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Catch up TV sucking internet bandwidth? TVMan £7.99 or 3 for 2 @ Maplin eBay
Catch up TV sucking internet bandwidth? TVMan £7.99 or 3 for 2 @ Maplin eBay

Catch up TV sucking internet bandwidth? TVMan £7.99 or 3 for 2 @ Maplin eBay

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Stream and record Live TV throughout the house on Android, Apple & Windows devices without impacting the internet speed. These retail for about £25 each on Amazon - you can now have 3 for £15.96 in eBay Maplin Clearance - or £10.96 using the spend £10 get £5 TopCashBack cash back offer that expires tonight at 11.59pm!

Product page http://www.noovo.co/pd/tvman-home/TVman-Home-WiFi

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Can someone explain this like im a 5 year old, i dont quite understand the benefit of this?

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hasj2

Can someone explain this like im a 5 year old, i dont quite understand … Can someone explain this like im a 5 year old, i dont quite understand the benefit of this?



Product page in post^

It takes your Freeview TV signal as its input, and then distributes it to any devices via wifi.

I think it streams TV from your normal aerial across your wireless network?

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Or it can set up its own wireless network to stream to devices, either/or.

Interesting device. I assume it can only send freeview rather than connecting to say a satellite or cable box and sending that around the house?

That would be a lot more useful imho since most modern tvs have their own freeview tuner anyway...

Catch up TV sucking internet bandwidth?



But this can only be used for live TV. What does it have to do with catch up TV!?

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GazmoX

But this can only be used for live TV. What does it have to do with catch … But this can only be used for live TV. What does it have to do with catch up TV!?


It records live TV...you can programme it to do so...much cheaper this than a Freeview recorder or YouView box that don't stream to non TV devices, it is also a lot cheaper to buy and add a cheap external hard drive or use one you already have (and easily portable).

This can also be used anywhere you can get a TV signal, glamping/caravanning etc to broadcast to devices.

GazmoX

But this can only be used for live TV. What does it have to do with catch … But this can only be used for live TV. What does it have to do with catch up TV!?



​It says you can record live TV by attaching a USB device.

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ST3123

Interesting device. I assume it can only send freeview rather than … Interesting device. I assume it can only send freeview rather than connecting to say a satellite or cable box and sending that around the house? That would be a lot more useful imho since most modern tvs have their own freeview tuner anyway...




I assume you can output via coaxial anything.

seaniboy

It records live TV...you can programme it to do so...much cheaper this … It records live TV...you can programme it to do so...much cheaper this than a Freeview recorder or YouView box that don't stream to non TV devices, it is also a lot cheaper to buy and add a cheap external hard drive or use one you already have (and easily portable). This can also be used anywhere you can get a TV signal, glamping/caravanning etc to broadcast to devices.



Can it broadcast your own files, or just what you record?

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http://www.noovo.co/pd/tvman-home/TVman-Home-WiFi
Product page says yes, it is multimedia. Would think anything on the attached external drive as well as recorded and live TV is streamed to devices.
Edited by: "seaniboy" 28th Jan

seaniboy

I assume you can output via coaxial anything.



Not sure but reading the ebay description it sounds like a freeview tuner in a box, which interfaces with the router to output over the wifi. Refers to fta tv a lot so i suspect there is no way to connect a satellite or cable box to it.

Shame would have snapped this up if it could send output from a set top box instead. Nevermind...

Seems a bargain but not sure if this supports HD Channels

It would be more useful if I could connect my virgin media box to it and stream TV to few devices

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Product flyer

http://www.noovo.co/save/1061.pdf/to/TVman%20Home%20flyer.pdf

Mostly poor reviews on Amazon

amazon.co.uk/pro…r=1
Edited by: "dragonsmum" 28th Jan

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http://www.noovo.co/upload_file/download/612.png

Technical Characteristics


Main processor Freescale ARM9, 128Mb Flash ,1Gb DDR2
Tuner DiBcom DVB-T: UHF / 6M, 7M, 8M
WiFi Marvell : IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 1T1R WPS, WEP, WPA, WPA2 Coverage : 20m indoor / 40m outdoor
LAN 10/100Mbps RJ-45
USB high speed 1A (FAT32, NTFS)
Input voltage: 4.2V, 3W in operation, 1.5W in stand by


http://www.noovo.co/pd/tvman-home/TVman-Home-WiFi
Edited by: "seaniboy" 28th Jan

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rogdog

Seems a bargain but not sure if this supports HD Channels


It relays to devices via a wifi router or its own internal wifi the signal fed into it.

seaniboy

It relays to devices via a wifi router or its own internal wifi the … It relays to devices via a wifi router or its own internal wifi the signal fed into it.



What I'd want it to do is stream my own media over its own WiFi, so I could keep it at the caravan and take my own USB stick along and stream stuff to the kids phones, but I guess I could just preload their phones!

seaniboy

Technical Characteristics Main processor Freescale ARM9, 128Mb Flash … Technical Characteristics Main processor Freescale ARM9, 128Mb Flash ,1Gb DDR2Tuner DiBcom DVB-T: UHF / 6M, 7M, 8MWiFi Marvell : IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 1T1R WPS, WEP, WPA, WPA2 Coverage : 20m indoor / 40m outdoorLAN 10/100Mbps RJ-45USB high speed 1A (FAT32, NTFS)Input voltage: 4.2V, 3W in operation, 1.5W in stand byhttp://www.noovo.co/pd/tvman-home/TVman-Home-WiFi



Those specs mention dvb-t tuner but you need dvb-t2 for hd in the uk, so im pretty sure these wont get any hd channels, which i think is why they are selling them so cheap to get shot of them. Also freeview as a whole is slowly moving over to dvb-t2 only so these will probably receive nothing or a very reduced line up in a few years.

Still decent deal if you aren't bothered about hd or any future proofing...

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lucyferror

It would be more useful if I could connect my virgin media box to it and … It would be more useful if I could connect my virgin media box to it and stream TV to few devices


I would assume it can via finding the Virgin/Sky signal at set up as a channel then all devices can view what the Sky/V box is viewing, handy for the kitchen or patio (in my case) or bathroom or wherever the broadband router/internal wifi broadcast http://www.noovo.co/save/1057.pdf/to/TVman%20Home_User%20Manual_EN.pdf

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ST3123

Those specs mention dvb-t tuner but you need dvb-t2 for hd in the uk, so … Those specs mention dvb-t tuner but you need dvb-t2 for hd in the uk, so im pretty sure these wont get any hd channels, which i think is why they are selling them so cheap to get shot of them. Also freeview as a whole is slowly moving over to dvb-t2 only so these will probably receive nothing or a very reduced line up in a few years. Still decent deal if you aren't bothered about hd or any future proofing...



But if you can re-broadcast a coaxial input, even one channel you can use with Sky/Virgin - the output would be broadcast to devices.

These units are great, I have one already and it works perfectly - one word or caution is that you need a decent aerial, however that's the case with all freeview/devices like this. I have just ordered 3 more so I can hopefully piggyback them and watch on multiple devices simultaneously. Thanks OP heat added

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KeepSearching

These units are great, I have one already and it works perfectly - one … These units are great, I have one already and it works perfectly - one word or caution is that you need a decent aerial, however that's the case with all freeview/devices like this. I have just ordered 3 more so I can hopefully piggyback them and watch on multiple devices simultaneously. Thanks OP heat added




Can you give us a review then
LOL how many devices ? Are you going all Bond on us in a chair like you have CCTV screens X)

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Anyone buying remember the Firmware upgrade http://www.noovo.co/pd/tvman-home/TVman-Home-WiFi

Does it only stream to 1 device at a time?

tek-monkey

What I'd want it to do is stream my own media over its own WiFi, so I … What I'd want it to do is stream my own media over its own WiFi, so I could keep it at the caravan and take my own USB stick along and stream stuff to the kids phones, but I guess I could just preload their phones!



There are devices that can do what you want. At the expensive end theres a fully fledged NAS. At the budget end there are things like Verbatim Mediashare or RAVpower file hub.

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mobily

Does it only stream to 1 device at a time?


I would imagine more

Any smart device will act as an additional TV at home.
Every family member can have their own choice of entertainment.
Multiple TVman can be connected to the router to propose multiple TV channels for anyone.
No dispute on who will select the program tonight!
Enjoy live TV anywhere at home. Finish watching your program on the bed, watch TV while cooking, ironing, gardening, bathing, barbecue, etc. TVman offers flexibility, freedom and comfort unmatched by conventional TV.
TVman Home is also a multimedia center to share your videos, movies, music, pictures in your wireless network. Multimedia center function supports up to 8 devices at the same time!
You are busy and live TV broadcast does not always fit with your schedule? No problem, you can easily program TVman to automatically record thousands of hours of TV on external USB HDD when you are not available. Your favorite show will be waiting for you!
TVman is also a Smart Private Catch-up which is able to record automatically all the shows you may like according to your center of interest: sports, documentaries, talk shows, movies... (available soon).

seaniboy

Anyone buying remember the Firmware upgrade … Anyone buying remember the Firmware upgrade http://www.noovo.co/pd/tvman-home/TVman-Home-WiFi




Hi again Seaniboy, I got one of these already but as it was open box clearance it didn't come with instructions. Do you know how to push the firmware upgrade to it as I don't get all freeview channels and hoping the upgrade will fix. If anyone's interested I use it to watch regular TV on a firestick in the kitchen as more reliable than the TV player app and easier than routing an aerial wire to it.

mobily

Does it only stream to 1 device at a time?


Yes it does, it says TVman occupied if you try to connect a 2nd device

gazdoubleu

Yes it does, it says TVman occupied if you try to connect a 2nd device


You can buy 3 at once get a discount and get free postage though.

Or just screw down your ISP on super fast broadband deal and get on with your life?

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gazdoubleu

Hi again Seaniboy, I got one of these already but as it was open box … Hi again Seaniboy, I got one of these already but as it was open box clearance it didn't come with instructions. Do you know how to push the firmware upgrade to it as I don't get all freeview channels and hoping the upgrade will fix. If anyone's interested I use it to watch regular TV on a firestick in the kitchen as more reliable than the TV player app and easier than routing an aerial wire to it.

Can't see anything but found a email
[email protected]


Thats great to hear hope my Roku stick works as I cant run a cable either
Edited by: "seaniboy" 28th Jan

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breslau

Or just screw down your ISP on super fast broadband deal and get on with … Or just screw down your ISP on super fast broadband deal and get on with your life?



I'm pulling broadband so it works for me on mobile only data, also some places cant get catch up because BT Group raided the coffers for twenty years rather than upgraded all the network to ADSL2+ as a minimum.

I personally begrudge paying for a landline I dont use where I have been able to use naked ADSL in other countries.


How much service does a ISP give for a one off £7.99 payment for catchup access only ?
Edited by: "seaniboy" 28th Jan

Anyone know of a good FTA HD version of this?

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gazdoubleu

Yes it does, it says TVman occupied if you try to connect a 2nd device


Just found that in the downloads, simply keep all 3 and buy a multi booster.

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cliffio76

Anyone know of a good FTA HD version of this?


Says it supports HD

Can TVman support HD broadcast?
Yes, TVman is HD ready and can transfer HD video (15Mbs max) to Smart devices and computer.
The decoding limitation of HD video is due to Smart device CPU performance and not from TVman.
- Smart Phone and tablet CPU can decode SD video (HD not supported on current devices)
- Computer and MAC CPU can decode SD & HD video

seaniboy

Can't see anything but found a [email protected] great to hear … Can't see anything but found a [email protected] great to hear hope my Roku stick works as I cant run a cable either


Cheers, is there a bit missing from that email? Should be OK with roku as can get the noovo app via google play. I used the tablet version. The GUI is pretty crap on the firestick its designed for touch screens. Definitely need a bluetooth air mouse or a similar means to control it via the Roku android remote.

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Troubleshooting - http://www.noovo.co/save/1057.pdf/to/TVman%20Home_User%20Manual_EN.pdf

It has a lot of facts in that section.



You can power by external battery!

Page 8.

USB power bank for on the go:
If no battery has been provided, it is also possible to use a Power bank device to supply TVman. The
Power bank battery capacity needs to be higher than 1500mAh with 1A output current minimum to
enjoy 3 to 4 hours play time. If you want TVman to also supply an external HDD from its USB Host
connector then the battery bank should supply at least 5V/2A.
Edited by: "seaniboy" 28th Jan
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