The option which I believe is being taken is to wait until the originators of the MHEG5 code, which gives this receiver the EPG 8 day programme Guide, finish and release a new MHEG5 update / extension at the end of this year.
The benefits of this are;
- All the programme lists are already there and one can scroll now and select.
- If TV channels are running late with the start of a programme and late finishing, then the lists will automaticly update and the recording times update.
- No confusion in operation as all receivers with MHEG5 will use the same coloured buttons to do; book /record / play and possibly pause/record (time shift), fast forward / rewind etc.
- Having to wait about 4 months is good as technology developments are moving at a fast pace with recorded programme control and we may even see editing of recorded material as a possibility.
I dont believe we will see ext HDD record function in any Freeview receivers using the MHEG5 EPG until early next year.
To go ahead and do a makeshift job, and have to undo it for something far better, is madness.