On MONDAY 2 MARCH 2015 an upgrade to the distribution system for Freeview listings may trigger some PVRs to display scrambled programme information.
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Please note that these downloads are for New Zealand Magic TV™ models only. Use the link at the very top of the page to visit other regions.
The Freeview|HD terrestrial broadcast is received via a UHF aerial. While a UHF aerial designed specifically for Freeview|HD and installed by a TV Aerial technician is recommended, usually any UHF aerial that will receive a good Prime analogue signal (clean picture with no snow) will usually work.
A picture on the TV screen is formed by a large number of small dots called pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the better the picture quality will be. The pictures of conventional analogue TV broadcasting provide a maximum of 720 (horizontal) x 576 (vertical) pixels. Typically HDTV broadcasts provide a resolution of at least 1024 horizontal pixels and 720 vertical pixels which provides superior picture quality than analogue TV broadcasts.
HDTV pictures are usually displayed on a wide screen (aspect ratio 16:9, i.e. the ratio of picture width to height) format, instead of the usual square screen (aspect ratio 4:3) format of conventional analogue TV pictures.
Together with the ability to support multi-channel sound systems, HDTV broadcasts enable viewers at home to have an experience comparable to watching a movie in a cinema.
Standard definition TV (SDTV) broadcasting can be considered the digital version of the conventional analogue TV broadcasting, both of which have the same screen format and picture resolution. However, SDTV pictures are free from "ghosting" and "snowing", which are commonly found in analogue TV pictures.
SDTV and HDTV are two of the main features supported by digital TV.
Yes. Digital television is transmitted with MPEG and/or AAC digital stereo sound or multi-channel surround sound, thereby providing markedly superior audio quality.
Magic TV™ can output standard definition signals over both the digital and analogue connections with its on-screen menus still being legible, meaning you can keep your current TV and use the MagicTV™. However it is recommended that an HDTV (1280x720 or more pixels) is used for primary viewing. For ideal viewing a display with 1920x1080 pixels and an HDMI connection is desirable.
Currently, Freeview|HD channels are always broadcast in 16:9 widescreen
format. If the programme is 4:3, then black bars will be included
in the broadcast image on the sides of the programme.
Magic TV™ includes a set of Aspect Ratio Correction modes, some of which can be used to remove those black bars if desired. Please see the following diagrams for further information.
The dual tuner in the MTV3600TD Magic TV™ receiver allows programmes to be viewed and recorded on 2 different UHF frequencies simultaneously. While you are recording two channels you can continue to watch a third.
Editing recordings is easy and achieved during playback. Follow these simple steps:
Magic TV™ can play AVCHD files created by many popular camcorders. Follow these simple steps:
You can now seamlessly expand your storage capacity by connecting one or more USB disks to Magic TV™. Recording, copying, moving, editing and playback from these disks is all fully supported.
No the MagicTV™ does not support other formats at this stage. However using the free video converter Super (http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html,) you can convert almost any video file to .m2ts format which is recognised and played by the MagicTV™. Once you have converted the video file to this format, simply copy it into a folder called "video" on your USB HDD and follow these steps.
No the current Freeview specifications prevent this. However future software upgrades may allow this in standard definition format.
These are like an advanced teletext. When you connect Magic TV™ to your home internet connection, it allows Magic TV™ to obtain up-to-date News, Lottery Results and Weather from local New Zealand sources.
Just the live RSS feeds. Every other feature remains the same.
Yes further support is planned, these will be made available as software updates.
Yes, if you have switched Magic TV™ to standby using the remote control on/off button.
When used on Freeview products HDCP is High-bandwidth Digital Copy Protection used to prevent the copying of digital audio and video as it travels across HDMI cables. This is designed to prevent users from copying the HD content from a Freeview receiver to a PC or another recording device. All new HDTVs have HDCP built in and so will display the SD and HD content from a Freeview receiver with no problem. HDCP is not used on component or composite outputs and so these can be used on any TVs, including older CRT TVs. Video output from component and composite is downscaled to SD.