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Now that Aliant is installing their Microsoft Mediaroom TV service, I've started this thread to discuss Mediaroom features and answer questions about how it works.

Aliant is using Mediaroom 1.6.25314.102, which is the same version as Bell and MTS.

One of the differentiating features of Mediaroom is the Whole Home PVR that records up to 4 shows at once. You can watch programs from any set-top-box (STB), erase programs and schedule future recordings.

The PDF of the Mediaroom User Guide is here:

http://productsandservice.bellaliant.net/PS/pdf-download/3513573/default.pdf

The PDF of the Mediaroom Channel Guide is here:

http://productsandservice.bellaliant.net/PS/pdf-download/3565873/FibreOP_Channel_numbers_EN-Apr2013.pdf

Aliant also has support pages for additional info:
Select: For Your Home > Support > FibreOP > TV.

You should see a choice of 2 guide styles. Choose the transparent guide for Mediaroom.
 

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Here are some tips from the support pages:
Using LAST on remote

Pressing LAST on the remote automatically tunes you into the last channel viewed prior to your most recent channel change. Keep pressing LAST to toggle between these two most recently viewed channels. But onscreen you are also presented with the four channels viewed prior to that.

Use the down arrow key to scroll to one of the other previously viewed channels and press OK on remote.
Pausing
Currently, pausing and resuming live TV can only be accomplished through your PVR Set Top Box. If you have more than one TV in your household, the PVR is larger in size than other Set Top Boxes in your household and has a VIP1216 in the lower left corner on the front.

Set Top Boxes that are not PVRs have a VIP1200 in the same location. You cannot pause live TV on the VIP 1200 Set Top Boxes, but the Pause button will work on when watching previously recorded programs in playback.

To Pause Live TV on your PVR Set Top Box, press the Pause button on your Motorola remote. When ready to resume, you can press PAUSE again, or you can press Play.
Mediaroom 2.0 will support pausing live TV on any STB.

"Pressing FF on remote when in Guide jumps ahead one day. Press REW if you have moved ahead and want to return".

"Press ENTER on bottom of remote to access Guide Options. You can jump ahead to other intervals via this method". You can jump to tonight, tomorrow or any other day in the guide. Press the right arrow button for more guide options.

"Unfortunately, neither Reminders nor Autotunes are available". (Personally, I set up everything as series recordings and watch the programs on my own schedule, while skipping commercials, etc.)
 

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How many programs can I record at one time?

Record / watch combinations differ between Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) services. Unless you subscribe to HD, you have SD service.

High Definition (HD): Record/Watch combinations

The maximum number of channels that your PVR service can record is four. Only two of those can be HD channels. If you are recording two HD channels, the other two recordings must be SD channels.

Be aware that the number of users actively watching HD channels also influences your ability to record HD channels. The maximum number of HD streams that can run on all the Set Top Boxes in your household is four. This can be watching, recording, or a combination of both.

If the total number of HD channels being watched and recorded in your household exceeds four, you will receive a message that all HD services are in use.

Standard Definition (SD): Record/Watch combinations

The maximum number of channels that your PVR service can record is four. If you exceed this number, you will receive a notice that all TV services are in use.
 

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There are 2 features I really miss from my BEV HD PVR

1. On my BEV I was able to enter a show, let's say "The Event" as an example and tell it to find all new episodes regardless of time or day and record them saving me the need to scroll to the day and the hour and set a static timer

2. When you watched a recording on the BEV you could tell right away if anyone else watched it and you could also protect the recording from accidental deletion..

3. On BEV you could also tell what day / time the show first aired so you could tell if what you wanted to record was new or a repeat...does the guide now show you that ?

Any of this available on Mediaroom?
 

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Recording Options

All recording methods allow Keep until "Space Needed" or "I Erase". You can
  • Record a single episode based on the guide info.
  • Record a series
  • Manual recording by date and time - used for one-time recordings only.
Recordings using the guide info have these options to stop recording
  • At scheduled time
  • 5 minutes after
  • 15 minutes after
  • 30 minutes after
  • 1 hour after
  • 2 hours after
  • 3 hours after
Recordings based on the guide info automatically use "soft padding" - they start 1 minute before and end 2 minutes after the scheduled time. If all the streams are in use, the programs will start and/or end precisely at the scheduled time. If 2 programs are scheduled back-to-back on the same channel, they will overlap and still just use 1 stream.

The guide info for Mediaroom is provided by Tribune Media Services which also owns Zap2it.com and supplies data for Microsoft Media Center, TiVo and several U.S. cable companies.
 

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Series Recording

Series Recording is based on the program and will adjust the time within certain parameters.

Anyday around XX:XX AM/PM –default setting – will record within a 2 hour window before or after the "around" time. This option works particularly well for network primetime series that may get moved around for special events or when the networks modify their schedules. For example a program scheduled for around 8 PM will record if it starts between 6 PM and 10 PM, but not if it is rescheduled to start at 10:01 PM.

Anyday, anytime will record each unique episode that is scheduled.
Anytime, once per day will only record one episode per day.

The Show Type defaults to First run and rerun and can be changed to First run only. Some shows that air on specialty channels repeat several times throughout the week and are flagged as "First run" for the first week.

Keep options of 1,2,3,5,7, or 14 episodes. For example, you can change this to keep "1 latest episode" for the local news, or keep "5 latest episodes" for a particular kids program. The old program will be erased when the new one is recorded. The Keep option for the series can be changed to "Keep all episodes until I erase".

There is no capability to record just weekdays or once a week on a certain day. Mediaroom only schedules series on a single channel and there is no option to record a series on any channel it may appear on.

Mediaroom doesn’t use the program name. It actually uses the program id and episode id, so 2 different programs with the same name are handled separately.

Mediaroom will not schedule a particular episode-id more than once and will not record an episode if the episode-id is already on the hard drive. However it will record the episode if it has been recorded and erased.
 

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Nicely done Dr.Dave.

This PVR seems to be what most BEV users are used to. There is a way to see if a show is new or not, in most cases.

You can search for shows and see a list of upcoming airtimes then chose which ones to record.

You can specify if a show is kept until you chose to erase as Dave said above. However, I did not see any way to indicate a recording was viewed other than a "resume playback" option.

Also, when you pick to keep a recording until you chose to erase it the recording gets a check mark.

Feel free to asks more questions. I have a bit more time to confirm things now that I am not on the road anymore. :)
 

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You're welcome. There is a pay option for PPV and some old movies. A TV section with a piss poor selection that rivals Netflix Canada. I.E Married With Children, Just Shoot Me, Rescue Me (S1), Damages and Mad Men (S1/2/3) and Newsradio. That's it.

The install Techs did say Bell Aliant is looking to have a massive selection by years end though. Not sure which sections they plan to grow.

Also, if you pay for it, there is TMN, HBO, MPIX and Super Channel On Demand. I can see Family, Treehouse and YTV On Demand.

Last, but not least, there is the porn lol.
 

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Np. At quick glance the kid's section seems to have an average selection. Not that kids are too picky, depending on their age.

On a random note I do see some French selections On Demand. I do not speak French so I didn't go too deep into that section, but many may find that to be a nice perk.
 

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Silly question. Will Mediaroom be rolled out to us non-fibreop Aliant TV subscribers? Because the current interface is painful to use.
 

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I'm going to take a wild guess and assume from a stratic point of view on Bell Aliant's side that the non fibreop Aliant TV subscribers will be the last ones to get the mediaroom upgrade if at all. It will be a way to coax those who live in the fibrer-op area, who haven't switched over more incentive to do so...and probably once all the existing fibre-op people have been done then they will move onto the non fibre op tv subscribers... just my two cents.
 

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I see no point in BellAliant having to maintain two different systems with their TV service. If normal IPTV customers do not get the Mediaroom upgrade I will cancel my TV service. I very rarely complain about issues like this but the current software is just too annoying and slow.

@mediamercenary: Most likely. I wouldn't be surprised if they charged the current PVR fee in addition to an extra fee to have the whole home feature. There are fees for everything nowadays.
 

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Currently there is a fee to have a second digital box when subscribing to FiberOP. It's like 5 or 10 bucks a month, not too bad considering what the service offers (watch your recorded shows on the non-PVR). If, and when, Mediaroom 2.0 rolls out where you can pretty much use as regular Digital Box as a PVR I wonder if the fees will change.
 

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I called Aliant today to inquire on when my existing FibreOp service would be upgraded. They had no idea, and no schedule other than saying that everyone should be done by the end of the summer. They offered the option of having a tech come out at the price of $149. I wish there was a way to get this in a timely matter :S
 

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What location are you in? I called today asking for a tech and they said that the Moncton area doesn't have it even if you pay for a tech :(
 

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Also called in recently (yesterday) and received much the same answer.

1. They don't have a schedule.
2. I can pay $150 to have a technician install mediaroom now.
3. All new FibreOp installations are on the mediaroom platform (this was interesting).

(I'm located in Fredericton.)
 
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