1. Index

In order to use this User Guide, simply click on each Header in the Index below to be taken to the correct page. To return to the Index page from any other page, simply click on Index in the 3View Guide header.  I have tried to make this User Guide as easy to follow as possible by showing a screen grab of every step as it is taken. This to assist any user who is not familiar with using a personal video recorder. Because the 3View unit allows so much customization by the user, it can seem rather complicated to use, but my advice is take it one step at a time. Set up some recordings with the default settings, you probably will not need to change any of them. You can always alter settings to suit as you become more familiar with the unit and all of its many features.


2.. Before you Begin

3. Connecting up

4. The Remote Control

5. The set up Wizard

Using your 3View personal video recorder.

6. Watching Live TV

7. Managing your Channels

8. Recording Defaults

9. Setting Recordings using the Info Bar and Guide

10. Setting Recordings using Search

11. Managing your Recordings

12. Deleting Recordings and Timers

13. The Home Page. (Menu)

14. The TV Guide

15. 3View Portal. BBC iPlayer

16. 3View Portal. Other Services

17. Home Page. Photos

18. Home Page. Music and Videos

19. Home Page. Settings

20. Settings. Recording Defaults

21. Settings. System

22. Settings. Registration and Maintenance Menu

23. Using the Widgets

24.  Acknowledgements.


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2. Before you Begin.


Congratulations on your choice of the next generation 3view personal video recorder. We hope that you enjoy using it. Please follow this User Guide to ensure correct usage of this unit.


In your 3view package your should have all of the following included. Please contact your supplier if any of the items are missing.

g  1x 3view HD box

1 x External power supply

g  1 x Remote control

g  1 x HDMI cable

g    1 x Network cable

g    2x AAA Batteries

g    Warranty Card


NOTE:  In some areas you may need to upgrade your aerial to ensure that you are able to receive digital television broadcasts – a good reception of existing analogue signals is no guarantee of good digital reception.

Warranty: 3View comes with a 12 month advance replacement warranty. To extend your warranty by a further 12 months, please visit www.3view.com to register your box and receive this benefit.




Warning!  When first connecting the set top box, please make sure all equipment is switched off!

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3. Connecting Up

Step 1.


Plug your aerial cable into the RF IN port at the far left hand side of the back of the 3View unit.  If you wish to view Freeview on your TV, then plug a second aerial lead into the RF OUT port at the back of the 3View unit and connect to your TV.

Step 2.


Connect one end of the HDMI cable into your set top box, and plug the other end into a spare HDMI socket on your Television. If your TV is not HD ready you can use a SCART cable instead. (Not supplied.)

Step 3.

Plug one end of the network cable into the network socket on the back of the set top box and the other end to your broadband router.

TIP! If your router is not near to the 3View unit, then you can use Home Plugs to connect the 3View unit to your network. Simply connect the network cable from the 3View unit to one of the Home plugs and connect the other Home plug via a network cable to your broadband router then plug both of the home plugs into the nearest electrical  sockets.


Finally you can now connect the power cable to the 3view unit and plug it into the mains socket and switch all of your equipment back on.

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4. The Remote Control


Before you switch the unit on for the first time and work your way through the set up wizard, it might be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the buttons on the 3View remote control.

Remote Control all keys explained

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5. The Set Up Wizard.


Boot up splash screen


As soon as the 3View unit is plugged in and switched on, it will begin it’s initial boot up. You will see the 3View white splash screen which will appear and disappear. This will be accompanied by the three lights on the front of the unit blinking on and off.  Please be patient! The 3view unit will take a minute or so to fully boot up the first time that it is connected to the mains and this is quite normal. Once the boot up sequence has completed, you will see the first set up screen to guide you through setting up the 3View unit to suit your set up.


First Set up screen



Moving through the Wizard set up screens is easy. Simply click  OK on the Next tab using the remote control to move onto the next screen. To move around any choices offered in the Set up wizard screens, use the arrow keys on the remote.



Setting up your TV's resolution


The first item that you need to set up is the resolution for you particular television. Scroll up and down using the arrow keys on the remote to select which resolution you prefer from the list and then click on OK. The Wizard will then test to see if that resolution is fully supported by your television. If you cannot see a picture, then the wizard will return you to the set up screen to try out a different resolution. If you see the screen shown here then your television can display the chosen resolution and you can click  on Yes and then move onto the next screen by clicking on Next.


Setting up your timezone


In the next screen you will be asked to set up your particular time zone and whether or not to use Daylight Saving Time. Move up or down the different time zones using the arrow keys on the remote, select your time zone by clicking OK followed by clicking on Yes or No for Daylight Saving time and then Select Next. The next screen is for choosing the source  of your television signal and should be left on Antenna. After clicking on Next from that screen, the 3view unit will begin to scan for all of the channels available in your area.


Scan for Channels ends



You can stop the channel scan at any time, and those channels found so far during the scan will be saved. It does take some time to complete the scan so please do be patient!



Detecting your Network settings


Next you will be asked configure the 3view box to your network. If you have connected the 3View unit via the included Ethernet cable to your router then the 3view unit should set up your network connection automatically. Following setting up your network connection you will  be asked to either keep the default name 3View for the unit on your Network or give it your own preferred name such as ‘PVR’ or  ‘Freeview TV’ for example.



Following setting up your network settings on the unit  the set up wizard is complete and you will be taken to Live TV to enjoy watching all of your Freeview channels. 

Tip!   At any time during the Wizard set up screens, you can always go back by clicking on Back or Previous during the set up procedure.

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6. Watching Live TV.

Changing Channels.

Whilst viewing Live TV you can change channels using different methods depending on which method you prefer to use. 

Navigating to a new channel via the info barUsing the number keys on the remote control, input the number and then wait until the channel changes over or press OK once you have finished adding the number. (there is a slight delay after you have entered only one number as the unit waits in case you need to add another number.)

You can press OK or INFO on the channel that you are currently viewing which brings up the Info Bar and then by using the direction keys to move up or down the Info Bar or the P+ P- buttons you can then navigate to another channel. Pressing OK on another channel will bring up a list of choices so just select the top  choice of Watch this Channel.

Using Guide to change channels


You can also ‘surf’ up or down the channels by using the P+ or P – keys on the remote control.

Finally you can select Guide on the remote to access the channels in the Guide. Using the direction keys or P+ or P- on the remote to move one page of the Guide at a time,  select another channel by pressing OK followed by selecting the first choice of ‘Watch this Channel’ from the drop down list.


Pause and Rewind Live TV.

Paused program liveIf your viewing of any live channel is interrupted for any reason, you can pause the channel you are watching by pressing the Pause button on the remote control. Simply press Pause again or Play to continue watching the current program from where you left off.

If you have missed viewing a part of the current program you can also Rewind it back to the point that you last viewed it at different speeds. These are x8, x15, x30 and x90. For every additional press on the Rewind button, the speed of rewind will be increased. Press Play when you have reached the point where you last viewed the program.

Program Details.

Synopsis above EPG


 Details about the current program are shown by pressing the Info or OK  button on the remote control.  A more detailed synopsis is also available directly above the Guide table as you navigate around it.  This extra information can be helpful in deciding whether or not to watch a particular program or set it to record if shown at a future time.




Whilst viewing a channel, press the Sub button on the remote control. Pressing Sub for a second time will set the unit to display subtitles only when the sound has been muted and pressing Sub for a third time will turn subtitles off.

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7. Managing your Channels.

It’s highly likely that you won’t want to have to navigate or work your way through lot’s  of channels that you have no intentions of ever watching. The 3View unit allows you to hide those channels from being shown in the Guide or when channel surfing using the P+ or P – keys.

Hiding Channels.

Accessing Manage Channels


 To hide channels from view in the Guide, click on the Setup button on the remote control.  In the Settings page, Channels is highlighted on the left hand side of this screen. On the right hand side you have a list containing Scan Channels, Manage Channels, Favourite Channels and Recording Defaults.  Using the direction buttons on the remote, navigate to Manage Channels.



Manage Channels in Settings


Using the direction buttons move over to the Channels column on the right and then work your way through all of the channels using the up/down keys pressing OK in order to tick or untick those channels that you wish to be hidden from view. You can also set up a list of your Favourite channels as well using exactly the same method.  Just move down to the Favourite Channels in the list and then move into the list of channels as before to tick those that you wish to include in your favourite channels list.


Guide just showing favourite channels


To exit this Settings screen, press Back or Exit on the remote control. Now when navigating the Guide, only those channels that you ticked will be shown making it so much easier to both watch your channels and also set up any recordings that you wish to make. To change the channel order available to you in the Guide from your chosen channels, press the Guide button on the remote control and then click on the Info button to cycle through your chosen channels by number, by name and thirdly just your favourite channels.


TIP! If you want to hide lot’s of channels it might be quicker to select Clear All first and then work your way through the channel list just ticking those channels that you wish to show.

Recording Defaults.  

Whilst you are in the Settings screen, its a good idea to set up the default settings for your recordings. These defaults are applied to all your recordings but you can still change the settings later for any individual recordings as you set them up in the Guide or in the Info Bar. In the settings screen, move down to the Recording Default choice in the left hand list. 

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