Do I need Guide Plus or Video Plus?

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  1. loz

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    OK, I don't "need" either.

    But given that Guide Plus seems to be reserved at present for machines are the more expensive end of the market, does it give me any real advantage over video plus?

    As I see it, with G+
    I don't have to buy a magazine each week with V+ codes in it.
    I assume there is some ease of use

    Does it cover more channels? My tv guide with the weekend newspaper doesn't have V+ codes for less popular digi channels (presume I can get those from a proper tv guide if I wanted)

    Does it do a better job of indexing? Presume so as it has the programme names.

    If G+ is better, then which is the cheapest G+ machine?

    Finally, is there any alternative to G+ (besides Sky+)
     
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  3. loz

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    Thanks, I knew of the URL.
    I was trying to get some user perspectives
     
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    I find Guide+ excellent on my Pioneer 530. Just select the program you want from the EPG and it is recorded and given the title automatically. It is possible adjust the start and finish times easily if required and it controls my freeview box. I have also tried it with SKY+ and it will control that as well.
     
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    Seconded with the Pioneer 530. I always said I wouldn't use the function but its so easy.
    Last night just before I went out I told my mate I'd got to program the recorder and he pulled a face. He watched me get the Guideplus up, scroll to the three programs I wanted and hit the RED button. He couldn't believe how easy it is.
     
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    GuidePlus+ is well worth having, in truth I tend to use Sky to look at the listings, faster interface, and then a couple of clicks and it is set up. Been faultless for me up to now, tis new so I am click click clicking. :thumbsup:

    Just bought the Phillips 720, cheap because a new model is on the way

    linky

    It looks , feels, sounds (quiet as a mouse, I read some other PVRs have noisy fans, would irritate me like hell) like a quality machine, and is behaving like one. :)

    If you can live with the things it cannot do, re-encode is the main drawback so they say, however I am finding as others have said that set on 2+ setting which gives 150 minutes on a disk and covers 99.9% of recording needs provides an image that is identical to live TV.
     
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    After only 3 days of owning a Pioneer 530 with Guideplus+ etc. I still find the need for a TV guide, as gazing at a screen trying to sort out which day I'm looking at is a bit awkward.

    The OSG aren't all that clear or well presented. It is a pity that so much is taken up on the left of the Screen with two boxes giving help or whatever else they do. Maybe when I get my LCD TV things will look clearer?
    Other than that, it's a doodle once a programme has been found to set it to record, albeit it's best then to go into 'Edit' and add more minutes to the end of a programme.
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    Can I recommend http://www.digiguide.com
    I've been using it for about 5 years and its awesome.
     
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    It should be much, much clearer than your TV is generally (moving images) - are you sure it's set to RGB? (TV and recorder) - you might get some pixel dithering if it isn't


     
  10. loz

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    I don't think he meant clear as in picture quality, but clear as in logical
     
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    I thought he meant both (said something about it better when he gets his LCD display) - but i could be wrong


     
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    It's a combination of a lot of information on the screen, different colours and not enough space in which to cram so much and old eyesight has something to do with it.
    If I move closer to the screen it is somewhat better - it's not that bad, it is just that I had expected it to be so much better. It will look better, however, on a flat, reflection-free LCD screen - hopefully.

    P.S it also may not be the most logical layout but that, I would imagine is the fault with 7 day EPG's geneally. I still would rather scan my paper TV listings, comfortably without having to have the TV on just to check what is on and when. To my mind, the following day or two would seem to be my optimal requirements from an electronic EPG.

    :thumbsup:
     
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    Another vote for DigiGuide here :thumbsup:
     

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