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post #5431 of 7721
Well, this isn't your personal Echo thread Sammy, and all threads drift when nothing new is going on (as has been seen many times here).
post #5432 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

God we need a new f/w on the echo to talk about..
I agree, except I want to see features added that will actually have me wanting to use my Echo. I plugged it in over a week ago to take a firmware update and didn't see any improvement in playing mkv's streamed from my server so I unplugged it again. I'll probably plug it in again over the weekend just to see if there's a new update. If not, the ceton logo gets extinguished for another week. wink.gif
post #5433 of 7721
One improvement that Win 8 has over Win 7 for HTPC use is it finally displays photos with Exif rotation properly. This might not be a big deal for most but it is a nice "fix" to have.
post #5434 of 7721
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Originally Posted by slowbiscuit View Post

Well, this isn't your personal Echo thread Sammy, and all threads drift when nothing new is going on (as has been seen many times here).

I know. Just getting warry of the Win7 vs Win8 banter..

Lets talk about spring training then..
post #5435 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Foxbat121 View Post

I think it is just purely luck. I use The Weather Channel (1080i) as my de-interlacing test channel. Some times, it is really bad, especially on the bottom scroller. It seems that Echo gets the wrong frame order. But after flipping a few channels and go back, it is back to decent/normal on the same channel.

Yes, a TV's additional feature may masking this. In my case, I'm using it on a PC monitor which has not special processing. Echo is definitely not worthy of putting on any of my HDTVs yet.

+1000
post #5436 of 7721
Sammy2 - you have a new omega firmware that you are testing????? wink.gif
post #5437 of 7721
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Originally Posted by RockinRay View Post

Sammy2 - you have a new omega firmware that you are testing????? wink.gif

Nope. Still on the 2013.122 f/w.
post #5438 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Nope. Still on the 2013.122 f/w.

Dang! I was in hopes....

Here after using the 2013.122 for a while is what I think.

1. Picture quality is very good to excellent for me in "native" mode on my "picky" Pioneer Elite Panels.
2. Have had one lock up but otherwise, very stable.

We have gotten used to the new scan window for >> and <<. They do need to make that window larger. As it stands, it is just a little too small which makes it easy to overrun in to the recorded show. I like the idea though. Also, it seems you need to "mute" the sound as it will continue to play in the background...

Growing pains! smile.gif
post #5439 of 7721
On the previous f/w and in WMC on my HTPC >> and << had a full screen preview. I just found out but I guess the balloon screen preview has always been there when using >| and |< . I think that this issue will be resolved soon on the echo as I'm pretty sure ceton wants to get that functionality back for it's user base.
post #5440 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

On the previous f/w and in WMC on my HTPC >> and << had a full screen preview. I just found out but I guess the balloon screen preview has always been there when using >| and |< . I think that this issue will be resolved soon on the echo as I'm pretty sure ceton wants to get that functionality back for it's user base.

I never tried/saw this. Did it rewind a little bit after you stopped scanning so as to not miss anything when playback is resumed?
post #5441 of 7721
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Originally Posted by crbaldwin View Post

I never tried/saw this. Did it rewind a little bit after you stopped scanning so as to not miss anything when playback is resumed?

No, not for me. You need to back it up and right now, until full screen becomes available, it is hard to do since you cannot see while you are backing up!

I hope that made sense. rolleyes.gif
post #5442 of 7721
Hold down >| or |< until the balloon screen shows. The hit them again to jump back or foward.
post #5443 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

I know. Just getting warry of the Win7 vs Win8 banter..

Lets talk about spring training then..

Daytona 500 in a few weeks!
post #5444 of 7721
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Originally Posted by skybolt View Post

Daytona 500 in a few weeks!

Another option would be not to post about dribble outside of the Echo so as not to pollute the thread any further.
post #5445 of 7721
Could anyone point me on the direction or give me a brief update of the current state of this, not followed for about 6 weeks so I was just checking in to see what's improved or still waiting for.
post #5446 of 7721
Live and Recorded TV work very well for me. Others are still reporting de-interlacing issues as the echo doesn't pass 1080i but rather 1080p. The PQ for me is fantastic as is the AQ. Every bit as good as the HTPC feeding it and that has a nVidia video card in it. The playback of mkv is still limited to constant bit rate and medium bit rate. HD Audio in any form and dts are still not functional for mkv playback.
post #5447 of 7721
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Originally Posted by John Spicer View Post

Could anyone point me on the direction or give me a brief update of the current state of this, not followed for about 6 weeks so I was just checking in to see what's improved or still waiting for.

Bottom line, nothing has changed in 6 weeks.
post #5448 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Haba View Post

Another option would be not to post about dribble outside of the Echo so as not to pollute the thread any further.

And another option would be not to comment on that dribble, further polluting this most excellent topic...
post #5449 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Foxbat121 View Post

Bottom line, nothing has changed in 6 weeks.

Not true. The firmware updates from January have made the DVR functionality acceptable.

Edit: I.e. record and playback of TV from HTPC.
post #5450 of 7721
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Originally Posted by th3Pil0t View Post

Not true. The firmware updates from January have made the DVR functionality acceptable.

Edit: I.e. record and playback of TV from HTPC.

What Echo has to do with any DVR functionality?

Actually the latest beta is known to break the FF and RWD full screen preview. So it is a step backwards.
post #5451 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Foxbat121 View Post

What Echo has to do with any DVR functionality?

Actually the latest beta is known to break the FF and RWD full screen preview. So it is a step backwards.

Not sure about you, but I purchased my echo and my infinitv4 to replace the Comcast DVR... as of FW: 2013.122, recording and playback audio and video works well. Yes, the FF and RW preview has been bugged by this FW, but I have no doubt will be fixed in the next.

In answer to John Spicer: http://www.thegreenbutton.tv/forums/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=4291
post #5452 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Do they have dts or any form of HD Audio?

I can only get lower bit rate files and constant bit rate files to play right now but I know that ceton is trying to solve this problem. It plagues the Xbox too to a lessor extent and may need a solution outside WMC via android ICS.


Yes, some of them do but instead of those movies not playing, not one of my movies play. Mkv's with a low bit rate and plain old Dolby Digital did "kinda of" play (played with massive stuttering) on my last setup (my main pc with media directly on it's HD's) but now that I switched my Echo to my htpc that pulls it's content from my server via network drives... no movies play.
post #5453 of 7721
Nearly all of my content is stored on network shared drives that are not local to the echo. I should specifically try something that is on one of the drives in the HTPC to see if that changes things.
post #5454 of 7721
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Nearly all of my content is stored on network shared drives that are not local to the echo. I should specifically try something that is on one of the drives in the HTPC to see if that changes things.

Let me know if you run into issues. It's as if the Echo needs the server to have the codecs ready for it as the computer did...
post #5455 of 7721
Anyone want to speculate on what capabilities the eventual Android Ice-Cream-Sandwich update will likely bring about?

Will we be running "apps" from the Android App Store, much like how the Xbox has apps? Or will we be navigating to websites like Netflix via a web browser instead of relying on an App?

If that's the case, would it be as simple as "if it works on Chrome, it'll work on Echo"?



Netflix, HBO-Go, Amazon Prime, Rhapsody, and Comcast-on-Demand support would all be welcome additions that the Xbox 360 currently supports... and I use(d), some occasionally and some frequently, on 360.
post #5456 of 7721
Just opened up my echo settings in browser and I have the option to update to : 2013.129.1538

Anyone know what this update includes? I was under the impression that there was no Omega testing past 122?
post #5457 of 7721
Found 1 update
beta 2013.129.1538
Improved deinterlacing performance.
Enable front panel LEDs to be shut off.
Fix for fastforward rewind bug.
Fix for faulty pairing code strings.
post #5458 of 7721
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Originally Posted by realtight View Post

Let me know if you run into issues. It's as if the Echo needs the server to have the codecs ready for it as the computer did...

I have them stored on a PC with codecs installed so maybe that helps but I'm sure it uses the resources of the Host HTPC with WMC installed.
post #5459 of 7721
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Originally Posted by th3Pil0t View Post

Just opened up my echo settings in browser and I have the option to update to : 2013.129.1538

Anyone know what this update includes? I was under the impression that there was no Omega testing past 122?

That's correct.
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Originally Posted by th3Pil0t View Post

Found 1 update
beta 2013.129.1538
Improved deinterlacing performance.
Enable front panel LEDs to be shut off.
Fix for fastforward rewind bug.
Fix for faulty pairing code strings.

Looks to be a pretty good one. Let's see how it works out. You go first!
post #5460 of 7721
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Originally Posted by psuKinger View Post

Anyone want to speculate on what capabilities the eventual Android Ice-Cream-Sandwich update will likely bring about?

Will we be running "apps" from the Android App Store, much like how the Xbox has apps? Or will we be navigating to websites like Netflix via a web browser instead of relying on an App?

If that's the case, would it be as simple as "if it works on Chrome, it'll work on Echo"?



Netflix, HBO-Go, Amazon Prime, Rhapsody, and Comcast-on-Demand support would all be welcome additions that the Xbox 360 currently supports... and I use(d), some occasionally and some frequently, on 360.

It'll probably be a Valentine's present instead of a Christmas present now.. Have now idea and don't care to speculate. We'll just have to wait and see.
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