Discussion in 'Cable TV & Virgin Media TV' started by mobily, Nov 2, 2005.
Has anyone any idea when the Telewest PVR may be launched?
Rumour has it December, although it may slip to January.
There is a mini review of it in this month's stuff magazine.
so where is it then?
this was suppose to surface last summer. there is nothing anywhere on this forum or on the web about it.
has anyone got any news?
It's in beta at the moment...
There is some user feedback over at the UK Tivo Community
There's some info about it here: http://www.telewest.co.uk/html/tv_drive/New_Tabs/
You can register an interest, and they'll email you when it becomes available in your area.
It's now available.
Is there anyone out there who took part in the trial and can give us a report on hw good (or otherwise) it is?
ordered one today. installed next month. hopefully its better than sky +..
Is the £15 per month charge on top of what you are already paying for channels? What I mean is....I am currently paying £10.50 per month for the essential package, so would that mean it would cost me £25.50 monthly for the new box?
Caz41 you are correct.
If you're only on the entry package I would wait as it will probably get cheaper once there are a lot of boxes out there or get bundled in with the top rate package.
I think you're right as that's a bit pricey! They even want you to carry on paying for your old box (in another room) and charge you an extra £5 per month .....and if you don't want to, they want a further 50 quid off you for installing the new box!! I already pay them £10.50 per month for channels, £10 for phoneline...£6 for evening and weekend calls, £18 for broadband......and whatever calls I make on top of that! You'd think they might give long standing customers that pay them a fortune every month as it is, a discounted box. Think I'll just have to wait until Argos get their Fusion back in......though I'm beginning to think that might never happen at this rate
Can't find another PVR that uses 4tv for the EPG apart from Fusion!
Caz41, inverto 7000 pvr does 4tv epg!
great box, quiet but a little quirky (i.e. fast forward/rewind)
read this some where else.
Telewest have launched their TV Drive, which offers PVR facilities (Record 2 different channels and watch a 3rd) with 80 hours of recording. This is also HDTV compatible.
No set up fee for new customers - £50 for existing.
£15 per month with starter or essential TV package
£10 per month with supreme.
Also extra £5 per month if you want another standard set top box in another room.
In addition to the Fusion and Inverto, the Thomson DHD4000 also uses 4TV's EPG. They appear to be as rare as hens teeth, though Mike over at DS came up with this the other day
Thanks snail, just been looking at this one and it seems great. Pity it's only a 40Gb disc ....otherwise it would have been perfect!
I'm really being put off the Fusion name during all this research I've been doing on PVR's, seems to be so many people have had numerous problems with them (I've presently still got my faulty 145.) Does anyone know how reliable Thomson brands are? Do they have a good name in the electronics world??
FWIW I've had Telewest running with a Tivo for +4 years (very happy BTW).
Excluding upgrades I spent £230 on the Tivo (new) and £200 on a lifetime subscription to the EPG. Telewest would have cost +£480 in subs (I'm on supreme) plus £50 installation.
If you figure that they break even money on the installation - £50 an hour seems about par for the engineer+van, may even be a small loss. Then the cost per month isn't that broad of the mark. They will probably write off the asset after 3 years (£360-£540 in subs) the lower end is probably close to what the hardware costs. Plus they have to support it and replace it if it dies (quite probable in 3 years IMHO).
I expect to see the sub costs dropped on Supreme next year or they might include the multiroom option with TVDrive. At the moment they are bound to charge a premium for early adopters who are desperate for multituners and/or HD support. As it stands I have an SD TV and a more adaptable PVR so I'll be holding off...for now.
so its much more expensive that sky + then? i just really wanted a service that i could set to record stuff and leave it to it.
is there an alturnative that would work with my orginal telewest box?
It's hard to work out what's more expensive as the channel subscriptions are mixed into the equation.
As I'm on Telewest Supreme I could get TVDrive for £10 a month - if I wanted to keep my other box that's another £5 a month.
On the lower packages you get fewer channels and the monthly cost goes up to £15 a month - but is that 'better value' ?
My understanding is that Sky+ costs £10 a month or is 'free' with the premium channels (i.e. movies, sports etc.) but I'm no Sky expert.
Of course if you stop subscribing to the channel then the recording becomes useless and if you stop subscribing to Sky then the box stops recording
The only solution that works with existing cable services is Tivo (it will also work with Freeview, terrestrial, Freesat or Sky. You can buy them second hand on ebay etc. or with warrantys from a couple of UK suppliers who are refurbishing used units or selling through the end of the production run.
Tivo in the UK is over 4 years old and well behind the US versions but there is still a official support, the EPG is still updated and there is an active community of users. Tivo have just made changes to suit Sky renumbering the radio channels with 4 digits. There are always rumours of a return to the UK market with a new box but no substance to date.
The cost of Tivo is high but as a very satisfied user I would recommend it if you can afford it. If my existing Tivo died and couldn't be DIY fixed with a new drive or network card then I would buy a replacement without a moments hesitation.
Sky + and the t drive with mutiroom are actually about the same price.
However after being with sky+ since the begining I am moving to Telewest T Drive with e tuners and the option of HD I think this is the best option.
Yes the fact that TW box is HD ready and Sky HD box is likely to cost £299+ and a monthly additionally sub of £10. People will be doing their price comparisons. Esp TW multiroom being £5!
Wish id have bought a few when dixons were selling off their stock of Thompson Scenium TIVOS for £25 quid a go, hindsight is a wonderfull thing.
Telewest have just announced the TVDrive is now available. I have just signed up. £10 extra a month + $50 installation.
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