What Are the Benefits of the Mio Over Other Receivers?

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It seems that this receiver is quite complex to use. (I don't have one so I am just going by what I'm reading). What are the primary benefits of the Mio over the older, non-Linux boxes?
 

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It seems that this receiver is quite complex to use. (I don't have one so I am just going by what I'm reading). What are the primary benefits of the Mio over the older, non-Linux boxes?
It's really not complex. There is a learning curve, but if one starts with Brian's image first, then branch out into other images, then you discover this receiver is more feature-rich and capable than any other STB out there. It really is an amazing device.
 

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N6BY, It's like owning an Android phone. It can either operate like vanilla out of the box and you can enjoy all of the features and functions like with a standard cell phone

OR

you can add skins, apps, unlock and change almost every process of the device.

Yesterday, I talked with someone that I consider an advanced satellite hobbyist and found that he only has used the default TNAP image, has no desire to try another image; yet, loves the STB. It really is up to the user to decide how they want to use the Mio 4k. :)
 
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Advantages of the OS MIO 4K for me:

Over-the-air adapter integration with EPG;
Fast blindscan;
Ability to tune frequencies most other appliance STB can not;
Reliable DVR with ability to connect very large HDD;
Ability to remotely program the STB via telnet apps;
Access to the STB via web gateway over your network

Any many more.
 

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It seems that this receiver is quite complex to use. (I don't have one so I am just going by what I'm reading). What are the primary benefits of the Mio over the older, non-Linux boxes?
It is somewhat complex but so are computers and smartphones. It is a substantial improvement over other STB's. The mio has allowed me to eliminate some cabling. I "like" to do fancy stuff that tends to make my life more complicated. But, it seems that most of the recent STB's seem to have time sync issues, including the mio and especially the Android based STB's. Maintaining the correct time is important for recording via time (unattended recording). I don't understand why such an important feature tends to be ignored.
 

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I do not understand this claim. I run OpenVIX with a 30-minute time sync and my receiver's time has always been accurate.
Me neither, time is accurate to the second if syncing to the NTP servers. If he'd only take me off ignore, and see my post on how to make his settings, he'd not have any issues with just about everything he's brought up.

However, some people insist on learning the hard way, and there's nothing wrong with that, as long as they actually LEARN while doing so.
 

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Me neither, time is accurate to the second if syncing to the NTP servers. If he'd only take me off ignore, and see my post on how to make his settings, he'd not have any issues with just about everything he's brought up.

However, some people insist on learning the hard way, and there's nothing wrong with that, as long as they actually LEARN while doing so.
Agree.
 

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I have installed 8 different images (including OpenVIX) and not one of them have had an issue with keeping accurate time with the NTP server.
The TNAP required a workaround for Denver/MT time zone so I don't know how you can make such a claim.
 

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I don't understand why such an important feature tends to be ignored.
working fine for me with the TNAP image, and I have not changed anything in regards to time sync.

Now, many other receivers don't have NTP time sync, simply because they are made for markets where that is not as important as it is for us. The average European user, and that's whom most receivers are marketed to (also probably many markets in Africa and Asia), will usually receive services that are intended for the home user. Those transponders carry accurate time, and the receiver uses that. Those of us in the Eastern US can see such service on 34.5W, aimed at the French Caribbean islands. The time on those is accurate. I think we also get accurate time on the PBS mux on 125W.
But most other services in North America are not intended for reception by home receivers and the engineers could not care less about proper time config, that's not important to them. Hence the need for other time sync solutions for our receivers.
 

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I had to use a Mexican TZ in order to get the correct time. It's suppose to be a known bug.
Yes, you are correct. One selection for Mountain Time zone in all OpenPLI based images WAS causing the time to reset to UTC if the STB was powered off.

Yes, the "workaround", select another region in the same time zone. This was an image issue that had existed in ALL OpenPLi based images for several years, but not an issue specific to the Mio 4k hardware. The great thing about E2 images, the problem was identified and fixed, unlike dozens of appliance STBs that never have much more serious issues fixed. No, I never have experienced any time error, because I live in the Pacific time zone, and frankly, since a fix was released, had forgotten about it.

OpenPli corrected this several months ago and updating images were corrected. El Bandidio will be including the update in his next TNAP release.

Is the time correct on the updated image(s) that you have currently installed?
 
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