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2020-02-14 03:23 PM
Hugh Jass
Shaw wireless Blue Curve box

Shaw has now brought out the BlueCurve TV Player | Wireless 4K (Xi6) box.

Has anyone traded their previous box for this one? They both will play 4K content. Is this new box any better? I only have one TV so the ability to connect wirelessly doesn't benefit me.
2020-01-23 02:19 PM
magnet The only 4k channels on Shaw aren't really channels.
NetFlix 4k and Amazon Prime 4k are available through the 4k box (App Section) and only if you are a subscriber.

https://support.shaw.ca/t5/tv-articl...vice/ta-p/5144
2020-01-22 08:25 PM
meshmellow Is Telus an option in your area? They have something like ten 4K channels and more HD channels than Shaw. Does Shaw have any?
2020-01-22 07:50 PM
ronjoh11
New to Bluecurve

Sorry if I'm not to technical, but could use some advice re my trial Bluecurve experience.

I ordered Bluecurve in Nov and finally received equipment 6 weeks later (Presently use Shaw Direct).

First of all I received all refurbished equipment (apparently a shortage on 4K equipment). Discover that only 4 tuners were working (although loyalty dept and tech told me there only was 4 ) . Two other techs and online info indicates there are 6 tuners. Apparently there is no other 4K pvrs available. I thought this was an improvement over satellite so decided to move head and ordered a 2nd 4K pvr to add recordings , Tech arrived to install the new box but advised me he could only get the old 1v3. I decided to go ahead as I was still on the trial period (I did have it extended when I was going to cancel). For the last 8 days I have been either chatting or calling Shaw with problems. I now feel the 4K and 1v3 are not 100% compatible. This is what I don't know. Have not found the tech support to be very helpful/honest.
To continue with Bluecurve I am considering exchanging the faulty 4K box with another 1v3 (Trying to get two 4K boxes does not seem impossible as they are not being produced anymore). We have about three days to decide whether to cancel or continue. We weren't really unhappy with Shaw direct , but would like to be able to record more programs at once.
I would like to know about other peoples experience with Bluecurve and should we continue with the older boxes (1v3). Wireless is not available in our area. It's been a frustrating week. Thanks
2020-01-08 12:17 PM
insync44 I'm waiting for my Contract to expire and get rid of Shaw.
2019-12-11 12:15 AM
spitoon
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Originally Posted by Dr.Dave View Post
I used a Harmony 650, so I didn't have those issues with the hub. After I thought about it, I think I used the model from the physical label on the PVR - I think it might have been Shaw AX014AN, The model number on the STBs wasn't in the Harmony database, but the PVR code worked for those as well.

The Shaw voice remotes work on RF, but the Shaw boxes supposedly have IR enabled by default as well.
I got It to work. It is IR, but as 57 pointed out above you need to get the IR beam in the right location.

For most devices the Harmony Hub seems to have a strong signal that can bounce off furniture and make its way to its target. That doesn't seem to be the case here. It needs a direct line of sight. Fortunately I had a spare IR blaster so I stuck it right on the front.
2019-12-10 11:54 PM
spitoon
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Originally Posted by faston View Post
What was it about the Bluecurve that made you feel it was an 'upgrade'?
I guess it's sort of a lateral move. The bundle/promo is saving me about $40/month and I'm getting the "300" internet vs my old 75.

The controls and PVR vs On Demand thing will take some getting used to for sure. I've already heard it from my daughter as she wasn't able to skip through the commercials while watching an On Demand episode 😉
2019-12-10 03:22 PM
Nanuuk From what I understand all channels on BlueCurve Tv are HD. No more SD. Which is why I inquired about the portability of grandfathered plans. If I switched, I would gain HD channels that Shaw otherwise wouldn't offer in HD. The problem for me is that the Mrs. has a lot of shows recorded as we also use an extender with the Gateway. I'll have to wait until one of my components craps out.
2019-12-09 05:43 PM
Dr.Dave I used a Harmony 650, so I didn't have those issues with the hub. After I thought about it, I think I used the model from the physical label on the PVR - I think it might have been Shaw AX014AN, The model number on the STBs wasn't in the Harmony database, but the PVR code worked for those as well.

The Shaw voice remotes work on RF, but the Shaw boxes supposedly have IR enabled by default as well. The place I set up use whichever remote is handy. They like the Harmony because they have a lot of other devices and they keep both remotes handy.

If the Shaw box doesn't respond to the Harmony, try this thread:
https://support.shaw.ca/t5/tv-discus...mode/td-p/3059
2019-12-09 05:27 PM
faston
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Originally Posted by spitoon View Post
Last week I upgraded to the Bluecurve system with the wireless portals.
I have never viewed the Bluecurve as an upgrade from the Gateway

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Originally Posted by spitoon View Post
we will have to record everything and the PVR limit will become an issue.
For precisely this reason.

What was it about the Bluecurve that made you feel it was an 'upgrade'?
2019-12-09 03:31 PM
57 I believe it can be RF from the (Rogers) remote since the box can be hidden away. However, it also receives IR since that's what most of the Harmony remotes send. Many people find the (Rogers) remote useful due to the voice commands for searches, or skipping 3 minutes, etc., so the number of people using Harmony is not that high.
2019-12-09 03:28 PM
spitoon I could probably look this up, but do you happen to know how the Xi6 box receives its signals? WiFi? RF? IR?
2019-12-09 03:20 PM
57
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Lastly, I've been unable to get my Harmony Hub to connect to the Xi6-A box. Harmony doesn't have them in the catalog of devices at all, but I was able to find two options, one is Roger's Ignite and the other is Comcast.
Rogers Ignite or Comcast Xfinity should work. Lots of people on Rogers have set up their Harmony remotes. Some people with the Harmony Hub have had to position it very close to (touching?) the box.
2019-12-09 03:17 PM
spitoon
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Originally Posted by Dr.Dave View Post
@spitoon I set up a Harmony remote for someone else a couple of years ago using the BlueCurve wired STBs. I'm pretty sure the codes are the same for the wireless boxes, but I can't remember what I used. They use the Shaw remote and Harmony interchangeably
Interesting. None of the buttons worked at all, although the hub did appear to be sending signals. I will continue to tinker.

Thanks for the input.
2019-12-09 03:14 PM
spitoon
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Originally Posted by Nanuuk View Post
Thanks for the post. I assume you lost all of your Gateway recordings. Did you subscribe to a new BlueCurve TV package? I had posted on the Shaw Support site on the question of whether you could retain your existing package (in my case a grandfathered Popular Tv plan) and the answer was yes. So I'm curious as to what route you took. Thanks in advance.
It is a new Bluecurve package called the "Total TV" plan. Seems to have most of what we watch. We did lose everything on the gateway. My kids had a "Gateway marathon" on the weekend to watch what was important 🙂. From what I understand the two systems can't operate simultaneously. Mainly because they are on a different billing system?
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