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

Yusuf How many programmes can you record in advance?
Fran.
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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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