Tassie Devil, on 21 May 2012 - 02:23 PM, said:
Question to those favouring the FREEVIEW firmware:
That alternative is to use the 4000 firmware and to set the recording to repeat weekly (or whatever) and then pad it out an extra 30 minutes (or more) finish time.
Note: I currently use both Windows Media Centre and MythTV and my mum uses the Magic 4000. She tried the 3700 firmware because of the series recording functionality, but soon got tired of the slow and buggy guide. So I've switched her to the 4000 firmware.
The feature I'd really like is keyword recording rather than series recording. If series recording was reliable, that would be better than nothing.
Here's an example - say I want to record the Formula One. It is always on at different days/times depending on which country they are in. As it stands with the Magic 4000, I would have to check the guide every week to find out when it's on and then set it to record manually. I would prefer to be able to set a keyword string ( e.g. "Formula One" ) and it will record any shows that contain that string in the title. I might get a few extra shows that I'm not interested in, but I'd rather that than missing out on what I want. Another advantage to this is that when a season is over, I don't need to keep track of when it's starting again - it will just record automatically. This method also deals with last minute changes to programming.
Keyword recording is easy to do with Windows Media Centre or MythTV (and IceTV I believe). Even series recording in WMC works pretty well, although I'm not sure how it determines the series - I think it uses the Program Title rather than the series information from the OTA guide.
Another example - my mum has a Magic 4000, and she wanted to set it up to record every episode of Heartbeat. It's scheduling is something like once on Monday, twice on Thursday and once on Saturday (at various times). I had to set each one up as a different (separate) recording, and set them each to record once each week. As soon as the channel changes the scheduling (as they did last week just for one week I think), it will have to be changed again. That defeats the purpose of having it record at the same time every week/day - you're stuck with having to check that every episode is set to record anyway. I've now shown her how to do a search on the internet to find out when each episode is on and then go through the guide and check that they are all set to record. The only shows that it might work OK with are those that almost never change - like news at 6pm.
She doesn't care about the various skip options. I've shown her how to do it but she still prefers to use fast forward/rewind (maybe because she came from Foxtel which didn't have it). I'll continue to try to educate her on that!
I still think the UI is very good and easy to navigate - if it had the keyword record feature it would be awesome.
Anyway, that's my thoughts :-)
PS If it had the keyword record feature, I would probably buy 2 to replace my existing WMC and MythTV boxes
Edited by Austin, 21 May 2012 - 05:41 PM.