Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2007-01-06 03:20
I think this is a remarkably confused piece of reporting.
For a start, the reporter's clearly completely unfamiliar with the concept of a PVR.
"Viewers will no longer be a slave to schedules and could technically watch all their favourites shows in a row." (sic)
No "technically" about it -- that's exactly what a PVR is for.
"But unlike their competitors the BBC will select the programmes and record it in advance, automatically downloading it on a seven-day rolling basis."
Would they really? If so, it's not a PVR, is it? (That sounds like he's got it confused with the experimental Top Up TV thing that looks like it's going to be an abject failure.)
There's also a lot of unrelated stuff about the iPlayer (the BBC's DRM-encumbered, Microsoft-proprietary video-on-demand crap).
Aha. Here's the original BBC article (which is nearly a month old, so this is hardly news).
It's a combination PVR and "push-VoD" system -- which sounds like a total waste of time and money to me. What's the point in having a PVR that doesn't record the things you want it to?
("Push-VoD" is a contradiction in terms, incidentally.)