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hugh 2010-03-11 05:33 PM

Rogers 8642 HD (Nextbox 2.0) PVR Owners Thread: Read post #1 )
This thread is for owners of the Rogers 8642 HD PVR to provide us with their feedback on the set top box and discuss its use with other owners.

See the following post for a list of known issues:

To discuss the new firmware/IPG, please use the following thread:

We also have a separate Whole Home PVR thread.

Please Note:

This thread is NOT for non-owners to ask questions about the 8642. If you would like ask questions then please post in the New 8642 PVR from Rogers discussion thread.

Non-owners posting in this thread will have their posts removed.

Check out the following thread for differences between the 8300HD and 8642HD (this is now mostly obsolete as the new firmware/IPG has become available for the 8642).

Edit by 57: Does the PVR not report % space properly? Many people have reported the % space doesn't seem correct (internal and/or external), especially if there is not a lot of space used. Record at least 10 hours of HD and then see the percentages - they should then be fine.

hugh 2010-03-11 05:34 PM


doingnothing 2010-03-12 10:32 PM

I having been running the 8642 for 2.5 hours

So far I donít see network settings, no streaming media. Donít know if Rogers has this enabled yet.

Guide is the same as the old one, menu for settings is the same as the old.

eSATA port does function.

Would I recommend this NO not yet.

Kdee 2010-03-15 01:53 PM

My first impressions are as follows:

- There's no Quick Start Guide. That alone makes it worth it. :D

- It is faster at loading Rogers On Demand versus the HD box that we had.

Other than that, it seems like every other Rogers box. I haven't tried any of the ports at the back yet. I'll report back when I get a chance to do so.

lonetreejim 2010-03-17 01:25 PM

I have a few preliminary observations to make while I wait to record enough stuff to put the TB drive through it's paces.

Plus side:
- Law & Order: SVU is on at 9:00p and 10:00p tonight. I set it to record at 9:00p and selected all episodes at any time. Both the 9 o'clock and 10 o'clock shows highlighted red. Doing this on my 8300 would have turned 9 o'clock red but I would have had to scroll over to 10 o'clock to see that it too was going to record.

- The FF/REW status bar displays the time offset, in minutes, from the start of the program. It is also divided visually into 4 sections, apparently 15 minutes per section for a 1 hour program.

- No Quick Start guide. Guide button works as it did on the 8300 prior to the recent upgrade.

- The menus are generally more pleasing to look at. IMO better graphics... less blocky.

Minus side:
- While watching a live or prerecorded program press the Guide button and then press the Info button. The Info text looks really bad (poorly rendered). Pressing the Info button directly from the program itself (either live or recorded) or from the List menu and the Info text looks quite nice.

- The front panel display is really bright. I may need to put a neutral density filter over it.

- No new options in Settings or List Preferences.

- The PIP windows is still annoyingly placed to accommodate a SD frame.

- The on screen menus are not HD.

lonetreejim 2010-03-18 09:13 AM

Sample Screen Shots... 1

lonetreejim 2010-03-18 09:14 AM

Sample Screen Shots... 2

whitbyterry 2010-03-18 09:21 AM

It does look better. Thanks for posting!

lonetreejim 2010-03-21 09:13 AM

New features found in the 8642...
I have discovered a couple new features with the 8642 that are not in the 8300 STB.

- Much to my surprise and my pleasure I have found that this box remembers where I left off in viewing previously recorded programs. I have partially viewed several programs and when I go back it remembers my current location in each one. The location memory has survived several power button cycles but I have not tried to see if it persists through a hard power cycle.

- I often delay the start of a live program to build up enough buffer that I can skip the commercials. The status bar has always given a graphical idea of how close you are to being caught up to real time but the 8642 goes one step further. When you FF/REV/PAUSE from the buffer (or from a scheduled recording that is still being recorded) it displays the time of day you are currently at. In the example below you can see that I paused at 8:51. If it was really 9:00 I'd know I was 9 minutes delayed from real time.

slyboy 2010-03-22 10:21 AM

Jim, you beat me to the punch... I noticed that feature last night as well and was extremely pleased to see it remember the location of multiple programs, as I flipped between shows during my own testing. That has been a really desired feature for many of us for a long time. I too have not yet checked if the memory of each show's left off location will survive once the power to the unit is pulled, but I will find out soon when I move the box to a permanent location.

lonetreejim 2010-03-22 02:07 PM

Copy to VCR
I see that the Copy to VCR feature has been removed as an option.



lonetreejim 2010-03-23 04:48 PM

I have noticed it takes a second or two for the audio to resume after a fast forward or rewind. I'll need to re-tune my commercial skipping finger to stop a tad sooner.

lonetreejim 2010-03-24 06:40 PM

I have also noticed I cannot pause and then advance frame by frame. Slowmo by pressing the Play key while playing still works.

slyboy 2010-03-25 08:19 PM

Bookmarks after Power Cycle!
I can report that the 8642 does in fact remember bookmarks for different recordings, even after the power to the unit is switched fully off (box is unplugged). This means the flag for where you left off each recording is very likely stored on the hard drive and not just in flash memory on the 8642 mainboard.

JamesK 2010-03-25 11:23 PM

Not necessarily. Flash memory also retains contents when powered down.

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