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post #2281 of 3152
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Originally Posted by pappascw View Post

My daughter at college has analog cable tv. She would love the ability to record some of her shows to watch when she wants.. Does this thing support analog cable or only digital signals?

Best bet might be a VCR which she could get at "Goodwill" or a "thrift store" for 5 to 10 dollars or less.

Make sure if it does not have a remote, it has a menu button on the VCR if she gets one.
post #2282 of 3152
I purchased this unit a couple of weeks ago and have had a chance to record several shows. I went to play some back last night and found that the list of recordings is displayed sorted by Channel ID, not by the date it was recorded. This method lists all recordings on a particular channel first (ie. KABC, then KCBS, then KNBC), so I had to bounce around the list to watch them in "date" order.

Is there any way to get it to display recordings in "date/time of recording" order?

Finding a particular recording could become confusing and cumbersome after building up a list of recordings over time.

Thanks,
RangerDave
post #2283 of 3152
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

It's my strong belief we won't really see any significant changes to this box, only minor firmware tweaks if that. What I'm hoping for is a upgraded model(maybe around the $100 PP) that will have the ability to play one event and record another at the same time, that and a second tuner and a manual clock set option would be nice. Again we've been told with the current chip this box has we wouldn't be able to have any of the things I mentioned.


Anyone have both homeworx and ivew 3500 stb2, can you compare them, thanks a lot.
I just bought the homeworx and like it, was thinking of picking up the ivew 3500stb2, will the 2 remotes only work on the the right device or will the remote control both of them. smile.gif


Thanks
Edited by rgtaa - 11/6/13 at 11:59am
post #2284 of 3152
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Originally Posted by RangerDave View Post

I purchased this unit a couple of weeks ago and have had a chance to record several shows. I went to play some back last night and found that the list of recordings is displayed sorted by Channel ID, not by the date it was recorded. This method lists all recordings on a particular channel first (ie. KABC, then KCBS, then KNBC), so I had to bounce around the list to watch them in "date" order.

Is there any way to get it to display recordings in "date/time of recording" order?

Finding a particular recording could become confusing and cumbersome after building up a list of recordings over time.

Thanks,
RangerDave

You can not reorder them by default. The only thing you can do is rename them after they are recorded (look at the bottom of the screen on the PVR page for that). So you can rename to the name of the show and include episode number for instance if it is a series or include the date at the end (it's already there in the default naming but if you rename it to identify the show you will need to add the date back if you want that info) or just by name if a movie.

The list is in alphabetical order, so you can rename in a way that puts shows in order by putting a number first or date first in the name.
post #2285 of 3152
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Originally Posted by rgtaa View Post

Anyone have both homeworx and ivew 3500 stb2, can you compare them, thanks a lot.
I just bought the homeworx and like it, was thinking of picking up the ivew 3500stb2, will the 2 remotes only work on the the right device or will the remote control both of them. smile.gif


Thanks
It's my understanding they use different remote codes and therefor one should not control the other.
You might want to check videobruce's DVR comparison thread, I believe the OP has both the iView and Homeworx listed, I believe they are almost identical in features except the Homeworx doesn't really support QAM(although I believe at one time a unofficial firmware version was supposed to....I haven't really followed the Homeworx thread in a while).
If I wanted to use 2 in the same area I'm pretty sure I get a Homeworx for my second unit.
post #2286 of 3152

Have a friend with an iView-35000STB and his dog used the remote for a chew toy.

 

He has the old style remote, can he use the new style remote and upgrade the firmware so the layout matches or does he need to get the old style remote ?

 

Thanks

 

Bill

post #2287 of 3152
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Originally Posted by btfsc View Post

Have a friend with an iView-35000STB and his dog used the remote for a chew toy.

He has the old style remote, can he use the new style remote and upgrade the firmware so the layout matches or does he need to get the old style remote ?

Thanks

Bill

The new remote will work. He may even end up thanking his dog for giving him a reason to buy it.
post #2288 of 3152

<<< RangerDave - Is there any way to get it to display recordings in "date/time of recording" order? >>>

 

I periodically unplug the USB hard drive and plug it into my laptop.

 

I rename the recordings to something that makes sense and then return the drive to the iView.

post #2289 of 3152
Ferguson - Thank you for the suggestion. I hadn't thought of doing it that way. Certainly easier than using the remote and UI to do that with the unit.
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I'm using version 7 firmware with Comcast QAM to record from the major networks with fair results. The other day, the channel lineup suddenly changed (after I accidentally hit OFF during a recording event) and all the active channels switched to 7-. I later did an AUTO scan and the lineup went back to the way it was. ALMOST. I gained CBS which never showed up before and lost FOX and ABC. Manual scans of the channels where FOX and ABC used to live did not help.

How could the channel lineup change this way? Tuner bug? Comcast SNAFU? Does anyone have any idea why this box can't seem to find every major network channel when my QAM DVD recorder has had no such problem? (I have not rescanned the DVD recorder's QAM channels for a very long time.)
post #2291 of 3152
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Originally Posted by JackProton View Post

I'm using version 7 firmware with Comcast QAM to record from the major networks with fair results. The other day, the channel lineup suddenly changed (after I accidentally hit OFF during a recording event) and all the active channels switched to 7-. I later did an AUTO scan and the lineup went back to the way it was. ALMOST. I gained CBS which never showed up before and lost FOX and ABC. Manual scans of the channels where FOX and ABC used to live did not help.

How could the channel lineup change this way? Tuner bug? Comcast SNAFU? Does anyone have any idea why this box can't seem to find every major network channel when my QAM DVD recorder has had no such problem? (I have not rescanned the DVD recorder's QAM channels for a very long time.)

Although I don't have cable, I have had the iview several times both suddenly delete channels and also reorder them randomly. I also get different results every single time I scan and have to just keep repeating the scan until the channels I watch the most all show up in the same scan. So there are definitely problems on the iview side. With cable, the cable company can also change where their channels are and this can require rescanning. Some companies do this more frequently than others, but I haven't kept up with who does what anymore ever since I left cable. But the way in happened in your case seems more like an iview problem to me.
post #2292 of 3152
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Originally Posted by rgtaa View Post

This is to alert the "new guys" that just got in on the newegg deal , for iview 3500stbii.
Your version comes with version 9 firmware from 09/26/2013.
At this point, keep that firmware!

On iviews site, it lists 4 firmwares and gives date of 10/14/2013, but actually it's version 6.
http://www.iviewus.com/firmware3500stb/

I see you've edited your post so I won't be too hard on you, but I've personally explained the versions on the iview website many times and have spent much time downloading, installing, and detailing them for everyone. I've also encouraged people to not download from there and to download from this thread instead. All you had to do was read a little to know what to expect.

None of us know anything about version 9, unless Bruce has it and hasn't mentioned it yet. Version 6 is the latest version released to us. It is from 8/29. We were told to expect a version 10 but have had no further information about it.

If version 9 is dated 9/26 then it is more recent than the latest version released for updating. So anyone who got a new 3500STBII and has version 9, please let us know how it functions for OTA, Cable, recording, etc. If you have used other versions of software, please compare.
post #2293 of 3152
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Originally Posted by JackProton View Post

I'm using version 7 firmware with Comcast QAM to record from the major networks with fair results. The other day, the channel lineup suddenly changed (after I accidentally hit OFF during a recording event) and all the active channels switched to 7-. I later did an AUTO scan and the lineup went back to the way it was. ALMOST. I gained CBS which never showed up before and lost FOX and ABC. Manual scans of the channels where FOX and ABC used to live did not help.

How could the channel lineup change this way? Tuner bug? Comcast SNAFU? Does anyone have any idea why this box can't seem to find every major network channel when my QAM DVD recorder has had no such problem? (I have not rescanned the DVD recorder's QAM channels for a very long time.)

i have time warner cable here in queens, ny and my QAM channels were also mixed up on thurs. morning. i found local channels 2, 4, 5, 9 and nickelodeon!!?? But i haven't found the rest of my local channels such as 7, 25 and PBS.
i also have a digital adapter from TWC and i had to call them up to reset the adapter to get back the basic channels. i guess TWC remapped the channels over night.
post #2294 of 3152
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Originally Posted by jprc View Post

Although I don't have cable, I have had the iview several times both suddenly delete channels and also reorder them randomly. I also get different results every single time I scan and have to just keep repeating the scan until the channels I watch the most all show up in the same scan. So there are definitely problems on the iview side. With cable, the cable company can also change where their channels are and this can require rescanning. Some companies do this more frequently than others, but I haven't kept up with who does what anymore ever since I left cable. But the way in happened in your case seems more like an iview problem to me.

With this particular unit and firmware, scans seemed pretty consistent (though I think the 1st unit I had tried with the newer firmware installed wasn't nearly so consistent). Things seemed relatively stable for about a month. Lulled me into a false sense of security. Guess I'll try a factory reset.
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Originally Posted by johngbm4el View Post

i have time warner cable here in queens, ny and my QAM channels were also mixed up on thurs. morning. i found local channels 2, 4, 5, 9 and nickelodeon!!?? But i haven't found the rest of my local channels such as 7, 25 and PBS.
i also have a digital adapter from TWC and i had to call them up to reset the adapter to get back the basic channels. i guess TWC remapped the channels over night.

At one point, I tried removing the cable splitter so the signal wasn't being attenuated and then ran an AUTO scan but never got any additional channels or the missing CBS. Funny thing is I was getting the CBS station's secondary subchannels with local weather, news and old TV shows.
post #2295 of 3152
I did a factory reset and an AUTO channel scan but found most of the major network channels were missing. Did a few manual scans but the channels still weren't found. Did another factory reset but skipped the AUTO scan this time and only used manual scans - lo and behold, the missing channels appeared. Well, all except for CBS. I ran a few more tests and found that anytime I did an AUTO scan, manual scans would never work properly after that. You were right, jprc - after each factory reset and an AUTO scan, I got slightly different results. OK, with manual channels scans, I'm back where I was to begin with.
post #2296 of 3152
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Originally Posted by jprc View Post

I see you've edited your post so I won't be too hard on you, but I've personally explained the versions on the iview website many times and have spent much time downloading, installing, and detailing them for everyone. I've also encouraged people to not download from there and to download from this thread instead. All you had to do was read a little to know what to expect.

None of us know anything about version 9, unless Bruce has it and hasn't mentioned it yet. Version 6 is the latest version released to us. It is from 8/29. We were told to expect a version 10 but have had no further information about it.

If version 9 is dated 9/26 then it is more recent than the latest version released for updating. So anyone who got a new 3500STBII and has version 9, please let us know how it functions for OTA, Cable, recording, etc. If you have used other versions of software, please compare.

I was actually in a different forum room, and we were discussing the iview 3500stbii, and one person told us he had just recieved that day a new 3500ii version that had version 9 on it, and he told us to go to iview's site to download the newest firmware that was 10/14/2013 version, since we had 9/26/2013 version. He failed to mention to us, that, he checked the firmware on his device to confirm it was newer. So some of us, when we received our units yesterday, went to site to download "new" firmware, which actually is older.
I had looked at this thread, and I didn't see when I read the first 4 posts which has current info that gets updated that said DO NOT use firmware from iview site. Also , I didn't see anywhere if it gives date of firmware on ivew's site, such has firmware dated 10/14/2013 that it is actually firmware that is very old. That is why this site needs a wiki "second post" that is updated by users in this thread, with current info.

I did have version 9 for an hour or two, before someone suggested to update using iview's site. So, I'm trying to get version 9 back again.

Many times on AVS, it is hard to read many pages of posts when "updated unit" comes out, because fear that we will be given "old" info that doesn't apply anymore. Therefore , for many months on avs I have been suggesting, that every forum room has "wiki" second post, that can be edited by users to reflect "newest" info on any device or software, reading 70 pages of stuff , is too much for many of us, so, 2nd wiki post would solve this. The 2nd wiki can have latest info, firmware, software, tips , for all versions of product.

I wish AVS implimented this. It would help us all out.

p.s. Maybe Bruce in the first post (he made first 4 posts in this thread) , can update it again and have in bold type "edited on 11/7/2013" so something like that , with bold print towards top of first post of , a warning on not to download from iview's site, and in first post can have the different versions of firmware that works or different info on different versions. And Move the first post's info to be in his second post, since he had first 4 posts and he has been updating it pretty regularily. . Therefore, when person comes into this thread, first post will contain, latest info. Bruce seems to be on top of stuff. Just a suggestion.
Edited by rgtaa - 11/9/13 at 1:39pm
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Great idea. It should be implemented.
post #2298 of 3152
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Originally Posted by plplplpl View Post

Great idea. It should be implemented.

If there is update Firmware, iviewus.com should post V9 for download.
Can Evelyn help to post latest V9 for download?

Thanks
post #2299 of 3152
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Originally Posted by jprc View Post

I see you've edited your post so I won't be too hard on you, but I've personally explained the versions on the iview website many times and have spent much time downloading, installing, and detailing them for everyone. I've also encouraged people to not download from there and to download from this thread instead. All you had to do was read a little to know what to expect.

None of us know anything about version 9, unless Bruce has it and hasn't mentioned it yet. Version 6 is the latest version released to us. It is from 8/29. We were told to expect a version 10 but have had no further information about it.

If version 9 is dated 9/26 then it is more recent than the latest version released for updating. So anyone who got a new 3500STBII and has version 9, please let us know how it functions for OTA, Cable, recording, etc. If you have used other versions of software, please compare.

I received my 3500STBII yesterday and already had three scheduled recordings. They all played back perfectly. Actually everything works perfectly except the time is one hour ahead so my first recording is not the program I want to record. Then I turned off daylight saving time on iView and the next two recordings are perfect.

In summary, I like my 3500STBII. The v9 firmware is almost perfect except one little bug but it can easily be corrected. After I turned off day light saving, it works perfectly. This is my first iView and I have it work just using my intuition. Highly recommended to other newbies.
post #2300 of 3152
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Originally Posted by png5 View Post

If there is update Firmware, iviewus.com should post V9 for download.
Can Evelyn help to post latest V9 for download?

Thanks

We don't even know at this point whether it is an update or not. It may simply be a renamed v6. Anyway, he can easily get version 9 from iview and post it here. That would be quicker than waiting for Evelyn to happen to read this thread and respond to it.

While I hope Evelyn does start posting in this thread again, it seems like she hasn't even read it in a long time since she has ignored my multiple comments about the multiple problems with the firmware downloads and they haven't been fixed still. It would take all of a few minutes at most even for someone who hadn't ever done it before to completely fix all the firmware issues on the website so it's not a matter of not having the resources or time. I've created and managed many websites - the fixes here are as simple as it gets. I'd have it all done in literally less than a minute.

So, she either hasn't been reading any of our posts or iview just doesn't care. If someone really wants something from Evelyn they should contact her directly since she doesn't seem to read the thread much otherwise.
post #2301 of 3152
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Originally Posted by blust2 View Post

I received my 3500STBII yesterday and already had three scheduled recordings. They all played back perfectly. Actually everything works perfectly except the time is one hour ahead so my first recording is not the program I want to record. Then I turned off daylight saving time on iView and the next two recordings are perfect.

In summary, I like my 3500STBII. The v9 firmware is almost perfect except one little bug but it can easily be corrected. After I turned off day light saving, it works perfectly. This is my first iView and I have it work just using my intuition. Highly recommended to other newbies.

Thanks for the post. I don't suppose you happen to have clear QAM cable? It's not a concern to me personally but the QAM users on this thread would be interested on how the tuner works since they have had problems in the latest versions.
post #2302 of 3152
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Originally Posted by jprc View Post

Thanks for the post. I don't suppose you happen to have clear QAM cable? It's not a concern to me personally but the QAM users on this thread would be interested on how the tuner works since they have had problems in the latest versions.

It is OTA not cable. What drives me to buy iView is that Comcast recently scrambled the local stations channels so my Magnovax H2160A QAM tuner became useless. So I bought my first DVR to replace Magnovax hddr.
post #2303 of 3152
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Originally Posted by blust2 View Post

It is OTA not cable. What drives me to buy iView is that Comcast recently scrambled the local stations channels so my Magnovax H2160A QAM tuner became useless. So I bought my first DVR to replace Magnovax hddr.

Cool. well glad you're happy with it so far. Hopefully someone else can let us know about QAM tuning. Enjoy your new iView!
post #2304 of 3152
@blust2: Those DVRs have a notoriously crappy QAM tuner that is easily tricked into not working properly.
Have you confirmed on another device (like your iView or a TV tuner) that you indeed do not have QAM?
post #2305 of 3152
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Originally Posted by DoctorM View Post

@blust2: Those DVRs have a notoriously crappy QAM tuner that is easily tricked into not working properly.
Have you confirmed on another device (like your iView or a TV tuner) that you indeed do not have QAM?

All my HDTVs and HDDRs no longer have QAM, so don't my neighbors' equipments. Therefore I don't bother trying QAM on the iView.
Edited by blust2 - 11/9/13 at 9:34pm
post #2306 of 3152
Thread Starter 
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Many times on AVS, it is hard to read many pages of posts when "updated unit" comes out, because fear that we will be given "old" info that doesn't apply anymore.
Many OP's here and elsewhere have not updated, or fully updated there beginning posts in their thread. Many times it's hard to keep up with changes, especially when they happen quickly. Though not 100%, I try to update as much as possible to reflect significant changes. Not nickel and dimeing it to death so to speak.

More so, there are far too many members that don't read the first posts on a product, then ask questions that have already been answered in those posts. It's the on line forum thread version of RTFM. rolleyes.gif
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p.s. Maybe Bruce in the first post (he made first 4 posts in this thread) , can update it again and have in bold type "edited on 11/7/2013" so something like that , with bold print towards top of first post of , a warning on not to download from iview's site, and in first post can have the different versions of firmware that works or different info on different versions. And Move the first post's info to be in his second post, since he had first 4 posts and he has been updating it pretty regularily. . Therefore, when person comes into this thread, first post will contain, latest info. Bruce seems to be on top of stuff. Just a suggestion.
If you look at the bottom of any edited post, the edit date will be listed.

The reason I place the firmware and other details last is this is not something one would look for first when reading about a product, no matter what it is. I try to group them in order of importance. here, there are only five posts. Surely not very long. There are plenty of other opening posts in other threads which resemble an encyclopedia which many would have a tendency to skim over, missing most of it.

I have clarified the firmware portion, though it's kinda hard to get real specific about changes to each and every version. After all, this is a $40 product, not $400. wink.gif It's really amazing how popular this is, especially for CATV customers which is where the biggest problems lies.
post #2307 of 3152
Thread Starter 
iView has been updating their web site, but the page for firmware updates has to be the most confusing of all.
Example, the four entries, only two are the actual files needed. iView still unnecessarily insists including both files to flash, when only one is needed.

If you open those files in Notepad (or any document program) you will see at the top of the page this;
Quote:
cusid 169b 1 1
spi_wrc 0x80001000 0 326a78
setenv usb_complete 1
setenv usb_upgrade 0
setenv bootcmd ' spi_rdc 0x80b00000 0x9001c 0x296a59; LzmaDec 0x80b00000 0x296a59 0x80000180 0x81000000; go 0x80000224;
saveenv
reset
If you note the 2nd line ending with "326a78" which is the same 'code' that the V3a has from August in the files I provided even though it's labeled as "V6". The other file has "325dd0" which is the same that V6a has from Sept. As far as I can tell ,the two versions ending in "V6" and "VR" are actually V3a & V6a in my list in post 5 in that order.
post #2308 of 3152
VB,

Have you tried to communicate/discuss this ongoing issue with Evelyn? I'm not sure she is monitoring this website anymore.
post #2309 of 3152
Thread Starter 
No, I haven't contacted her for some time now.
Probably not. She or somewhat has been monitoring Amazon's site though.

rgtaa;
Look at the beginning of post 1. wink.gif

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Edited by videobruce - 11/11/13 at 3:15am
post #2310 of 3152

Hi,

 

I just bought the iView STB3500. It came with the v3 firmware. I had to upgrade to the v6 I found on this thread in order to get the clear QAM channels.

 

There is the v6a. Do you recommend to upgrade to this last version?

 

Something funny happens with two channels when the unit scanned the available channels. Two of the TV channels end up in the radio channels listing. Because I have a HDHomerun, I can tell the two channels are TV channels, but the iView only "sees" a radio channel, only audio no video.

 

Anyway, your thread help me a lot in understanding the behavior of this STB3500

 

regards,

Justo

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