[access-uk] Re: Sky Talker now available

If Peter's information is correct, it seems there could be a degree of 
accessibility to the sky+ recorded programmes menu. Sort of. 

Peter seems to be saying that, even though you can't read recorded programmes 
menu itself, you are able to read the interstitial screen that you reach before 
the programme starts playing.This means that you will be able to arrow down, 
hit play once and hear what programmes you've landed on. If you don't want that 
programme, you just hit backup and carry on down the list performing the same 
function every time you want to know what programme you're on. 

Just a brief explanation for those of you who don't have sky+.

You access the recorded programmes menu by hitting the Sky Guide button then 
the green button. You then have a vertical list of programmes you've recorded. 
You arrow up and down them and you have to hit play twice before the programme 
starts playing.

Why twice? Because the first time you hit play, you're given a synopsis screen 
which describes the programme. 

Warning though, HD boxes don't work in quite the same way. The menu isn't just 
a single long vertical list. The arrow keys can take you in all sorts of 
directions depending on what you've been recording, whether you've been 
stacking up a series via the 'series link' option, etc. 

A further note is that, though Sky have said they intend to make it accessible 
to HD customers next year, I think they're simply referring to the voice 
working via the HDMI cable and not a fix for the dynamic menu problem I've just 
described and that is a nightmare for visually impaired people. 

You'll still need to be able to record the programmes in the first place 
however which you'll have to do in the same keystroke counting guesswork way or 
with a bit of sighted help. Or so it seems. 

...Damon 

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Barry Hill
Sent: 17 October 2010 18:59
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Sky Talker now available

Got to say, it's frustrating not being able to find out what's on each channel 
during the ad's.  If you have ad's on one side, they tend to be timed to 
coincide with ad's on most other channels.  Knowing what's on even when the 
ad's are playing will help a lot with channel surfing.

£70 might be a lot for this privilege, but I'm sure, if/when I buy one, I won't 
dwell on the cost as I happily surf the channels.


Cheers

Barry
-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Peter Holdstock
Sent: 17 October 2010 11:38 AM
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Sky Talker now available

OK Sky have just rung back and said that the box will read the name and 
synopsis for the programme you are currently on. Whilst it won't read the menus 
and list of recordings, it will read you the programme details if you go in to 
your planner and press to either play the programme or bring up the synopsis, 
so it will be quicker and more useful than my current method of having to play 
programmes in order to find out what they are. . So it doesn't sound perfect 
but it will be a big help compared to nothing at all. 
She also said it has nine voices to choose from. They don't know whether the 
device will be upgradable yet.

Peter

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From: "william lomas" <lomaswilliam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2010 10:26 AM
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Sky Talker now available

> no it doesn't read everything peter at all only channel banners
>
> On Oct 17, 2010, at 10:17 AM, Peter Holdstock wrote:
>
>> Yes except this little box will read all the functionality of the Sky 
>> Plus box so it means at long last we have an accessible recorder as well.
>> I'll provide feedback to the list once I've received it and had a 
>> play. I might even do my first podcast!
>>
>> Peter
>>
>> --------------------------------------------------
>> From: "Janet Tuggey" <janet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2010 11:48 PM
>> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Sky Talker now available
>>
>>> What's the Sky Talker, is it similar to the new Goodmans Freeview 
>>> box with talking menus etc.
>>>
>>>
>>> Janet & Wheat, the silly Shepherd cross -----Original Message-----
>>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
>>> Behalf

>>> Of
>>> Peter Holdstock
>>> Sent: 16 October 2010 18:58
>>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Subject: [access-uk] Sky Talker now available
>>>
>>> Hi, sorry if this has already been discussed but the sky talker is 
>>> now available. I've just ordered mine for £70. Not sure if my last 
>>> messages got through as I think I seem to have been unsubscribed for 
>>> some reason, so again apologies if this has already been discussed.
>>>
>>> Peter
>>>
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