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13. The Home Page (Menu)

To access the 3view Home page or Menu, press the Home button on the remote control. Every area of the 3view unit can be accessed from here. The current channel is displayed in a window on the right hand side of the Menu list.

The 3view Menu page

Recordings Icon and title

Selecting Recordings from the Home page takes you to the Recordings Screen so that you can access any of your recordings and scheduled timers.

TV Guide with Button

The TV Guide takes you to the Guide so that you can set up your recordings and/or watch a current program.

3View Button and Title

Selecting the 3view button takes you to the 3View portal where you can access BBC iPlayer, YouTube and other Websites and services.

Sky Player Button

The Sky Player will be accessed from this button when it becomes available on the 3View unit.

My Photos Title and icon

This button in the Menu list allows you to access and view your Photos on your 3view unit streamed from your PC.

My Music plus icon

The My Music button gives you access to your music files, either streamed from your PC or saved to your 3View unit.

My Videos with icon

Selecting the My Videos tab gives you access to your Videos either streamed from your PC or saved to your Media on the 3view unit.

Settings Icon

The settings tab gives you access to the Settings page where you can scan for channels and adjust other settings.

In the next pages of this User Guide we’ll work through all of these choices available from the Home page one by one.

The first Home page choice of Recordings takes you to the Recordings Screen where you can manage all of your recordings and scheduled timers and has already been covered in the previous chapters 8. Setting your Recordings 9. Managing your Recordings and 10. Deleting Recordings and Timers.  



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17. Home Page. Photos.

Before you can begin to view your photos, videos or listen to your music files on your 3View unit you will need to enable Sharing on your PC.  Here’s how to do this assuming you are using Windows 7 operating system.

1. Click on the Start icon, Control Panel and then Network and Internet. and Sharing Centre .

2. Select from under HomeGroup, homegroup and sharing options.

3. Firstly tick all those Libraries that you wish to share with the 3View unit.

4.  Tick the Stream my pictures, music and videos to all devices on my home network and then click on Choose Media streaming options.

5. Here you can give your media library a name. Underneath will be listed all of the devices on your local network. If you have not changed the default name of the 3View unit it will be displayed as HOST: Media Renderer so change the Blocked default  to Allowed and then click on OK at the bottom of this page.

6. You may also need to adjust some settings in the Advanced sharing so from the same page, click on Change advanced sharing settings under Other homegroup actions.

7. Make sure that the following are ticked, Turn on Network discovery and also Turn on file and printer sharing then click on Save Changes at the bottom of that page.

All of your photo files, music files and video files stored on your PC are now  accessible from the 3View unit.  All of the 3View units recordings will be fully accessible as videos on your PC in Windows Media Player including any HD programs.

My Photos Title and icon

From the Home page, Press OK on My Photos to access photos stored on the 3view unit, on locally attached storage media, or on network attached storage devices including another 3view unit.


Setting up the Slideshow features

Groups of photos can be arranged as Slideshows. Saved slideshows are displayed here.
Press OK on Slideshows and then again on New Slideshow to create a rolling display of images.
Once you have chosen a name for your Slideshow, the delay between frames, how the image should be sized to fit the screen and whether or not music should play in the background have been set up, the slideshow is complete.
Pressing OK on a slideshow’s name displays options to play it, edit the options attached to it, clear its contents or delete it.


To add photographs to a slideshow, go to My Photos, highlight a photo and press OK and then select Add to Slideshow: ???  where ??? is the slideshow’s name.
To remove a photo from a slideshow, go to Slideshows, select the slideshow to be edited and press OK on the photo
to be removed. A music PLAYLIST can be assigned to a slideshow to execute at the same time.

Copying Photos

In order to  transfer photographs onto the 3view units hard drive from a network source and then store them in My Photos,
move down to Entire Network and select the device on which the photographs are currently stored.
After a brief pause the 3view will identify all of the images which are available on that device and will display a list on screen. To select and transfer images press OK on a folder or single image and then choose Copy to My Media.
To transfer photographs from a USB attached device, move down to Removable Media and use the same method as that for a network source

Add to my Media

To make photos available, but not actually copy them onto the 3view units hard drive, use Add to My Media.

My Folders

Save shortcuts to your pictures on your system or your network here.

Entire Network

Content from other devices on your network can be viewed on your TV. Compatible devices and computer shares are displayed here.

Removable media

USB drives and Keys can be attached. Compatible images can be browsed here.

Note! The USB ports have sufficient power to run USB sticks but not “spinning” hard drives. A hard drive will need an external power supply. A powered USB hub is another alternative, which also presents a more accessible port for connection.

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18. Home Page. Music and Videos

My Music plus icon

 From the Home screen, Press OK on the My Music tab in order to browse your music files.

My Music
This is where the locally stored music can be browsed in its entirety.
Music library in order of Artist.
Music library in order of Album title.
Music library in grouped by Genre.

Add to my PlaylistTracks
Music library in order of the track title.

Music can be saved to form a playlist. Browse your saved playlists here.

My Folders
Local files stored on the 3View hard drive and shortcuts can be browsed here.

 Shoutcast Radio
Shoutcast radio services are listed by genre. The list takes a few seconds to populate. 
Select the genre in which you are interested and a list of radio stations are displayed. Use P+ and P- to move fast through the lists.

Entire Network
Content from other devices on your network can be viewed on your TV. Compatible devices and
computer shared music files  are displayed here.
Removable media
USB drives and Keys can be attached. Compatible images can be browsed here.

My Videos with icon

From the Home screen, Press OK on My Videos to access videos stored on the 3view hard drive, on locally
attached storage media, or on network attached storage devices including another 3view unit. Recorded
programs on 3views attached to a network are available for playback on each other.

Adding videos from my PC

 My Videos
Local files and shortcuts can be browsed from here.
Press OK to add a new category. E.g “Comedy” . Selecting any video in My Video gives an option to Add Category.  Your saved videos can then be browsed by category.

Entire Network
Content from other devices on your network can be viewed on your TV. Compatible devices and computer shares are displayed here. Another 3view box will be displayed by its name as set up in Settings >System>Network>Name.
Removable media
USB drives and Keys can be attached. Compatible images can then be browsed here.

Note!  The USB ports have sufficient power to run USB sticks but not “spinning” hard drives. A hard drive will need an
external power supply. A powered USB hub is another alternative, which also presents a more accessible port for connection.

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19. Home Page. Settings.


Settings Icon

Selecting the Settings tab from the Home page takes you to the main Settings page where you can set up or change any of the current Settings on the 3View unit. Some settings will have already been set during the setup Wizard when you first installed and connected the unit.  However, you may decide to change some settings later, change the name of the unit as seen by the Network,  register your unit with 3view or change some other setting.  To navigate and select any of the choices in the following Settings screens, use the direction arrow keys in order to access any of the choices you wish to change and then press OK.


Scan channels, Keep and Scan


Under this heading you are presented with the choices of Scan Channels where you can either choose to Keep and Scan or Erase and ScanKeep and Scan allows you to add any new channels have been recently added to the Freeview lineup without losing the channels you have already installed. Erase and Scan will as stated erase all of your currently saved channels and begin the channel scan again from the beginning.


Manage Channels


It is sometimes useful to be able exclude a channel from listings or to change its position within a list. The Manage Channels screen allows these changes to be made. To remove a channel from the list move to the relevant channel and press OK to turn the button from yellow to black. Repeat this as required. To reinstate a channel repeat the process and turn the button from black to yellow. Mark All will mark all channels to make all of them viewable and Clear All will have the opposite effect.


Changing number and name of channels

To move a channel into a different position within listings, find it within the list, move across and press OK on Edit Info, then enter the new channel number. It is possible to allocate two channels to the same number and the unit will function with that configuration. However, though it may be useful to have, for example, a high definition channel adjacent to its standard definition equivalent, it can cause some inconvenience when changing channels using the numeric keypad.  The above process is also used to change a channel”s name. Select the channel and enter the new name using the on-screen keyboard.


To undo any changes, use the Revert button to move the channel back to its original position and the on-screen keyboard to re-enter the channel name.

Favourite Channels

Mark your favourite channelsIt is sometimes useful to be able to display the Guide limited to only those channels which are most frequently viewed. The Favourite Channels screen allows those channels to be selected through the use of the arrow and OK keys. The Mark All and Clear All buttons may be of assistance in speeding up the selection process if you only intend to set a few channels as your favourites.  Once you have set up your favourite list, you can access it by pressing Guide to display the full EPG and then pressing the Info button on the remote control twice in order to display only your favourite channels.


Recording Defaults

Setting your recording defaults


The 3view is capable of considerable customisation and the setting of recording defaults is a good example of this with a total of eight different elements able to be defined and chosen. Each element has a number of choices which are accessed by either pressing OK to see the entire list  or alternatively by pressing the right arrow to move through the list an item at a time.  You can of course also alter the settings when you set up each individual recording, thereby allowing even greater customisation for your recordings or just leave them at the default setting if you wish.


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20. Settings. Recording Defaults.

Recording Defaults (cont)

The elements are:

Priority The priority to be given to recordings with default attributes:

1 – Essential

2 – High

3 – Medium

4 – Low

5 – Optional

How long to keep a recording


Keep Time How long a recording is to be kept:


As Long As Possible

1 Day … 6 Days

1 Week … 4 Weeks

 Bonus Before  How soon before the published start time a recording should start:


1 minute … 5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

1 hour

Bonus at beginning and end

Bonus After How long after the published finish time a recording should stop:


1 minute … 5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

1 hour

1.5 hours

3 hours

Auto-Extend Bonus – Where possible, over-run the recording.


1 minute … 5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

1 hour

1.5 hours

3 hours

Bonus required

Bonus Required  How important it is that a bonus is applied:

Try, no prompt

Try, prompt


Which Episodes  Whether or not repeats of a program are to be recorded:

First Run Only

First Run and Repeats

Auto-Record  Whether a recording will occur without prompt, or a reminder to view a particular program will be displayed


NOTE! These same choices are also available for you to change on an individual basis whenever you set a single or series recording schedule from the Guide or the Info bar, thereby allowing you to set up individual elements for each recording as you schedule it. Therefore the above Recording Default settings will be applied to all recordings unless you change them on an individual basis.


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21. Settings. System.



Check or change your Network settings


The simple Network Setup Wizard is used to set the unit up on the local network. Pressing OK leads to a series of choices in which the type of network is confirmed (Wired, Wireless or None) along with the network name to be applied to the unit. There is also an option to set aspects such as the network address manually should the need arise. Once the Wizard is complete, confirmation of the unit’s network name and its successful connection are displayed in the Network Settings screen.


Video Output

Select Video Output or change itThe 3view unit is capable of automatically detecting the screen resolutions available on the TV to which it is attached. Pressing OK on Preferred Resolution displays the choice available and moving onto the list, highlighting the chosen resolution and then pressing OK will prompt the unit to make the change. If there is a problem with the display, the previous format will be restored after a wait of 15 seconds.

The Screen Shape option is used to set the shape of the screen to which the 3view is attached: standard 4:3 or widescreen 16:9. Move across and press OK to make a selection.

Digital Audio
Pressing OK on this menu entry will cycle through Bitstream (audio sent in original format), None (no digital audio output) and PCM (digital audio converted to stereo). Bitstream is the default choice for most installations, but PCM may work better if the attached audio device cannot decode the Bitstream format.

Time Zone
There are five settings to be made in this section:
Time Zone
Use the OK button to select the local time zone.
Daylight Saving Time (British Summer Time)
Decide whether or not the unit should acknowledge the change to and from Daylight Saving Time.
Setting Mode
Choose between automatic and manual clock setting. If the automatic option is chosen, date and time will be set using broadcast information.

The date only needs to be set if Setting Mode is set to manual.

The time only needs to be set if Setting Mode is set to manual.

System Info


There are two particularly useful pieces of information in System Info: Version Information and Chip Serial Number. Version Information indicates which firmware is currently installed and Chip Serial Number is the equivalent of the unit’s Serial Number, the same number as that printed on the label underneath the unit and on the box in which it was packed. The unit’s Serial Number is displayed here and so this is a convenient way to obtain it.


Software Update
Software update from the Network

New software (firmware) may become available from time-to-time either by download through the My3view link on the 3view website (registration is required) or directly over the Internet to the 3view unit. If the source is the My 3view link, the file must be transferred to the unit by USB flash drive which is plugged into one of the two USB ports at the rear of the case. USB/Removable-Media Update and Network Update allow the source to be chosen and the available releases are listed on-screen.


The central arrow keys are used to select the software to be loaded and pressing OK on Install Now will start the process which may take a little time. Once the software has been installed, the unit will restart. Settings, the program Guide (EPG), timers and recordings will all be unaffected.

System Reset
This menu offers opportunities to reset all of the system or selected areas.

Restart System will interrupt any recordings in progress and reboot the unit. The operation takes several minutes and is initiated by arrowing right and pressing OK on the Restart button.
Full Reset of unit

Clear Local Media is used to permanently delete all locally saved photos, music and video. Arrow right and press OK on the Clear button. This function should be used with care as its effects cannot be reversed.

Clear Data and Restart System Arrowing right and pressing OK on the Reset button will permanently delete all content on the device. All locally saved media, recorded TV programs, databases, settings, and preferences will be lost. The operation takes several minutes to complete, following which the device will restart and run the startup wizard.


Warning!  Using this option will delete all data and settings and return your unit to factory settings!


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22. Settings. Registration and Maintenance Menu

Box Registration



Use this menu to enter the User Name and password already used to register the unit on the My 3view page on the 3view website. Use the Info button on the remote control to cycle through the upper case, lower case and numbers/punctuation versions of the on-screen keyboard. Pressing OK
on the on-screen Shift key will achieve the same. Registering your box helps us to  support any problems remotely.


Maintenance Menu

The full maintenance menu


Warning! Using this option can delete all data and settings and return your unit to factory settings! Should the 3view software on the hard drive become corrupted, then the Maintenance Menu option may be the only way to restore it. In order to access the Maintenance Menu, remove all power to the unit then, with the standby button on the unit’s front panel held in, return power to the unit. Continue to keep the standby button pressed until you see the 3view Logo.


Update from Network.. The 3view box is still online even on rescue mode. You can select the latest version of the software to upgrade from the network.

Update from USB.  Alternatively you can update the software using a USB stick connected to the unit via one of the USB ports.

Reset Video Mode.  This choice will allow you to reset the current video mode to your TV.

Start Application. This choice allows you to boot into the currently installed software version from the Maintenance Menu.

Network Configuration. If you are experiencing any Network problems, this choice allows you to change the Network configuration.

Format Hard Drive – Formatting the hard drive before reinstalling is known as a clean install. This erases all data on the disk and should therefore be used only as a last resort when all other choices of recovery have been attempted.

NOTE. The Maintenance menu will always display if no hard drive or valid hard drive image is detected at the boot up stage.

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