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post #211 of 2239
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DigitalKnight View Post

Now how do I get my 6620 to do cover art like that??? VERY COOL!

You have to download TVIXIE and install on the PC. It puts the actual art/data in a folder where your movie is located (if your movies are all in one folder, you'll have to create individual folders). It's easy to use, but feel free to PM me if you have question.
post #212 of 2239
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Originally Posted by Kei Clark View Post

You have to download TVIXIE and install on the PC. It puts the actual art/data in a folder where your movie is located (if your movies are all in one folder, you'll have to create individual folders). It's easy to use, but feel free to PM me if you have question.

Thanks Kei that worked very nicely. Takes a bit of time to setup but once you have them all loaded it looks very nice and the synopsis it a great touch.

I am having some issues with streaming BD rips from the server to the TViX. They start playing just fine but after a few minutes they start to break up/ Stutter. Anyone else have streaming issues with BD .m2ts files?
post #213 of 2239
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Originally Posted by DigitalKnight View Post

Thanks Kei that worked very nicely. Takes a bit of time to setup but once you have them all loaded it looks very nice and the synopsis it a great touch.

I am having some issues with streaming BD rips from the server to the TViX. They start playing just fine but after a few minutes they start to break up/ Stutter. Anyone else have streaming issues with BD .m2ts files?

What are you streaming from, and are you using SMB or NFS?
post #214 of 2239
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Originally Posted by bfdtv View Post

You won't receive analog SD channels (i.e. 1-82), because the TViX does not have an analog tuner. The TViX only has digital tuners; you should receive SD versions of local and public interest channels via QAM, but most cable companies encrypt the digital versions of their cable channels.

If you want to receive TNT, USA, AMC, SyFy, CNN, etc with most providers, then you bought the wrong box. For that, you would need the Moxi ($499 w/ no fees) or the TivoHD ($220 + fees or $600+ w/o fees).

Why do you suggest the moxi or tivohd? Because they support a cable card to do the decription? In the SF bay area (comcast), those station are all unencrypted. I haven't got a 6620 yet, but it should be able to tune unencrypted QAM just fine, right?
post #215 of 2239
Right!
post #216 of 2239
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Originally Posted by ScotMac View Post

I haven't got a 6620 yet, but it should be able to tune unencrypted QAM just fine, right?

Comcast plans to encrypt all non-local cable channels in the SF Bay area later this year, potentially within the next two months.

At that point, you'll receive only the locals and public interest channels (ex: CSPAN) via unencrypted QAM.
post #217 of 2239
That's what one is legally entitled to receive when subscribing to Basic Cable anyway. It's all I expect for my $15/mo.
post #218 of 2239
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Originally Posted by Kei Clark View Post

What are you streaming from, and are you using SMB or NFS?

Samba.
post #219 of 2239
ISTR that jerkiness of BD streaming over SMB is a known issue in the DViCo release notes. They recommend using their NFS server on your PC.
post #220 of 2239
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Originally Posted by DigitalKnight View Post

Samba.

As commented by Terry above, NFS is recommended for BD playback. You can download and install Netshare from DVICO's site to use NFS. If using NAS or something other than a PC, see if it supports NFS.
post #221 of 2239
Hello. I have the TVIX PVR R-2210 and use it primarily as a DVR recording my fave shows OTA. The EPG Guide, display and overall performance of the machine is excellent!

However the R-2210 only has one tuner and am hoping to upgrade to the TVIX M6620N with dual tuners so I can record two shows when they are on at the same time. Does anyone know where I can buy this online?

I bought the R-2210 on ebay for a steal but finding the M6620N is impossible.

Thanks if anyone could help!
post #222 of 2239
1138s, try clicking on the link to Digital Connection one post above yours.
post #223 of 2239
Wow! Thanks TPeterson!

Is Digital Connection the only place that sells these machines here in the U.S.?
post #224 of 2239
It's the only one that regularly supports us here on AVS Forum.
post #225 of 2239
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Originally Posted by 1138s View Post

Thanks if anyone could help!

Normally I would suggest someone do research and purchase from a vendor they feel comfortable with. In the case of Digital Connection I have no problem in recommending them to you. I have purchased several items from Kei for personal use and quite a few items, via the agency, for use at the broadcast and production center. Some of these items were purchased quite a few years ago which means Digital Connection has been here for sometime now.

Please note, I do not yet own a M6620N so I will not comment on it.
post #226 of 2239
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Originally Posted by Kei Clark View Post

As commented by Terry above, NFS is recommended for BD playback. You can download and install Netshare from DVICO's site to use NFS. If using NAS or something other than a PC, see if it supports NFS.

Kei and TP,

Thank you both, NFS seems to have fix it as I am having no hickup's with Bluray playback now.

So... the big question is...... When do we get DTS MA, Dolby True HD and PCM Lossless audio thru this TViX????

Also, thank you Kei for the info on the Cover Art program.. I have it all setup and it looks very cool on the 130" screen and now everyone can just read the synopsis about the movie and decide which one they want to watch.
post #227 of 2239
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DigitalKnight View Post

So... the big question is...... When do we get DTS MA, Dolby True HD and PCM Lossless audio thru this TViX????

Also, thank you Kei for the info on the Cover Art program.. I have it all setup and it looks very cool on the 130" screen and now everyone can just read the synopsis about the movie and decide which one they want to watch.

HD Audio is work in progress, but it's unlikely to ever do bitstreaming...maybe LPCM.

Did you get the latest TViXiE 1.3.0 with fan art?
post #228 of 2239
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Originally Posted by Kei Clark View Post

HD Audio is work in progress, but it's unlikely to ever do bitstreaming...maybe LPCM.

Did you get the latest TViXiE 1.3.0 with fan art?

Yes, 1.3.0 is the version I downloaded. Works very well. Thank you again.

-Mark
post #229 of 2239
I've been using Divco and Sigma USB tuners for a few years now and had good results. I'd like a dedicated record device but not sure whether to go with a dedicated PC or a device like this. Obviously there are advantages to both, but I have a few questions. Sorry if they have already been addressed.

On the Divco site it says that two channels can be recorded simultaneously, but on Direct Connection's site it mentions recording one channel while watching another. Can it record two programs simultaneously, and if so can both be recorded with separate timers? Also if it has this capability how reliable are the recording? Does recording two streams load the processing excessively?

How stable is the firmware now? If set to do a recording how reliable is it (short of external problems like power or reception issues) to make the recording(s)? I've read about reset problems, but they seem to occur when changing menus or channels. If there is a momentary reception problem during the recording, will it just pick up when the errors are cleared?
post #230 of 2239
RSF_LA--

Yes, the 6620N has two completely independent tuners and recording schedules. Simultaneous recording of two channels is not a problem for the processor.

I'd like to say that the firmware is stable, but there is a nasty, random reset bug in the current beta version's DTV section, so I can't make that claim yet. That bug is alleged to be fixed in the next firmware, so I'm hopeful that it will be gone but I'll hold final judgment until I've seen it for myself. Aside from that one issue, the PVR performance seems to me to be reliable (and DViCo's past claims about fixing bugs have also been pretty reliable).
post #231 of 2239
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Originally Posted by TPeterson View Post

RSF_LA--

Yes, the 6620N has two completely independent tuners and recording schedules. Simultaneous recording of two channels is not a problem for the processor.

I'd like to say that the firmware is stable, but there is a nasty, random reset bug in the current beta version's DTV section, so I can't make that claim yet. That bug is alleged to be fixed in the next firmware, so I'm hopeful that it will be gone but I'll hold final judgment until I've seen it for myself. Aside from that one issue, the PVR performance seems to me to be reliable (and DViCo's past claims about fixing bugs have also been pretty reliable).

Glad you mentioned the reset bug. Mine also will reset.. or it is just powering itself off... can not remember now... but it only seems to do it when in the DTV section. I was able to watch an entire BR stream from server with no issues so at least that section seems to be stable.
post #232 of 2239
Thread Starter 
New beta 1.9.6b7 has been released, for those who are able to perform the upgrade via the TVIX, be sure to go to the beta firmware page (by pressing remote keys 2, 3, 8, 2, and "function"), or you can download it here:

http://demod.dvico.com/PreRelease/tv...0_1.9.6_B7.zip

I've only tested the OTA HDTV mode for the last hour so it's too early to comment. Below is the change log:

[Changes]
[ Multimedia Player/ System]
Supports MP3 album art
Supports image contained at ID3 tag
If an image exists on the folder where MP3 file resides, it will show as a album art.
Enhances Device Selection Pop-up window (This dialog will pop-up when you press “GOTO” button on file browser)
You can select variable USB devices, not as a fixed form
At device selection dialog-box, you can select device category by “left” and “right” button, you can select partition or USB devices by “up” and “down” button
Up-to 6 USB devices can be selectable.
Supports TERRET USB device
Up to 6 USB devices can be detected. (It was 2 devices before)
You can use USB2.0 to eSATA cable when you’re using eSATA terret.
Supports Swedish and Greek language at setup.
Fixes cyclic rebooting problem after power off.
Fixes reverse ordered ID3 tag information problem.
Fixes MKV internal subtitle abnormal tinting problem
Fixes the aspect-ratio update problem of setup.

[PVR PART]
Supports recorded stream cut-editing function for transport stream
This function can be run at background ( You can still use DTV or file playback while editing function running)
Only supports .tp / .ts / .m2ts file extension
To use “editing function”
Press “GOTO” button to enter editing mode when playback transport stream file You can notice “EDIT” button enabled on the right-bottom side
Press “Previous” or “VOL +/-“ remote button to MARK-IN or press “Next” or “CH +/-“ to MARK-OUT, then select “SAVE” button on window.
The file will be saved as <<original_filename>>_tvix1.tp
For the detailed usage, please refer the below link:
http://www.tvix.co.kr/ENG/faq/defaul...rial=38&id=399

Fixes cyclic scheduled recording problem. (Sometimes, it’s missing)
Fixes Czech’s ETT information problem

[ Network/ UPnP]
Supports Wi-Fi 11n USB dongle based on Ralink RT3070 chipset.
(We only supports WPA setting at this moment)

[Known Issues]
[Limitations & Known issues of current firmware Rev 1.8.5]

[Player part]

[PVR part]
Dual recording will stop on ATSC if recording time is more than 2 hours each. (DVB-T is O.K.
post #233 of 2239
Thread Starter 
Comment on Beta software:

Please note that this is beta. I am specifically seeking input on how the OTA and QAM functions and whether users are seeing any problems with the HDTV section.

While the software seems to have fixed some issues, I have found that it has broken Blu-Ray playback, so if you are using it to playback ripped files, you may want to stay with the previous firmware.
post #234 of 2239
I'm just wading in to this product forum now. (I've had DVICO USB HD tuners for years, though.) One problem I see is that there is only one RF connection, so recording from both sources could be a problem. Has anyone paired this unit with something like an HDHomeRun to increase the tuner and source count?
post #235 of 2239
Hi,

1)
I still encounter some instability problems when using the Record List and from this list is trying to play a record.

2) HDTV is still not running without some pixelations, and drop outs in sound on HD TV. Besides I find the sensivity of the two tuners to low compared to internal TV tuners.
There are still some "dumps" in picture frames, during HD TV.

I guess Dvico has a lot of home work to do on the tuner section, before performance is acceptable.

3)
Time Shift on HDTV sometimes still results in gray screen.

4)
I am still missing AC-3 from HDTV channels.

5) Blu-ray from folder-structure can still be played, but horisontal panning on the video results stille in some small hacks in picture.
Playing BD from NAS server (ReadyNAS) works still very well, no glicthces.

6) Subtitles from DBT is still not supported. In Denmark this means that the channel TV2 broadcasts are without subtitles. Soon also all the other channels....

7) Replay possibility during record is still a huge missing point...

Regards
Kim K
post #236 of 2239
Revision3 gives a brief mention of this product. Check out the video segment entitled "Take 2: OTA HDTV Without A PC" on HD Nation.
http://revision3.com/hdnation/coenbros#rev3Player

Show says that this is very rare product -it is one of only 2 or 3 current set-top DVRs with OTA tuners that does not require a sub from cable, phone, tivo, or satellite. Reading this thread, there seems to be some kinks that need to be worked out, unit's cpu may be underpowered, no cable card option, limited internet sites, and support for linux is nonexistent. Still, I salute the effort and will be watching software and hardware updates to see how product progresses. The do all set top box is evolving, albeit at a painfully slow pace.
post #237 of 2239
I got my M-6620N from Digital Connection delivered last Tuesday and have been tweaking with it since. I'm a repeat customer of Digital Connection, having bought an M-5000A from them a long time ago that I'm still using on another TV.

Here are my thoughts and concerns on the M-6620N thus far just in case anyone's thinking about making this leap:

1. Overall impression: Very pleased. There are still a few quirks that may bug some non-technical folks but if you understand some of the things this box is trying to do, I think you'd appreciate it more. My main goal in going this route is that I wanted to stop giving money to my cable company (Cox in San Diego). Although it's been pretty decent, I must say I can't see the value in it anymore. I had their bundle service for TV, high speed internet, and basic digital phone. With an HD DVR and renting two tuner boxes, my bill was roughly $165 a month. The cable channels I would watch included NFL Network, Food Network and some cable news (CNN). But now I'm paying only $81 a month (up to $89 come March 16th) for the basic broadcast HD channels (Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, WB, C-Span and a local independent) and I find I don't really miss the other channels... especially when I'm saving about $80 a month. The savings will pay for the M-6620N and hard drive in about 6-7 months max.

2. My configuration: Very basic Cox Cable in San Diego to provide the HD feeds of the local channels. I may move to OTA antenna at some point and save myself the $17 a month ($2 increase begins on March 16th). Panasonic 50" plasma and Sony 57" LCD. The M-6620N has a 2TB Hitachi drive installed, formatted as NTFS.

3. Firmware: I've ran both the shipped released firmware (for like a day while I was testing it) and both beta versions (1.9.4 B4 and 1.9.6 B7). Right now I'm on the 1.9.6 B7 version. What I find a little annoying is that every time you change firmware version, your recordings are erased and you have to re-scan your HDTV channels. I wish the device would save that info to the hard drive to make it a bit easier. It's an annoyance but I can live with that.

4. Jukebox function: Seems fine, for the most part. The machine will shutdown though on a large media library in anything but list mode (icon mode, preview or cover art mode). This happens for sure in both beta firmware versions. I'm not sure about the released shipping firmware. I may flash it back to that version and try it. My library is pretty large (about 360 HD movies, mostly in 720p format and I have more on two 2TB archive hard drives that I can shuffle to the machine if I wanted to). As far as I can tell, only the Movie function will cause the shutdown since I don't have photo folders or music folders with that many items in them. I didn't have this problem with icon mode on my M-5000A (still running). Hopefully they'll address this as I've submitted a note to Dvico on this. There are other minor things in the jukebox UI such as some functions will return you to the hard drive folder view rather than the slick UI that I really like for the most part.

5. Tuner port runs hot: I'm not sure if I'm the only one with this issue or if other M-6620N owners can verify this, but the tuner coaxial IN port (where you connect your cable TV line or the coaxial from your antenna) runs very hot after a few hours of use (like 4 hours). Hot enough that I was very concerned about it when I went to unscrew the coaxial cable just now. I don't think running that hot is good for the device long term.

6. Sparse instruction manual: The paper manual is thick and heavy. But it doesn't tell you that much information since most of it is actually translations into other languages. The paper manual just tells you how to basically get the unit up and running. Other things like how to actually use the device is in the PDF manual located on the included CD (so don't throw it away!). I wish I knew to consult that initially when doing an HDTV channel scan. I couldn't figure out how to make it delete channels I didn't want from the lineup until I read the manual on the CD (Tip: Press GoTo to get your channel list, then the up/down/left/right navigation control to the channel you want to add/delete and then press the Add/Delete key). It was easy after I read what the steps were but I wouldn't have necessarily thought of that at first glance.

7. PVR functions: From my week of use, seems to work well enough. EPG for Fox-HD in San Diego seems to come in Chinese but that's not a biggie. I've been able to take recordings off of it and transcode them to a 720p format in a MKV container for later use and reducing storage requirements down to 16% of the original .TP 1080p file size. I wish it saved it in a .TS container since it would work easier in my current workflow but it's not too bad compared to what I had to do to make an MKV out of HD recordings from my cable box PVR. So all in all a positive.

Anyways, I'm sure I'll have more feedback after I've lived with it a while but so far so good. I'd love to hear what other owners think of their box.
post #238 of 2239
Hi,

I'm planning to buy TViX 6620N but after reading all the post I'm still in doubt. What I want to do with the TViX is to record from cable, I have basic cable with Comcast. I bought a HDTV (Samsung LN32B640, ASTC and QAM tuners) and I'm connecting the cable directly to the HDTV, with this I'm getting the open channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS) in High Definition, also I'm able to see CNN, FX, Food Network, among others some in HD.
Basically I want to be able to record all the channels, schedule recordings during the day or night, watch TV while recording a channel. Record in HD with the sound quality the program is broadcasted.
Additionally I will like to watch videos that are in my computer


In a lot of post it is mentioned that the TViX doesn't pick Analog Channels I'm confuse because since last year in the US we have only digital channels, is there an explanation for this? How can I know which are Analog Channels

Something I noticed is that there is only one tuner input I guess for the cable, then you connect the TViX to the HDTV via hdmi, is this correct?
post #239 of 2239
capf--

The M6620N will record all of the channels that your HDTV is showing you now. When the premium channels disappear from your HDTV (and they will eventually) the TViX will no longer be able to record them also. It supports all the modes that you describe. But I should caution, even though you didn't explicitly mention this, that it doesn't do timeshifting of live TV while it's recording something.

Analog channels are still present on many cable TV feeds today, which is why folks are asking about such. (BTW, the R3310 TViX does have an NTSC tuner and can record from analog as well as QAM channels)

Regarding hookup, yes, you connect your cable directly to both TViX and your HDTV (using an ordinary cable splitter) and then also connect the TViX HDMI output to the TV's (or AVR's) HDMI input.
post #240 of 2239
Hi to everyone is reading that therad
I'm a new user and my name is Stefano.
Recently I bought a DVICO Tvix 6600N plus its double HD DVB-T tuner.

My question is: Why this device is so slow when connected with any 11g AP?

Thanks for any reply.
Stefano
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