Tag: tv

November 23, 2014

When I first got my original (shop-bought) YouView box, I thought it was pretty brilliant, but the there was the inevitable complaints how it didn’t have stuff like YouTube, NetFlix and LoveFilm. YouView’s answer to this was that they were open to new content partners,…

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November 23, 2013

I wrote in September about getting Multicast working, this being required for TV over IP channels. Having proved it worked, I then forgot about it, as the only such channel I can currently get is Sky, which I am not interested in. I just wanted…

Read the PostProblems with Multicast and DLNA

September 6, 2013

Here and here I spoke about Multicast, and needing a new router to make it work. The new router arrived in July, but initial attempt to get VPN working to my office with a suitable encryption failed. All I had to do was tinker with…

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July 23, 2013

I have been with TalkTalk for some time, but on their business service, rather than their domestic one. This meant I missed the boat a year ago, when they handed out free YouView boxes – I bought mine instead. But this year, they announced that…

Read the PostMore new toys (mostly free)

May 10, 2013

I recently acquired Fringe Season 4. It has been out for some time, but I was happy to wait until it was non-expensive. I’ve actually had it for about a month, now, but hadn’t started watching it, for two reasons. Firstly, I had another DVD…

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February 7, 2013

I mentioned earlier that NetFlix had produced a US remake of the British TV political drama “House of Cards”. For me, a great fan of both the original series, and the star of the remake, Kevin Spacey, it was going to be must-see TV. However,…

Read the PostHouse of Cards doesn’t fall down

January 29, 2013

As I mentioned earlier, I have been catching up on Damages on NetFlix. I had seen the first two seasons, and all but the final episode of the third, but had missed the fourth or fifth. I’ve been fair speeding through it, at an unhealthy…

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January 18, 2013

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I took out a free month of NetFlix, and then decided to keep it on for a while. The first attraction was watching the first 3 series of “Warehouse 13” (the 4th series isn’t available yet), numerous films…

Read the PostWhat a difference an IP address makes

January 8, 2013
November 11, 2012

This film came out last year, but I’d never heard about it before. Made by the BBC, in partnership with others, it was reshown last night, and is on iPlayer until Nov 18. I found it really interesting. The plot is simple – an unexplained…

Read the PostMovie: Perfect Sense

August 12, 2012

The first Youview device launched a few weeks ago, with a fanfare from the BBC and a lot of talk from Lord Sugar; who contrary to rumour, isn’t actually involved in the production of the device, but is a non-executive chairman of the Youview partnership.

Youview is an IPTV service developed and launched jointly by BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five; together with BT and TalkTalk. Youview have specified what a Youview box should do, to enable it to bear the name, and various set-top box manufacturers will be launching their own boxes, made to that spec. The highlights of the requirement are that it includes dual Freeview tuners, a hard disk recorder, and hosts all 4 channel’s catchup/on demand services. Furthermore, that this functionality should be fully integrated.

Read the Post Youview – it gets my vote

June 23, 2012

Comedian Jimmy Carr has been in the news this week, due not so much to revelations that he benefited from a tax loophole that saw him pay 1% tax on earnings reported as 3 million a year; but more due to Prime Minister David Cameron…

Read the PostA Taxing Time