- Converts digital broadcast to analog TV
- Recording function
- EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
- Favorite channel list
- Parental control
- Auto tuning
- Signal quality indicator
Quirky, but good for OTA viewing 02/15/2014
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.
> 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.
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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