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3.0 out of 5 stars Small unit, small price, but short of logical operational functions & a correctly written manual, March 28, 2013
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Update 11/27/13;

A slightly revised model with the new, larger remote is now available at the same price as the original. Cosmetically it is the same with the same board (chipset), but a couple of changes to the display were made. The term "boot" is replaced by the term 'menu" when one is using the menu. Also, a new website replaced their current, slow to respond site. The firmware page needs a lot of work. I wouldn't try to figure out what is what, but go to the thread in AVScience forums to get the current (or past) versions.

For OTA (Over The Air) the latest FW version is probably the best. For CATV users, it will depend on you system. For systems that provide virtual channel numbers for their OTA stations use versions labeled (virtual). For systems that don't provide this, use versions that are labeled "physical".

Pros;
1. Tuners: one ATSC/QAM, NO analog (NTSC) capability,
2. Ability to enter individual channels without doing a complete scan,
3. Ability bypass a initial scan in the Installation setup,
4. Ability to remember both channel tables; OTA & CATV in one list as long as you don't do a scan. You would need to add a A/B switch to access both. (see photo)
5. Allows complete removal of channels, not just skipping them,
6. Lightning fast boot time of 10 seconds. Yes, I said 10 seconds,
7. Fast channel changes, unlike many other DVR's,
8. HDMI, component, coaxial audio, composite & analog audio outputs,
9. Extremal HDD capacity has been reported to be as large as 3TB not just 500GB as stated,
10. Ultra low power consumption of less than 1 watt off, 7 watts on and 11 watts with a 2 1/2" HDD attached to the USB port (but that requires an cooling fan),
11. You can rename recordings. Unfortunately, all recordings are a overly long cryptic number,
12. Timeshift is adjustable in size, not time from .5GB to 4GB. Timeshifting does not start automatically,
13. Adjustable volume and mute, but not when HDMI is set to 'Raw' audio,
14. Unusual recording info screens showing data transfer rates among other details. Huge plus,
15. This is capable of more than one storage device using a USB hub (thanks to jjeff), though there is only one front panel USB jack,
16. Internal power supply instead of another wall brick,
17. The format utility is fast. It's a quick version and takes around 5 seconds. (I didn't try it with a blank drive, it was formatted to ext2),
18. Recordings off the connected hard drive can be played to a PC and/or transfered there with no issue. The photos section didn't display some .jpg's for some unknown reason. It had no problem with .ts files from DVD's.
19. Choice of RF pass through (loop through) or modulated RF ch 3 or 4 (NTSC) for old school TV sets with no a/v inputs. But, only when powered up,
20. Music files can be played while in the Photo mode. Selections automatically advance no matter how thew pics are being viewed,

Cons;
1. Channels numbers on the display are just consecutive numbers starting with the lowest virtual channel number and ascending upwards. What on earth were they thinking here?,
2. Some recordings do not get recorded. Hard to find a pattern to this. No where as bad as before,
3. Bright ugly red display. Surely can't use it in a bedroom at night,
4. The very small enclosure size doesn't allow it to be placed under any other equipment.There is also the probability of heavy cables pulling it off the shelve due to lack of size & weight,
5. The remote is just as small, so are the labels. Very hard to see and push buttons. The button layout is not logical either,
6. There is no indication on the display of recording status. Nothing preventing it from getting turned off which will cancel the recording,
7. The manual misses a lot of functions and there are numerous mistakes. It's too small to read (though you can download a full size manual off their website). Being written for the Chinese market with mis named terms is a major problem,
8. No skip function,
9. Clock can not be set manually. If the reference stations clock is wrong, you can't do anything about it. Also it is only a 24 hour format,
10. You can't playback and record at the same time,
11. Only one tuner,
12. The single USB port is on the front panel. While practical for a memory stick, it surely isn't for a HDD connection with the cable hanging off the front.
13. There is no mention anywhere other than in the system information screen that this has a ATSC tuner, only QAM. there is also little mention about the recording capabilities,
14. There is no analog capability.

update: added info on different firmware versions
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2013 2:16:26 PM PDT
reviewer9090 says:
Did they tell you at iview (when you talked to them) when the firmware update for the bug fixes would be released?

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 5:28:38 AM PDT
videobruce says:
No.
The input I provided in writing, I believe was forwarded to China. How many of the issues were included I don't know.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2013 5:35:52 AM PDT
T. OBrien says:
I read somewhere that there is a beta firmware upgrade available. Do you know where it's available?

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 6:10:37 AM PDT
videobruce says:
The only two 'fixes' that I found were changing the default RF out to ch. 3 (the main purpose) and swapping functions for the green & red panel LED's. Not worth bothering with.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 2:05:34 PM PDT
videobruce, could you comment on the brightness of the LED display? Does it have a light that remains on, even when the unit is off? Just wondering about this as more than one person has mentioned it and it does not seem clear. If it is bright while in operation I have no problem. If it is bright while switched off and nobody is watching TV, then yeah that would be terrible in any bedroom.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 8:49:50 PM PDT
videobruce says:
With the firmware I'm using the red & green LED's are switched. Now, green is off and red is on, but that isn't needed since th display is lit when on.
Stock units, the red LED is the only thing lit when in standby. It's not very bright, I doubt it would be of much concern in a dark room. It's kinda hard to place a description on just how bright it is. Dim to me, might be bright to you.
You could always place a small piece of electrical tape over it if it a problem.

Posted on May 22, 2013 8:12:02 AM PDT
ciview-3000stb digital converter box (black)can this be used with a cable tv hookup? i have two diginal tvs and cannot get any cable stations on them since they are broadcast in analog

Posted on May 22, 2013 8:53:49 PM PDT
videobruce says:
Your "digital" TV's have analog tuners. Have you done a scan with nothing connected between the CATV feed and the TV?
That other box is probably ATSC only. besides it's $8 more than this one.

Posted on May 28, 2013 12:59:38 PM PDT
Beezus says:
I'm trying to understand what you're saying about this product. The source of my confusion is your comment regarding this converter gettin a fix to be able to function like any other DVR. I thought this was only a digital-analog convertor?

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2013 9:29:45 PM PDT
videobruce says:
This is a HD tuner that has the capability of becoming a DVR, hence the USB port in the front. The digital to analog deal is the composite output.
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