Some of you may remember me posting about my new digital cable TV service from TV Cabo in Portugal (see this thread). It used the "Microsoft TV" platform. Well, my 3 months trial period is up, I'm returning the box and getting back my 147 deposit. To cut a long story short, the box hardly ever worked, crashed at least once every 24hrs, couldn't be relied upon to make HDD recordings (about a 25% success rate) and was generally a total nuiscance. The 'service' was also cr*p: a load of intrusive 'icons' on the TV screen, some of which were impossible to remove (even on films) and generally a load of services I didn't need or want, mostly just full of advertising anyway. The one advantage that the system gave me, a crystal clear digital TV picture, I have achieved with my Philips DVDR 890 DVD recorder who's tuner, amazingly, has massively improved my TV picture. The much heralded 'upgrade' to the service hasn't materialised yet and I wanted to get back my deposit whilst I still could. Trust Microsoft to be involved again in charging users to beta test a product that is a total shambles. Sorry about the rant - just had to get it off my chest! Michael.