Discussion in 'Cable TV & Virgin Media TV' started by Will 44, Jan 5, 2007.
Dont know which one to get, why would the tvdrive be better?
TVDrive is more useful for the PVR function than HD. HD services are limited really...
But it's cheap for what it is, easy to use, and the on-demand services are great. Depends what you're after really
From what I've seen, SKY HD has some technical problems, and is really only worth it for the HD sport... which would be amazing, but I'm not paying that much for it.
If you want HD content go for SkyHD
If you want an excellent PVR with 3 tuners (record 2 & watch a third) and some HD content go for TVDrive
Both systems are not perfect though...
For HD then SKY HD everytime.
TW OK for a pvr and good pic quality, BUT no HD content
There is some - it's limited, but it's there.
But as a service, you're better off comparing Sky+ and TVDrive than Sky HD and TVDrive.
For he value for money TW... For HD content SKY or Skive as I like to call em..
If you're getting it primarily for HD material, get Sky.
TW HD content is very dissapointing, and I will most likely be switching to Sky when my contract's up.
The PVR function on TW isn't bad, however, and is good value for money for new customers.
In my opinion, the only advantage of TVDrive is that you have 3 tuners as opposed to the 2 with SkyHD/Sky+.
Sky better for HD. Sky have more SD channels, even compared to TW's top package and with Sky you have all the red button interactive features. Limited to certain channels with TW and not available at all on Sky Sports channels.
And with Sky's commercial clout, it is most likely Sky will introduce more HD channels than the current offering more quickly than TW.
What is the hard drive capacity of the TV drive??
cheers bikenutt, is there anywhere i can find any pictures/specs off this box???
is it simlar to the sky hd box were its actually 300gb, but 140gb is saved for future updates etc???
Nope it's 160gb and all is used for recording, it adds up to about 80hours of SD recording.
Sky are reserving space it's for VOD, we get ours down the pipe so no need to use HDD space.
As mentioned, TVDrive is a very good PVR (better than sky+ IMO) but their HD service is very limited at the moment. I expect that to change soon when the virgin rebrand is done, and TWs 12 month tvdrive users come out of contract.
This should help: - http://www.sciatl.com/customers/Source/7004921.pdf
Thanks for that Bikenutt!!
Not the best looking bit of kit ive ever seen, but beats ancient pace box I have at the mo!!
Getting mine fitted on monday.
I'm in a similar boat. I'm getting a new property on Friday but its a b listed building so unless the sky dish can be placed in a roof valley (or i could chance sticking it up in a desecrate position on the roof and seeing if anyone complains) the flat is in a cabled area and i've had telewest in the past and thought it was great, however the whole HD thing makes me nervous as i've spent a lot of money on an HD plasma and hd dvd player and it doesn't look tw is going to be adding any channels any time soon, though this may improve with the Virgin take over.
Time is ticking and i only have another month before i move in, oh what to do?
I'm in the same position as you, having moved into a listed hose two weeks ago. We do have an M-shaped roof, but Telewest was already in the house, so I've just gone with the TV Drive.
My roof is like a flat topped ^ with a big chimney stack at the front and back.
I'm going to contact an installer tomorrow to arrange a site visit so hopefully i can get installed between the roof and the chimney so is will be invisible from both sides and won't be above the roof height.
Don't get me wrong i do like TW and have had it for a couple of years in the past, but its their future road map where my concerns lie. Maybe February will bring about some interesting news so i'll likely wait until then before i make a final decision (my wife likes the fact that you can still view the channel while browsing the epg)
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