Can old freeveiw machine be tuned to receive Iplayer

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  1. Jeany

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    Thanks to this Forum I have been able to fix the freeveiw reception problem since digital switchover by replacing faulty capacitors as advised and am now getting most freeveiw channels.

    However I am not able to find BBC Iplayer.

    Can a Panasonic DMR-EZ45VEBS dual dvd player's freeveiw tuner, be tuned to receive BBC's Iplayer and others and if so how?

    And if not. Would I need to get a new didgy box just for this purpose or is their any simple electronic bits I could solder in to upgrade the machines existing freeview board?
     
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    Afraid not, iPlayer is an internet service and is different to Freeview.
     
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    Thanks Trollslayer

    Is there a cheap freeveiw Iplayer enabled box available you could recomend ?
     
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    Hi.
    The iPlayer-via-MHEG does blur the lines slightly, but that requires a new enough FreeviewHD box which passes the BBC testing regime. Significantly, the box will need to be connected to your Internet connection.
    Simple solution would be to pick up something like the LG ST600 "Smart-TV upgrader" or similar; small box that plugs into TV HDMI port and connects to you your Internet connection. That apparently does iPlayer. And some other stuff.
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    You need a good internet broadband connection and the iPlayer service is quite bandwidth hungry and will eat up a limited monthly allowance fairly quickly.

    As well as using the Freeview HD MHEG based iPlayer, some other Freeview HD boxes can access a different version of iPlayer that rely on downloading the internet address of the BBC's servers rather than using the broadcast instructions. These offer a HD quality option which the MHEG version currently does not.

    The cheapest way is to get a refurbished Technika STBHDIS2010 box for £19.99 from the Tesco clearance site on Ebay. These are now only available in tens (latest left is 82) rather than the hundreds there have been. These are from the first batch which needed a software update to be stable (the refurbishment adds the latest software). A further update due out this month and in beta test with some users will add iPlayer. Some internet delivered services are also available on Freeview (see channels 110-112). The software for these and their own internet services are in development for this box.

    The Humax HD Fox T2 already has similar software to access iPlayer via a "Portal" The cheapest way price is probably an A grade model sold as a Manager's Special on the Humax Direct web site for about 55 quid.


    You may still find an i-Can Freeview HD box, that included a TopUp TV slot, in the shops. Aldi were selling them for about £35. As opposed to the boxes mentioned above, this does not appear to be currently available new and may not be further supported.
     
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    By the way, a DIY option is available if you have a flat screen TV and a laptop computer. You can use the set to duplicate the audio and video. The simplest way is if you have an HDMI output available on your computer as these carry both signals. Otherwise you will need a VGA lead for the video and a patch lead for the audio (this usually a 3.5mm stereo audio jack at both ends)

    This is not as neat as a set top box but you can also access ITV Player, 4OD and Demand Five. With a little bit of computer trickery, you can also access US catch up services like those for some Comedy Central programmes.
     

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