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Old 2012-07-02 , 00:15
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Smile Very cool Humax!

OK chaps, I've been very quiet, moving house in the UK, but am now getting settled and started playing with some of the cool stuff that my excellent Freesat Satellite installer (used him twice now) told me about.

It goes like this ........

Install customised firmware on the Foxsat Freesat PVR (downloaded from a geek named 'Raydon' who specialises in modifying these boxes.
Connect box to your LAN (ethernet port -- standard feature)
Connect box to the internet (standard feature)
Use the browser of a PC to connect to the PVR (enabled as part of the firmware upgrade)
Download some apps directly to the PVR (it just works; real one-click stuff)
Download a couple of apps to the PC (notably XBMC and Twonky media)
Voila, you have true remote access to the PVR

You can fully manage and control all aspects of the box remotely including dowloading content direct to your PC. See browser interface screen shot to get an idea of what you can do.

But better still Using XBMC software on a PC you can stream and view recorded content on the PVR to the PC, while recording an HD channel and playing another channel (HD or SD). In the attachment 'remote viewing' I am streaming a recorded Star Trek episode to the PC wirelessly over my network, while watching the BBC news and recording an HD programme.

It just works Took a couple of hours to set up the whole thing. Not bad for a little 2-tuner box; furthermore Humax don't seem to mind the modifications, at all. It's just your warranty that is invalid if you manage to trash the box; which you can, for sure as you have access to the UNIX kernel and the entire file structure; as well as being able to toggle off critical functionality.

There is also a DynDNS client, which opens up further possibilities that MoM will not be happy with me discussing here

Will stay in touch! Cheers, K.
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Old 2012-07-02 , 08:28
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Go on ... rub it in

We in SA, with our MC sat units, will never match that functionality as long as our service provider insists on reinventing the wheel, instead of making use of available technology that has been proved to work. And work mostly faultlessly.
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Old 2012-07-02 , 08:32
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But better still Using XBMC software on a PC you can stream and view recorded content on the PVR to the PC, while recording an HD channel and playing another channel (HD or SD). In the attachment 'remote viewing' I am streaming a recorded Star Trek episode to the PC wirelessly over my network, while watching the BBC news and recording an HD programme.

I think it is safe to say no one currently on this forum will experience this in SA in our lifetimes.

I just want to click on all the icons of your photo so see what everything looks like!
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Old 2012-07-02 , 09:49
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WOW, amazing stuff, we can only dream!
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Old 2012-07-02 , 09:54
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Old 2012-07-02 , 09:56
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Yes very very interesting applications and things that can be done on universal decoders --

There were Humax decoders shown at a recent conference in JHB -- when you physically "see" the decoders and get an opportunity to play with it, it is even more depressing when you come back to earth afterwards ---
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Old 2012-07-02 , 10:12
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Hi guys, just a gentle remember that this section of the Forum is not for criticising our SP; but to discuss technology developments -- I don't want the thread or forum section to be taken down, having worked hard to get it in the first place

That said, I'm sure that the next gen eqipment from MC may surprise us all. Why not? Our current MC PVRs are at least as advanced as much of the stuff available in the UK and the features I am playing with are just a step on, using pretty standard technology.

Krugie, the interface is very slick and attractive and the 'pop-up' menu structure is completely intuitive. Here are a couple of 'click-on' pics to give you an idea.

Cheers, K.
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Old 2012-07-02 , 10:19
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It looks like a really nice device, I have high hopes for the next gen software. Although I don't think we can expect to see anything where we can stream content from our own decoders inside or outside our homes I really do hope that we will see more network integration.

We know that at the very least the 2P has a lot of power that could be unleashed. and with the correct back and front end systems in place there is little reasons why we should not be able to get event tracking info and more detailed EPG data. and with access to the internet it could well b a great source of data for MC, as far as channel viewership and debug information for software improvements.
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Old 2012-07-02 , 11:01
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Krugie, the interface is very slick and attractive and the 'pop-up' menu structure is completely intuitive. Here are a couple of 'click-on' pics to give you an idea.

Cheers, K.
Thanks for the pics ! The 1st one shows something that I DEARLY want! When you look at the info for a program it shows you other dates, times and channels when it will be shown.
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Old 2012-07-02 , 11:26
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......The 1st one shows something that I DEARLY want! When you look at the info for a program it shows you other dates, times and channels when it will be shown.......
Yip and always offers you the alternative to record, if the content is available in both SD and HD. Cheers, K.
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