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  1. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    Hi... Looking for info about this. I really want to get one but my telephone conversation with Sky just now has me slightly perplexed...

    Sky say it can't record external sources, particularily ITV from a VCR....it also can't control said VCR to switch to ITV obviously! Is this true?

    Secondly the small print says that "series link" is only available on some channels. Well according to the girl I just spoke with it's not channel dependant but programme dependant. So much so that at present you can only season link Eastenders.........So what is it, Channel or Programme.

    I want to be able to record Buffy/Angel and West Wing without having to remember to set the thing up every fortnight. This seems as half assed as Tivo to me. Please someone tell me the FACTS as Sky seem to be unable to.

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    Hi<br />I have both sky plus and a tivo so maybe i can help you with your questions. Sky plus does not record itv, it is a strictly digital satelite recorder. The series link as far as i can see only works on the actual sky chanels.<br />Eg. most programs on sky one or sky sports can be series linked but any other chanel seems to be a no no. So you would be ok linking buffy and angel b as the west wing is on e4 there is no series link at present.<br />As for your coments about tivo, i found them a bit harsh. I have had mine for a year and have found it invaluble. You can book a season pass on any channel, no restrictions and its facilities and options and user friendliness far exceed sky plus.<br />The only benefit from sky plus is the ability to record one satelite program whilst watching another.<br />Hope this helps
     
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    Nomad: Thanks for clearing that up. I had TIVO at home for 6 weeks and found it generally infuriating. It would record things I didn't want and it would not always change channels properly. Then there's the classic of getting a software update when you are on holiday and going to standby, thereby missing all the recordings I really wanted......It went back.

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    hopfully the software is better than that of the normal didgi box . i have set the reminder only a few times and it has turned to the wrong chanel at a diferent time on a diferent day
     
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    From my experience, series link is offered on a program by program basis. I have managed to get a series link setup for Lady VonLichtenstien's Eastenders <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> and for Andromeda on Sky (It's getting better - just! And hey, it's got Lexa Doig in it...). Not managed to get it working on anything else yet, so reminders only on Farscape.
     
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    Hi I understand from Sky that ITV 1 will be available from December. this will assist users of the sky + with the problems surrounding recording of external devices. Incidentally has any one else heard this info and does anyone know whether it applies to ITV 2
     
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    Currently, ITV2 is not available on Sky, you have to be on Cable, something like NTL or Telewest in order to get it.

    Or so I've heard anyway, whether there's any truth in that remains to be seen....
     
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    I have had TiVo since day one, just over a year now. I don't have Sky + (yet) but post here based on knowledge gained from reading various forums extensively.
    Sky + can only record from Sky Digital channels.

    Series link is programme dependant and relies on the channel, e.g. E4, who provide Sky with the EPG data, it's not down to Sky themselves.

    Series links were few and far between early on but this feature has improved as the weeks have gone by as the broadcasters have caught up with the new technology.
    I agree. In my experince TiVo is brilliant. That's not to say that there haven't been teething problems, this is after all brand new ground breaking technology.
    The TiVo Suggestions facility gets better with time as the system 'learns' you viewing preferences. 6 weeks is not enough for this to become effective. Effective channel changing was my number one challenge as a number of programmes were missed. If you have Sky Digital you need to use the Grundig codes numbered 20006 regardless of the make of digibox you have.
    ITV1 is scheduled to start test transmissions (10.832H 10.891H and 10.906V all 22000 5/6) on the digital satellite platform this Thursday (1st November) going fully 'live' at the end of the month. 16 regional variations will be broadcast in the 800s on the EPG with a referral page posted on 103.

    ITV1 has not yet done a deal with Sky on encryption/conditional access so will be completely free to air. The significance of this is that the pictures will be visible over the full footprint of the Astra 2 satellite group not just in the UK (like BBC etc.) so certain programmes where broadcast rights for outside the UK are not owned e.g. UEFA Champions League Football and some films, are likely to be blacked out to prevent unauthorised viewing.

    Agreement has been reached for ITV1 only at this stage not ITV2 or ITV Sport although I understand that negotiations have commenced again (having broken down previously over terms) in view of all the problems ITV Digital are having with subscriber numbers and advertising revenue.

    My personal view, and it is very much that and that only, is that it is only a matter of time before ITV1, ITV2 and ITV Sport will be available on Sky Digital with full access. Just how long this will take though is anyone's guess.

    Hope that is helpful.

    Simon
     

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