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  1. 1. 98 99TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — — 09-10/2013 — TELE-audiovision International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 • Bestuurt apparaten via uw thuisnetwerk • Streamt live TV naar uw iPad of iPhone • Werkt zelfs met HD kanalen • Geïntegreerde PVR functie • Momenteel nog niet geschikt voor gemotoriseerde antennes Air Tivi+ SOFTWARE REPORT Tiviar App
  2. 2. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 ■ 100 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — Add-on App for the TiviarThomas Haring In our previous issue 07- 08/2013 of TELE-audiovision we presented the new Tivi- ar receiver to our readers. The manufacturer has now launched a smartphone/ tablet app called Air Tivi+, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Ap- ple iTunes store and works with all iOS devices. All you have to make sure of is that both the Tiviar receiver and the iOS device use the same network and a WiFi con- nection is available for the smartphone or tablet. In the bottom line of the app’s home screen the fol- lowing functions can be se- lected: Channel, Schedule, Remote and Settings. The Remote section is of particular interest, as it al- lows operating the receiver via the iPhone’s or iPad’s touchscreen. Due to the dif- ferent display sizes of phone and tablet the virtual remote control differs slightly on both devices. The system worked with- out any lag at all during our test, something we did not really expect and which impressed us all the more. What’s more, the virtual remote control is obviously much bigger (at least when an iPad is used) and more convenient to use than the original remote that comes with the receiver. So how does it actually SOFTWARE REPORT Tiviar App In the previous isue 07-08/2013 of TELE-audiovision we presented the new Tiviar Receiver 1. We had to enter the receiver’s IP address manually in our test – automatic detection did not work 2. TV channel list of the Air Tivi+ app on the iPad 3. Channels sorted by groups 4. Setting options of the Air Tivi+ app 5. Virtual remote control on the iPad 6. Live playback of an HD channel 7. Complete EPG data for all channels is available with the app 8. A single touch of a button marks events for recordings 9. Editing existing timer entries 10. Full-screen playback of an HD channel work? Simply select a chan- nel for playback on your de- vice. A small window then pops up counting down from 10 to 0 until enough data is stored in the buffer memory for smooth video playback. Another touch of a (virtu- al) button is all it takes for full-screen view, which also works flawlessly. It goes without saying that we were particularly curious
  3. 3. 11 13 12 14 15 102 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — as to how the system would cope with HD channels – and we were delighted when we were shown HD content even before the initial countdown had reached 0. A word of caution: We found out during our thor- ough test that HD chan- nels put considerable strain on the WiFi connection, which means that they work smoothly only if the network is in mint condition. Move away too far from the router and you’ll soon experience signal drops. With SD con- tent, on the other hand, we never had a problem. Each of the three Tiviar tuners can be chosen to pro- vide its signal to the app, with the two other tuners re- maining available for record- ings or live viewing with the receiver itself. It is even possible to re- cord two different channels with the receiver and use the third tuner for watching TV with the app. And not only is this possible in theory, it also works flawlessly in practice. One aspect we noticed and which to us didn’t make a lot of sense is that the channel order in the app is different from the channel list on the receiver. And by the way, streaming only works if the selected channel is available right away. In other words, users of a DiSEqC motorised antenna, whose system may take some time until the re- quired antenna position is reached, can use the app only for channels on the cur- rently received satellite at this stage. In summary, the general concept and design of the new Air Tivi+ app did not fail to impress us and once the remaining bugs are elimi- nated, it will offer a vast enhancement to the Tiviar receiver. 11. List of timer entries shown on the iPhone 12. Virtual remote control on the iPhone – page 1 13. Virtual remote control on the iPhone – page 2 14. Virtual remote control on the iPhone – page 3 15. Channel list with live TV on the iPhone