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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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3500STBII

IVIEW-3500STBII is a true multimedia device which brings convenience and savings to home entertainment. This space-saving petite box can do great things as it brings comfort to homes and delivers an all-in-one multimedia experience.


Description

 

    From Analog to Digital!
  • Why replace your old TV? IVIEW 3500STBII will convert digital signals to your analog TV. Why pay exorbitant cable subscription fees? IVIEW 3500STBII supports OTA (Over-the-Air) and has a QAM tuner built-in. QAM stands for Quadrature Amplitude Modulation. IVIEW3500STBII has the capability to pull certain unencrypted digital cable channels (also known as "in-the-clear" channels), watch them on your television without using any additional set-top box for which you'd have to pay a monthly subscription.
    Record All Your Favorite Television Shows!

  • No qualms on QAM - you can even record video through the use of a hard drive! Play all your music, videos, or even movies from your USB flash or HDD drives. Watch them in high definition from your big screen televisions.
  • On other countries where analog signals are still present, this Box will allow you to still watch analog channels through channels 3 or 4 by way of its analog pass-through capabilities.
    High Definition!

  • Watch video on any resolution - 1080p, 1080i, 72-p or even 576p. Enjoy the luxury of high definition by connecting an HDMI Cable from the 3500STBII HDMI output to your television.
    And Much, Much, More!

  • 3500STBII is a universal media player and automatically recognizes most of the popular video or audio file formats, eliminating the need to purchase any other video player.
  • All the above and other features such as Parental Control, EPG, Signal Quality Indicator, Closed Captioning are there in a fully functional remote control.

 

Features

Front Display


  • Power button allows you to manually turn on or off your IVIEW 3500STBII at your convenience.
  • Using the channel up and down buttons, you can change the channels to your favorite TV stations.
  • The LED display conveniently displays whether you are watching a channel, scanning for channels, or the menu is open.
  • Power light - Red light indicates that the converter box is on Stand-By.
  • Lock Light - Green light indicates converter box is on and that the converter box is locking in signals.
  • USB Port - Located for your convenience, the USB port allows you to insert an external hard drive up to 3TB of storage, to record your favorite programming or play your movies.

 

3500STBII

Back Display

  • ANT In/Out - Allows you to insert an antenna so the digital channels you receive are converted to your analog television.
  • HDMI - High Definition Media Interface delivers incredible high definition resolution.
  • Coaxial Out - Connect converter box to your Television using a coaxial cable.
  • Component Outputs - Connect your converter box to your television using component cables.
  • Composite Outputs - Connect your converter box to your television using composite cables (included).

 

3500STBII
3500STBII Setup Buttons Guideline for 3500STBII

  • Press "SETUP" for three seconds, until red light turns on.
  • Press "POWER" in TV area within 10 seconds, until red light flashes.
  • Press "POWER" on your TV remote for three seconds and point LED sensor directly to 3500STBII remote within 3cm, until red light flashes three times and stays red.
  • Repeat step two and three to copy the other button functions and press "SETUP" to quit.
 

 


Learn more about the iVIEW IVIEW-3500STBII

Model

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Brand
iView
Model
IVIEW-3500STBII

Features

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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

Group

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Color
Black
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the iVIEW IVIEW-3500STBII

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  • John F.
  • 2/17/2016 11:38:27 AM

4 out of 5 eggsThis decodes clear QAM cable for HDTV.

Pros: I recently got a HDTV that did not have built-in digital decoding. I have basic cable from Cox in central Florida. That means I pay a subscription to Cox, but don't have a Cox box for the premium channels. This iView 3500STBII works to let me receive half a dozen clear QAM channels on the cable, and feed them to the HDTV via a HDMI cable. It is necessary to use the menu to switch from "Air" to "CATV". The manual is inadequate and wrong, so just explore the menus.
When you run the channel scan, it finds more than 100 channels, but most of them are scrambled, so you need to manually go through them to pick out the clear channels and write them on a piece of paper.
Also, Cox is not helpful. They do not provide you with a list of the clear QAM channels, and some tech support people will tell you that Cox does not have clear QAM. But they do. You just have to search for them.
The Cox support forum has an old list, but some of the channels have changed since it was published.
http://forums.cox.com/forum_home/tv_forum/f/4/t/2404.aspx

Cons: The manual is inadequate and wrong, so just explore the menus.
The remote is weak, but it does work when you point directly at it. Lowering the room lights might help, too.

Other Thoughts: I have not yet tried it with an OTA antenna, but I expect that it would do a fine job with that, too.
I have not yet tried recording with it.
The price is good.
I am quite satisfied with it. It lets me watch clear QAM cable channels on my HDTV.

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  • Jesse W.
  • 12/11/2015 7:39:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks for me

Pros: Converts cable to HDMI
Can Record Shows
Works

I purchased this product mainly for running through my AV Receiver and went with this product since it adds the ability to record TV. HDMI works great. I have recorded a couple things but have not tried setting up a scheduled record. I have found that after cutting the cord I don't really care what is on TV. Really only use this to watch sports.

Cons: None, It works and it was cheap.

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  • Andrew V.
  • 12/11/2015 7:18:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: - You can stop paying your cable company a monthly subscription fee for a digital converter box and buy this for a low price...AND you can record as much as you want and play it on another device.
- The iView remote control is very easy to sync with your television remote.
- You can attach an external hard drive to the device via the USB port and record hours of TV.
- The device is small and not cumbersome.

Cons: The remote control does not have great signal strength.

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  • Paul M.
  • 7/29/2015 5:38:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWeak Tuner Unit had 3-4 Channel Switch

Pros: Can work as DVR

Cons: Very weak tuner, Will not get some of the TV Stations I got with the previous model I had, It was a 3500 also but it did not have a Channel 3-4 Switch in the back. The unit with the channel 3-4 switch must be a older model. Even on I-View Website there is no update for the Unit With 3-4 Switch but there is a updates for the Unit without the 3-4 Switch. It was a rip off as far as I am concern

Other Thoughts: I wasted my Money and Time on this......................................

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  • Larry I.
  • 10/19/2014 12:14:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsiView 3500STBII

Pros: Inexpensive
Does what a person should expect
Great value (cost to quality)

Cons: Unfriendly, newbies should look elsewhere
Quirky
Remote is not easy to use
Manual is awful

Other Thoughts: I cut the cord months ago. So those who are trying to use this device with cable or satellite tv may have had very different experiences. I am using it for OTA only.
For me, it is wonderful. I have only had it for a few hours, but got it working. It is NOT intuitive or easy to use for non-techie types. But, if you have lived with computers since the Apple II/IBM-PC/Commodore 64 days, and have built a computer from motherboard on up, it is not too bad. But for the plug and play generation, or anyone that expects a $35.00 device to be as good as a $300.00 device, this device is not for you. But why rate it a "1" when your understanding of the device was weak, or your expecations were unrealistic?
Of course, I drive a 1999 Jeep with 175000 miles on it. Do I expect it to get 50 MPG? NO. I get 20 MPG, but for the $2900 I paid for it, I am thrilled. Get real, people. This is a great device for the money.

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  • Justin S.
  • 10/16/2014 7:33:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing value for the tech savvy

Pros: My 7 year old Panny Plasma's tuner stopped working and I use FIOS for local stations and internet. I don't want to pay $7 a month to lease a box so when the tuner went I saw this handy device.

I am extremely pleased. It tunes to all the basic stations I need once I changed a setting to CATV instead of OTA. It picked up all the station labels just fine, I was able to remove any stations I don't want in the list and the guide function works nicely. I have yet to try to record anything but I bought mainly to catch the news in the morning and to watch some football.

For $35 it is a no-brainer assuming you're a tech-savvy person. It will pay for itself in my situation after 5 months of not having to lease a set top box. If I get the DVR functionality rolling it will be an even better value.

Cons: I would not call the device user friendly. I think you need to be somewhat tech savvy to find your way around and to intuit how things should work.

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  • Lawrence W.
  • 6/21/2014 4:25:07 PM
  • 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
  • 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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  • Lawrence W.
  • 3/12/2014 6:59:24 AM
  • 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
  • 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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