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post #991 of 3152
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Originally Posted by MediasonicEast View Post

Hi.
I can answer this

Mediasonic / Homeworx is not associated with Iview/ Wintronic. They are misrepresenting themselves.

I'm so glad you cleared this up.

I assume from your screen name that you work for MediaSonic. Is this correct???

If so, your participation on this forum is more than welcome.

It always amazed me that iView never did take an active itnterst in what we were trying to do for them.

With MediaSonic now offering the replacement remote controls I'm sure that many iview users will be converting over to you firmware.
I understand that in doing so it does not generate new sales for the PVR, But... what is does do is steer many new users to MediaSonic mainly because it is evident that MediaSonic takes an interest in both supporting and further developing their products.

If you have been monitoring this thread, I am certain you have learned that there are numerous forum members that are highly knowledgeable in varied aspects on this topic,

Welcome Aboard!!!! We look forward to working with you and MediaSonic/HomeWorx
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Edited by nickle2 - 7/19/13 at 11:30am
post #992 of 3152
Thread Starter 
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It always amazed me that iView never did take an active itnterst in what we were trying to do for them.
It really shouldn't of, ePVision didn't either as with 95% of these CE companies. wink.gif
post #993 of 3152
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Originally Posted by Satmann View Post

For those of you that have a harmony remote you can turn your iview into a HomeWorx HW-150PVR by using the new homeworx firmware. Before you start the process make sure you update your harmony remote to include the homeworx. I've been using the homeworx firmware in my two iviews since it was released. I can confirm the daily and weakly timers work fine. The guide also works a lot better giving you more than one page of data. The timezone settings seem accurate also. I like the fact that it also turns the bright red display off. Only downside I see is that it disables the front panel buttons which is no big deal just use the remote. I also tried flashing back to the iview firmware and it works fine. When you update your harmony remote homeworx is listed under PVR and the model number HW-150PVR.

Do you know what the code is that Harmony remotes uses for the Homeworx DVR? Would that code work for other remotes like the Dish 20.1? Was wondering if remotes basically use the same codes for the various brands of TVs, DVRs, DVD players etc or does each company use different codes for the brands they control?
post #994 of 3152
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Originally Posted by nickle2 View Post

With MediaSonic now offering the replacement remote controls I'm sure that many iview users will be converting over to you firmware.
I understand that in doing so it does not generate new sales for the PVR, But... what is does do is steer many new users to MediaSonic mainly because it is evident that MediaSonic takes an interest in both supporting and further developing their products.

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Just last couple days, at least Vegas_Vic and myself have ordered a 150pvr, so it may be rewarding.

As Nickle2 said, good to have you.
Edited by johnnyrw2 - 7/19/13 at 12:21pm
post #995 of 3152
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Originally Posted by WS65711 View Post

You can buy the Homeworx remote for $8.98 including shipping.

Thanks for the update! Now I have to decide do I try to use my Dish 20.1 remote? Do I spend the $8.98 on a Homeworx remote and load the Firmware V10 on my Iview? Or do I just go ahead and buy the Homeworx DVR for $46.28 on Amazon with free shipping and get another box with a remote I can use for the IView loaded with V10?

So many decisions......I guess a few of us are wrestling with this. Then if IView puts out new firmware soon that does the same fixes as the Homeworx V10 it makes sense to maybe wait a bit longer. If we only knew what IView was up to?
post #996 of 3152
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Originally Posted by nickle2 View Post

I'm so glad you cleared this up.

I assume from your screen name that you work for MediaSonic. Is this correct???

If so, your participation on this forum is more than welcome.

It always amazed me that iView never did take an active itnterst in what we were trying to do for them.

With MediaSonic now offering the replacement remote controls I'm sure that many iview users will be converting over to you firmware.
I understand that in doing so it does not generate new sales for the PVR, But... what is does do is steer many new users to MediaSonic mainly because it is evident that MediaSonic takes an interest in both supporting and further developing their products.

If you have been monitoring this thread, I am certain you have learned that there are numerous forum members that are highly knowledgeable in varied aspects on this topic,

Welcome Aboard!!!! We look forward to working with you and MediaSonic/HomeWorx
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Hi, and Thanks
Yes I am with Mediasonic. I am also the Admin for Mediasonic Forum.
we always support our customers in anyway we can. The result of the firmware update was from feedback we got from customers. I am glad everyone likes the new firmware
post #997 of 3152
Remote Codes

LenL
Harmony gets it's codes in one of two way.. The device company sends the HEX codes to Logitech Harmony. Or... someone with a remote that is not in the Harmony database of codes for devices, That person uses his OEM remote to teach his Harmony the codes and then up-loads these HEX codes to Harmony.
Harmony then posts these codes into a database and makes them available to all Harmony users.

I'm not certain what you mean when you reference "codes" We are talking about a unique HEX format code for each different button. This is the codes that Harmony uses. Many non-learning remotes have product codes hard written into the remote and you program in a number for that device. For example, If you have a Sony TV you might enter a code something like 8725 into you remote. On some remotes you enter into the set-up mode and the remote scans all the available codes it has. Usually you depress the power button until the device turns off. You then know you hit the correct code and exit the set-up mode.
Edited by nickle2 - 7/19/13 at 12:18pm
post #998 of 3152
Stupid almost newbie here...

Upgraded to the latest, V2...

Still the same bugs, but worse... even manual scan on CATV yields nothing now..

I didn't see a link to v7 in the forum.. anybody have a link to it? would rather try that, then wait a few months for fixed firmware for my toaster, I mean iview3500.

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post #999 of 3152
So many decisions...
Not Really!!!
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Originally Posted by LenL View Post

So many decisions......I guess a few of us are wrestling with this. Then if IView puts out new firmware soon that does the same fixes as the Homeworx V10 it makes sense to maybe wait a bit longer. If we only knew what IView was up to?

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for iView to do the right thing.
When they release a FW up-date and it is much worse that the previous versions it only show that they are not serious.
They should have known that we here on this forum would very quickly test and then critique their latest efforts. If they were in fact serious they would have tested this mis-numbered latest version and never released it to anyone. Especially if it were released to correct problems we have reported to them for many weeks. I mentioned this before.... What they did to us, was a slap in the face.

Again.... I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for iView to do the right thing.

If they wanted to correct what they did to their reputation... They would correct all the problems,we've point out, request our addresses and send all of us a new remote control.. I'm not holding my breath on that happening either. rolleyes.gif
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Edited by nickle2 - 7/19/13 at 12:34pm
post #1000 of 3152
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Originally Posted by modemhelp View Post

Stupid almost newbie here...

Upgraded to the latest, V2...

Still the same bugs, but worse... even manual scan on CATV yields nothing now..

I didn't see a link to v7 in the forum.. anybody have a link to it? would rather try that, then wait a few months for fixed firmware for my toaster, I mean iview3500.

smile.gif

It used to be in post #5 but I don't see it there anymore. Don't know if videobruce purposely or accidentally removed them. Or maybe I'm being blind so go check that post for yourself and don't take my word for it. Hope I'm wrong.
post #1001 of 3152
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Originally Posted by dkreichen1968 View Post

I'm not recommending "upgrading" to the new firmware. It's not even letting me see my existing recordings. Also, it won't tune real channel 42 despite being a strong local station that every other tuner connected to the same antenna system picks up fine. I'll revert back to V7 tomorrow and see if it fixes things.

I went back to V7 and got my recordings back. I think there must be a PSIP issue with channel 42 (KOAA 5). With the new "V2" the channel wouldn't show any signal. With V7 the channel shows good quality signal, but it refuses to scan it in. I tried both channel 42 and KOAAs LP channel 30 which broadcasts a lower power version of the same stream. Neither would scan in, so I'm assuming there is something that V7 and V2 don't like about the PSIP. I may be buying a Mediasonic remote soon.
post #1002 of 3152
MediasonicEast, can you give any clarification about what you mean about iView misrepresenting. Are you saying they ripped off your product or that they shouldn't be saying they have an association with you? I certainly wish I had bought your box instead at this point. The time I've wasted on this since I bought it is worth more money than if I had bought a $500 DVR.
post #1003 of 3152
I had posted the link to this thread in the Mediasonic Forum. Great to see you took the initiative to join.
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Originally Posted by MediasonicEast View Post

Hi, and Thanks
Yes I am with Mediasonic. I am also the Admin for Mediasonic Forum.
we always support our customers in anyway we can. The result of the firmware update was from feedback we got from customers. I am glad everyone likes the new firmware
post #1004 of 3152
If the Mediasonic/Homeworx box is the same box essentially, can someone confirm if we can just buy their remote and flash their newest firmware and we resolve the various iview quirks? This would be a very fast solution to a number of all of our issues, and I would place that order before the end of the day. smile.gif
post #1005 of 3152
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Originally Posted by jprc View Post

MediasonicEast, can you give any clarification about what you mean about iView misrepresenting. Are you saying they ripped off your product or that they shouldn't be saying they have an association with you? I certainly wish I had bought your box instead at this point. The time I've wasted on this since I bought it is worth more money than if I had bought a $500 DVR.

They do not represent Mediasonic Line as posted

anyways they fixed their about us http://www.iviewus.com/info.php?catId=263&f=companyProfiles
post #1006 of 3152
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Originally Posted by Shawne Kleckner View Post

If the Mediasonic/Homeworx box is the same box essentially, can someone confirm if we can just buy their remote and flash their newest firmware and we resolve the various iview quirks? This would be a very fast solution to a number of all of our issues, and I would place that order before the end of the day. smile.gif

EXCEPT that the Homeworx appears to be OTA only with NO QAM CAPABILITY.
post #1007 of 3152
For any iView owners who are thinking of also purchasing a Homeworx, it might be nicer to stay with V7 of the iView, that way you could use both recorders in the same area without conflicting remotes, that is if you can live with the midnight and 6 day weekly bugs of the iView. If you need clear QAM the iView and iView firmware sound like your only choice.
Very nice that MediasonicEast has decided to participate at AVS, as it is now I'd be hard pressed to suggest the iView but would suggest the Homeworx(again unless the user needed clear QAM).
post #1008 of 3152
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

.... but would suggest the Homeworx(again unless the user needed clear QAM).

If a tree falls in the woods and there's no one there to hear it, is there sound?

I one loads the iView firmware into the Homeworx, will it do QAM?
post #1009 of 3152
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Originally Posted by Ferguson View Post

I have not seen any way to reduce the resolution of the recorded video in the manual or the forum.
For most of my recorded programs, I'd rather just have the 20th century resolution - I record for information and not to wow my old eyes.
I get the impression I need to buy some software to reduce the file size of the recorded video enough to fit on a CD.

There is plenty of free software that you can use to do this, but you need a fast computer to make it practical. Unless you have a quad-core i7 or better, transcoding will take a long time.

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Originally Posted by JHBrandt View Post

Well, a CD only holds ~650 Mb - barely enough for 30-45 minutes of Standard Def video wink.gif
Where are you getting 74-minute CDs? tongue.gif The non-standard 80-minute variety has largely replaced them. A 700MB CD can easily hold two hours of SD H.264 material, but a DVD certainly provides a better compromise between capacity and cost.
post #1010 of 3152
I am only using OTA, so that would be fine with me. Are the major bugs fixed with their product (the midnight bug, the weekly/daily bug, the time zone bug)? For $8 to not have to deal with that any more, it's a bargain in my book.
post #1011 of 3152
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Originally Posted by Shawne Kleckner View Post

I am only using OTA, so that would be fine with me. Are the major bugs fixed with their product (the midnight bug, the weekly/daily bug, the time zone bug)? For $8 to not have to deal with that any more, it's a bargain in my book.

See post 947 for some answers. Didn't mention the midnight issue but the others seem good.
post #1012 of 3152
So I called Mediasonic to buy one of their remotes today (1-888-231-7899), and it was a really interesting conversation. I spoke to a very nice lady named Jennifer, who said that Mediasonic actually was the company that developed this product, and that they aren't really sure how iView even got the product - that they think it's a copy of their product, probably stolen at the factory. I am guessing this is the reason for the iView lack of support/firmware updates, as it's Mediasonic's product and they are actively developing the software for it. She said they've sold "lots" of remotes as a result of this thread, and that when they found out about the iView they changed their remote codes which is why the remotes are not interchangable.

She did mention they are working on a dual/multiple tuner unit, but it will likely be a while.
post #1013 of 3152
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

Where are you getting 74-minute CDs? tongue.gif The non-standard 80-minute variety has largely replaced them.
Haven't burned CDs in so long, I wasn't even aware of this amazing 8% capacity expansion tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

A 700MB CD can easily hold two hours of SD H.264 material, but a DVD certainly provides a better compromise between capacity and cost.
Well, I based my 30-45 minute estimate on the less efficient MPEG-2 compression used on standard DVDs. But I suppose if you were going to burn video to CDs you might as well use H.264, since you wouldn't be playing them on a standard DVD player anyhow (though I suppose if you wanted that to work, you could use the even worse VCD format rolleyes.gif )
post #1014 of 3152
Does the Homeworx have a higher output power supply that will support a 2.5" drive without overheating? It appears to have fewer cooling vents, which makes me nervous. eek.gif
post #1015 of 3152
Logitech Harmony remotes, Now supports Homeworx ATSC
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=1658
At their forums
Joe
post #1016 of 3152
I've just updated the firmware to v8/v2. As a reminder, I'm on Clear QAM.

I see a couple fixes:
1. The channels reflect the proper aliased numbers sent by the cable company.
2. The channel identifiers are populated properly, as sent over cable.

I have yet to see how the daily/weekly schedule advances.

I am still unable to schedule a booking on certain channels. Eg: Depending on where 6.1 lies on the custom channel list, I'm able to select different sets of channels, but in no case do I have full run of the list. Usually not more than 3 channels.

-Paul

Edit: The recordings still advance by 6/12 days as before. As for the USB drive - it seems the v8/v2 firmware no longer properly supports NTFS. It doesn't recognize the pre-existing format nor is it able to format the drive as NTFS. VFAT seems to work, but in a test I found that the audio track dropped out during the switch to a new file after 512MB was recorded.

I'll be going back to v7, but I may try v6 again just to remember how it behaved.
Edited by kronenpj9 - 7/19/13 at 5:51pm
post #1017 of 3152
Sorry (un-intended double post)
post #1018 of 3152
New (unfortunate) owner of the 3500stb here, where in the hell is the firmware update for this thing? Its like its been wiped off the face of the internet.
post #1019 of 3152
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Originally Posted by bbonds007 View Post

New (unfortunate) owner of the 3500stb here, where in the hell is the firmware update for this thing? Its like its been wiped off the face of the internet.

The official version was horribly broken so it's no surprise they removed it from their website. I'm sure they got a ton of angry calls saying they killed all recording ability for many users. They hate dealing with customers so that would be enough incentive to take it down for them.

If you're a new owner and can still return your unit for a refund, I would suggest you do that. The Homeworx version referenced in recent posts here is an alternative.
post #1020 of 3152
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Originally Posted by jprc View Post

The official version was horribly broken so it's no surprise they removed it from their website. I'm sure they got a ton of angry calls saying they killed all recording ability for many users. They hate dealing with customers so that would be enough incentive to take it down for them.

If you're a new owner and can still return your unit for a refund, I would suggest you do that. The Homeworx version referenced in recent posts here is an alternative.

Right, thanks, at least I can stop looking for it. Read about 20 pages of this thread looking for the FW but even the posts with the links have been edited/removed.

A bit disappointing, as I only use this for clear QAM and don't care for recording. Figured it was worth a shot before shipping this thing back. I had the iview 2000stb and somehow they made this thing 10x worse. Only bought it because my 2000stb died and nobody sells them anymore rolleyes.gif .
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