Freeview vs Sky
TVNZ and Sky are actually at loggerheads presently over the Prime issue 
That reminds me - Prime play Dr Who in (drumroll) primetime & it's their biggest rating show.
TVNZ buy Torchwood (highly regarded Dr WHo spinoff - it's an anagram of Doctor WHo even), shelve it for more than a year, and then finally play it at what, 10.30pm?
I don't get it (and neither do TVNZ obviously).
Yes, that's quite right Prim. It's called a TV Tuner card, and you can get different versions for:
Prim;185619 wrote: You don't need to have a set top box for Freeview ...
You can get a - correct me, b/c I'll get it wrong - digital whodakythingiemebob for approx $272 which you plug in to your computer (well, your Mac anyway) and TV (or is it sat?) aerial and through which you can then receive (and record) FreeView.
- Analogue TV (VHF or UHF)
- DVB-T (FreeView Terrestrial)
- DVB-S (FreeView Satellite)
However, the software that comes with many of these cards does not work properly in NZ, and you cannot get the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) without resorting to skullduggery that "scrapes" the programme listings off the various Free-to-Air web sites (TVNZ, TV3 etc). Of course, everytime something is changed on those web sites, the software stops working and you have to wait until the author fixes it again.
This sort of setup involving a HTPC (Home Theatre PC), TV Tuner Card and various cobbled-together software has a very low WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) IMO, and is more likely to get thrown out the window in frustration rather than actually being useful [!] [!] [!]
HTPCs are just not there yet in terms of usability due to the various software issues.
- Who really wants to wait for a PC to boot up before they can watch TV?
- And more likely than not, the EPG will have stopped working again, so your recording times and channels will probably be incorrect.
For anybody looking at FreeView, I would wait just a little longer until they have a decent PVR (Personal Video Recorder) available at a reasonable price. There are some early ones starting to appear now for around $600 with a 320GB Hard Disk which will give over 100 Hours of storage.
However, you can bet there will be plenty of bugs to be ironed out with the early versions, so I would wait until there is a FreeView accredited PVR available. This is apparently on track for a late 2008 release.
At that stage, you will have the functionality of MySky, without the monthly sub, albeit with a much poorer choice of channels. Them's the breaks. You pay your money and make your choice
I don't think you have to have the line plugged in though, cos we don't and have managed to get the pay for movies.
devan;185596 wrote: I dont have sky but the telephone jackpoint is for the movies you pay for to transmit to you. I know this because my neighbour has sky and that telephone line crashed her phone for 10 days before telecom would come and fix it
Yes, you can still order PPV (pay per view) movies but you have to phone Sky to do it, rather than pressing a few buttons on the remote.
BillyTheTractor;185679 wrote: I don't think you have to have the line plugged in though, cos we don't and have managed to get the pay for movies.
Yeah, plenty. That's why I keep my head down during the animal threads 
oskatd;185682 wrote: Blimey, Grant, is there anything you don't know
GrantK;185595 wrote: Correct, the phone line is only used when you book a movie.
Being a horse racing enthusiast, I have a TAB Account which I can access through Sky on the Trackside Channel (35). I guess this is another use for the phone line! Obviously you need funds in your TAB account but you can just use the various buttons on the remote to do your betting if you so wish. I don't use it now as I prefer the internet if I wish to place a bet. Not a big punter, so the account doesn't get much of a work out
Quit lifestyling in September 2005 after 20 years but still ardent fan of this forum
Hey Llew, I don't know where Stratos originates but it has some local stuff, a lot of Aussie stuff and news from everywhere. It is a great view if you want to be kept informed.
Cue comes out of Southland, produced by the free polytech down there. A few things of interest but I do like their Southern Safari which is a local hunting program. And they also have the Beverly Hillbillies.
When there is nothing one anything worth watching I turn to Maori.
Like Jack a one of cost suited us & we can always find something to watch on Freeview or else one of the programmes we have recorded onto the hard drive.Exceptionally clear too
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its trouble,
It empties today of its strength."
These units are coming down rapidly in price and the best ones are now equipped with a built-in FreeView tuner and EPG (Electronic Programme Guide). Anyone contemplating buying one should look out for those two features, and preferably also go for something that is FreeView Accredited.
This is your guarantee that it will plug and play with our FreeView TV system in NZ.