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Record and playback high definition TV signals. UK workaround (sorta)
Authored by: ibroughton on Apr 29, '04 03:03:24AM

I agree, once again we lag so far behind the technology availible in the US. I can't even begin to imagine a company like Sky or NTL providing firewire enabled boxes in this country! The easiest way I have found to rip programs in the UK (Lets face it, that's basically what this hint is) is to get a stand alone DVD recorder and record direct from your provider (Don't do it via a Tivo because the multiple layers of compression make for bad picture quality) then use something like DVDxDVPro to extract it onto your Mac. I know this is slightly off topic, but it's the best us Brits are going to get for a while I think!

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Record and playback high definition TV signals. UK workaround (sorta)
Authored by: el bid on Apr 30, '04 05:06:50AM

> I agree, once again we lag so far behind the technology
> availible in the US.

Eh? FreeView? DAB? GSM? The BBC and its Audio Webcasting?



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Record and playback high definition TV signals. UK workaround (sorta)
Authored by: ibroughton on May 14, '04 06:54:01AM

Yes, like I said, far behind.

Freeview = The third reincarnation/rehash of failed OnDigital/ITVDigital
DAB = Radio where the quality of signal is so dire (if you live outside of say, London) you might as well pick up an old transistor radio instead, and there is virtually 0% support for Mac users.
Audio webcasting = Streaming audio, not exactly difficult in this day and age.
Not exactly advanced now is it? Please be serious, we can't even get proper support for Tivo in this country. How much further ahead is the US in this technology? Answer is.... LOTS.

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Record and playback high definition TV signals. UK workaround (sorta)
Authored by: tkld on Jul 16, '04 04:47:53AM

What about El Gato's Eye TV 400?

http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetv400

Freeview receiver with firewire connection (not USB). Proper timeshifting of anamorphic widescreen digital TV.

Think you need to subscribe to TVTV's web service to get the full effect, perhaps this will change when Freeview finally start broadcasting the 7 day EPG for the whole country instead of just test regions.

Not sure if it has a smart card slot to get TopupTV's pay service as well (but their channels are all pants anyway :-)



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