the information displayed. This is caused by a bug in the way Toppys deal with timer updates.

I have not had it happen with my Beyonwiz T2 or U4.


IceTV EPG Content / Re: SBS late program changes missed (Thu 12/9)
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:51:52 AM »
For some reason I could not edit my prior post.

First, on my U4 I only had Bosch scheduled (Riviera was not scheduled), and the recording was incomplete. The recording length was 1 hour 59 minutes (on the U4 I have pre padding of 20 minutes and post of 40 minutes), so I am assuming that the timer was not updated - the recording started at 22:45.

On the T2, Bosch started recording at 23:30 (with same pre and post padding), and the full program was recorded.

I suspect that it did not update for the U4 because there were conflicting timers - I recall having to cull some timers around midnight on Thursday.

This is where things get weird. The details of the recordings are below (only included the *.ts files):
20190912 2010 - SBS ONE HD - Riviera - Series 2, Episode 5.ts ["un-adjusted start time - end missing; length 1 hour 59 minutes]
20190912 2105 - SBS ONE - Riviera - Series 2, Episode 5.ts[only went for 15 minutes][/b
20190912 2105 - SBS ONE HD - Riviera - Series 2, Episode 5.ts [only recorded 25 minutes]
20190912 2110 - SBS ONE HD - Riviera - Series 2, Episode 6.ts [went for 2 hours and 50 minutes, has both episodes]
20190912 2205 - SBS ONE - Riviera - Series 2, Episode 6.ts [only went for 15 minutes]
No idea why there are two recordings on SBS One rather than SBS One HD or why they were truncated.


IceTV EPG Content / Re: SBS late program changes missed (Thu 12/9)
« on: September 14, 2019, 07:54:39 AM »
I had some weird behaviour on my T2. I will attach a screen shot in a moment.


IceTV EPG Content / Re: SBS late program changes missed (Thu 12/9)
« on: September 13, 2019, 07:33:26 AM »
As far as I can work out the changes did not make it through to my Toppys - due to a problem with the Toppy firmware that stuffs up things when there are consecutive programs. Hopefully I had them schedule on a Beyonwiz.


PS I noticed that Riviera had not started on time and did manual timer on a different Toppy, but completely forgot about Bosch.

IceTV EPG Content / Re: Instinct - episode name error
« on: August 17, 2019, 04:39:29 PM »
I noticed the doubling up but forgot to mention it. I am in Melbourne.

General Discussions / Re: New openshop channel 75 issues
« on: August 05, 2019, 08:01:06 PM »
When I did a scan Openshop was found. Sound seemed to be OK. So not seem to be a problem in Melbourne.

General Discussions / Re: New openshop channel 75 issues
« on: August 05, 2019, 07:22:00 PM »
Have not done a test with my one working Skippa. Have not looked at it for months. Not sure it is still working. Already had one die on me.


General Discussions / Re: New openshop channel 75 issues
« on: August 04, 2019, 02:07:16 PM »
Think there is something odd in my last post - why would Kitchen Nightmares be on Openshop. So did now test looking both at Openshop and 7Food network. Both were using H.264 MPEG with SD resolution, and MediaInfo gives the following details for Audio:
ID                                       : 882 (0x372)
Menu ID                                  : 1335 (0x537)
Format                                   : AAC LC SBR PS
Format/Info                              : Advanced Audio Codec Low Complexity with Spectral Band Replication and Parametric Stereo
Commercial name                          : HE-AACv2
Format settings                          : NBC
Muxing mode                              : LATM
Codec ID                                 : 17-2
Bit rate mode                            : Variable
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Channel layout                           : C
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 kHz
Frame rate                               : 23.438 FPS (2048 SPF)
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Language                                 : English

The audio Codec causes problems with my Toppys - out of sequence - which suggests that the Toppy firmware has not been optimised to deal with the Codec being used. Both my LG TVs were OK.

On the EPG issue after rescan with Beyonwiz it is sometimes necessary to stop then restart IceTV.

Update: The files seem to play OK - no obvious sync issue.

General Discussions / Re: New openshop channel 75 issues
« on: August 04, 2019, 12:08:07 PM »
They are using (I think) MPG4 - h.364. MediaInfo indicates that 720*576 ((16:9), at 25,000 FPS, AVC (PAL) (Mai@L3) (CABAC / 2 Ref Frames).

The Video codec is AVC - used for HD transmissions and the audio codec is ACC LC SBR PS. Seven HD (in Melbourne at least) uses AC-3 for the audio codec. So it may be that the audio codec is not supported by the particular player. My dim recollection is that the audio codec used can differ but all h.364 use AVC for the video codec.

Update: Yes differing sound codec are used, so different programs can have different codec. Just depends which one you look at. The one I looked at was for Kitchen Nightmares (USA). The codec is question is apparently optimised for streaming rather than free to air.


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