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I don't think you have a "bad " unit, I believe this is how they operate with FiOs, my unit (about a year old) does the same thing. It's most noticeable when it first turns on, then at the half hour. I believe it's downloading/updating EPG data. This is on a little used bedroom tv so I just live with it.

Thanks for the reply. I suppose it's good to know the unit is not bad. Have you tried the V1 firmware and experienced the channels moving constantly? Do you happen to know if the Homeworx or ViewTv units have the same issues? I reached out to iView hoping to get firmware that can disable the EPG. I honestly don't need it and it would be nice for the picture and audio to stay rock solid as a tradeoff.
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Thanks for the reply. I suppose it's good to know the unit is not bad. Have you tried the V1 firmware and experienced the channels moving constantly? Do you happen to know if the Homeworx or ViewTv units have the same issues? I reached out to iView hoping to get firmware that can disable the EPG. I honestly don't need it and it would be nice for the picture and audio to stay rock solid as a tradeoff.
Sorry, I can't comment on Homeworx or ViewTV, I bought this on a whim last year from Amazon for under $40 to replace a seldom used cable box that I was paying $6/mo to rent. It's paid for itself. Its connected to an older Toshiba tube tv without a qam tuner.
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Homeworx is about the same price; I have one but unfortunately I don't live where I could get FiOS even if I wanted it, so I can't tell if the Homeworx would be any better. (I'm in an "AT&T" area, but can't get U-Verse either; none of these boxes are compatible with U-Verse anyhow.) The firmware is nearly identical, though, so I doubt it.

Unfortunately all the other QAM DVRs I know of cost much more: TiVo of course; ePVision's PHD-VRX and VRX2; along with some out-of-production DVRs you might still find on eBay: the Channel Master 7400 or Entone 458, and DVICO's TViX 6620. Of those, I'd probably pick the TViX 6620 myself, but it's also the most expensive (except possibly TiVo with a lifetime subscription).

The market seems to have a ready niche for a $100-ish QAM DVR (like the iView but without its firmware issues), but no one AFAIK has tried to fill it yet. The only cheaper alternative I can think of would be something like an Android TV box coupled with an HDHR QAM tuner and open-source PVR software, but what you'd save in $$ would probably be spent in time and frustration figuring out how to make it all work. (There are boards on this forum to help, though.)
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Instead of editing the older post on the 1st page, here is the revised list. Entries with a * preceding the number, are simple menu text changes.I only included the first 22 items;

1. Display the actual channel numbers on the display and in the favorites list as it is elsewhere! No need for the letter “C” preceding the number. This is very confusing and not user friendly,
2. Add ability to initiate a record entry directly in the Guide instead of entering it in separately. This defeats the purpose of the Guide. This is a huge disadvantage,
3. When you switch back and forth between channels in the guide, the listings appear for the previous channel. If you enter the guide from a channel, the full listings appear. Switch to another station, the same problem, listing from that previous channel show, or limited entries for the new station will show.,
4. Add a manual method to enter the correct time. Relying on stations time isn't always accurate. There is also a problem using the GMT offset which can be off by one hour.
5. Add a resume function for playback to remember where you left off if you have to stop playback,
6. Switch to 12 hour clock format. Or provide a choice of both,
7. Only 11 program listings per station show, no matter how many the station is actually providing. Is this a hardware issue?
8. On CATV systems., all the channels are labeled "0-0". Also, 1/3 of the encrypted channels are not 'skipped',
9. Recordings that span midnight will not allow any additional scheduled events to be added. Also, the recording will not stop when it should,
10. Display is too bright. You could never use this in a bedroom or any dark room. Fast fix, add a sheet of gray film or some color to reduce brightness and/or change the color to something other than red,
11. Add a record indicator on the display. You can't tell if it is recording or not if the TV is not on.
12. Add the ability to enter a 'dash' for sub channels,
13. The info banner stays on screen to long. It's also too large. Reduce 10 sec. down to 4 sec or add adjustable timeout options.
14. When scrolling through the recorded programs, eliminate the need to press “Ok” each time to activate playback in the preview window. Use 'Play' or "Ok" to play the recording in full screen,
*15. Rename "Program" to "Channel" in the menu. You are editing channels, not programs,
*16. Rename “Hold” to “Schedule” and “Recall” to "Return” on the remote.
17. There is no 'space' entry when editing the program names to separate words,
18. Remove “Radio” channels. This doesn't always see audio channels as “Radio”, placing many under the normal video. This just makes things more complicated and confusing,
19. Add a conformation step when using the 'Auto search' since it's easy to hit it by mistake and wipe out all your channels when you wanted to do a manual search,
20. Add a confirmation when using 'Manual search' to save new channels. Return back to the manual search screen after entry is saved instead of exiting. It's a real annoyance to re-enter the screen again to add additional channels.
21. Remove those four choices for sorting the channels. They do not have any affect on channel order. Also, their labels are mostly unknown here. The ability to move individual channels is already there,
*22. Rename “Book” in the manual record screen to 'Schedule' and remove the “Book Info” since both do the same thing.
23. Volume & mute have no effect on the HDMI output when in Raw mode (for 5.1 audio),
24. The GoTo button duplicates what is already in the menu that needs a password. Remove the need for a password and use the button for something else..
25. When in the menu, do not use the term “boot” on the display.
26. Change the default HDMI audio to “Raw HDMI On”,
*27. Rename “Movie” in USB mode to “Recordings”. These aren't always movies that are recorded.
28. There is no slow motion function,
*29. Change time zone names of cities to 'standard time” designations: EST, CST etc.
30. Remove the “TV Format” entry in the menu since there is no “PAL” format in N. America
31. During recording, when you click on 'Info', there are two entries that should be removed; “Max record size” which seems to be a duplicate of “Disk free space” and “Cur play size” which always shoes “0KB”,
32. Is that above pop up suppose to display during playback? If so, it doesn't.
33. Where are these “colored keys” that are mentioned on page 14 on the remote?
34. What is this “service mode” that is mentioned in the manual?
35. There is no mention of the term “ATSC” in any of your literature or in the on line manual. References to “DVB-T” should be removed,
36. Revise the features on page 3; change DVB-T FTA to ATSC OTA, remove that incorrect “400 channel capacity”, change 570i & p to 480i & p.
37. Revise the specs on page 18; change frequency range to 57-803 MHz, bandwidth to 6 MHz, add "ATSC" to demodulation and remove “DVB-T”.
38. Remove all of those distracting, unnecessary digital wipe patterns. Add a simple 'dissolve' in their place,
39. Unable to return to Photo configure from Multimedia to change settings,
40. Use the lower two of the forward and back buttons to advance or go back in photo mode.

revised order, clarified #15

The OTA scanned channel list for my area includes several scrambled channels. I do not know how one subscribes to them with an Iview box and am not interested myself. I delete them from my list. I do notice that some movie channels I watch have a dollar sign in their identity. The box is apparently identifying them as pay channels.

I note this as the glitch the box exhibits occurs on one of these channels when the input antenna signal gets a momentary distortion. The digital artifacts occur and the channel breaks up and then an on-screen box pops up and says scrambled channel, and never leaves despite a clear unscrambled channel being displayed underneath. Intervention is required by bringing up another display to replace it and it and the scrambled message will not return until another event.

I think the box should not be identifying OTA pay channels or have some facility to automatically remove the erroneously popped up box when the channel is displaying properly.

I would add to my wish list an external extension socket for a photo receptor outside the box so I can multiplex something for multiple boxes. Would be nice if Iview did this and sold a small add on box feeding multiple STBs photoreceptor inputs and capable of being toggled using one of the remote's option keys. A 2 or 4 tuner box would make this unnecessary.

This all of course from my personal myopic application.
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Are those scrambled channels subchannels of your local Ion station by any chance? If so, here's what they are:
Air TV, As Found On Select ION Stations

Adding scrambled channels that you can't watch is a longstanding iView/Homeworx/etc. bug. It occurs on both OTA and QAM channels. I agree: if the channel can't be watched, it shouldn't be scanned in the first place. And if it can be watched, it shouldn't announce "scrambled channel" just because the data stream breaks up momentarily - or at least the announcement should go away once the data stream comes back to normal.

Your idea to mount the remote photo-receptor externally sounds like an interesting DIY project. It doesn't seem like it would be hard: just replace the photo-receptor with a jack of some sort, then mount the original photo-receptor in a tiny box with a cable and matching plug. Then you could put the iView out of sight.

On the very similar Homeworx, I might also move the red/green LED so I could still see if it was on or in standby without turning on the TV. That would be a lot tougher with the iView's 4-digit display though.
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Are those scrambled channels subchannels of your local Ion station by any chance? If so, here's what they are:

Adding scrambled channels that you can't watch is a longstanding iView/Homeworx/etc. bug. It occurs on both OTA and QAM channels. I agree: if the channel can't be watched, it shouldn't be scanned in the first place. And if it can be watched, it shouldn't announce "scrambled channel" just because the data stream breaks up momentarily - or at least the announcement should go away once the data stream comes back to normal.

Your idea to mount the remote photo-receptor externally sounds like an interesting DIY project. It doesn't seem like it would be hard: just replace the photo-receptor with a jack of some sort, then mount the original photo-receptor in a tiny box with a cable and matching plug. Then you could put the iView out of sight.

On the very similar Homeworx, I might also move the red/green LED so I could still see if it was on or in standby without turning on the TV. That would be a lot tougher with the iView's 4-digit display though.
I think one of the real pay channels that was scrambled was labeled Airbox. There is not a problem with them as they are easily deleted.

In the unscrambled roster are Grit and Bounce, 41-3 and 41-4 that have dollar signs in their places on the list of channels. These when distorting from multipath cause a "scramble channel" window to pop up and remain until another window is popped up to replace it. Those channels are not scrambled but the combination of messy signal and $ sign are identified by the box as scrambled.

Just put my 4 boxes into use. Multipath is a real pain here, no direct signal path.. I built a nice 4 bay 9 1-2 element antenna (some vhf) and it is still not enough. May need 2 antenna and a combiner to align to the 2 best signal paths. Lots of positional experimenting ahead.

Odd display quirks on the boxes. One box is on. The power lamp is off. 3 boxes are off and one has a lit power lamp. Noticed that one channel display was off earlier when all 4 boxes were on.

Some time and daylight ought to make things a bit clearer.

Had my Time Warner service Disconnected today!!
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Hello everyone- I apologize if this has been asked before, but you've got A LOT of posts!!

I just bought an iView 3500sbii (with the ch 3/4 switch) a few weeks ago and I'm having an issue.

If I set up a recording to happen when I'm not physically watching the tv, I can't get it to actually record. I've noticed that a dialog usually comes up and asks if I want to record, and asks me to press the OK button. I guess if I'm not there to press it, it just skips the recording? How can I get my scheduled recordings to actually record? It doesn't work even if I leave it on the channel of the recording coming up.

Secondly, I've found that while recording, my quality goes out the window, but goes back to normal when I stop recording. It even makes the recorded file itself scrambled. I've got a 3.5" HDD (Freeagent 500GB) attached.

You all seem so smart, anyone have any help for me?
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I don't think the OK prompt is the problem. If you aren't there it should just OK itself. That's what mine does.

Your second problem is probably also your first problem. If the signal gets so bad you can't receive it, the iView will eventually just drop the recording. It may record an unwatchable minute or two first.

These problems are often caused by interference from the HDD. Try:
  • Moving the HDD farther from the iView
  • A different USB cable (some have better shielding)

Also see if you can improve your iView's reception. If your station is right on the cliff, a little interference can push it over the edge easily. But it may work better if there's some signal-to-noise ratio to spare.

Ironically, doing this may require making the input signal weaker, not stronger. The iView's tuner is notoriously prone to overload even when other tuners handle the same signal just fine.
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.... Secondly, I've found that while recording, my quality goes out the window, but goes back to normal when I stop recording. It even makes the recorded file itself scrambled. ....
I have this issue from time to time as well. For some reason the recording process impairs the tuner's reception capability. My only solution is to provide the best possible signal from the antenna for the channel(s) of interest. In my experience, reception can vary significantly from day to day...
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ktrex, in addition to what the others have said, if you happen to be using an indoor antenna, move it as far away as you physically can get it from the iview. That may not apply to your situation, but if it does, that could solve the whole problem.

Some indoor antenna's have short fixed cables so don't give a lot of leeway for moving, but others have replaceable cables. So for anyone looking to purchase an antenna to use for this who can't have an outdoor one, make sure to get one that allows you to use your own cable or that at least has an extra long fixed cable.
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While I agree with the solutions previously stated (move antenna away from DVR, move HDD away from DVR, etc.), I have a similar situation which I found annoying when my DVR was still working. Ktrex didn't state it, but I assume he was using an HDMI connection to the TV receiver. I noticed that the picture was broken up terribly while recording (and even when the DVR was just on) certain channels while the TV set was ALSO on. Specifically when watching PHYSICAL channels 27 thru 34 (not the virtual channel numbers). Apparently this was causing the DVR & TV signal to break up if they were both tuned to any station in that range simultaneously. If the TV was OFF, the DVR recorded those station fine. If the DVR was OFF the TV signal would not break up in that range. If the TV and DVR were BOTH on and I UNPLUGGED the HDMI cable, both the TV and DVR would be OK. Granted, my antenna was possibly too close, so I suspect there could have been different results if they were separated a bit more. Take it for what it is, just one more quirk in this DVRs operation. Just sayin'.
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Could have been a poorly shielded HDMI cable. For anyone having interference issues, that's another thing to try: a different HDMI cable, or component cables instead of HDMI. I suppose using cables with ferrite cores at each end might help too.
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There is a revised hardware version on the horizon. Stay tuned.
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At minimum it would need to have the ability to play a recorded title while recording something else, 2 tuners would be nice but I'd be happy with a mostly bugless firmware, something no current versions seem to be.
Any word yet on the new, "improved" iView? We've stayed tuned for some time now....
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still not able to join files

My 1T external hd is formatted to NTFS so not understanding why this is not working?


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Try renaming all the files extensions to just *.mts. and renaming with the sequential numbering in the file name before the dot instead, e.g., file1.mts, file2.mts, file3.mts, etc.

But as jprc says, for the future just reformat your drive to NTFS.



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Any word yet on the new, "improved" iView? We've stayed tuned for some time now....

FWIW, looks like TiVo just upped the ante with "lifetime service" (i.e. no monthly fees) for their TiVo Roamio OTA DVR (which can record 4 channels, and comes with a HDD). Granted it's $299.99 for this "limited offer", it now competes directly with the "cheap" DVRs. Just sayin'.


TiVo Roamio OTA DVR
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I saw that. It's probably not much of a threat to $40 boxes like iView and Homeworx, but it does make me wonder why someone doesn't put four iView tuner chips in one box and market an iView-style, bare-bones, 4-tuner DVR for $169 (with less buggy firmware though).

Previously, TiVo offered the OTA Roamio for $99 plus the usual $15/mo or $150/year mandatory subscription, but there was no "lifetime" option offered; or you could buy the pricier OTA/cable Roamio and get lifetime for another $499! The new offer is clearly much better and IMO more closely reflects TiVo's actual cost. I think the TiVo offer is intended to compete against the CM/E* DVR+, not the iView. As I said on the DVR+ thread, competition is good - unless it drives one of the competitors out of the market entirely. If CM/E* get out of the DVR market, expect that $299 TiVo offer to go away pretty quickly.

Hmm.... maybe now would be a good time to check eBay for bargains on used DTVPals, TViX 6620s, etc.
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I have just deployed my iView 3500sbii (with NO ch 3/4 switch), upgraded to the 10/13 firmware. I'm using it with strictly an OTA connection (no cable provider).


My issue concerns the time-of-day and scheduled recordings.


I've noticed that the effective time-of-day varies according to the current channel and can differ by several minutes from one channel to the next. Not surprisingly, the DVR adopts the time from the channel that was active at the moment it was powered off. Therefore, I now try to leave it on a channel with an accurate time before power down.


I've created several scheduled recording events. When I try to edit one of these from say, a start time of 11:30 to 11:28, it allows me to do so. But when I press OK to confirm, it exits the edit dialog box and reverts back to the original start time. Am I doing something wrong or is there a bug in the firmware?


TIA for any help/advice!
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I've created several scheduled recording events. When I try to edit one of these from say, a start time of 11:30 to 11:28, it allows me to do so. But when I press OK to confirm, it exits the edit dialog box and reverts back to the original start time. Am I doing something wrong or is there a bug in the firmware?

It appears to be a bug, as the only way around is to delete the event and re-enter it from scratch with the new data. Sometimes it allows editing depending on how "fresh" the event is (i.e. how many cycles it went through). It's really hit-and-miss.
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In re: new 3500STBii issues

Hey folks. I am new here and just purchased the iView 3500STBii with the Channel 3/4 tuner (ATSC7816XD-02-ZOO) this afternoon from B&H in Manhattan (New York City) and so far for the last two hours it has been a hassle installing the system. I live in basement in Forest Hills, Queens, NY, and my device's signal light is on.

However, it remains in boot mode and does not seem to be able to find channels in the scan even though I just tried to update it with Firmware V3 (20140709 V3) via USB drive. What suggestions do you folks have to help me get my channels? When I try the manual scan it only lets me get 1.0,2.0, etc and not look for 0.1s and onwards. Thank you in advance.
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Hey folks. I am new here and just purchased the iView 3500STBii with the Channel 3/4 tuner (ATSC7816XD-02-ZOO) this afternoon from B&H in Manhattan (New York City) and so far for the last two hours it has been a hassle installing the system. I live in basement in Forest Hills, Queens, NY, and my device's signal light is on.

However, it remains in boot mode and does not seem to be able to find channels in the scan even though I just tried to update it with Firmware V3 (20140709 V3) via USB drive. What suggestions do you folks have to help me get my channels? When I try the manual scan it only lets me get 1.0,2.0, etc and not look for 0.1s and onwards. Thank you in advance.
Also, I cannot get it into HDMI mode to use my Chromecast.
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I live in basement in Forest Hills, Queens, NY, and my device's signal light is on.
Is your antenna also in the basement? Do you have reason to believe other HDTV tuners work in that exact same location using the exact same antenna and orientation?

In A/V reproduction accuracy, there IS no concept of "accounting for personal taste/preference". As art consumers we don't "pick" the level of bass, nor the tint/brightness of a scene's sky, any more than we pick the ending of a novel or Mona Lisa's type of smile. "High fidelity" means "high truthfulness", faithful to the original artist's intent: an unmodified, neutral, accurate copy of the original master, ideally being exact and with no discernable alterations, aka "transparency".
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A little bit more background info on my situation: My family currently subscribes to Verizon Fios service (Internet and cable television) with 2 cable boxes. I purchased the iView so I can get rid of the analog box and save some money by watching things through the Chromecast I also bought.

M zillch, thank you for your reply. I unplugged my Verizon cable box and plugged the Antenna in and Antenna out cables (that were connected to it) directly into my iView so I believe it should work. I tried all of the configurations in regards to air or cable in the options but still no dice.
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A little bit more background info on my situation: My family currently subscribes to Verizon Fios service (Internet and cable television) with 2 cable boxes. I purchased the iView so I can get rid of the analog box and save some money by watching things through the Chromecast I also bought.

M zillch, thank you for your reply. I unplugged my Verizon cable box and plugged the Antenna in and Antenna out cables (that were connected to it) directly into my iView so I believe it should work. I tried all of the configurations in regards to air or cable in the options but still no dice.
Leon, are you trying to use your iview as a replacement for your FIOS box? I don't believe it works that way. You can tune in unencrypted cable channels with the iview, but I'd be surprised if you'd find any. However, in Manhattan you should be able to pick up all your local stations with a simple indoor antenna. Just plug the antenna into your iview antenna in and connect the antenna out to your tv. Make sure you when you scan your iview is set to "air", not cable. I have an older iview, but with the updated remote and firmware (v6 I believe?) that came out a couple years back. I recently dusted it off and seems to still be pretty stable. Hope that helps.
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Thanks MikeG. I am not trying to get the encrypted channels. I just feel that I no longer have a need for cable channels in the basement when I can use Chromecast to watch the on-demand versions. Is the Chromecast device compatible with the iView?

I did in fact set it to "air" though.
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So you are using an antenna to pick up these OTA stations, correct? A set of rabbit ears would probably do the trick since you are in a big city. An auto-scan set to "air" should get you some channels. You may have to move the antenna around and try re-scanning a couple times until you are satisfied you are getting the best reception on the most channels. I wouldn't even both trying to scan your cable options, since most cable providers are scrambling even the basic channels. As far as Chromecast, you can't plug it into iview since there is only an HDMI out on the iview to the tv. You plug it into one your TV's HDMI out ports and then you can switch between inputs via your TV's remote.
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Thanks MikeG. I am not trying to get the encrypted channels. I just feel that I no longer have a need for cable channels in the basement when I can use Chromecast to watch the on-demand versions. Is the Chromecast device compatible with the iView?

I did in fact set it to "air" though.
You need to set it to Cable if you're trying to get the Fios channels. "Air" needs "rabbit ears"
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In my experience, even living in large cities, is television reception below ground ["basement apartment"] is minimal to non-existent. Even for above ground apartments, indoor antennas may not cut it.


One good indicator that only a roof top antenna will do is if neighboring apartment building have them. [Assuming they don't all have cable/sat.] If there are Yagi's [TV antennas] on the roofs of nearby buildings it indicates that neighborhood has trouble using only indoor antennas.


It is a huge inconvenience to have to run wires to the roof and mount these things, often to chimneys, so if you see it being done on nearby buildings it implies it has to be done, otherwise no OTA [over-the-air] TV reception for the inhabitants.



Antennaweb.org gives good guidelines per location, free of charge. Check them out.

In A/V reproduction accuracy, there IS no concept of "accounting for personal taste/preference". As art consumers we don't "pick" the level of bass, nor the tint/brightness of a scene's sky, any more than we pick the ending of a novel or Mona Lisa's type of smile. "High fidelity" means "high truthfulness", faithful to the original artist's intent: an unmodified, neutral, accurate copy of the original master, ideally being exact and with no discernable alterations, aka "transparency".

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Is the Chromecast device compatible with the iView?
It was my understanding that the Chromecast plugs into an HDMI port on your TV. The iView does not have any HDMI inputs, so the iView and Chromecast are totally separate and unrelated devices. You need to plug both into separate HDMI ports on your TV and change the input with the remote to the device you want to watch.
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I thought both the "old" STBII (w/o the channel 3/4 switch) and the "new" one (with the switch) came with the newer remote. The original iView (STB, w/o the II) came with a different remote (although STB owners can buy the new remote separately and load a firmware update for it).

But IIRC the "new" STBII powers down the USB port in standby. The original STB did this too, but the "old" STBII did not. That would be an advantage for the new STBIIs, if you don't like running a USB-attached HDD 24/7: it would reduce heat produced by the iView's power supply, hopefully extending its life.

Edit: I've since learned that some of the "old" STBII's (w/o the 3/4 switch) do power down the USB port in standby, while others don't. Apparently iView changed this feature while the old STBII's were still being produced.
I have one of the earlier STBIIs boxes that does not power down the usb port in standby so I unplug hard drive frequently. Now the cheap ass USB port suffers from the well know intermittent connection issue. I will have to somehow tighten up the USB port. Any recommendation on making tighter would be appreciated? Also, if I upgrade my firmware will it then power down hard drive in standby?
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I have one of the earlier STBIIs boxes that does not power down the usb port in standby so I unplug hard drive frequently. Now the cheap ass USB port suffers from the well-known intermittent connection issue. I will have to somehow tighten up the USB port. Any recommendation on making tighter would be appreciated?
I can't vouch for this personally, but another user reported adding a few strips of tape to the sides (but not the top or bottom) of the USB plug on the cable to the HDD. You'd have to cut rather narrow strips of tape for this to work, but it might do the trick for you. You might also put in a USB extension cable so you'll start unplugging the HDD from the extension, not the iView itself.

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Also, if I upgrade my firmware will it then power down hard drive in standby?
I don't think so. This appears to be just the way these STBII's are wired.

The latest firmware for these boxes is V10/13 (iView calls it V10 on their website but if you install it, it says it's V13) and is available on iView's website (link in post 5 at the start of this thread). If you have an older version than that, you can go ahead and update; just don't expect it to fix the USB port power issue.
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