Tag: tv

April 19, 2018
More techie fun. It’s actually fairly easy to do, it was the idea that was brilliant (is there an emoji for an exploding head?)

Plex media server has a “watch later” function, that can be used for watching *selected* YouTube videos. See a video while browsing, and want to watch it later? Simply open the video page and click a browser bookmark. When you next open Plex, it will be listed under your “watch later” items.

November 23, 2014
When I first got my original (shop-bought) YouView box, I thought it was pretty brilliant, but the there was the inevitable complaints how it didn’t have stuff like YouTube, NetFlix and LoveFilm. YouView’s answer to this was that they were open to new content partners, but at the end of the day, writing the app was down to the content provider, not them. This didn’t seem unreasonable to me, but didn’t stop the bickering.

Since then, a number of new content partners have appeared, most of which I’m not particularly interested in – Sky, NowTV (which I think is another permutation of Sky), UKTV, Dave etc. But this month, NetFlix has made a welcome appearance. The app is slick, and miles better (in appearance and perfomance) than the app I have been using on my BluRay; so I’ll be watching it on the YouView box from now on.

November 23, 2013
I wrote in September about getting Multicast working, this being required for TV over IP channels.

Having proved it worked, I then forgot about it, as the only such channel I can currently get is Sky, which I am not interested in. I just wanted to ensure my kit could handle it should other channels come along in the future.

September 6, 2013
Here and here I spoke about Multicast, and needing a new router to make it work.

The new router arrived in July, but initial attempt to get VPN working to my office with a suitable encryption failed. All I had to do was tinker with it, but I didn’t have time, and couldn’t afford for my work VPN to be down.

July 23, 2013
I have been with TalkTalk for some time, but on their business service, rather than their domestic one. This meant I missed the boat a year ago, when they handed out free YouView boxes – I bought mine instead.

But this year, they announced that they were merging accounts, and I became a TalkTalk Plus customer last week. I promptly applied for my free box, and after some conflicting information (which I won’t go into here), it arrived along with a new ADSL router.

May 10, 2013
I recently acquired Fringe Season 4. It has been out for some time, but I was happy to wait until it was non-expensive.

I’ve actually had it for about a month, now, but hadn’t started watching it, for two reasons. Firstly, I had another DVD series on the go – Leverage; but mainly because I couldn’t decide whether to dive straight into Season 4, or watch some of season 3 again, which I last watched in December 2011.

February 7, 2013
I mentioned earlier that NetFlix had produced a US remake of the British TV political drama “House of Cards”.

For me, a great fan of both the original series, and the star of the remake, Kevin Spacey, it was going to be must-see TV. However, I did have some trepidation about it, a feeling of “please don’t let them screw it up”.

January 29, 2013
As I mentioned earlier, I have been catching up on Damages on NetFlix. I had seen the first two seasons, and all but the final episode of the third, but had missed the fourth or fifth.

I’ve been fair speeding through it, at an unhealthy rate (but what else is there to do if you are snowed in). I have just finished season 4, and although I am still enjoying it, I didn’t get the same buzz from it as the previous seasons.

January 18, 2013
As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I took out a free month of NetFlix, and then decided to keep it on for a while. The first attraction was watching the first 3 series of “Warehouse 13” (the 4th series isn’t available yet), numerous films and the excellent “White Collar”. I then got heavily into “Breaking Bad”, and devoured it from beginning to end; and more recently, I enjoyed Hank Azaria in “Huff”. A short diversion was the very weird (but watchable) “The Booth At The End”.

All of this is being viewed on my TV, using the NetFlix app on my Wii; as YouView hasn’t got either NetFlix or LoveFilms yet.

January 8, 2013
A favourite TV show of mine was the 1990’s political thriller “House of Cards”, based on the novel by Michael Dobbs, and starring the late Ian Richardson as the manipulative and treacherous MP and Whip Francis Urquhart. I watched it when it was first shown, caught a reshowing of it a few years later, and now have it on DVD.

So, I have had NetFlix for a couple of months, now. I originally got it for the free trial month, then got dragged into “Breaking Bad”, and kept it on to complete the series. However, I was considering suspending my account for a few months, as although I think NetFlix is great, I have quite enough TV content and DVDs/BluRays to catch up on.

November 11, 2012
This film came out last year, but I’d never heard about it before. Made by the BBC, in partnership with others, it was reshown last night, and is on iPlayer until Nov 18. I found it really interesting.

The plot is simple – an unexplained world-wide epidemic that robs everyone of their sense of smell. Just as people are adjusting to this, taste follows.

August 12, 2012
The first Youview device launched a few weeks ago, with a fanfare from the BBC and a lot of talk from Lord Sugar; who contrary to rumour, isn’t actually involved in the production of the device, but is a non-executive chairman of the Youview partnership.

Youview is an IPTV service developed and launched jointly by BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five; together with BT and TalkTalk. Youview have specified what a Youview box should do, to enable it to bear the name, and various set-top box manufacturers will be launching their own boxes, made to that spec. The highlights of the requirement are that it includes dual Freeview tuners, a hard disk recorder, and hosts all 4 channel’s catchup/on demand services. Furthermore, that this functionality should be fully integrated.