I've been re-reading (and marveling at all the details) in Bruce's posts on page1. I've picked up a few things I missed on the first pass through those information dense posts, that I wanted to comment on.
For playback, all the actual recordings are in Media Player. Unlike other DVR's, this took some getting use to since there is a 'Recorded Shows' entry under the Record tab in the main menu that shows what you have recorded, if it is still actually there or not and not been deleted. It's just a history list, nothing more. You can't play a recording shown as one would think you could.
I remember reading about that in one of their 'manual' fragments, and thinking, "that can't be right
". You're right on a list of all your recordings, with full info on Channel, Source, etc. and you can't
Play from there! You have to leave
that Menu, and navigate your way to the MediaPlayer, where you'll be greeted with a listing with less information
, and then you Play from there. That goes well beyond poor design. It's almost like they had random coding going on, with a group of programmers working on pieces, who weren't talking to each other.
The 'cryptic' looking file name consists of the channel number, the date and the start time in military format (24 hr.) including seconds. Looking at the 2nd attachment, above the named recording at the bottom of the list shows channel 9.1, recorded on May 12, 2012 at 200pm (1400) and 36 seconds.
That naming method makes me wonder what will happen when you set up certain types of simultaneous recordings:
1) let's say I want to record the same program from 2 different channels (in case one has problems). I've done that frequently with my TiVo. So say I set up The Mentalist to record on CBS3 off cable, and CBS22 off antenna, on the two tuners. Same Date, same Time, same program Name. Since the channel # isn't incorporated into the names of files recorded from the Guide, I suspect that would have an unpleasant result (unless that startup process had a time skew that resulted in one starting a second or two later). Otherwise, it would be necessary to set one up as a manual recording, to avoid a name-clash.
2) my cableCo doesn't know the virtual channel #'s for some stations. So it substitutes it's own carrier # for that station. So in my case, ION is 10-1 on Cable. Let's say I wanted to set up manual recordings for 'Leverage' from ION on cable, at the same time as 'The Firm' on NBC, from Antenna at, you guessed it, 10-1. Those two manual recordings would also suffer name-clashes, barring startup time skew. I guess you "solve" that one by starting one of them a minute earlier. And then try to remember which was which.
[BTW, while it would seem that the 'fixes' for these are fairly obvious, that's assuming that you set them both up at the same time. If, e.g., The Firm was set up previously, and I then added Leverage later, I'm not real sure I'd even be checking to see what else was recording. Nor, I suspect, would the 'DVR' catch that conflict, since it occurs at a lower level.]
Four tuner memories! Each RF input has separate memories for OTA and CATV, even after you assign each input it's purpose in the initial setup procedure. There are two Guides, one for each tuner. Each operates separately.
I can see this being handy in several situations. But...
...the Guide has no ability to save/store/remember data from any station. You can not see all stations listings for a specific time slot at once.
I see that ePVision claims they have 2 EPGs. But I don't think they know what an EPG is. Based on the above, IMO, they have _0_ EPGs.
Lastly, I noted that pacofortacos asked:
Will the unit play other file/file types via a usb drive? For ex. a .ts file or .mp4 file?
I saw no answers to that question here (I may have missed it), nor surprisingly (?) could I find that information anywhere at ePVision. It certainly seems like a very appropriate question to me, for a device that claims to be a Media Player. Unfortunately, here's everything I could find from them on the subject:
"PHD-VRX comes with full-feature HD Media player. With the built-in Ethernet connector, PHD-VRX can play all HD media contents from its recorded shows or other media files and from either USB port or local network. Full feature HD Media Player playing back video, photo or music via USB drive or local network
The implication that they "can play all
HD media" is hard for me to believe. I realize that we're trying to encourage them, and cut them some slack on things, but it just seems really poor to me when a company makes a product, but can't even tell you the basics of what it can or can't do.Edited by VideoGrabber - 7/1/12 at 3:53pm