More on Freeview

 

So more details continue to emerge. Adam Turner over at PC Authority as found out from Freeview CEO, Robin Parkes, that the current TV and Devices will be able to continue to receive the EPG because “the Freeview EPG uses the same data as the current free EPG.” he goes on to say that “ the Freeview-branded equipment will run a new interface that is consistent across all devices…”

So, I pay $300 dollars for a Freeview set-top box so I can get a new skin on my EPG. I repeat, A NEW SKIN.

WTF?!!

Parkes goes on to say "If you keep your old TV, nothing changes. It will continue to work, nothing is encrypted. We’re just going to make the experience user-friendly for the viewers"  – of course the user will pay for that user-friendly experience. FREEview indeed

Oh and of course, Freeview Devices cannot offer an easy wasy to copy recordings off the box. Hope you didn’t just buy a DVD-R DVD Recorder.

While we are on the subject of Freeview, I read a little more about the ONE HD Debacle. I was trying to establish what "Sport" will they have??  Most of the stuff is what was programmed already and due to anti-siphoning laws, the majority of it has to be shown either earlier or simultaneously on Channel 10 anyway..

  • AFL* – the 2009 NAB Cup, home and away season, and finals including the Grand Final
  • Netball – ANZ Championship Competition and all Test matches featuring the Australia
  • Commonwealth Games* – 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games
  • Cricket *– Indian Premier League Cricket
  • Formula 1 *– every round of the F1 World Championship
  • Moto GP* – extensive coverage of every round of the World Championship
  • NASCAR* – live coverage of the Daytona 500 and other major Sprint Cup races, live coverage of the Nationwide Series, as well as Sprint Cup qualifying
  • Australian Rally Championship – exclusive coverage of every round
  • National Football League* (NFL) – three games per week live, including the flagship Sunday and Monday night games, as well as live coverage of play-offs and the Super Bowl
  • Major League Baseball (MLB) – five games per week live, including prime time coverage of play-offs and World Series
  • National Basketball Association *(NBA) – three games per week live
  • Golf* – US Masters, US Open, World Golf Championships including the Accenture MatchPlay
    Championship, the CA Championship, the Bridgestone Invitational and the World Cup, Australian PGA,
    Ladies Masters, 2010 Ryder Cup, and 15 additional international and domestic events including the Johnnie Walker Classic, and the Asian tour’s flagship event the Singapore Open and the tour’s season ending Volvo Masters of Asia.
  • U.S. College sports – American football and basketball
  • Tennis – ATP and WTA tennis, details to be confirmed, approximately 11 tournaments during 2009.
  • Swimming*– This includes coverage of the Australian Swimming Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, Australian Short Course Championships, FINA World Short Course, Swimmer of the Year

* – denotes already shownon existing FTA TV…

In the meantime we lose Smallville, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights and Monk as well as HD Versions of Australian Idol, Rove, Neighbours, Supernatural, NCIS, Rush, House, Life, 9AM with David and Kim, Oprah Winfrey and The Late Show with David Letterman

Hardly a stellar example of TV in Australia moving forward.. no wonder US media countries treat us like a backwater… we are!! And this is supposed to take on the Pay TV and their attempt to take on the Downloaders…

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