[access-uk] Re: goodmans freeview box initial thoughts

Oh right, pretty nifty, as long as you're within earshot!  <Smiles>

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---- Original Message ----
From: "Yusuf" <yusufaosman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2010 4:45 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: goodmans freeview box initial
thoughts
Hi Carol, Sorry for the lack of clarity. One of the
things that the Goodmans allows you to do is set up a
reminder for a program you see in the Program Guide. When
you locate the program your interested in you press the
ok button and a reminder is created. Just before the
program selected starts a message comes up on the screen,
and is read by the speech, to let you know that your
program is about to start. HTH
Yusuf
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carol Pearson" <carol.pearson29@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2010 4:32 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: goodmans freeview box initial
thoughts

Usuf,

That was a very good description, thanks.

I was a little puzzled by your comment about setting up
a reminder for Sharpe, because you didn't mention how
this could be accomplished;  or perhaps you were meaning
that you had set up your own reminder now that you could
find easily the station etc you wanted.  Perhaps you
could elaborate on this for me.
Thanks!

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---- Original Message ----
From: "Yusuf" <yusufaosman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "access-uk" <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2010 11:53 AM
Subject: [access-uk] goodmans freeview box initial
thoughts
Hi all, I received my box yesterday and these are a few
initial thoughts on it.

1. Setting up was relatively easy I got everything
connected within 10 minutes despite the mistake in the
manual which listed the connections on the rear of the
device from left to right when they are actually right
to left.
2. The set top box is roughly the size of a video
cassette and has a nicer feel than the Net Jem box,
which I thought felt rather flimsy.
3. There is no on/off button on the set top box. I
realise this is a standard feature with modern
technology but I dislike it. I do not like leaving
devices on standby.
4. Once everything is connected and the box is turned on
from the remote, the box scans for TV and radio channels
and gives audio feedback about progress. Once that is
complete BBC1 is played and the speech reports the
channel number, the name of the channel and what program
is on, and whether it includes audiodescription and
signing.
5. You can then use the number keys (located from the
second row downwards), or the up and down channel
changer (located beneath the number keys and to the
right), to change channels. Each channel is reported
with its number, program etc.
6. The EPG (electronic program guide) is fantastic and
much better than having to connect to the internet as I
had to do with my Net Jem.
7. The voice is generally good, however I have noticed
it sometimes breaks up, I'm not sure if this is
something to do with the signal strength of the channel
concerned.
8. It is possible to adjust the speed of the speech, but
only by 3 settings.
9. You can independently change the volume of the
speech, audiodescription, TV, button beeps and on/off
beep. You do this from the menu.
Generally I like the Free view box, I've already setup a
reminder for Sharpe, which is on tonight, something I
couldn't do with the Net Jem. There are a few things
that I would like and hope that the manufacturer will
be able and willing to take on board. For example It
would be good to be able to customise what is spoken EG
I'm not interested if a program is being signed. I'd
also like to be able to turn off all announcements when
you turn to a particular channel but to keep speech on
for when you press the info key, menu, et.
I was slightly surprised not to find a update option in
the menu and wonder how software updates will be
handled.
I had forgotten that the headphones socket works in mono
and it took me a while to figure out why I was only
getting sound out of one speaker when I connected the
headphones socket through my amp. If you have a setup
similar to mine you will need to invest in a Skart to
Phono adaptor.
One major disappointment is that there doesn't appear to
be any access to text features, EG the red button. I've
noticed that the BBC are more often now using the Red
button to make different commentary options available.
We don't currently have access to this and I can't
really explain why given that there is access to the
EPG and next program facilities.
One final comment, I didn't receive my Braille or CD
instructions with the set top box and had to go to the
RNIB site to download the word file. I received the
instructions I ordered a day late.
If there's anything that anyone particularly wants to
know feel free to ask and I'll try to answer.
Yusuf

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