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  • Gareth Ward,

    The MySky box does do the "whoops, can't do that" warning and gives you options as to which one to cancel. I've only come across it the once (I think they're extending the number of simulataneous records via firmware updates?)

    What's getting me at the moment, is that there isn't really a great deal of shows I want to watch at any time. The Series Link is getting it's heaviest work out from the Daily Show and then two or three others. That's it. Is this just a downtime in network scheduling while we wait for new seasons to start?

    And re Mad Men - I somehow seem to be recording two versions on a Sunday, one at 9.30ish and another at close to midnight. Anyone know which season they each are?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I should note that I've taken possession of a TiVo as part of their beta programme and will review that presently.

    I'm not entirely impressed with its performance, but it is in beta and I'll see how I go ironing out the kinks before I write about it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    We have a fan in our house who's usually pre-occupied with baby-care when it screens (like, that would happen in the coro audience).

    Au contraire! Although its audience does skew older, a significant chunk of child-caring-age women watch Coronation Street. Says Jane Clifton in this 2005 article in The Listener:

    For the past three months, the show was watched by nearly 17% of the female audience, and more than 15% of the men. This is a steady trend, more than justifying its primetime slot. For the over-fifties, it’s as close to compulsory TV viewing as you ever get, with close to half the potential audience of women over 60 watching it, and about a third of men over 60. But the younger viewership is pretty impressive, too. Of thirty- and fortysomethings, nearly 20% (women) and 13% (men) watch Coro. Nor do advertisers sniff at the 8% of 18-29-year-old women in the audience, either.

    ETA The earlier Mad Men is the new season, I believe, while the later one is a repeat of an earlier season. Countdown to November 1963!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    if your box makes a hum that's probably the hard drive (and maybe a fan) - putting it in a box behind a glass door may not be a good thing - they can get toasty warm - unless the back of the box is appropriately open.

    Why do you want to choose aspect ratio? probably depends on your TV and whether you can handle 'pan&scan' (where some bozo back at the factory decides which bits of the 16:9 screen your 4:3 will move to - when they get it wrong it can be stupidly wrong) or despise letterboxing - different people have different preferences - on an HD set it's more an issue of how do you want to look at 4:3 - on the wide screen - with the sides chopped off or stretched - again different people prefer different things

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2606 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    The earlier Mad Men is the new season, I believe, while the later one is a repeat of an earlier season

    Right, cheers. As I haven't seen any of them, I need to decide if I let both seasons fully record then go back and watch them in episode order...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Hi all. Sorry, struck down by germs yesterday. Thanks for feedback.

    a significant chunk of child-caring-age women watch Coronation Street

    Yep. That's us alright.

    different people prefer different things</unquote>

    *Sigh*. Is it not enough for folks to just view stuff the way it was shot and cut?

    <quote> in a box behind a glass door may not be a good thing

    I've relocated it from on top of the telly, really, probably the noisiest possible location, to on top of the stereo amp in the corner of the room. Not bad for starters.

    Update Worst feature so far: an occasional tendency to spontaneously change channels. One minute it's a biog of Saddam Hussein from Maori TV, the next - blammo - the Family Health syndicated pharmaceutical ads. That's a cut to make strong folk weep.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

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