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iView HD DVR Receiver/Converter Box for TV Antenna QAM(3500STB)

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Model: 3500STB
 
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Digital TV receiver for antenna TV (ATSC) and cable TV (unencrypted QAM).This versitile receiver works as an HD Receiver for newer TVs, and a converter box for analog TVS. More >
●  Full function remote control
●  Analog passthrough Channel 3/4
●  Digital Cable/QAM capability for unencrypted broadcasts
●  Video Resolution: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p
●  Built-in HDMI Output
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FEATURES

  • Full function remote control
  • Analog passthrough Channel 3/4
  • Digital Cable/QAM capability for unencrypted broadcasts
  • Video Decoder: MPEG-2 MP at HL, MPEG-4 SP, ASP, H.264 HP at L4.1, DivX 3.11, 4.X, 6.X, FLV format and VC-1
  • Video Resolution: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p
  • Built-in HDMI Output
  • EPG (Electronic Program Guide) and program information
  • Favorite Channel List
  • Parental control function
  • Auto tuning (finds all digital broadcasts)
  • Signal Quality Indicator
  • Closed Captioning
  • EAS (Emergency Alert System) to alert emergency information from TV station

SPECIFICATIONS

From Analog to Digital!

  • Why replace your analog TV?  IVIEW 3500STB will convert digital signals to your analog TV. Why pay exhorbitant cable subscription fees?  IVIEW 3500STB supports OTA (Over-the-Air) and QAM tuner built-in.  QAM stands for Quadrature Amplitude Modulation. IVIEW3500STB has the capability to pull certain unencrypted digital cable channels  (also known as ‘in-the-clear” channels), watch them on your Television without using any additional set-top box that you have to pay monthly subscription.  

Record all your favorite television shows!

  • No qualms on QAM… you can even record video through the use of a Hard Drive! Play all your music, video or even movies from your USB flash or HDD drives..watch them in high definition from your big screen televisions.
  • On other countries where analog signals are still present,  this Box will allow you to still watch analog channels   through channels 3 or 4 because of its analog pass-through capabilities.

 High Definition!

  • Watch video on any resolution.. 1080p, 1080i, 72-p or even 576p.  Enjoy the luxury of high definition by connecting an HDMI Cable from the 3500STB HDMI output to your television. 

 And much, much, MORE!

  • 3500STB is a universal media player and automatically recognizes most of the popular video or audio file formats which eliminates the need to purchase any other video player.
  • All the above and other features such as Parental Control, EPG, Signal Quality Indicator, Closed Captioning all in a full function remote control. 

If you are looking for reliability, dependability and most importantly – affordability on a Multimedia device… your search is over! Purchase one of our STB-3500 Multimedia Converter Device from your local stores right now!  

 

Features

  • Frontal Display
    • Power button allows you to manually turn on or off your IVIEW 3500STB at your convenience.
    • Using the channel up and downs buttons, you can change the channels to your favorite TV station. 
    • The LED display conveniently displays whether you are watching a channel, scanning for channels, or the menu is open.
    • Power light-  Red light indicates that the converter box is on Stand-By
    • Lock Light- Green light indicates converter box is on and that the converter box is locking in signals.
    • USB Port- Located for your convenience, the USB port allows you to insert an external hard drive up to 3 Terabytes of storage, to record your favorite programming or play your movies.
  • Back Display
  • ANT In/Out- Allows you to insert an antenna so the digital channels you receive are converted to your analog television.
  • HDMI- High Definition Media Interface delivers incredible high definition resolution.
  • Coaxial out- connect converter box to your Television using a coaxial cable.
  • Component Outputs- Connect your converter box to your television using component cables
  • Composite Outputs- Connect your converter box to your television using composite cables.  (Included)  

DESCRIPTION

Digital TV receiver for antenna TV (ATSC) and cable TV (unencrypted QAM). This versitile receiver works as an HD Receiver for newer TVs, and a converter box for analog TVS. Plus you gain the capability of DVR when you add a USB drive, allowing you to record in HD, and playback your own media movie files.

REVIEWS

Product Review Summary
Product Reviews for iView HD DVR Receiver/Converter Box for TV Antenna QAM(3500STB)

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Average Rating (8 Reviews):  4 Stars Average Rating
Five Stars:
4 (50%)
Four Stars:
2 (25%)
Three Stars:
1 (12%)
Two Stars:
1 (12%)
One Star:
0 (0%)

Latest Positive Rating:
Works great. DVR is added bonus.


Latest Negative Rating:
Poor Tuner



All Customer Reviews

A surprising value for the performance but...
- Canton, MI - 3/5/2014
  A quick initial impression of a surprisingly excellent value/performance product, but a few details first before I begin. My TV is Sony's excellent 34" XBR960 widescreen HD (1080i) tube TV. This TV has one HDMI input so I use an active 3-1 switch box for the IVIEW 3500stb2 converter box along with my three Blu-ray players, one via component video. I bought two of these IVIEW HD converter boxes for recording local over-the-air broadcasts as I don't have and refuse to pay for cable/sat. This converter offers just what I was looking for, a way to record HD ota broadcasts without being too expensive, but I certainly didn't expect this low of a price. I spent a good 6-7 hours yesterday getting familiar with operating the 'box, its fairly simple to operate, but I did run into an issue with the IVIEW which is the reason for my comment/review, basically this is a heads-up for potential buyers out there as there seems to be no useful info as to what USB devices work well with this 'box, and IVIEW USA doesn't offer any suggestions due to liability issues... I purchased a SanDisk Cruzer Glide 32GB USB flash drive as a medium to record on, I simply like the fact that these devices have no moving parts. After set-up I was very interested to see what the quality of the HD recordings would be, surprisingly, it is very close to what I see from the Sonys built-in HD tuner, especially considering how little there is inside the IVIEW and the seriously cheap parts, but remember that even though I am using WireWorlds top/expensive HDMI cables, that I am also going through two one meter long cables and a 3-1 switch box, I know that when I go direct HDMI-to-Sony TV from my Denon BDP 3800 Blu-Ray player that the picture quality is even better, so I would expect the IVIEW HD picture to be equal to the Sony's when run direct to the TV, amazing considering all those cheap parts, hopefully the reliability is good, and I can always replace those parts when the warranty ends... Now to the issue I had between the IVIEW 3500STBII and the SanDisk Cruzer Glide 32GB USB flash drive. When I first plugged the SanDisk into my IVIEW 'box it showed it to be formatted for FAT32, but when I went to record a program in HD, it would stop every 30 seconds or so and pixelate/macroblock for about a second, then it would be fine again until another 30 seconds or so. I checked to make sure my WineGuard HD 7695P antenna mounted on a Channel Master rotor was aligned for best signal, and I also watched the same program through the Sony TV's tuner that I was recording with the IVIEW to make sure that it wasn't the program itself, it wasn't the program/signal. I then remember reading a review on Google about the IVIEW 3500 from a customer who said he had a problem with his HDD not recording for more than 15 miutes at a time, he found that when he went into the IVIEW 3500STBII menu and reformatted his hard disk drive for NTFS file instead of the FAT32 file format, his problems ended, I found that my pixelating/macroblocking was gone as well, and yes I did go back and try FAT 32 again, the problem returned. I don't know what cased this problem and neither does IVIEW, as they called me this morning to answer another question I had about this converter. I've recorded about 3 hours worth of programs with the 'box set for NTFS format and have seen no further problems, and its very easy to reformat, just select between FAT32 and NTFS files in the menu, I will up-date if anything changes, I hope not, so far so good. I will purchase more 'boxes if they prove to be reliable, I hope this helps others out there, but of course due to many unforeseen variables, I nor SolidSignal can make any guaranties that your results will be the same, IVIEW told me that they would check out this issue and make whatever updates needed, again, a great bang-for-the-buck product for so little money, recommended! PS> I will up-date this review should I learn any useful information, and FYI, a 32GB flash drive is good for about 6 hours of HD recording from what I've seen.





Don't use a Flash Drive that might have been the other reviewer's problem
- Altamonte Springs, FL - 3/10/2014
  Here is an extremely detailed review of anything, and I mean anything, you want to know about this product.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1465875/iview-3500stb-tuner-dvr-owners-thread





An update on a real buy...
- Canton, MI - 3/10/2014
  Hi, this is an update to my previous comments/impressions above. I am still very impressed with this units performance with hi-def recordings that this very inexpensive converter box offers, and all my previous comments apply with some revisions and additional information from my weeks worth of use. In my comments above I said that the performance is amazing considering the cheap parts used, that was a bit harsh I feel, the fact that they can offer so much performance for so little money, and for so few/inexpensive parts still amazes me, and by parts I mean the inexpensive capacitors used, which is totally consistent and expected with the cost of this units mark-up/resale etc., hopefully the reliability is good, obviously, too soon to tell for me, but so far so good. As I mentioned in my previous message, I bought two of these 'boxes and I will purchase a few more, although I will also need to buy an HDMI switcher with more than my 3 to 1 switcher offers. I have noticed that the program and the station you are recording in hi-def has a big effect on the storage capacity of your flash drive or hard disk drive. Most OTA stations in the Detroit, Michigan area for example, broadcast one or more standard definition stations, those being the __.2, __.3 or more sub channels along with the hi-def channel which is always __.1 For example, Detroit PBS has their hi-def channel which 56.1, they also have two standard def channels which are, 56.2 and 56.3, the recording bit-rate/quality this converter box records in, will depend on what station/channel you are recording, standard stations will use far less capacity that the hi-def channels, and a station like CBS, which in this area only has one channel available, a hi-def channel, this single channel will use all of the available bit-rate/bandwidth allotted to each station, and from what I've seen of my recordings, CBS uses a lot more space than the other hi-def stations/channels because they don't strip bit-rate/bandwidth to make standard definition channels, this is great when it comes to recording quality, but if you intend on recording and/or keeping many programs in hi-def, you will need to use a large capacity hard disk drive, as the flash drives that I like to use, because they don't have any moving parts, these flash drives are limited to 128 GB capacity, which from what I've seen would give you maybe 10 hours? of recording at the highest bit-rate. The iVIEW 3500 automatically adjusts its bit-rate/quality of the recordings according to whats available from the station and channel. iVIEW is now saying that their 3500STBII can be used with HDD's as large as 3 Terra Bytes, up from the previously stated 500 GB. This converter box uses military time, 24 hour time to set your recordings, in other words, if you set it to record a program at 3 am, you will need to enter 03:00, if you record at 3 pm, you would need to enter 15:00, it would have been nice if they simply used the common AM/PM time that all the other recorders I have, use, not a huge problem, just a readjustment on my part. The display is bright enough to see from the moon, but according to a message from iVIEW posted on AVSforum, they say that they cannot adjust the brightness downward due to the display panel they are using, then again, the display doesn't give you any useful information anyways. For example, the channels displayed on the 'box are simply numbers corresponding to the order in which the channels were added during channel scanning, although when you do change channels, it does show you the proper local stations number and letters on your TV, starting from the lowest to the highest station/channel. The users manual says that this 'box has a 7 day EPG (electronic program guide), from what I've seen, this only gives you about 10-12 hours look ahead of the current time, but I have seen a few stations that went out to 24 hours, the thing is, the EPG is very dependent on the information that the station is sending it, but it would be very helpful in setting recordings if it did go out a full 7 days. And for those that are wondering, well, I couldn't wait for the warrantee to expire before I changed parts in my first 'box, but for the moment, this will be limited to this 'box and its single-sided power supply board which contains only a few "lytics, ceramic disc caps, and standard diodes, top grade Black Gates, Nichicon 'lytics and film caps along with HEXFRED diodes should make a nice improvement, and yes iVIEW and Solid Signal, I do realize my warrantee is null and void, but at $40 to $50 dollars, I can afford it. I will post additional comments/observations when I feel it would be useful for Solid Signals customers, hopefully my comments/impressions help, by for now.





Flash drives work fine...
- Canton, MI - 3/11/2014
  I see that another customer above has said not to use flash drives, but he/she doesn't say if they have tried to use them or not, what brand they used, and what if any problems they had. As I stated in my first review, other than having to reformat my 32GB SanDisk Cruzer Glide Flash Drive from FAT32 to NTSF file format, I have not had a single problem since, and that applies to both of the iVIEW 3500STBII boxes I purchased, but again, your results may vary as I have not tried using others brands of flash drives. I have always used SanDisk drives with my equipment, whether they are flash drives or the SDHC cards I use in my cameras. I have used this brand exclusively for over 9 years and have not had one problem with any of them. Again, these reviews only reflect my experience with the iVIEW 3500STBII and associated equipment, and I am simply sharing my experience with this product and related products as it might help other customers avoid possible problems, and to give them some idea about what may or may not work while using this product. AVS forum does contain a lot of useful information, I use them regularly for video equipment reviews and customer feedback, I am also a member.





Works great. DVR is added bonus.
- Yuba city, CA - 5/4/2014
  Could not wait to comment. I have a nice Sony TV, which became useless as I did not want to pay an extra $15.00 to my cable company for another box. I hooked up to an old antenna and after a visit to TV fool, I found the right direction to point. I live in a fringe area about 60 miles from two markets (north valley and Sacramento, Ca). I am getting more channels than my radio shack digital to analog converter that cost $20.00 more! Some have mentioned the quality of this product, but so far I am pleased. I am having problems getting the "Learning keys" which I assume control the on off of the TV itself, but having an extra remote is not a big issue. I have played with the Record capabilities some. It's big draw back is one cannot record a program, and watch something else on another channel. This is the first recording devise I have purchased since a VCR, so I am sure this is probably not an issue with a higher priced unit. For the money, I like it very much and if one is looking for a converter box with recording capabilities, this is the unit to purchase!





Poor Tuner
- Central, CA - 5/19/2014
  Make sure your Desired stations are Very Strong. Used with a Mast Mounted Amplifier to a 4-way Splitter to 3 TV's plus this Tuner. All TV's (even with 50' of Cable) receive All Channels. This Tuner would not receive half of them. Changed from 10' Coax to different 6' Cable - No real Improvement. Those Strong Channels which it does receive, are Received and Displayed (HDMI) very well. Those of Medium Strength break up substantially. Weaker Channels are not Detected at all. Guide looks pretty good for a Single Tuner. Could not receive my Desired Channels, so it sits in its Shipping Box in the Closet.





Long overdue update...
- Canton, MI - 10/15/2014
  This is an update to my previous 3 reviews shown above, and a few warnings. First off, these units can record/display excellent high-def programming, and yes, high quality replacement parts do make a difference if you're so inclined, these upgrades are limited to conductive polymer capacitors and Fairchild "Stealth" hi-speed diodes and a few metal-foil resistors. Unfortunately, these units tend to suffer from internal programming/firmware issues that have nothing to do with the replacement parts, these issues have caused more than a few problems. I now have 4 of these converter boxes, the last 'box I bought has a different chip/board layout than the previous 3 'boxes, this 'box has the channel 3/4 switch on the back side which the previous 3 do not. The first 3 (older) boxes take a different firmware update than the last (newest) box with the 3/4 switch on the back side, but only the last 'box would accept iVIEWS firmware update, unfortunately, the update did NOT fix the freezing issue or the "time zone" issues, and the 3 previous 'boxes will no longer function correctly since I tried to update the firmware, they are now going back to iVIEW for repair/replacement. I have read that the latest firmware update is suppose to increase the sensitivity of the tuner section by twice as much, as the tuner does need a strong signal for reliable channel lock, more to add later...





Recording quality is very good however the instructions for use are almost non-existent and the on-screen selections are often incomplete or don't actually seem to work.
- Atlanta, GA - 11/16/2014
  For the price I paid it is OK, however it is very difficult to use, there doesn't seem to be a clock to actually see what time the unit thinks it is, doesn't seem to adjust for DST. I cannot tell if there is a way to edit what I have recorded to remove extra beginning material or tail end material. A one hour recording uses over 6Gb so a USB stick gets used up fast. At times it appears that the remote is not connecting to the base unit but sometimes that appears to be due to the selection choices shown are not actually valid at that specific time. Recording quality is very good and the digital receiver works fairly well with my weak OTA broadcast signal.





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