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I asked for this a couple of years ago: Would it be possible to always offer the last option used? e.g. stored in a cookie

I nearly always prefer SD, except for the odd sci-fi or nature show where HD is worth it. So nearly every timer I set requires me changing the "Any channel" (or previous, "Prefer HD") option to the SD equivalent, meaning an extra mouse click every time.

My reasons for preferring SD recordings:
  • Skippas don't process ad skipping on HD recordings.
  • Despite what you say, I still believe the SD vs HD filesize can be significant for a "bulging" HDD.
  • My Skippa seems to struggle (and reboot) more often when recording HD, especially with multiple recordings.
  • I believe that ad skipping, FF, RW, etc is more sluggish on HD recordings, on both the Skippa and my Beyonwiz.

General Discussions / Re: New openshop channel 75 issues
« on: August 05, 2019, 05:02:10 PM »
Thanks for all the responses.

Would be interested to know if anyone else in Sydney with a Skippa detects 75. Mine has never had a problem with new channels in the past.

I'll also have a play with the audio output settings on the Beyonwiz.

General Discussions / Re: New openshop channel 75 issues
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:26:38 AM »
Thanks MD.

The strange part is the Beyonwiz had correct guide data until I've now cleared the EPG cache. Now it is blank. And I still have no audio on that channel.

I seem to recall talk years ago about MPEG2 vs other formats. Could 75 be a different format, not supported by the Topfield or Skippa?

I've never actually used the TV tuner before, always watching TV content via attached devices. I've just rescanned the TV and it has picked up 75 and has audio, so at least I have an option if I ever do want to watch it.

General Discussions / New openshop channel 75 issues
« on: August 03, 2019, 11:35:06 AM »
I have rescanned my Beyonwiz, which detected the new channel 75, complete with guide data. I'm getting picture, but no audio.

I rescanned my Skippa but it does not appear to have detected 75.

I rescanned my old Topfield 5000, and it doesn't pick up 75 either. Even thought it is SD, it still can access HD channels - but just audio, no video.

Also, in my IceTV account Guide Settings, 75 does not appear.

Any thoughts on any of these issues? I'm in Sydney.

SKIPPA / Re: Skippa for free
« on: March 04, 2019, 12:17:38 PM »
I'll take you up on that.

Will message you privately to make arrangements.

IceTV EPG Content / Re: Daylight Saving & Duplicate HD Channels
« on: October 07, 2018, 09:40:55 AM »
Thanks Tiphanee

IceTV EPG Content / Daylight Saving & Duplicate HD Channels
« on: October 07, 2018, 09:35:03 AM »
Something appears to have gone screwy with the duplicate HD channels with daylight saving.

On both my Skippa and Beyonwiz, the guides have the HD channel shows one hour earlier compared to their SD channel equivalent.

In addition, all my timers have doubled up for these duplicate channels, as the shows are not occurring at the same time. 

SKIPPA / Re: Stop Failed Error.
« on: June 28, 2018, 12:47:32 PM »
I started having problems after a few months, with random reboots and lock ups.

I tried so many different things to pin down the cause, and had so many theories - power fluctuations, bad spots on the disk, overheating, internet dropouts, buggy code.

Like you, I always had content to watch and couldn't find an easy way of backing it up to watch or restore later, so I never found time to reformat the disk, to rule that out.

In the end I was lucky enough to get a second Skippa and, after swapping the disks over, finally realized that the problem was there. I ended up biting the bullet and exporting, deleting or watching my backlog, then just used the disk from the second Skippa. I did reformat the dodgy one, so I have a second unit ready to go if the current one dies. If that ever happens and it still plays up then at least I'll know the disk is genuinely faulty.

SKIPPA / Re: Stop Failed Error.
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:38:55 PM »
I had lots of errors so I replaced the hard disk. It has been going strong ever since.
Same here

SKIPPA / Re: Recording Remnants on Skippa HDD
« on: October 09, 2017, 09:28:30 AM »
Thanks Tim.

I looked through the Settings section, but it didn't occur to me that there was a format button on the remaining-space screen.

Once I've caught up on all my recordings I'll give it a go.


SKIPPA / Re: Recording Remnants on Skippa HDD
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:03:59 AM »
Bump - any thoughts on cleaning up my HDD files, please?

Beyonwiz / Re: Can not retrieve channel map
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:22:31 AM »
Skippa behaviour has also returned to normal.

Thanks Daniel.

SKIPPA / Re: Poor remote response
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:21:07 AM »
After a night's viewing, all back to normal.

Thanks Daniel.

SKIPPA / Re: Poor remote response
« on: September 25, 2017, 04:00:27 PM »
Thanks Daniel.

Will let you know the result from tonight's viewing.

SKIPPA / Recording Remnants on Skippa HDD
« on: September 25, 2017, 11:10:39 AM »

While trying to diagnose a Skippa issue that has been happening for a few weeks (, I started wondering if my Skippa's HDD was corrupted or fragmented. It now seems the above issue is server related, so I've put that matter on hold pending more info from the ICE team.

During my investigations of the HDD I viewed the Skippa's Video folder on my Win10 PC's Media Player.

I can see and play most of my recordings there, but in addition there are about 50 "RECxxxx.ts" files. These are playable (to a certain extent) and range in size from a few minutes to a few hours.

I also noticed that a few titles are NOT listed that do appear on, and play, on the Skippa. I'm assuming these will be in the "RECxxxx" files somewhere but the Skippa is picking up the correct title. There are also numerous recordings showing only on Media Player that have been watched and deleted in the past.

I say that these files play "to a certain extent", because on a few of them the first few minutes seem to play, but then lock up.

My Skippa has a habit of randomly rebooting every few days, so I suspect that the REC files are leftovers of the timeshift buffer at the time of a reboot.

In the hope that the Skippa will do some sort of disk check I've done numerous manual reboots via power toggling and the menu Restart option. I've also done a factory reset.

I have no Linux knowledge (which I believe is the Skippa's O/S), but my assumption is that the Linux equivalent of the file allocation table is corrupted. Or, a separate directory list maintained by the Skippa is corrupted.

So my questions are:
  • Are these random REC files necessary for normal Skippa operation? (e.g. ad-skipping info, playback position, etc)
  • Is there any way of tidying things up without losing the recordings I have?
  • If I do have to reformat, and so copy off my recordings first, can I do it in such a way that I can restore the files in original Skippa format to maintain ad-skip and subtitle details?
  • If I have to reformat, how do I do that? There does not seem to be a Skippa menu option to reformat the HDD.

Thanks in advance.

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