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Item#: 9SIA13Y17X7527

iView 3500STBII Multi-Function Digital Converter Box with Recording and Media Playback

  • Converts digital broadcast to analog TV
  • Recording function
  • EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
  • Favorite channel list
  • Parental control
  • Auto tuning
  • Signal quality indicator
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Model

Brand
iView
Model
IVIEW-3500STBII

Features

Features
Converter digital broadcast to your analog TV

EPG (Electronic Program Guide) and program information

Favorite Channel List

Parental control function

Auto tuning (finds all digital broadcasts)

Signal Quality Indicator

Closed Captioning

Advanced Video / Audio parameters adjustment

Universal remote control

Analog passthrough Channel 3/4

Cable / QAM capability

Recording function, playback for movies, pictures, and music

Video Decoder: MPEG-2 MP at HL, MPEG-4 SP, ASP, H.264 HP at L4.1, DivX3.11, 4.X, 6.X, FLV format and VC-1

Video Resolution: 1080p, 1080u, 720p, 576p

Built in HDMI Output

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Larry W.
  • 6/21/2014 4:25:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's a dream

Pros: Does everything I expected. All the audio & video outputs you could reasonable ask for, including digital audio. HDMI works great.

Cons: Really don't have any.

Other Thoughts: Haven't tried the recording feature.
I have an LG flat panel that had the remote board fail. Had to use the push buttons on the TV to do everything. (The remote itself worked ok.....I could change the store LG TVs when I walked thru. [that was fun] ) Anyway, the remote with the converter works great. Instead of having to pay hundreds $$ to get the LG remote board replaced...this works for much less $ and it has digital audio output. That's something the LG didn't have either! SO I have it connected to work thru my sound system. Something I couldn't do with the LG.

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  • Christian K.
  • 3/21/2014 6:33:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNICE OTA TUNER + DVR (Turns Monitor into HDTV with DVR support)

Pros: Great price for OTA tuner + DVR! NIce, solid remote controI. I had a USB hard drive with several recorded shows on it. This unit picked them up. I did not even have to reformat anything. So if you have a formatted HD you could say that it is "plug and play" and DVR ready. Tuner is very good, but for OTA you may need a good antenna to pick up your marginal channels. You can pause a live show for about 20 minutes and come back and start watching where you left off. Not sure if that time can be lengthened or not? There is good support for product on the AVS Forum.

Cons: Only has 1 tuner. My USB drive did not turn off when unit was powered down so now I unplug USB at the same time that I power down the device, unless I have a recording scheduled in the immediate future. Even if your HDTV has a tuner you can still use this as a cheap, decent DVR for recording OTA shows in high definition. Not sure about cable, but it probably just records in the clear channels.

Other Thoughts: Online support for this unit + company seems to be user friendly regarding firmware updates. Not sure how much it can be improved on, need to do more research. For $35 I'm very satisfied, and hope the improvements keep coming.

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  • Larry W.
  • 3/12/2014 6:59:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA solution that works for me

Pros: I replaced an old Dish off-air converter that over heated. This converter is used with an older projector, video out plus L & R audio. When I upgrade to a better projector the HDMI that will be an improvement. It's been working fine. Unlike the old box that had to search for stations every time it was turned on...this one stores them and it works as soon as I turn it on. The menu selections were a little tricky at first but once I figured it out they're ok. Didn't buy it to do recordings and haven't tried it so can't comment on that feature.

Cons: None so far. It just works.

Other Thoughts: I think it was well worth the $$ for what I needed and will need with a new projector.

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  • Alan H.
  • 2/15/2014 1:04:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsQuirky, but good for OTA viewing

Pros: NOTES:
1) I use this for viewing broadcast TV ONLY, and I cannot comment as to recording capability or ability to receive unencoded cable signals.
2) Reviewing based on the latest firmware update, V13a. Performance and usability are progressively worse the farther back you go with earlier versions.

> Upconverts TV to 1080p
> Can pass multi-channel audio codecs over HDMI
> Excellent picture quality
> Fast channel switching
> Sensitive tuner, much better than my older "famous-brand" STB.

Cons: > Some minor annoyances as mentioned by other reviewers, such as transparent program guides being hard to see.
> Lately there has been an issue where the sound over HDMI begins to stutter/drop out after about an hour of use. I do not know if it's a heat problem, or perhaps memory corruption. A quick off/on cycle cures it. This may only happen when upconverting to 1080p, I have not fully investigated.
> Obtaining latest firmware is not straightforward, see below.

Other Thoughts: The manufacturer's manual and web site are not too good at all. To learn what you really need to know as an owner, you should go to a popular audio/visual forum that has a long thread devoted to this device; just search on "iView-3500STB" and it will show right up. As one example, the manufacturer's site does NOT offer the latest firmware; but the forum has a link to it. That is important: for example, updating to V13a seems to have increased the tuner sensitivity by about 50%!

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  • Herbert S.
  • 1/31/2014 7:45:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsExcellent -- for the money

Pros: The unit produces a good picture. Telephone tech support is responsive and USA based. HDMI output and RCA output for audio work together.

Cons: The menu will show up on top of whatever channel was last selected. This can be annoying but resolved by switching to a blank channel. The daily scheduling option is for all seven days. There is no weekday scheduling option. I found that my unit got confused when trying to schedule successive days when the program went over the date line. (i.e. 2300 to 0100) There is no chase capability. If you want to watch a program that you have recorded, you have to wait until it has finished recording. The documentation is in small print and could be a lot better but that seems to be the norm now-a-days.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this unit on sale and was amazed at how much bang for the buck that I got. The unit handles the lower channels from my cable service --2,4,5,7,9,11,13 &21 plus sub channels. I'd be thrilled to find a similar unit, hopefully with the cons above worked out, that would handle all of the cable channels. I'm sure that they can do it. Also, oddly enough, a lot of the procedures and info provided make sense only to the technically inclined; Joe TV watcher isn't going to be able to handle this. But then again, this is becoming true for a lot of this stuff.

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  • Uma S.
  • 1/30/2014 5:58:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsReturn for refund within: non-refundable

Pros: Cheap.
HDMI.

Cons: ZERO EGGS.

Doesn't work with Comcast clear QAM at all in Northern VA. Wasted one day trying to make it work with different firmwares and settings. Can't even return it to Newegg. Had I read the return policy more closely, I wouldn't have bought it. Buy it at your own risk. You are simply gambling with this product. Horrible throughout. I have to sell my soul to the devil before I can recommend this product to anyone.

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  • Paul M.
  • 1/18/2014 4:24:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOn my 2nd one

Pros: Fast shipping and customer service.

Cons: I did a return on the first one and now this one has the message "Usb Device not connected" & "Usb Device connected"fashing all the time. I use it for off air tv channels and thought this would be a cheap recording option, I was wrong, I will not return this one again as then I will have $30.00 dollars in shipping invested, I just count my loss to experience. For me too expensive to return online for continue having problems. Brick and Mortar Store maybe.

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  • David M.
  • 1/14/2014 3:11:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Media playback works well. Remote easy to program to TV.

Cons: Unit is not ready for prime time. Had to complete 3 software versions to get past many issues in performance. At first, no digital channels found, Next version obtained all clear QAM channels (approx 100). Third version fixed the time midnight crossover and loss of date but does not display the Electronic Programming Guide. Unit stays in searching mode.Contact at manufacturer said it was a memory issue.I have 2 units and wish I could return but I am past the return date.I trusted the manufacturer could fix this. I have 2 units that work the same. I have TWC as a cable provider and the manufacturer said they have had no problems with the supplier. plan to use the 2 units as media players only due to all the issues. Hope they can come up with another version that works.

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  • Frances L.
  • 1/13/2014 4:06:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fast Shipping

Cons: Unit does not work ,with 1st arrival.
2nd Unit (the replacement not working all the time after i pay $10 for sending back,) keep losing memory and programming.

Other Thoughts: Thinking twice to make other purchase from neweeg be cause they will automatically charge $10 for shipping cost
Now my unit still not working right but i can not afford shipping cost for the unit until i be able to get recording tv box without losing memory.

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  • Toaha I.
  • 12/27/2013 6:52:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWaste

Pros: Works with over the air antenna and has usb and works good playing music and etc

Cons: Cant receive anything from cable service, menu is annoying , flimsly remote, way too over rated product I ever purchased.

Other Thoughts: Needs software update to fix loads of problems.

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