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Edit by 57: A summary of items discussed in this thread is in the link below:

Cisco 9865 (NextBox 3.0) Summary List - The Good, The Bad and The Huh? - Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums


Other useful Links in the following Post:

New 8 tuner PVR... NextBox 3.0 Discussions (Cisco 9865) - Read Post 1 - Page 12 - Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums


If your 9865 is part of a WHPVR setup, please use the following thread since many issues are caused by WHPVR and are distinct from stand-alone 9865s:

Whole Home PVR in Ontario Discussions (NextBox 2.0/3.0) - Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums


Purchasing or Renting a 9865 Discussions:

Rogers HDPVR Shopping Discussions Thread - Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums


Upgrading the iHDD:

Upgrade iHDD on 9865 (NextBox 3.0)? - Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums



I've started a thread specifically for the switching to PCM issue. Please use that thread for any switching to PCM discussions. Thanks. This issue appears to have been resolved with the latest firmware.

NextBox 3.0 (Cisco 9865) Switching to PCM Issue - Resolved. - Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums


Looks like there will be a new 8 tuner rogers PVR available in the next couple of months.

I was at a BBQ over the weekend and someone who works for Rogers let this info slip.

Hopefully this next version will have an updated GUI with some additional features... NextBox 3.0???
 

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LOL. I just checked my email and I also received the same email from Rogers. I'm not sure if I will have the time to be a tester. Looks promising. I hope the GUI is better and that they address some of the persistent issues with NextBox 2.0
 

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One thing that made me laugh about the tester email is the inconsistency of the use of the term NextBox and NetBox.

Good grief... If they can't pay attention to the simple details of an email communication campaign, how are they ever going to QA their software?
 

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I am hoping one of the new features is being able to Pause/rewind live tv from set top boxes other than the PVR. Right now I have two PVR's and 1 set top box and could use a second set top box as well.

So I am excited to try it out, hope this email is legit. Never heard of this "Testing Portal" before though?
 

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They're likely deploying the same Cisco gateway that cox is deploying in the US. The gateway is supposed to be able to convert the QAM signal into IP in real time and shuttle them to IP only devices. If they flip the 4642s into IP only mode, they should be able to pause and rewind live TV. But at the same time, each home would be limited to 8 live streams.

Also the fact that they list recording up to 8 shows and storing up to 240 hours of programming as the only Nextbox 3.0 exclusives leads me to believe that it will run the exact same interface as the current NextBox 2.0.

EDIT: It looks like Ciscos new 9800 series only supports 6 tuners, so perhaps Rogers is gearing up to dump them for another vendor or they've got Cisco to make a custom model for them.
 

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I wonder if this new unit could feed content to a ROKU or Apple tv with a small app. If their are indeed 8 tuners then you could use 1 unit to feed the whole home virtually.
 

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"Also the fact that they list recording up to 8 shows and storing up to 240 hours of programming as the only Nextbox 3.0 exclusives leads me to believe that it will run the exact same interface as the current NextBox 2.0."

I do know for a fact that it will be a Cisco receiver.
 

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I wonder if in fact it will be a PVR with 8 tuners or whether it will in fact have 4 tuners, not 8. The wording of the email suggests that you can record "up to" 8 shows at the same time. My guess is that you might require 2 PVR boxes, with each box allowing you to record up to 4 shows each!
 

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I wonder if this new unit could feed content to a ROKU or Apple tv with a small app. If their are indeed 8 tuners then you could use 1 unit to feed the whole home virtually.
Should be possible. All the new gateway devices has QAM to IP transcoders that are designed to bring programming to any IP enabled device. Whether that will actually be possible with Rogers is another story, but I'm pretty certain whatever hardware they roll out will be capable of doing it.

@Hooter, if they are in fact using Cisco, they don't have any four tuner DVRs on the market right now.
 

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If it is the Multiscreen 9800 that is going to be a game changer for Rogers. Thus whole line from Cisco is loaded with features. The ability to work on managed and unmanaged devices is long overdue. Stream live tv to your pc/tablet/phone from your pvr!

Just hope the interface is better!
 

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I'm getting my Next Box 2.0 HDPVR and HD receiver for free on a 3 year commitment. They're mine after 3 years for a buck. Does anyone know if I could upgrade this equipment within the 3 years if new technology comes available(like this new box discussed here)?
 
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