Scan Channels

Choosing to scan channels may cancel any current and future recordings

The 'Scan Channels' screen warns of any recordings that might be under way and the time of the next scheduled recording. It is important to take note of any warnings as a channel scan may take some time.

If it is safe to do so, use the right arrow key to move to the 'Continue' button and press 'ok' before selecting the relevant source for the TV signal (this is usually 'Antenna') and pressing 'ok' again. The unit will scan for channels and the list will be updated as they are found. Once the scan is complete press 'ok' on 'Done'.

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.

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

It is sometimes useful to be able to display an EPG limited to 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.

To access the Favourite Channel list, press 'guide' to display the full EPG, then 'info' to display the EPG in alphabetic order of channel names and then 'info' again to reach the 'Favourites' listing.

Recording Defaults

The 3view is capable of considerable customisation and the setting of recording defaults is a good example of this, with eight elements able to be defined. Each element has a number of choices which are accessed by either pressing 'ok' to see the entire list, or pressing the right arrow to move through the list an item at a time.

The elements are:

The priority to be given to recordings with default attributes:
1 - Essential
2 - High
3 - Medium
4 - Low
5 - Optional

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 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
1 minute ... 5 minutes
10 minutes
15 minutes
30 minutes
1 hour
1.5 hours
3 hours

Bonus Required
How important it is that a bonus is applied:
Try, no prompt
Try, prompt

Which Episodes
Whether or not repeats of a programme are to be recorded:
First Run Only
First Run and Repeats


Guide Settings

To use the standard programme guide (EPG) leave the button in this section black. To use the alternative guide, available over the Internet, press 'ok' on the button to turn it from black to yellow. The name of the television region in which the unit is located is shown as confirmation that the change away from the over-the-air guide has been completed.



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

The 3view 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.


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 required when registering it, and so this is a convenient way to obtain it.

Software Update

New software (firmware) may become available from time-to-time either by download through the 'My 3view' link on the 3view website (registration is required) or directly over the Internet to the 3view. 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' will start the process which may take a little time.

Once the software has been installed, the unit will restart. Settings, the programme 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
'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.

Shut Down System
'Shut Down System' will interrupt any recordings in progress and turn the 3view off. The operation is initiated by arrowing right and pressing 'ok' on the 'Shut Down' button.

Clear Local Media
'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

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

Arrowing right and pressing 'ok' on the 'Reset' button will permanently delete all content on the device. All locally saved media, recorded TV programmes, 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.

Maintenance Menu

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

Should the 3view become totally unresponsive, then the Maintenance Menu option may be the only way to restore it. 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 on-screen message and instructions.

If the Menu does not display, and the TV is connected using an HDMI cable, try again after replacing the HDMI cable with a SCART cable. This arrangement is required by some televisions which are unable to accept the 576i signal used by the Maintenance Menu over an HDMI connection.

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.


Selecting 'Manage Widgets' displays the list of Widgets from which to select.