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  1. HI Folks, Just thought I'd start the first thread with a mini review on the new VAST offering from Humax - the HDR-1003s - and my impressions on Its only competitor the Altech UEC DSR-4639. After a much anticipated (and seemingly ever extended) wait, Altech UEC now have a competitor. The Humax HDR-1003s is basically a Twin Tuner PVR capable of of Watching 2 completely different channels while watching a third. This unit is in direct competition with the Altech UEC DSR-4639 (also a twin tuner PVR) which has been around now since March. Over the past few months, we've had a chance to gauge our customers opinions of the Altech UEC offering and can now compare that to our own experience with the new Humax unit. I'll save the long list of specs as by and large, these unit do the same thing (both 500GB Twin Tuners) however there are a couple of notable differences between the two. First an most astoundingly, the Humax unit is a 240v system - not such an issue for those intending on permanent installations, however does detract when considering the size of the caravaning market who insist on a 12v system with 240v transformer. At this stage, the only way to run a Humax system while on the go is via an 12/240v Inverter. The DSR-4639 on the other hand is 12v all the way through and comes shipping with a typical 240v-12v transformer, meaning a cigarette lighter adapter is all that is needed to run the system in a mobile environment. Stated power requirements on the DSR-4639 is around 36w, with the 240v Humax unit's stated power requirements coming in at 39w. Another notable difference is the place of manufacture. The Humax is a Korean manufactured unit - clearly reflected in the styling and aesthetics. It is a very nice unit to look at, both its interface and outer casing. The front contains a translucent brushed metal finished which reveals what appears to be a VFD display shining through the brushed aluminium - very nice. Chinese "assembled" The Altech unit - pretty typical - I certainly couldnt say it's a bad looking unit, but really is put to shame in this respect with the Korean alternative. Interface is again chalk and cheese, again most likely a result of the place of manufacture. The Humax system appears exactly the same as it's terrestrial brother, the HDR-7500T. What this means is a schmick interface one would expect for a unit manufactured in 2013. The DSR-4639 however has an interface which appears to be based on the already aged interface of it's lesser sibling, the 12 volt, single tuner DSD-4121. i couldn't say the DSR-4639s interface is bad, just not as nice as the Humax unit. Both interfaces are equally functional, in fact the DSR seems to be a little quicker to navigate than the Humax unit. Remote control - again reflective of the place of manufacture. As one would expect, the Humax gets a Piano Black, polished remote, with nice large buttons and a unique, ergonomic shape. I was surprised at the placement and spacing of the buttons on the humax - very comfortable to use. The DSR on the other hand is your typical run of the mill remote. The Altech unit is pretty typical for a Chinese unit and definitely more fiddly in the hand. Reliability at this stage is any ones guess. Time will tell how both units shape up. A few complaints have been made about the Altech DSR-4639. The main complaint is intermittent, unexplained resetting of the unit - something the older DSD-4121 was susceptible to. This however does not seem to be a problem across the board though as most of our users report very reliable operation. I do however have a sneaking suspicion this issues are a result of systems settings not matching the users hardware during setup, specially having the LNB frequency setting set differently to the actual LNB hardware. The Humax is way to new to gain an accurate understanding of reliability (we only got it last Friday), however initial tests did bring up a few major floors with their ancillary functionality - specifically the network interface and at the very least ABC Iview. As many may be aware, the Humax system does have internet TV functionality - probably useless to many who NEED satellite free to air systems, as Internet streaming is a bit average when you live in the middle of no where. none the less, we had major issues getting the unit to work out of the box. Our network infrastructure seemed to match the systems defaults. We use DHCP, our primary server is, netmask and DNS again all standard. No matter if we used the wired network cable OR the (not included) WiFI USB adapter - under the settings menu, we were presented with a connection successful message. However the moment we tried to open anything related to the internet, the system came up with a stupid message stating it couldn't obtain a connection to the internet. We tried changing from DHCP to manual setup and found the default manual setup was perfect, so without changing any options, clicked confirm, got the "connection successful", returned to try the internet TV and got the same stupid message. Restarting the unit, and speaking to Humax didn't help - left a message with them, yet to get a call back (4 days later). None the less, we persevered and solved the problem, by choosing the maual option, putting random figures in the network settings, confirming, exiting, restarting and the re-entering the same figures that were originally defaulted (with manual setup) and voila! - Internet TV now started to work. The only problem we could find was that ABC Iview has no means of scanning to different parts of the stream. Basically, you watch it from the start, or not at all. Further, changing Internet TV services meant exiting completely out of the internet system (very slow), then back in again (again slow) to select a different option: eg SBS ondemand- which works well . Other differences I wont bother going into too much detail. The DSR-4639 has no media player YET. however it is stated in their manual they intend on improving that functionality with FW updates. The HDR-1003s on the other hand has good media file support right out of the box. Both have a fairly rough and not to be trusted for anything other than evening news "series" record function and both have all the usual's including, timeshift, padding bookmark, grid EPG, USB HDD support, 500GB Internal HDD etc etc. Humax supports WiFI, Altech Does not (yet). The Humax also apparently supports recording radio where as the Altech does not -(this is a claim Im yet to test - but I am certain the Altech unit DOES NOT record radio broadcasts). Price is the other big one. The Altech DSR-4639 can be picked up from around $460 - the Humax around $580. Im sitting on the fence here. I really do believe both units have the core functionality most Satellite FTA TV watchers need. The Humax is more expensive, but nicer looking, better ancillary functionality (media player and Internet TV) and without 12v internal power. The DSR - cheaper, 12v with 240v transformer, does everything SAT FTA viewers want and little more. Detailed pictures of both the DSR-4639 and the HDR-1003s are available on our website. Hope this sparks some discussion on both units. If anyone has any questions or comments, please let me know. We'll try to keep an eye on this thread.
  2. Hi Pete, Agree with your stance...Horses for courses. Let's start a new thread based on the principal comments outlined here, does raise some interesting points....EPG OTA or Internet is not dependent on XXXX or XXXX to my knowledge or experience. Why don't we start a user group based upon non branded EIT PVR's such as MythTV
  3. Sounds like it....from memory resume playback can be set on/off via the menu.
  4. @Crazy_Stu Strong SRT-6100 Twin HD PVR is in-stock, killer price $329, features and user interface. Video review here

  5. End of the road for Magic TV 4000, may be a few reconditioned units kicking around but that's about it. What about the Mediastar HD-8200 as it has advanced ad skip, fast forward / rewind functionality. We did a video review here or drop in for a demo if you can make it to the Central Coast.
  6. Hi All, New PVR video review on the Strong SRT-6100 PVR here Ticks a lot of the boxes for price, storage capacity and feature. Bonuses above and beyond your average Twin HD PVR include; - Network streaming to PVR - EPG Search - Search for programs by name - Series Record via OTA EPG - Internet Radio with pre-programmed channels - Price $329 + Delivery Regards, Stu
  7. Hi, No OTA firmware updating on this model.
  8. That would be the case for programs that are on rarely like for example UFC. However all one would need to do would be to be on any channel of the same transponder for no more than 2 seconds (usually less) and the EPG would update - if for example UFC appears in the EPG update - it will record. This is not a problem for actual series' like Seinfeld etc that are on TV all time - the process of the machine turning on to record Seinfeld will automatically download future EPG events and continue to flag recordings. Not to mention ICE TV is a paid subscription.
  9. Thats a very good point, yes it certainly does have View timers. If you want the EPG to always remain up to date, there is no reason you cant set the machine to turn on and "view" one channel from each transponder in order to update the EPG.
  10. Stand corrected on the EPG data issue for above mentioned PVR models but question was in relation to Digital TV. Be interested to see if you could define a custom location to save the EPG data to on these models in reference as with 8200s - perhaps useful if you have 2 or more HD8200's sharing the same EPG data. Yes you DEFINITELY need to change channels in order to update the EPG. During automated recordings, ofcourse the EPG data for the transponder which is being recorded from will be populated. If the system were left with (for instance) 3 automated recordings across say channel 7, 9 and 10 for a period of 2 weeks, after this period of time, the only channels showing EPG data would be those within the Channel 7, 9 and 10 transponders. Ie 7, 7 mate, Prime etc. Nine, Gem, Go etc. Ten, ONE, Eleven etc. Suprised no one has picked up on the DLNA and Network recording features. For me one of the coolest aespects of this unit.
  11. That's correct EPG data is retained when unit is put in standby/off. Your issue with EPG data needing to be re-populated from standby is commonplace among most Digital TV's and PVR's, hence why the feature is unique and very cool!
  12. Hi All, Take advantage of one off end of month clearance. Free shipping for all DTV members in NSW/ACT or take $50 off for in-store pick up from our Central Coast NSW address (4x only left) Also available.....Upgrade speaker pack to 7.1CH Alto 620 100W to match 7.1CH receiver extra $99 Details here To take advantage of this offer please drop in during business hours, PM me or email [email protected] Stu
  13. Well you wouldn't need to "Stream" jpg pictures, as they are not generally massive files. If you select your pre configured network storage device from the "Photos" menu, you can then choose to display a slideshow. The pictures themselves only take a second to load, even via the network. I should point out, accessing those image files does not copy them to the units internal storage, they remain on the network. Further if you did want to use DLNA to "Stream" Photos, the option is certainly available. From the "Photos" menu simply press the "Eject" button on your remote, select DLNA, and browse to your photos directory If the TV you are "Streaming to" is not the one connected to the PVR, then as long as it has a DLNA streaming client, and you have the DLNA streaming SERVER switched "on" on the PVR, you will be able to access the local PVR storage from your TV via network. Select the Powers PVR from the list of DLNA servers on your TV, browse to the Photos "sub folder" and your photos will appear as files. In this case, it will depend on your TVs capacity to display a slide show.
  14. 3 recordings at once. While watching a fourth or pre recorded program. You can record AND / OR Time Shift to either of the following Internal HDD, Network Samba Share (tested without issues (3 network recordings during playback of networked recording on 100mbit network)) USB 1,2 or 3 External ESATA Drive Again you can store EPG data to either of those drives, Picture Slideshow, - No problems, configurable time, playback order and stretch settings Stream to and from any Network device which supports DLNA streaming without issue. Minor delay of 5 seconds before playback starts with DLNA. As DRP mentioned, unit does not re-encode - just puts down to the HDD what it receives either MPEG4 or MPEG2 in a .TS format (also saves subtitle index files and program info). Access via web interface.....Certainly not web browser - yet - although the system does have an web server installed, at this stage, no one has created the web interface for booking recordings etc. In terms of wifi remote control???? Again. Not yet.
  15. Just a quick correction on that, NTFS, Fat32 and JFS are all supported on internal and external drives. So for all those with large Media files, - No problems getting them onto the units internal HDD or playing directly from a USB or ESATA device.