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Burn them to Blu-rays instead of DVDs, and then they will fit. The only way you could reduce the size without transcoding would be to edit out the commercials. The iView has no control over file sizes. That's controlled by the bitrate the station has decided to use.
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Burn them to Blu-rays instead of DVDs, and then they will fit. The only way you could reduce the size without transcoding would be to edit out the commercials. The iView has no control over file sizes. That's controlled by the bitrate the station has decided to use.
Hmm. I was afraid of that. I don't have blu-ray capability (and most of these movies don't justify the cost), Guess I'll just compress when necessary. I do edit out the commercials, but the finished product still runs long sometimes.
Is there any way to find out which stations broadcast at which bitrates? Or do they vary from one broadcast to another?

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Record about a minute of footage from the station, then look at the file size to compute the bitrate. If the station has 5.1 DD audio, then it's probably 384 kbps, whereas 2.0 DD is usually 192 kbps. Subtract the audio size, and then use the remaining file size to calculate the bitrate of the video.

If you load the video onto your PC, you can also use software to tell you the bitrates, e.g. MediaInfo.
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You can check Trips website(rabbitears.info) http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php and look for your market. He has listed the bitrate for each channel and sub channel your market broadcasts in.
You could also use DL DVDs but if cost is a issue(DLs are now actually more than BDs) then DVDs are your best bet and use something like Shrink to minimize the file a bit. I really prefer to not go below 90% with Shrink but it's a personal preference, I know people that go down to 50% and say they see no difference
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Or you can simply use the PC utility MediaInfo.

http://www.videohelp.com/software/mediainfo

I suggest the portable version. Will show avg. bitrate of any video file. Supports m2ts, mts.... etc.
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You can check Trips website(rabbitears.info) http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php and look for your market. He has listed the bitrate for each channel and sub channel your market broadcasts in.
You could also use DL DVDs but if cost is a issue(DLs are now actually more than BDs) then DVDs are your best bet and use something like Shrink to minimize the file a bit. I really prefer to not go below 90% with Shrink but it's a personal preference, I know people that go down to 50% and say they see no difference
Rabbitears is exactly what I wanted. I record some movies directly to DVD-RW and use the iView for "overlapping" programming. Rabbiteares will let me know which channels use a lesser video size, therefore which channels are better to record on the iView. Thanks!

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Does the iview 3500stbii get hot?
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Does the iview 3500stbii get hot?
Mine gets warm but not hot. But it couldn't hurt to run it with open ventilation.

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Power supply issues for which model? That's certainly something to avoid! As for the ViewTV remote, it's different than the others & much nicer looking, IMO. Well, it still seems like pot luck to get a good one, but I'll think it over a bit more....
I'm having cold startup issues with two of my Zenith DTT 901's & a8vdeluxe may (or may not) be having a similar issue with his iView.

Electronics is becoming more 'feature packed' & cheaply made, relying on constant firmware upgrading because they couldn't get it right the first time (or second or third time). This seems to be across the board & I'm not knocking the iView here either.

I personally don't have the internet resources to be doing upgrades, & as far as robustness I went through 3 flat screens within less than 2 years to replace my 1984 vintage Zenith 1994 Sony TV's. I would find it hard to justify spending all that much on a TV that will break in less than 2 years.... the iView is about $35, give it a shot.
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Sony is a good brand for TVs. I've had mine for about 11 yrs, & it's still working great! Anywho, I prefer the remote for the ViewTV, so I'll be getting that one. Since, it doesn't really matter which one I get, I'll start there.

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I'm having cold startup issues with two of my Zenith DTT 901's & a8vdeluxe may (or may not) be having a similar issue with his iView.

Electronics is becoming more 'feature packed' & cheaply made, relying on constant firmware upgrading because they couldn't get it right the first time (or second or third time). This seems to be across the board & I'm not knocking the iView here either.

I personally don't have the internet resources to be doing upgrades, & as far as robustness I went through 3 flat screens within less than 2 years to replace my 1984 vintage Zenith 1994 Sony TV's. I would find it hard to justify spending all that much on a TV that will break in less than 2 years.... the iView is about $35, give it a shot.
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I'd also suggest spending more and getting something decent in regards to HDTVs.
I have 2 Sonys, both 8 years old and both have been in use daily since '07, not a issue with either, I'm also having good luck with a couple Vizios, the oldest being 9 years old.
AFA converter boxes, yes they seem to be all made pretty cheaply, it seems to be a crap shoot on how long they'll last. I bought my iView the month they came out(or when the iView thread was started at AVS) and haven't had any life issues, it's plugged in all the time but only gets used on rare occasions, but it's still going.
I retired all my CECBs several years ago(Zeniths and CMs) but they were working fine when I finally uplugged them.
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