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Old 24-02-2007, 23:42
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I left Homechoice some time ago but I'm getting it again in the next couple of weeks.

When I last had Homechoice I was a big fan of the C1 channel. Can anyone tell me what shows are on there at the moment?
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Old 26-02-2007, 22:57
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Loads of BBC stuff, and some retro shows, too. Looking forward to getting 4OD, tho.
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Old 27-02-2007, 09:22
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Originally Posted by Cornucopia
Loads of BBC stuff, and some retro shows, too. Looking forward to getting 4OD, tho.
Thanks for that. Yeah I've got 40D on Virgin at the moment, its fantastic. Infact its the only section of the Ondemand stuff I watch!
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Old 27-02-2007, 12:10
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Out of interest, what are your reasons for returning to Homechoice. Are you leaving Virgin and why? (I know about the Sky difficulties but you can't get them on Homechoice either - yet...)
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Old 27-02-2007, 12:40
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Originally Posted by Rufus Londinii
Out of interest, what are your reasons for returning to Homechoice. Are you leaving Virgin and why? (I know about the Sky difficulties but you can't get them on Homechoice either - yet...)
Well Homechoice is my last option - I'm moving in a few days time and the road I'm moving to doesn't allow Sky dishes and Virgin Media isn't in that part of Croydon. If I did have the option though I would stick with Virgin Media over Sky any day! The loss of the Sky channels on Virgin wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

I've just been on the phone to Homechoice to arrange installation and the guy told me that PVR is being introduced this Thursday apparently, from what I read it was July, so I'm happy with that! Also, the Big pack of 32.99 has been reduced to 24 a month so that was another bonus!
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Old 27-02-2007, 13:49
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Originally Posted by sinkingradio
I've just been on the phone to Homechoice to arrange installation and the guy told me that PVR is being introduced this Thursday apparently, from what I read it was July, so I'm happy with that!
Now that's worth repeating!

Thanks - I'm in the course of moving as well and have a choice between HC & Sky - considering getting Sky and moving to the base pack for HC (to keep my email addresses etc)
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Old 27-02-2007, 15:07
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Yeah right - believe it when you see it - he's just confused.

BTW did anyone see the error-strewn article in the Guardian about "Tiscali TV" at the weekend - whoever does their PR should be shot...
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Old 27-02-2007, 16:05
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Yeah right - believe it when you see it - he's just confused.
BTW did anyone see the error-strewn article in the Guardian about "Tiscali TV" at the weekend - whoever does their PR should be shot...
what about the PVR? I thought it was too good to be true! I did double check with him, he sounded very sure!
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Old 27-02-2007, 17:39
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Yeah, about the PVR - maybe I'm being too sceptical but I've learned to be over the years with HC...

Tiscali is set to bring down the cost of bundled home phone, broadband internet connection and digital TV - the so-called triple play - to less than 20 a month, representing a significant saving over its rivals.
From March 1, the Italian-owned company, until now best known in the UK for its broadband service, will begin offering all three products for just 19.99 a month.

The move is expected to put pressure on the likes of Sky and Virgin to look at lowering the prices of their basic packages. Virgin's recently launched triple play costs 30 a month while Sky's equivalent costs 37.

It also comes in the midst of a slick advertising campaign for the Virgin deal, which has replaced the old cable companies NTL and Telwest, but has so far offered very little that is new.

Tiscali TV will be launched in parts of London and Stevenage, Hertfordshire - areas covered by the old TV cable firm Homechoice, which was acquired by Tiscali in August. However, the company plans to add services in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Newcastle during April and May, and areas of Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool by mid-year. By the end of 2007, Tiscali says its TV service will be available to around 10 million UK homes. It plans to offer it via all its upgraded telephone exchanges by the end of 2008.

The Tiscali TV pack offers consumers a basic 30-channel digital TV, including all the popular Freeview channels. However, the basic package does not include Sky Sports or movies. Users will be able to access these for an extra 29.50. In that case, consumers would be better of with Sky itself.

Those signed up to Tiscali's basic package will be able to use its "catch-up" service, allowing subscribers to watch more than 50 hours of programmes up to seven days after they have been broadcast. They will also have access to a further 100 hours of on-demand programmes.

Tiscali TV will be delivered via a standard telephone landline, so there's no need for cabling or a satellite dish. The company says it will launch a new set top box in July, with a high definition enabled, personal video recorder, allowing subscribers to record programmes.

Mary Turner, chief executive of Tiscali UK, says: "We believe there is a real gap in the market for our TV product. The success of Freeview has shown that customers want more than five channels but don't necessarily want to pay a high monthly subscription. Our TV service gives customers broadband plus the channel choice they want, all for the price you would pay for a standard broadband connection."

Steve Weller, head of communications services at independent price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com, says: "Tiscali is going to have to roll this service out quickly and efficiently if it's going to have a big impact on the market. The fact that it doesn't offer some of Sky's channels will limit its appeal. However, for those looking for a basic TV package, home phone and 2Mb broadband connection, the price is certainly attractive."

Tiscali's move is most likely to appeal to those who already have Freeview but would like more digital TV services, and past programmes. The service will become significantly more appealing in July when the video recording box is added, bringing it into line with its more expensive rivals. At that point it will be able to take on BT's Vision service more directly.
Here's the bad Guardian piece btw

http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcas...021175,00.html

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