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SKIPPA / Re: New IceTV branded PVR
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:21:42 PM »
IceTV's imminent introduction of the UEC 9600Q and 9600T is independent of our Skippa release. The 9600Q/T are UEC products and Skippa is an IceTV product. The UEC products are available now. Skippa ships with skips in May.

When we do our mailshot next month, we'll be sharing technical and visual details for Skippa.

Longer TV ad breaks are just around the corner. Fortunately, so is Skippa!

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SKIPPA / Re: New IceTV branded PVR
« on: March 03, 2015, 05:12:07 PM »
IceTV knows what you DON'T want: TV adverts. This has been made clear from several posts on this forum requesting smarter ad-skip features than are currently available in the marketplace. Now, with the April pre-launch of IceTV's own PVR, we will be ushering in a new era of TV recordings without ads.

With Skippa, our product name for the IceCube project, you can sit back, put the remote control away and skip the ads automatically - without the need to press any buttons. Use the must-have IceTV app to record on Skippa from anywhere. Run rings around catch-up TV with Skippa's built-in IceTV discovery and smart recording features. Use our "Coming Soon" feature to record new shows or preview what's hot with "Ice Picks" before you decide to record. Then watch your favourite shows without ads when it suits you.

Next month we will be taking orders via an offer sent to our mailing list. If you don't receive IceTV's regular newsletter each Monday then that means you're not subscribed to this mailout. We suggest you log in to our website and update your subscription details under My Account. Please also spread the word about Skippa to your family and friends!

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SKIPPA / Re: New IceTV branded PVR
« on: February 02, 2015, 04:09:51 PM »
Let me break the silence with great news, as we are excited to announce the manufacture of IceTV’s own PVR for March this year. Add some time for shipping and you’ll be able to hold “IceCube” in your hands two months after that. We’ve been quiet for a while, because we wanted to be sure that we have a firm factory booking before making any further announcements. From hereon, the assembly lines are setting the pace, no more R&D.

I went through the entire Forum thread before posting this update to make sure that I don’t miss anything of importance. Let me first address the frequent requests for becoming a beta user. A beta test would have delayed the release by at least two months. However, the posts on this Forum strongly suggested that it was in our customers’ interest not to delay the release any further.

IceCube will be available through the major Australian retail stores as well as our own online store. In April, we’re going to take advance orders from customers who are subscribed to our mailing list. If you don’t receive IceTV’s newsletter with our TV recommendations every Monday, you’re not subscribed. So we suggest you log into our web site and update your Account Details under My Account. Please also spread the word among your friends and family!

Several posts on this Forum requested smarter skip features than what is around currently in the market place and an affordable price point.  I’ll be posting details in another month’s time. For now, please understand that we’ll just say that IceCube won’t just be “the best of breed” PVR. It has three tuners for 6 simultaneous channels, streaming, Freeview+, 1 TB HDD, integrated WiFi and a unique feature that turns IceCube into a “new PVR breed”. Yes, I talked about several “killer features” in my Techwebcast interview in Dec 2013. We did a focus group with seven Forum contributors all together in the IceTV board room and picked the one that you wanted most.

Allow me a quick update on some third party brands. This month, we’ll release the UEC 9600Q/T models on our online store. Beyonwiz’s future product roadmap is also being integrated with IceTV, so that we’ll be on their upcoming PVR’s right from the initial release. Topfield put the integration of IceTV on the backburner for their recent models. Strong’s 6500 and DXtreme’s 480 are not going ahead. We respect the confidentiality agreement in place with our PVR partners, which is why we’re unable to elaborate further.

IceCube will have a lifetime IceTV subscription bundled in. You can combine your existing PVRs with IceCube under a single IceTV account through a subscription for multiple devices. Right now, we offer a $198 price cut for a 3-year multiple-device subscription or a $60 discount for 1 year (expires Thursday 5 February 2015). Renew now and add IceCube when released ... http://bit.ly/163KTN8  (3 years) or http://bit.ly/1HIcRiE  (1 year)

Watch this space for another update in March!

Regards & success, Heinz

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SKIPPA / Re: New IceTV branded PVR
« on: August 11, 2014, 01:34:21 PM »
Dear Customers, Colleagues and Competitors!

Let me give you an update on the work-in-progress.

Our own "IceCube" (internal code name) has a killer feature on it, which required us to change chipsets a few times on our journey. We've just upgraded again to a higher-end chipset, in order to provide the best user experience with this feature. But every time you change chipsets, you have to port all of the middleware as well. This adds six months every time for consumer quality.

It also costs a lot in research and development, which explains why we have been running some aggressive price promotions during the last six months. Some of you have been posting about the rationale of these promotions, so now you know that IceTV has been investing heavily in R&D.

We're not in a position to "leak out" what IceCube's killer feature exactly is -- for competitive reasons. We're obviously breaking new ground here and we're breaking the ice with PVR vendors, who have also expressed interest in porting IceTV's new capability onto their own brands. Again, the question there is whether their PVRs have enough horsepower to run it.

This week, we're getting our first demo version of the T3 integrated with IceTV. By November, you'll be able to download firmware upgrades to the T3s that are already out in the market. New T3s will have the firmware preconfigured. The same goes for Strong's SRT 6500, which is a combo PVR/BluRay product.

Topfield has now also allocated resources to do their part in integrating IceTV. But we're still negotiating which of their new models to support first. They are as keen as we are to have at least one more TF model ready for Christmas. Humax is also talking to us, but there are no time-to-market agreements as yet.

Keep an eye out for IceTV on your Facebook over the next six weeks! We're letting all TiVo and Pay TV customers know that there is so much to see with IceTV.

Regards & success, Heinz

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Beyonwiz / Re: Beyonwiz T3
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:19:55 PM »
Following 5 weeks of negotiations with Beyonwiz, we could not agree on acceptable commercial terms for the integration of IceTV with the Beyonwiz T3.

There are now three options for Beyonwiz fans:

1) Express your views to Beyonwiz at http://www.digitaltradingco.com.au/dpg_contact.asp
2) Consider alternative brands, such as Topfield, Strong, Humax, Elgato and DVBLink, who are committed to integrating IceTV on their new products.
3) Treat yourself to an IceTV PVR in October from our online store or in November from the top Australian retailers. It won't cost you much to enjoy becoming part of a PVR revolution with the IceTV PVR! Our own PVR will be the first to market with some features that are setting the pace in Australia -- 4 tuners, prepaid IceTV, sleek new IceTV interface which is integrated across our PVR's remote control/tablet/mobiles and a killer feature that we won't announce until closer to the release date. Seriously cool and different! We are well underway and you will want IceTV if you are looking for a way to enjoy HbbTV/Freeview+ with your existing TV set at some point in the near future.

We remain committed to Beyonwiz' current models and continue to market them on our online store. Our IceTV interface continues to be open to every PVR brand represented in Australia, including Beyonwiz. However, it is the vendor's choice to take up that integration offer.

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Beyonwiz / Re: Beyonwiz DP-P2 With 5 Years of IceTV
« on: March 28, 2014, 05:02:56 PM »
Yes, of course, our offer is open via the top banner at http://molkstvtalk.com/ or anyone interested!

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Beyonwiz / Re: Beyonwiz T3
« on: March 17, 2014, 04:49:27 PM »
Hello Everyone!

Allow me to cast a little light on the Beyonwiz T3, plus IceTV's activities wrt several hardware and software platforms.

We're meeting with Digital Trading Co re the T3 this Wednesday to get a landing on how we can accelerate IceTV integration. The question isn't "if" but "when"! We can't give you a timeframe but we can say that Beyonwiz and IceTV both want to go ahead.

Let me nip in the bud an emerging rumour about an alleged link between the T3 and IceTV's own PVR. From the CEO of IceTV (= me) let it be known that any such rumour is unfounded. As much as we like the T3, our own baby has a bit of unique magic of its own. Our internal project name is "IceCube" (which won't be its product name when it will be released). But because IceCube won't be ready for sale much before Christmas, we've been pushing into more recent branded platforms, giving you a choice of platform.

In addition to the T3, therefore, we're progressing with Topfield on an accelerated integration with their more recent models. We've read with great interest several contributions from you on this Forum and rest assured, we're discussing this with the new Topfield management already. We have a technically strong user base at IceTV and we know that we'll be making well-informed decisions when we listen to your ideas.

Some of you have asked for an integrated PVR/Blu-ray box. So let me share with you that Strong is working with us on integrating their 6500 with IceTV. This will provide a price-aggressive alternative to any branded combo PVR in the Australian market -- with IceTV as its irresistible companion!

And if you want a PVR for no more than $250 then wait till we're done with the DX480 integration (about June). Or fancy equipping your NAS drive with a few USB tuners and using IceTV with DVBLink Version 5 (about July)? IceTV has always been about giving consumers their choice of hardware platform.

But IceTV isn't just about scaleable PVR platforms, i.e. a platform for every wallet size. We're also about providing better remote recording software than what we've seen from TiVo in Australia, but with TiVo-esque user interface and functionality -- or in other words, making smart recording smarter and sexier than what TiVo has delivered in Australia. So IceTV has always been about the power of an app on a latest-generation smartphone or tablet. For the last 12 months we've been working on the IceTV app and it's now packed with the upgrades you've been requesting:

- Images and previews now available
- All regions in Australia are now supported
- A new, intuitive user interface and easier setup
- Several recommendations services: coming soon, most popular and our editorial "Ice Picks" (and our themed "Collections" will be available in two weeks)
- A Windows Phone version to be released in April on the Windows Phone Store
- "On Air" is one of Europe’s most popular TV apps with 1.5 million downloads. It now supports IceTV's remote recording features for paid subscribers and free trial users. This provides an alternative user experience to all our valued IceTV customers. Just pick and choose your preferred app for use with IceTV!

Here at IceTV, we listen and we give you choice. And if you go to our online store at https://www.icetv.com.au/store you'll find the most price aggressive bundles of hardware and IceTV subscriptions anywhere on the web. There are just no less expensive bundles anywhere!

Hoping that I've been able to answer some questions.

Regards & success,
Heinz

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Humax / Re: Humax 7510T Where to buy?
« on: March 12, 2014, 01:41:44 PM »
Hello Philip,

The 7510 model is exclusive to Harvey Norman. Humax is not making this model available to anyone else. However, we like the 7500 better, as the following differences between the two models illustrate:

HDR-7510T

Pros:
Faux brushed-steel front panel looks hi-tech
Larger play, record, stop, rewind, fast forward buttons

Cons:
Universal remote can only control the Humax and a TV
Subtitle, Audio, Sleep, V-Format are via menus, due to missing buttons on the remote control
When using the front USB port the large front door must be left open
No Slow Motion
No Bookmarks

HDR-7500T

Pros:
Universal remote can control the Humax and a TV, DVD Player and Sound System
Gloss "piano black" front panel blends in with other equipment
Subtitle, Audio, Sleep, V-Format available via buttons on the remote control
Can easily use the front USB port
Has Slow Motion
Has Bookmarks

Cons:
Smaller play, record, stop, rewind, fast forward buttons (most people skip ads rather fast forwarding)

For the above reasons, we believe that the 7500 is the better PVR and IceTV makes an irresistible companion.

Cheers, Heinz

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Topfield / Re: TF-T6000
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:34:19 PM »
Yes Paul. IceCube is ticking along well.

This week we're briefing our engineering teams on a consistent user experience across the box, web site and apps for all platforms (iOS, Android aaaaaaaaand a new Windows Phone app to be released in April).

Also been working on a killer feature!

The recent mixed messaging by Freeview around HbbTV hasn't helped and slowed us down a bit. But there will be a few IceCubes under Christmas trees this year!

Cheers, Heinz

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Topfield / Re: TF-T6000
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:51:12 PM »
Hello Everyone,

Topfield has had senior management changes, which have slowed IceTV integration with their more recent models. We're meeting with them next week to progress this project. IceTV has a good Software Development Kit for vendors and if we build on the long-standing relationship between our fine organisations then we should see IceTV support on Topfields in a few months, say June.

Happy Smart Recording, Heinz

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SKIPPA / Re: New IceTV branded PVR
« on: December 03, 2013, 04:58:54 PM »
Indeed!

Thanks to everyone for sharing our passion in bringing a PVR to the market that has been designed with consumer benefits in mind, not the manufacturer's coffers  :)

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SKIPPA / Re: New IceTV branded PVR
« on: December 02, 2013, 05:58:56 PM »
So you're a power user aye  ;) Excellent!

With four Toppies, you'll just LOVE our IceCube (which is just our internal project name at this stage, "IceBox" didn't quite capture the energy we're putting into this project.

Yes, the other PVR's need to be IceTV enabled. Our IceCube will then combine all your Topfields' tuners and add its own four tuners. Impossible to have any collisions!

When we get closer to the release date, we will be looking for beta users  :o

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SKIPPA / Re: New IceTV branded PVR
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:30:17 PM »
It is going to be the best PVR in the market. That you can bet on!

Four tuners, super powerful chipset, MPEG4 conversion to preserve memory use, IceTV natively built into the box, graphic user i/f with animated icons and some very powerful media centre features, which allow you to cluster several additional PVR's together to a virtual "super PVR".

Typically, other PVR's have weak media centre features and vice versa. Our unit will be a PVR on media centre steroids! And in February, we'll tweak our ad-skipping concept, based on user ratings of the performance of various algorithms. I believe we'll have a real winner in the making. We're going to bring it out in good quality, without haste and without being driven by the competition.

We're a company that turns PVR's into TiVo-type of services, based on our patented smart recording software. To take it to the next level, we need to have control of the hardware. Our game is about IceTV sitting native inside a super-PVR/media centre (or whatever is in a name) -- our game is not about delivering yet another PVR.

 8)

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SKIPPA / Re: New IceTV branded PVR
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:33:51 AM »
We've changed chipsets and are now realistically looking at July. Given that it's more of a media centre than a PVR, we're also likely to change its name from IceBox to IceCube  8)

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SKIPPA / Re: New IceTV branded PVR
« on: October 18, 2013, 04:58:58 PM »
Hi Icers!

We'll do a media centre without Blu-ray drive, based on feedback from The Forum and a focus group of existing customers. This also facilitates our clustering concept by removing some hurdles for media streaming.

Happy smart recording, Heinz

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