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Curiosity got the better of me and I hooked the cardinal box up this evening.
Setup was a breeze although I did hope my recording schedule would be carried over. It wasn't. C'est lavvy.
Things I like a lot:
Things which aren't so great (personal opinion here, though, and there may be shortcuts I haven't found yet):
The bit that doesn't seem to work (it's a biggie, I'd be grateful if someone else could verify it's not just me)
Tried to play back a recording and it immediately went back to the menu. Not only that, no programmes would display on the screen anymore. Changed channels.....nothing. I could get the menus up fine, but there was only blankness where telly used to be - including the little PnP. iPlayer similarly affected: time bar on the bottom, no picture.
Had a brainwave and switched over to my DVD recorder connected via SCART et voila. Pictures again. Back to HDMI, nowt.
Tried to play back a recording while viewing DVD recorder, still couldn't. Standby and back again, still nowt.
Reboot. Pictures returned to HDMI. Tried to play back a recording - same again. HDMI TV output gone (but menus still visible).
Reboot and disconnect HDMI cable from TV. Can now play back recordings.
Despite that, I'm generally impressed. This is a test system so there are going to be issues.
Now that I've satisfied my curiosity I think it may be prudent to go back to my silver box until Tuesday when the accounts are made active in case that is causing weirdness and until then it's hard to be sure a fault is a fault and not a setup issue.
Agree about dreadful time it takes to get to play a recording. So many pushes.
Like the potential of the social aspect very much but obviously empty as yet.
Lots of items still marked as _test
Programme guide only goes a few days foward at moment. Will not mention problems with this until trial system is actually live.
Playback of ITV Player Coronation Street was so bad we watched the recording instead. It worked ok but in that it didn't shudder or break up but picture quality was wrong had that "filmed" look.
Iplayer is AMAZING
Did you do the set up form, Stuart?
Are you connected via HDMI? Any problems playing back Corrie?