Radio Times take on PVRs

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  1. ghstone

    ghstone Novice hacker

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    Folks,

    I have just reached the letters page of this weeks Radio Times and read a query asking if the only benefit of a PVR over Tape was that it had Freeview built-in - referring to a reply to a letter the previous week.

    In replying, the editor gives a good account of the benefits of the current crop of dual tuner PVRs but then goes on to say that SKY were the pioneers in PVRs with SKY+, and even refers to it a system that is still seen as the easiest to use ! presumably by those who have only seen SKY+...

    Needless to say, this has caused me to put fingers to keyboard and point out the errors in their potted history of the PVR.

    Of course if anyone would like to add their voice to mine, it's radio.times@bbc.co.uk

    Graham
     
  2. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Hehe! I had intended to post about this earlier in the week but completely forgot :) I might send them a quick email if I get the chance.
     
  3. AENG

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    I see this as particularly ironic. It was a speech in 2000 by the then DG of the BBC (one Greg Dyke) that alerted me to the existence of TiVo in the first place! He was, IIRC, pointing out some of the far-reaching effects that it could have on the future of TV in this country, at a time when virtually nobody had heard of PVRs anyway.

    Thanks, ghstone, I'll certainly add my three penn'orth to the RT postbag.
     
  4. Milhouse

    Milhouse New Member

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    You can refer the Radio Times to this blog entry on the BBC website which declares TiVo as the inventor of PVRs...

    (BTW, discussion of the newly launched TiVo/Amazon "Product Purchase" feature is taking place in the Coffee House here, with a neat summary from TiVoStephen detailing how the new feature will work - I think the BBC blog article is a bit OTT based on a lack of information, I actually think it's a good idea and a shame it won't be available over here!)
     
  5. tenwiseman

    tenwiseman Fustrated Coder

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    All the poster advertising of Sky+ gives the public the impression that Sky actually invented personalised video recording. It's probably that, that the radio times writer was fooled by.

    In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if most of the current Sky+ poster campaigns weren't pinched word for word from similar TiVo advertising in the states and then modified.
     
  6. woody

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    The BBC should actually know better, they are/were a Tivo partner, and also invaded our Tivos' with an unwanted program (best forget that one)
     
  7. Milhouse

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    I posted a critical but (IMHO) still reasonable response to the moderated BBC blog - it it any surprise that it hasn't appeared after 9+ hours? (Retorical question in case anyone is wondering...)
     
  8. johala_reewi

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    My experience of BBC 'science like' news articles is that they are not very well researched. If only their reporters did a quick look at wikipedia before publishing!
     
  9. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Is it only me who finds that second sentence rather ironic in light of the first one; or is WP now 100% correct all of the time? :)
     
  10. AENG

    AENG New Member

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    No, it's not! :D
     
  11. kitschcamp

    kitschcamp Tweaked and poked

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    I think the second sentence is meant to be ironic; even the Wikipedia is more accurate than the BBC science articles.
     
  12. TheBear

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    Which of course is completely wrong!

    The concept was first developed in the late 70's..
     
  13. Milhouse

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    Perhaps "invent" isn't entirely correct but "first to market at an affordable price and be granted patents for a whole bunch of fundamental PVR technologies" was too long winded although entirely correct... so just who did invent (or perhaps just develop concepts of) what most of us now call a PVR (ie. a digital hard disk video recorder) in the 70s?
     
  14. iankb

    iankb New Member

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    The first PVR's were not hard-disk recorders, but VCR tape recorders; however inadequate you might consider them.
     
  15. Milhouse

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    So the first PVRs were just VCRs then? I wouldn't consider a PVR to be a plain old VCR, although I conceed that the VCR was a very personal device. I think most peoples perception of a PVR these days is something far more sophisticated and advanced than a VCR, and that what TiVo created is nothing like a VCR, although both do record and playback video...
     
  16. kitschcamp

    kitschcamp Tweaked and poked

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    Agreed. All the definitions of PVRs that I've seen were to distinguish them from VCRs. I remember reading very detailed descriptions in Wired about a decade ago.
     
  17. mjk

    mjk Lurker

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    And if you look in the TivoWeb Deleted Shows list the damn thing is still there!!
     
  18. iankb

    iankb New Member

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    Not if you buy Sky+, and Sky is probably the biggest supplier of so-called PVRs.

    My old VCR could remember to record series at fixed times per week, and record according to the actual broadcast time. I'm not sure that Sky+ could profess to do the former reliably, and TiVo to do the latter.
     
  19. TCM2007

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    Your VCR wouldn't do it on its own though, you needed to put a blank tape in and set it into record mode.

    Supposedly the original ideas of the PVR/DVR was come up with at Honeywell in the mid 80s. However all references to that use the exact same phrase, seemingly copied from Wikipedia. I've e-mailed the guy to ask if he did invent the PVR, I'll let you know!
     
  20. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Honeywell? Bull! ;):p:D
     

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