12-05-2018 08:33 AM
I recently purchased the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV. The product ads and literature claim that you can use a USB stick to extend the pause live TV time from 2 minutes to 60 minutes. I connected and formatted an 8 GB stick, which the TV sees as confirmed by the settings panel. But there has been no increase of the pause time. Any suggestions?
Also - can you move apps from internal storage to the USB stick, as you can with other Fire TV devices.
12-06-2018 09:54 AM
12-12-2018 03:05 PM - edited 12-12-2018 03:07 PM
I'm afraid I have to retract my original reply as I've received new information.
I heard from our engineering team who informed me:
To use this feature, all you need to do is plug in a USB drive with free space available. The amount of free space will determine the amount of additional buffer time (this is also dependent on the bandwidth of the incoming signal). Generally any GB+ typical size USB drive will work to extend the buffer.
Given this insight, what brand USB flash drive did you use? How was it formatted? Were there any on-screen messages regarding the feature when you attempted to use it? How long does the pause time last with the USB stick in use? What cable/satellite service do you use, if any, and in what city?
Any additional information you can provide regarding your experience will help us troubleshoot this for you.
I hope you will forgive the previous faux pas. The new information I received was unexpected, but I hope it proves to be helpful.
I look forward to hearing from you.
12-12-2018 03:23 PM
Kingston 8 GB DataTraveler, USB 2.0
The TV saw the stick when plugged in and asked to reformat it. I did that. The "Storage" page in the TV's settings sees the formatted card with 7+ gigs of free space.
But the pause function time has not been extended, nor can I move apps from internal storage to the USB stick.
12-13-2018 01:17 PM
Thank you for sharing the requested details. Our engineers have offered the following insights and advice:
Please let me know if this information is helpful.
12-15-2018 08:07 AM
I tried a different USB stick and tried both of the formats (internal and external) offered by the TV. No improvement. When I pause a live OTA channel, the TV stays paused for 2 minutes then resumes playing without any intervention by me.
And I can't move apps to the USB stick using either format.
Any more suggestions?
Thanks for your help.
12-15-2018 09:01 AM
I stubbornly reformatted the USB stick one more time, to the "external" option, and now live OTA pause seems to be working.
Still no luck with moving apps to the USB stick though.
12-15-2018 01:15 PM
Thank you for the update. I'm happy to hear the pause feature is up and running for you at last.
I've made a query to our engineers regarding moving the apps. With apologies, since it's the weekend, I do not expect to have news for you until after the first of the week. As soon as I have more details, I will share them at once. I am grateful for your patience in the interim.