Yes, another popular complaint. Nothing that can be done on this at the moment (apart from pressing Exit which will remove it straight away). It's hoped a future update might make the amount of time these pop-ups configurable, but nothing concrete as yet I'm afraid.
Sometimes when watching a programme the information box pops up and stays on screen for a couple of seconds before going, anyway this can be resolved?
I'm guessing you had a recording going that had either just finished or just started? You shouldn't just be getting informational pop-ups in the middle of watching for no reason whatsoever...
That does seem very unlucky - I've not seen the second issue you mention there anywhere else before. How are MIT dragging their heels on the second? Have you made contact or have you sent a message and not got a reply yet? Keep us updated.
Hi - I have been reading this as my topfield 5800 has just died
I have been looking at the 3view or this recorder as a replacement
I have read somewhere that there is support for avi files ? can anyone confirm this?
Firstly, AVI files are just containers - so unless something supports all major video codecs, you won't find it listing AVI support since the AVI file could have been encoded with any number of different video codecs. The Digital Stream is due to support DivX/XviD files, so as long as the AVI file is encoded in this format, it will eventually play them. Having said all that, this support was meant to arrive in the last update but was removed from it as it caused some stability issues with the machine - one thing Digital Stream are unwilling to do is risk the near bullet proof stability of this as a PVR. I believe it is still being worked on to include in the next update though.
The 3view is worth looking at, but is nowhere near as stable a PVR. You can judge this from other forums where even die hard fans refer to it now being pretty stable since it only crashes every 10 days or so - in my eyes, that's not a stable PVR! It's also not Freeview+ certified - this shouldn't be an issue as it gets all the information it needs at the moment, although won't support things like trailer booking. However, it is a bit concerning on any possible long term implications (e.g. if Freeview were to suddenly withdraw EPG support from non-certified boxes). On the other hand, for its media capabilities, it's pretty much unrivalled (apart from the Technika / Fetch, but this is even less stable from what I can gather). So it depends which side is more important to you really.
The other option would be two boxes, something like the Sony SMP-N100 combined with the Digital Stream gives you more media functionality than the 3view and a completely stable PVR for the same price.
Thanks very much for the reply. I browsed a couple of forums on the 3view last night, so have concerns about the reliability. My old topfield was plagued by problems at the start and it took a couple of years of updates for it to become stable - I'm not sure i want to go through all that again! On paper the 3view does everything I want all from one box, but it probably has another year or so before it becomes stable enough to be left to its own devices
I think my mind is made up on the digital stream esp as the 320G version is now £170 - I'll put the remainder towards a more dedicated media player.
Glad to have helped! I had a Toppy for a while too and remember all the various MHEG related issues at the beginning - very frustrating!
So the DSO happened in my area on Wednesday, I must admit that I am very impressed with the picture quality of the HD channels when outpputed at 1080i (there native format). I am also impressed with the picture of the SD channels when also outpputed at 576i (again native format).
However if I use the onboard upscaler and output at 1080p the picture quality is p**s poor, the is true if it is left on 1080i for standard def. The TV does a much better job of upscaling the picture. I know I read somewhere that a request had been made to output in the native format but as of yet I can't find an answer as to whether it is possible due to hardware limitations. Can anyone enlighten me as it is a bit of a palaver to keep changing the output format.
I've read from someone on the beta test group that it's not possible due to a hardware limitation I'm afraid. Strange that you should find such a marked difference, but I guess it all comes down to your TV - on mine, although 576i is a tiny bit better for SD sources, the difference is so marginal I just use 1080i for everything so I don't have to keep changing.
Would it be worth buying a remote with macro / sequence functionality (e.g. the Logitech Harmony ones) so you can just have a button assigned to a macro which sends the correct sequence of buttons to change the resolution to the correct SD setting and another to change back?
I appreciate the internal clock has been mentioned before. I noticed yesterday that when the PVR is in standby mode it loses time. Can this fault be corrected via an update? I find it hard to believe the team at Digital Stream haven't dealt with this issue if it's as wide spread as it appears............ I'm a little disappointed, I was rather impressed until now.
Nope, it must be a hardware issue otherwise MIT wouldn't replace the box. Contact them (clicky) to get this done. If you're worried about losing recordings, unlike other boxes, you can play all your recordings on any other box (including HD ones), so simply copy them all to a USB disk. Once your replacement arrives, you can copy them all back. With the latest update, again, unlike other PVRs, you can also backup your channel listings and scheduled recordings list on your current box and you should be able to restore this to your new box too, making your new one exactly the same as your old one.
As to the wide spread nature of this issue, I've seen it reported five times - three times on another forum and twice here. So even if there's double that number, it's hardly wide spread when you consider how many boxes have been sold over the last year.
Not sure if this has been mentioned anywhere else but if you use the 'power saving' standby mode it disables the RF pass through ??? that is just ridiculous.
From what I understand, this is a necessary evil to meet the EU standby consumption mandates of running at less than 1W in standby mode - I believe most other PVRs have the same issue, though the Philips does offer it I think - but then that's about the only thing it's got going for it from my experience!
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