What Freeview Box

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by mervyncp, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. Jo.Cassady

    Jo.Cassady New Member

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    actually Freeview gives you more4 and e4 (not that anyone really cares!), freesat(from sky) doesn't
     
  2. TheBear

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  3. TheBear

    TheBear Member

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    In my experience I haven't come across any problems..
     
  4. TheBear

    TheBear Member

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    FWIW, Tesco.com are doing the Sony for a tad under £80.

    If you use the ecoupon code on hotukdeals.co.uk you should also get a bonus of 500 clubcard points.
     
  5. rwtomkins

    rwtomkins New Member

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    I think this problem mainly affects anyone using the childrens' channels CBeebies and/or CBBC. If you never use these you may be OK (but someone may correct me).
     
  6. TiVo_Lad

    TiVo_Lad Upgraded!

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    I've had the Sony box for a couple of weeks now courtesy of Tesco and so far I've not had any problems at all. Been very impressed with the speed of the channel change and the Interactive content is significantly faster than the old Setpal / Labgear box that it replaced. Plus it's gotten rid of the most annoying problem with the Setpal - dodgy channel changes so you wanted an hour of C4 and got an hour of something completely different. Oh and the downloads in the middle of a programme at night, and the scanning for new channels.... :rolleyes:

    So far I've not experienced the "Red Mist" problem...

    On a related (but hopefully not off) topic, I have an annoying problem with my Panasonic TUCT20. It is the only box in the house that thinks BBC1 and 2 from Belmont should be assigned to C1 and C2 when the others put BBC1 and 2 from Waltham on C1 and C2. It's *&%!£$@ annoying since Belmont is twice as far from the house as Waltham is and the aerial is pointing at Waltham! Is there any way I can tell the stupid box to ignore the Belmont signal and use the stronger one (which it assigns to C34/35 instead).
     
  7. Anndra

    Anndra New Member

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    I have red mist problems on BBC4 also, and now and then I get sound but no picture.
     
  8. Ian_m

    Ian_m Active Member

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    Not had any issues with mine, on a heap on the floor behind the TV. channel changing is 100% using the IR wands. Mods made are, using both IR wands (one either side of front window), sheet of paper folded around box to block all other IR, all MHEG disabled (no press red button) and all during the night updates disabled.

    Basically it generates a pictiure for TiVo and thats all.
     
  9. rwtomkins

    rwtomkins New Member

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    Yes, but what no one here is saying is whether they record the children's channels. I'm fairly sure the picture freezes happen on BBC3 and BBC4 when, and only when, the BBC children's channels have previously been in use. I agree the Sony box is otherwise very good and if you never use the BBC children's channels you may be ok (please tell me if I'm wrong). Otherwise, TiVo_Lad, I have to warn you that my Sony box seemed to be ok for the first couple of weeks, too - then the troubles began!
     
  10. Corrie

    Corrie New Member

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    Hi

    With a good reception and the price of Freeview boxes falling, I have fed the aeriall through signal into a second Freeview box and the output from this into the VCR socket on my Tivo. This way I can record one channel while watching another. Also the signal is better on my plasma from the second box as i don't have Mode 0 (yet). Agree to watch out for drop out with Phillips but my Bush is fine for recording through Tivo.

    Corrie
     
  11. TiVo_Lad

    TiVo_Lad Upgraded!

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    I spoke too soon.... :( ;)
     
  12. rwtomkins

    rwtomkins New Member

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    Brave of you to fess up. Others be warned.

    I lost yet another BBC3 recording last night. I think the problem is, the kids watch CBeebies every teatime so I'm doomed never to get a BBC3 programme that I've set the TiVo to record in the evening, unless I fiddle around with the Sony box changing channels up and down beforehand.
     
  13. bigwold

    bigwold Sedentary Member

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    Can anyone confirm that if CBBC and CBeebies are not used then there shouldn't be a problem with the Sony on BBC3/4 please.
     
  14. karl101

    karl101 New Member

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    I used to use a Humax MG-TU1 but occasionally it'd give be a black screen, not tuning into the station properly. The Tivo would change the channel OK, but the box would have problems.

    So a month ago I replaced it with a Humax F2-FOX T for £80 and now it works perfectly.

    K.
     
  15. DazBarber

    DazBarber Square-eyed member

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    Nope - I've removed CBBC and CBeebies from 'Channels I receive' so, as a result, the Sony box never tunes to them but I still, albeit rarely, get the Red Mist problem.

    It may have something to do with late night programmes being recorded on BBC3/4 (either set or as a suggestion) and then TiVo leaving the Sony on that channel for so long that CBBC/CBeebies appears in the background. This may be unrelated though.

    Daz
     
  16. worm

    worm Damn The Man!

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    I have this issue, but then sometimes the red overlay appears and disappears a couple of minutes later.
     
  17. DazBarber

    DazBarber Square-eyed member

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    Actually - a total coincidence has just occurred...

    I TiVoed the Paul Merton Silent Heroes programme on BBC4 last night. I set the recording to start a couple of minutes early and about 3 seconds in the dreaded red mist appears. I was all set to delete the programme in dismay but then, as the BBC4 announcer started to announce the programme I wanted, the Red Mist vanished! It's the first time I've seen it do this. Have the BBC started sending out some sort of 'flag' at the start of programmes which gets rid of the mist?

    Hope so!

    Daz
     
  18. GarySargent

    GarySargent New Member

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    Isn't the issue that you can't change channels away from the mist without first acknowledging the message? So you get stuck on a mist channel until the mist disappears when the channel comes back on air.
     
  19. Anndra

    Anndra New Member

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    Not on mine, the only way of getting rid of it is by selecting the channel again.
     
  20. GarySargent

    GarySargent New Member

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    Maybe you should both post your firmware versions to see if there is a difference.
     

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