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According to the guide and the recordings, the episodes of The Mentalist transmitted on 31 December on &flix Melbourne were:
Pink Chanel Suit and Red Hot (Season 3, episodes 6 and 7)
however the episodes actually transmitted were:
Cackle-Bladder Blood and The Blood on His Hands (Season 3 episodes 2 and 3).

Things started to get out of sync with The Mentalist last week when, at the last minute Sever pulled the two episodes scheduled to be transmitted on Wednesday, and no ajustement was made by Ice TV to the episodes scheduled for the following day (Thursday). We now seem to be 4 episodes out - is it possible that there were two episodes scheduled for Wednesday 30 December and they were also pulled (possibly at the last moment again).

If the episodes continue in the order they have in fact being transmitted, the next episode should be Red Carpet Treatment.

7flix seems to be having problems with episodes on The Mentalist, there was a similar issue late in November.


General Discussions / Silent Witness 9Gem HD Melbourne 23-12-2020
« on: December 24, 2020, 10:51:38 AM »
IceTV had Silent Witness Home Part 1 scheduled for last night, however 9Gem showed combined episode for Home Part 1 and Part 2, even with generous post padding I lost the end of the second episode. I assume that Nine provided incorrect informaiton to IceTV on the length of the episode.

Eatlier in the week DCI Banks What Will Survive was correctly timed and titled as a combinded episode.

Both Silent Witness and DCI Banks are shown either as two part episodes or a combined episode Nine Network (and ABC before it) and it is not always obvious which format is going to be adopted. This makes it difficult for IceTV to get the correct details into the guide and the timers.



For at least the last two weeks the wrong episode details have been given in the IceTV EPG data - presumably because inaccurate information was provided by the network. On 2 Decemeber the episode was said to be Shaddows Part 1 but was in fact Run Part 2. Run Part 1 was shown the previous week, but again had wrong episode information. According to the IceTV guide Shadows Part 2 will be on next Wednesday night; I would expect that it should be Shadows Part 1.

Nine seems to be showing the two part version of Silent Witness; at least in the early years the BBC also provided the two parts as one episode. Not sure if this is the explanation or not. I have a dim recollection that when GEM first started showing the program they aired the combined episodes. Not sure it that is part of the explanation.

IceTV EPG Content / The Mentalist 7flix 26-11-20 Incorrect espisodes names
« on: November 27, 2020, 03:25:13 PM »
On 7flix last night two episodes of The Mentalist were scheduled. According to IceTV they were The Redshirt (season 4 episode 9)followed by Fugue in Red (season 4 episode 10). I did not notice the episode names until this morning, and was surprised that  The Redshirt was on as it was on the night before. I checked the recordings themselves and  The Redshirt was not shown last night; the episodes shown were Fugue in Red (season 4 episode 10) followed by Always Bet on Red (season 4 episode 11).

I assume that incorrect information was provided to IceTV. The next episode shown should be My Bloody Valentine (season 4 episode 12). The IcedTV guide is show at 8.30 PM (Melbourne) on Wednesday December 3 is as expected My Bloody Valentine followed at 9.30 PM by Red is the New Black (season 4 episode 13). On Thusday December 4 At First Blush followed by War of the Roses (season 4 episodes 14 and 15). So it looks like it is only a one-off glitch.


IceTV EPG Content / 7Two Melbourne Thursday 1-10-20 Late Change?
« on: October 02, 2020, 09:33:25 AM »
Was there a late change to the lineup on 7Two last night? Looks like it as my Toppys had a botched update (not an IceTV issue problem with the way Toppy firmware deals with updates), but no error on T2s but recorded wrogn programs. Looks like out by an hour. Fortunately I managed to recover the second episode of Murdoch as I had a 50+ minutes post buffer.


IceTV EPG Content / Tony Robinson's World By Rail - South America
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:51:04 PM »
I suspect this program (SBS last night) was not a repeat. [Ignoring the confusing caused by SBS renaming the program - the correct title appears to be "Around the World by Train" (with Tony Robinson).] That episode was the second in series 2. I got really confused since the first episode in both series 1 (1999) and 2 (2020) is Europe, so I deleted the episode shown the previous week as I thought I had already seen it.

Would it be possible to include the season and episode number in future. I was confused since imbd only has series one listed (, however I managed to find details of series 2 (


Program name does not match the content which is a Great British Railway Journey. Noticed it earlier in the week but failed to report it. SBS is doing this with monotonous regularity lately. Often with railway related programs.


IceTV EPG Content / Miss Scarlet and the Duke
« on: June 12, 2020, 05:23:21 PM »
As the program is filmed in Ireland and set in London I doubt that it is properly categorized as American.

This is a really weird one.  Last night one of my 2400s started spontaneously rebooting, then a 7100+ started doing the same thing. It was the reboot process like previously associated with too much EPG data before I culled the services being downloaded. I gave up trying to fix it and went to bed. This morning both 2400 and both 7100+ were doing it. Disabling Ice TV stopped the reboot cycle.

The odd thing is that the 5300, which is on a different IceTV account did not appear to do this. Did anything change last night at the server end?

The first account currently has 26 channels enabled and the second account has 27 channels enabled which does not help. However the 5300 has very few timers which may be significant.

Edit: Disabling IceTV seemed to stop the rebooting. I have disabled duplicate LCN 2 and 7 (9 previously disabled). Will report progress.


The is an inconsistency on the guide data for Great Indian Railway Journeys, SBS HD Saturday 2 May 2020. The program description is:
Kiev To Odessa
With his Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo ventures east .....

SBS seems to get confused as to which "@@@ Railway Journeys" is being shown - the content is usually more accurate than the Guide entry.


Beyonwiz / Same program recorded 8 times on T2 (NOT IceTV issue)
« on: April 15, 2020, 07:57:15 AM »
Last night my T2 recorded the Mentalist 8 times - all starting at the same time. Never seen anything like it before. Anyone else have this problem? WHoops, just noticed everything recorded multiple times yesterday. Other T2 did not exhibit this problem (fortunately).


IceTV EPG Content / Above Suspicion 26-03-20 + 02-04-20
« on: March 29, 2020, 04:48:35 PM »
According to the Ice TV EPG and the recording name the episode of Above Suspicion transmitted on 26-03-20 on 9GemHD Melbourne was "The Red Dahlia Part 1" (a season 2 episode) whereas it was in fact Part 2 of Above Suspicion, a season 1 episode (only 2 episodes in season 1). I thought it was odd that the second episode had not been shown when the "The Red Dahlia Part 1" was scheduled to be shown.

I assume that the error is due the error provided by Nine Network. I would expect that "The Red Dahlia Part 1" will in fact be shown in the coming week.


Recent changes to IceTV means that it is no longer possible to limit series recordings to a specified network. There are numerous programs that are transmitted on more than one network, Antiques Roadshow (ABC and Nine), Law and Order Special Victims (Ten and Nine), Cold Case (Nine and Seven), Extreme Railways Journeys (SBS and Seven). I can only select All LCNs or oneLCN when scheduling a recording.

This just does not work, as some programs are shown on multiple LCNs, for example Poirot, Miss Marple, Cold Case, can be on either 9Gem/9Gem HD or Nine/Nine HD.

The only good thing is the old timers retain their settings.

This makes things far more difficult for users! I am peeved. I am angry!


Addendum: As a result of this change I am getting numerous time conflicts because episodes I do not want to record are recording on a network that is showing episodes I have already seen. This is very annoying. I suspect there are others who have multiple PVRs and spread recording across them: in my case I record Nine and Seven on Topfield 2400 and ABC, SBS and 10 on my 7100+ are also have further issues. With my T2's it is ABC and SBS on one and Nine, Seven and 10 on the other.

This program has a running time of 135 minutes, whereas my recollection is that it should only run about half that time. The "repeat" on Wednesday afternoon 9Gem HD, 3:20pm, Wed, 11 Mar 2020, is only 70 minutes and is followed by a second episode, 'The Adventure Of The Western Star' at 4:30pm, with a 60 minute running time.


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.

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