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Topic # 62340 4-Jun-2010 11:16
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From Elgato News

 

IceTV Program Guide in New Zealand

The EyeTV 3.4 software update supports IceTV's electronic program guide services in New Zealand, which will be launching soon. EyeTV includes a free 3 month trial period, valued at $33 NZD. For more information, go to the IceTV New Zealand web site.



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  Reply # 338239 4-Jun-2010 11:36
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  Reply # 338247 4-Jun-2010 12:06
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There pricing isn't outrageous or anything.

If some people don't mind a few bucks a week for a supported product, ease of use, mobile website interface and so on I don't think we should begrudge IceTV for it.

Re-hashing free vs paid software till we are blue in the face might be a good distraction for friday though, if you like!










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  Reply # 338250 4-Jun-2010 12:19
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i say good on them, but not sure how much of a future it has with the guide being freely available.

if they have it so its extremely easy for MCE users to use, they should have some business.

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  Reply # 338378 4-Jun-2010 20:50
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The subscription is not only for the EPG itself.
The whole service is quite clever in doing remote-scheduling, recommendations and series recording.
I certainly will pay for that.

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yeah but any PVR worth a damn can already do that.

and its not a PVR correct?

xmlTVNZ was always going to be replaced when freeview was fully adopted, and I don't see how they can work as a business when that happens as well.

not saying im not glad they are here, and they are offering EPG and not complaining about the pricing.  just not sure if as a business it has much future.  and how many users are we actually talking about, i had around 500-1000 users a month of xmlTVNZ and that wasn't exactly growing. 

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  Reply # 338436 5-Jun-2010 02:55
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They mention ad skipping on their website - any idea how this is done?

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  Reply # 338476 5-Jun-2010 10:56
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The Big Screen EPG  for gettung the xmltv file in MC will presumably have a cost associated with it soon.  The ICETV way mihght end up being cheaper and all-in-one.

I wonder what source they are using and what they  will do when the sky take-down notice arrives...

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  Reply # 338478 5-Jun-2010 10:58
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borgia: The Big Screen EPG  for gettung the xmltv file in MC will presumably have a cost associated with it soon.  The ICETV way mihght end up being cheaper and all-in-one.

I wonder what source they are using and what they  will do when the sky take-down notice arrives...

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They are a legitimate service that pays for content in the same way newspapers or the TV guide do. I doubt they'll be getting a take down notice anytime soon.



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  Reply # 338481 5-Jun-2010 11:03
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berrys: They mention ad skipping on their website - any idea how this is done?


They rely on your player's capabilities. They only supply the EPG.





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sbiddle:
borgia: I wonder what source they are using and what they  will do when the sky take-down notice arrives...

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They are a legitimate service that pays for content in the same way newspapers or the TV guide do. I doubt they'll be getting a take down notice anytime soon.




Actually IceTV don't make deals with the networks at all, they generate their own guide data independently.

One of the reasons this is interesting is that because of this there may be a similar case here to the one they won in Australia which would set a precedent.




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  Reply # 338966 7-Jun-2010 09:46
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hads:
sbiddle:
borgia: I wonder what source they are using and what they  will do when the sky take-down notice arrives...

Ivan


They are a legitimate service that pays for content in the same way newspapers or the TV guide do. I doubt they'll be getting a take down notice anytime soon.




Actually IceTV don't make deals with the networks at all, they generate their own guide data independently.

One of the reasons this is interesting is that because of this there may be a similar case here to the one they won in Australia which would set a precedent.

That would be neat.

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  Reply # 338967 7-Jun-2010 10:12
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hads:
sbiddle:
borgia: I wonder what source they are using and what they  will do when the sky take-down notice arrives...

Ivan


They are a legitimate service that pays for content in the same way newspapers or the TV guide do. I doubt they'll be getting a take down notice anytime soon.




Actually IceTV don't make deals with the networks at all, they generate their own guide data independently.

One of the reasons this is interesting is that because of this there may be a similar case here to the one they won in Australia which would set a precedent.


Ahh my understanding was they were doing Sky channels as well. I've since disconvered my source was wrong and they are only doing the FTA channels.


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  Reply # 339043 7-Jun-2010 15:54

Hi Eveyone,

Sorry for the late reply, but we just wanted to answer a few of the questions that have been raised so far regarding our service;

- We provide listings for free-to-air TV only (No Sky) and compile this information ourselves using our own methodology. We work with some of the TV Networks here in Australia, whilst receiving no cooperation from others and we are an entirely independent company.

In terms of our service, we offer much more than just EPG data, with remote recording capabilities available via our website, mobile site (m.icetv.com.au) and custom apps (such as our iPhone app and others coming). We also offer advanced features that customers can access when using IceTV Interactive (remote recording), including in depth series recording and keyword recording options

The beauty of using IceTV's service remotely rather than the basic EPG on your device is that if your show dissapears for 6 months, changes timeslot or even switches channel, we will update our EPG and ensure your device is aware of the change.

We plan to run our NZ beta testing for a few weeks, so we can make further improvments to the quality of the EPG data itself, add the remaining digital channels not currently included and address any technical issues that may occur.

For those wishing to join the beta, you can register your interest via the contact us section of our website (http://www.icetv.com.au/cgi-bin/webpage.cgi?op=show_contact).

Cheers,

IceTV



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  Reply # 339044 7-Jun-2010 16:05
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icetv: Hi Eveyone,

Sorry for the late reply, but we just wanted to answer a few of the questions that have been raised so far regarding our service;

- We provide listings for free-to-air TV only (No Sky) and compile this information ourselves using our own methodology. We work with some of the TV Networks here in Australia, whilst receiving no cooperation from others and we are an entirely independent company.

In terms of our service, we offer much more than just EPG data, with remote recording capabilities available via our website, mobile site (m.icetv.com.au) and custom apps (such as our iPhone app and others coming). We also offer advanced features that customers can access when using IceTV Interactive (remote recording), including in depth series recording and keyword recording options

The beauty of using IceTV's service remotely rather than the basic EPG on your device is that if your show dissapears for 6 months, changes timeslot or even switches channel, we will update our EPG and ensure your device is aware of the change.

We plan to run our NZ beta testing for a few weeks, so we can make further improvments to the quality of the EPG data itself, add the remaining digital channels not currently included and address any technical issues that may occur.

For those wishing to join the beta, you can register your interest via the contact us section of our website (http://www.icetv.com.au/cgi-bin/webpage.cgi?op=show_contact).

Cheers,

IceTV

Unless you pay for it, you may find that for some channels the guide/epg data is listed as Creative Commons licensed.

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