[access-uk] Re: Cable, Freeview or Freesat

where can I read up on this and what I get if any good may ditch sky

On 25 Mar 2011, at 15:17, Damon Rose wrote:

> I'm still quite excited about the forthcoming YouView. The content
> you'll get for free looks amazing. It's just how good the accessibility
> will be.
> 
> This week it's been announced that, Sky and The Guardian have signed up
> as content partners on top of the major terrestrial channels offering a
> 7 day video on demand service. 
> 
> We know there is to be some kind of access through an API whose specs
> have been published ... And that you should be able to get access to the
> box, download content and record functions using an iPhone app or a PC
> or website interface. 
> 
> But for content alone, watch out for YouView. And just hope your TV or
> set-top box doesn't die on you before the first quarter of next year
> when I think it'll finally be launched. 
> 
> ...Damon 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
> Of Tristram Llewellyn
> Sent: 25 March 2011 15:08
> To: 'access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Cable, Freeview or Freesat
> 
> Freeview and Freesat most definitely have different channels though some
> are the same too.
> 
> Regards.
> 
> Tristram Llewellyn
> Sight and Sound Technology
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
> Of Jackie Cairns
> Sent: 25 March 2011 14:54
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Cable, Freeview or Freesat
> 
> Hi Carol
> 
> Me too, that's why I'm not buying yet.  We've got a Sky Plus box, and
> only get the standard channels because we don't subscribe to any
> packages.
> 
> I think there are differences in Freeview and FreeSat, but that's why it
> is confusing, because some say it's the same and some say the channel
> listings are different.
> 
> Our current analogue TV is ok and we are in a similar situation to
> yourself in that regard.  If the telly conks out, then I don't know what
> we'll go for either. 
> 
> 
> Kind Regards,
> 
> Jackie Cairns
> J&M Work-Ability
> 
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> www.work-ability.co.uk
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
> Of Carol Pearson
> Sent: 25 March 2011 12:55
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Cable, Freeview or Freesat
> 
> Yes, it's not being able to record at all from this box that makes it
> unattractive to me.
> 
> --
> Carol P
> ---- Original Message ----
> From: "william lomas" <will.d.lomas@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 12:50 PM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Cable, Freeview or Freesat
> 
>> Well you do ahve the RNIB talking freeview box that reads all EPG info
> 
>> etc. and it completely speech-enabled apart from interactive services 
>> and you can't record programs.
>> 
>> That costs around 99 GBP from RNIB online shop
>> 
>> info here
>> 
>> http://www.rnib.org.uk/shop/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=tv0401
>> 
>> 
>> On 25 Mar 2011, at 12:32, Carol Pearson wrote:
>> 
>>> Hi all,
>>> 
>>> We've been Cable customers for ages but are considering moving either
> 
>>> to Freeview or Freesat and would be grateful if you could help us to 
>>> look at these alternatives as we don't know a great deal.  The cost 
>>> is obviously going to be one benefit, since we're only going to have 
>>> one initial layout, presumably?
>>> Primarily, though, for various reasons we're tired of being tied to 
>>> Cable and just a few, rather unknowledgeable engineers who visit.
>>> 
>>> This has all recently come to a head as, with various movings around,
> 
>>> our workable setup has gone wrong once again and no current Cable 
>>> engineer seems to be able to put it right and we have no 
>>> knowledgeable friends who can either.  I should explain that our 
>>> setup to date has been that our TV has retained the terestial 
>>> channels for our use primarily so that we could continue to use our 
>>> analog video, with Cobolt's handset.  In addition, Cable was tuned to
> 
>>> another channel so we didn't miss anything there we wanted, plus 
>>> audio description, of course.
>>> This gave us real flexibility.  Now, however, nobody has the 
>>> knowledge to retune the TV and it's considered it could be a TV fault
> 
>>> anyway.
>>> 
>>> If we're going to purchase a new TV then we may as well think 
>>> possibly Freeview enabled.
>>> 
>>> OK, here are a few questions to get us started:
>>> 
>>> 1.    Are the channels on Freeview the same as those one
>>> would get on Freesat?
>>> 
>>> 2.    Has anyone yet found a good and reliable way to
>>> record programmes in our absence as a totally blind person with 
>>> either of these two alternatives?
>>> 
>>> 3.    How good is the freeview coverage across the
>>> country these days?
>>> 
>>> 4.    How high does the dish need to be seated
>>> (generally) for good reception using Freesat?  (We only have a 
>>> bungalow, so no second floor ...)
>>> 
>>> Any help on the above would be much appreciated.  Thanks.
>>> 
>>> --
>>> Carol P
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