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

Oh and loveFilm seems to be on board too.

I hear this afternoon that the accessibility API will come as a download
within the first 12 months of YouView launching. YouView launches early
next year and will become the new default like Freeview is now. It's
like Freeview on acid because it's linked to your broadband connection.
Cue all sorts of discussions about who's going to pay for the sudden
massive video streaming usage of broadband across the country. It could
be good news to those of us blindies who are tech savvy but perhaps not
so good for those who just want to be able to use a remote control. Not
at the beginning anyway. 

YouView used to be known as Project Canvas. Get your google boots on and
also check MediaGuardian.co.uk and bookmark their YouView tag. 




 

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From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of william lomas
Sent: 25 March 2011 15:21
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [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
> 
> jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 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=tv040
>> 1
>> 
>> 
>> 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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