Feeds

Freeview reaches out to EPG-less DVR owners

Relief for Digifusion users?

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Freeview has offered a ray of hope to the hundreds of Brits who own DVRs rendered effectively useless at recording future programmes because the company delivering the machines' Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) stopped doing so.

The issue affects owners of ten very early receivers and DVRs, including six models by Digifusion, a couple from Luxembourg-based Inverto and one each from the rather better known Thomson and Sony, though the Sony box was a rebranded Digifusion.

Back in the day, these machines contracted out their EPG to 4TV which would provide them with a proprietary seven-day EPG at a time when Freeview wasn't broadcasting such information at all. When Freeview subsequently began transmitting a free-to-air eight-day EPG, the 4TV offering was extended to 14 days.

The service was later taken over by InView, which separately provides EPG information for a number of other DVRs, including TopUp TV kit. The 4TV/InView EPG was transmitted at night for boxes to download. 4TV ultimately became part of Thomson, now going by the name Technicolor.

Last month, InView said it would cease transmission of the EPG early in July. "Unfortunately, this has been caused by circumstances beyond our control," it said in public forums at the time. "Simply put the bandwidth contract has run out and we have been unable to secure a new arrangement."

Essentially, the companies who contracted 4TV and InView to supply EPG data are no longer willing to pay it do so - or can't. DigiFusion, for example, was completely acquired by Turkish CE giant Beko in 2005 and no longer operates in the UK.

No new box using the 4TV EPG has shipped for four years, so those that do are clearly well out of warranty - even those whose manufacturers are still operating.

None of the boxes were authorised to carry the Freeview label, even though they were compatible with the service. However, Freeview today said it has "contacted the third party involved to see if a solution can be found".

That's good news for onwners of the old boxes, though we'd argue that now might be a good time to upgrade to some brand spanking new Freeview HD kit. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.