Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 10

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 10

Ok, here we go with 11 days of listings for Sport on Freeview, plus my final thoughts in my ‘Now TV’ trial. After today, I’ll be back with more on October 11th – after all, even blog writers are entitled to have a break every now and then!  But, no listings will be missed – so return back on October 11th – and in the mean time, there’s plenty of previous posts to catch up on!

As for Now TV, it’s been brilliant reviewing the services this week.  Stuff to remember from my trial:

* £10.99 at present for a Sky Sports Weekly Pass – giving you all access to all seven Sky Sports channels, not in HD thought.

* The Now TV box gives you the BBC Sport App – so for Snooker, Wimbledon, and major events like the Olympics you can watch multiple events – all for a £9.99 box, worth it just for this alone!

* Brilliant catch up especially Demand 5 and 4od which feature a lot of archive content.

* Good extra apps such as You Tube, my favourite is Vevo – good range of ‘official’ music videos.

* No Netflix/ Amazon Prime app yet, and no appearance yet of a BT Sport App?

Tuesday September 30th 2014:

19:00 – 22:30 601 Football Football Final Score LIVE
19:30 – 22:00 ITV Football Champions League Live – Manchester City v AS Roma
22:40 – 23:40 ITV Football Champions League Extra Time

 

Wednesday October 1st 2014:

00:55 – 01:55 Channel 4 General NFL: Hard Knocks
01:55 – 02:25 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
19:00 – 22:30 601 Football Football Final Score LIVE

 

Thursday October 2nd 2014:

16:45 – 22:30 ITV4 Football UEFA Europa League LIVE Double Bill – Kuban Krasnodar v Everton/ Tottenham v Besiktas

 

Friday October 3rd 2014:

01:50 – 03:40 BBC2 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 1 LIVE
05:55 – 07:35 BBC2 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 2 LIVE
18:00 – 19:00 ITV4 Football Europa League Football Highlights

 

Saturday October 4th 2014:

02:55 – 04:05 BBC2 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 3 LIVE
05:00 – 07:30 BBC1 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying LIVE (Repeat at 1pm on BBC1)
05:45 – 06:10 Channel 4 General NFL: Rush Zone
07:00 – 08:00 Channel 4 General Trans World Sport
08:00 – 09:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line
10:15 – 10:50 ITV4 Football Champions League Weekly
12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus
12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
13:30 – 16:05 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE – From Newmarket and Ascot.
14:30 – 18:00 601 Football Final Score
15:25 – 17:00 ITV4 Motorsport British Touring Car Highlights
16:00 – 17:15 BBC1 Football Final Score
18:00 – 19:00 Quest General World Speedway Grand Prix
22:30 – 23:50 BBC1 Football Match of the Day – including Aston Villa v Manchester City
23:50 – 01:10 BBC1 Football The Football League Show – including Watford v Brighton.

 

Sunday October 5th 2014:

06:00 – 09:15 BBC1 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix LIVE (Full repeat at 1:15pm on BBC1)
07:00 – 07:30 Channel 4 Motorsport Motor Racing – Volkswagen Cup
07:30 – 08:30 Channel 4 General The American Football Show
09:15 – 10:15 601 Formula 1 F1 Forum
10:30 – 13:30 BBC2 Athletics Great Scottish Run LIVE
12:15 – 13:00 BBC1 Football MOTD2 Extra
12:50 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE – From Longchamp
14:00 – 16:00 601 Rugby Union Scrum V Live – Treviso v Glasgow
17:05 – 18:05 BBC2 Rugby League Play Off Highlights
18:00 – 19:00 Dave General X Fighters – Freestyle motocross action.
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Highlights
21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wresting
22:30 – 23:50 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 – including Spurs v Southampton
23:00 – 23:30 Challenge Wrestling Wrestle Talk TV

 

Monday October 6th 2014:

01:20 – 05:10 Channel 4 General American Football LIVE – New England Patriots v Cincinatti Bengals.
23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights – featuring Hamburg SV v Bayern Munich.
23:45 – 00:45 Channel 4 General The American Football Show.

 

Tuesday October 7th 2014:

12:00 – 15:30 601 General Gymnastics World Championships
15:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Gymnastics World Championships
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General World Rally Highlights – The Rally de France Alsace.

 

Wednesday October 8th 2014:

01:00 – 01:25 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
12:00 – 14:30 601 General Gymnastics World Championships
15:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Gymnastics World Championships
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport British Superbikes – From Silverstone.

 

Thursday October 9th 2014:

12:00 – 15:00 601 General Gymnastics World Championships
15:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Gymnastics World Championships
19:15 – 22:00 ITV Football International Football LIVE – England v San Marino (Euro 2016 Qualifying)
20:00 – 21:00 Dave General Game of Arms – Competitive Arm Wrestling!
22:40 – 23:40 ITV Football International Football Highlights

 

Friday October 10th 2014:

06:55 – 08:35 BBC2 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 1 LIVE
10:55 – 12:35 601 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 2 LIVE (Repeated at 1:20pm on BBC2)
12:35 – 14:40 601 General Gymnastics World Championships
15:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Gymnastics World Championships
21:00 – 22:00 BBC3 Football England’s Worst Ever Football Team
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NOW TV Trial Day 6 (Mon)

Monday 3:20pm.  Watching coverage of yesterday’s Premier League game on Sky Sports 1 between West Brom and Burnley – got two days left of my week Sky Sports pass, I’ll miss it when it’s gone!  Seven sports channels all a click away has been nice to have for this short spell – there are some critics online that comment on the fact that the Sky Sports channels aren’t in HD on Now TV, but so what?  Yeah, It would be nice, but picture seems good enough to me.  And there’s another live Premier League game on tonight too..

As for apps in the channel store, I’m hoping there will be more added to this in time.  There’s not many at the moment – no Netflix, and if you want to use Spotify you need to have a Premium subscription.

If you’d like to purchase a box visit http://www.nowtv.com/box and you’ll see a couple of options on there – including an option to buy an Entertainment bundle with your box (which includes 13 subscription channels off Sky), or there’s Sky Movies as an option too.

NOW TV Trial – Days 4 and 5 (Sat/Sun)

Couple of thoughts over the weekend…  my father in law pointed out that the box is ok, but if you don’t have unlimited broadband allowance, then you would have to be a little careful in making sure you stay within your allowance.

I stayed in a Travelodge last night and originally I thought I may be able to take the Now TV box and connect it to the TV there.  But the hotel TV didn’t have a HDMI slot, so it wasn’t an option!  (As it happened, I’d been to a wine festival and dozed off halfway through the 2nd match on Match of the Day, and ended up spilling a cup of tea all over the bed sheets!).  No need for Now TV last night then!

Sunday afternoon now – used You Tube and Vevo this afternoon – my son is just watching some classic Thomas The Tank Engine episodes on a playlist I’ve put together in You Tube.

I love the box I personally think it’s easy to use, but I think about the WWUFS method (What Would Uncle Frank Say?!), and I think he would struggle with the box, and navigating his way around the apps, etc.

Sky Sports Weekly Passes do seem to be good value.  Yesterday we were in a bar in Manchester – one beer and a lime and soda during the Spurs/Arsenal game cost £5.40!  For just over a fiver more, I could have Sky Sports at home for a week!

Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 9.5

Morning all, apologies for the late update for listings this week (kid free weekend – and off to a wine festival later!). For now, here’s the listings for the start of the week – Monday’s will be added on Sunday evening.  Busy weekend – so I apologise for the service, but it’s just for one weekend only!

Saturday September 27th 2014:

10:55 – 12:55 601 Rugby Union Pro 12 Rugby (Delayed coverage of last night’s match which wasn’t shown because of Ryder Cup on Red Button, cracking game).
12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus
12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
13:00 – 14:00 BBC1 General Sailing – World Championships Highlights
13:00 – 14:30 601 Cycling Cycling World Road Championships LIVE
13:30 – 16:10 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE – From Newmarket and Market Rasen
14:00 – 16:00 BBC1 Cycling Cycling World Road Championships LIVE
14:30 – 18:00 601 Football Final Score
16:00 – 17:20 BBC1 Football Final Score
16:00 – 17:00 BBC2 Cycling Cycling World Road Championships LIVE
18:00 – 21:00 601 Cycling Cycling World Road Championships LIVE
20:30 – 22:30 BBC2 Golf Ryder Cup Highlights
22:30 – 00:05 BBC1 Football Match of the Day – including Liverpool v Everton

 

Sunday September 28th 2014:

00:05 – 01:25 BBC1 Football The Football League Show
05:50 – 06:15 Channel 4 General NFL: Rush Zone
06:15 – 06:40 Channel 4 General Motor Racing – British F3
06:40 – 07:05 Channel 4 General Motor Racing – More British F3
07:05 – 07:35 Channel 4 General Triathlon – From Ironman Wales
07:35 – 08:30 Channel 4 General The American Football Show
09:00 – 14:00 601 Cycling Cycling World Championships LIVE
11:00 – 18:30 ITV4 Motorsport British Touring Car Championship LIVE – Round 9 of the season
12:15 – 13:00 BBC1 Football MOTD2 Extra
13:20 – 16:00 BBC2 Cycling Cycling World Championships LIVE
16:00 – 17:30 BBC2 General Canoeing – From Maryland
17:30 – 18:30 BBC2 Rugby League Play Off Highlights
18:30 – 19:30 ITV4 Motorsport Formula Four Highlights from Donnington
19:30 – 21:30 BBC2 Golf Ryder Cup Highlights
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Highlights – (Highlights repeated on ITV at 11:15pm)
21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wresting
22:30 – 23:20 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2
23:00 – 23:30 Challenge Wrestling Wrestle Talk TV

 

Monday September 29th 2014:

20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport Moto GP Highlights – Aragon Grand Prix
23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights

 

More listings to come!

NOW TV Trial Day 3 (Fri)

Downloaded Vevo – great music video app, discovered a great song called ‘Drunk on a Plane’ in the country music section!  Enjoyed the last few moments of Day 1 of the Ryder Cup – coverage on Sky Sports Ryder Cup is outstanding (12 hours coverage yesterday on the main programme, BBC2’s highlights show was 2 hours, THAT is the difference).  Also saw a bit more of the ‘World Cup of Pool’ on Sky Sports 3.  Never thought I’d be saying this, but I like the idea of the weekly/daily Sky Sports Passes on Now TV – there may just be something I want to watch, but I don’t want to commit to being a full Sky Sports subscriber.

And, last night via the BBC Sport App I was able to catch the end of the live Pro 12 Rugby (cracking match, ended 20-20 between Edinburgh and the Scarlets).  The match wasn’t shown on BBC Red Button live, gone are the days where we had multiple red button channels.  Craig Whitfield – this Now TV device is for us!  When the snooker comes on in December, with this you can watch both tables at the UK Championships, it will also come in handy for the World Championships too!

Chris

NOW TV Trial Day 2

So, I’ve tested You Tube out tonight – and I’m impressed.  Best thing to do is to sign in with your You Tube account, and if you have any playlists saved, they will automatically appear down the side.  (My advice would be if you plan to watch something – put it in a playlist beforehand, It is a bit of a pain using the search facility with the remote control, selecting individual letters one by one).  Having said that, before tea, I put on my Robert Palmer playlist, and was pleased with the streaming (no buffering, of course quality of clips depends on the upload source – remember that).

Been showing some friends tonight the Now TV box who came round – and when I said it was £9.99 they could not believe it.  I showed them the apps on there (full 4od, BBC Sport, etc) – ok, there’s no hard drive, but it’s impressing people…

My son made the most of it this morning watching ‘Thomas and Friends’ and ‘Noddy’, Demand 5 is excellent for its library of childrens shows.  Another update tomorrow!

Chris

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 9 – Jules Oliver

Hello all – don’t forget to check out my review of The Professionals Mk II posted earlier this week!  Now, we kick off this week’s blog with a Q & A with Jules Oliver.  Saw Jules live at the BBC New Comedy Award a couple of weeks ago – you can here Jules’s performance on October 12th, 10:30pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Chris – So, you’ve been doing stand-up for almost three years, what was that first gig like stepping on stage and hearing those first laughs?

Jules – It was pretty nerve-wracking, but it was a tiny, friendly pub in Brighton’s North Laine, so not exactly The Comedy Store.  Half the people were my friends, which in some ways was harder, if it had been strangers maybe I could have just run away afterwards, if it hadn’t gone well.  However, after I got my first laughs, I knew it wasn’t going to be complete silence, which is pretty much the best you can hope for.  I was buzzing afterwards and had a large glass of wine to calm down.

Chris – I saw you last week in the BBC New Comedy Award heat in Manchester, and during your performance, the ‘f’ word appears – what is so bad about falconry?!

Jules – Thanks for giving me the chance to explain!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the bird, and I suspect if I actually did Falconry myself I would find it exciting.  However, I spent a wet afternoon once at Carlisle Castle watching a display.  I think it was one of the most boring things I have ever seen.  I mean even I know that if you get a predatory bird and attach a chunk of meat to your arm, it’s going to come back.  Maybe if the bird had gone off piste and kept us on our toes I would have enjoyed it more.

Chris – Which comedians (old and new) make you laugh and have you had the chance to meet any of your idols?

Jules – There are so many that I like, Simon Evans, Romesh Ranganathan, Seann Walsh, Anna Morris, Rachel Parris, Angela Barnes.  More established ones, Paul Foot, Micky Flanagan, Peter Kay.  I totally love Steve Coogan and anything Partridge related.  However, my all time favourite stand up is Harry Hill, I’ve seen him so many times.  I’ve liked him since his Channel 4 shows in the 90’s.  I met him at a book signing (not very glam), and I told him I was about to do my first stand up and gig and asked him for any advice.  He said ‘if it’s going badly, get off stage as quick as possible, if it’s going well get off stage as quick as possible, and relax’.

Chris – Onto sport – do you watch any sport on TV, if so which events do you try and catch?

Jules – I’m sorry, but I am not really into sport at all.  Essentially, I was a sport orphan.  My parents are obsessed with Football, Golf, Formula 1, Cricket, Horse racing, pretty much anything really.  My dad is a Spurs season ticket holder, and my mum Leyton Orient.  As a teenager with one TV in the house, I think I begrudged the amount of time that sport was on the TV.  So I’m sorry about that, I did get some tickets for the Paralympics though and I enjoyed that, does that count?

Chris – Is there a sporting event you’ve not been to that you would love to go to one day?

Jules – Maybe Wimbledon, although that would be more for the event.  Maybe I could have Cliff Richard’s seat?  He might not need it anymore.  I always remember my friend telling me she liked cricket, as she’s been to watch it in Australia and had nice food and champagne whilst she watched it.  I pointed out that maybe it wasn’t the cricket she liked, but picnics?  A sunny day in Sydney is quite different to a wet one in Britain watching Kent V Sussex.

Chris – Your website is http://www.julieoliver.co.uk – with all sorts all there, including a clip from a show, gallery and forthcoming gigs – readers can also find you on Twitter – what’s your address?

Jules – @julesolivercom

Chris – What made you venture into stand-up comedy, how did it come about?

Jules – When I moved to Brighton from London, I had more time on my hands and felt like testing myself a bit.  I’ve always loved stand-up comedy and had never done anything that outgoing before.  I fancied testing out my creative side.  I saw an advert for Jill Edwards comedy course.  Seann Walsh and Jimmy Carr are ex-pupils of her so she has great credentials.  Anyway, I gave it a go and loved it, and one thing led to another and I did my first gig.  I just take one step at a time, but I am really enjoying it at the moment.

Freeview listings to follow tomorrow!

Chris

Now TV Trial! Day 1

6:40pm So, here it is – the start of my NOW TV Trial!  Thanks to Amy at Now TV for helping with this.  Over the next week, we’ll be testing out NOW TV, and I’ll be telling you more about it along with way.

So what does the NOW TV box look like?

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Smaller box than what I thought…  So, I open the box…

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Notice the kids toys still all over the floor!  So, there’s a power lead, HDMI lead, manual, batteries, and the box itself… oh, and remote control.

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Now TV box now connected up next to my TV…  looking good…

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Software being added…

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By 8:30pm, I have Sky Sports 3 on… and ‘World Cup of Pool’ live.  Actually, I was online by about 8pm, and the first thing I did was check out the BBC Sport App (there was live coverage of Scottish Football not being shown on the TV Red Button channel, so a good bonus), I checked out Demand 5 (my two year old loves Thomas and Friends and there’s 260 episodes now at the touch of a button!), and had a quick look at 4od (and played the start of an early episode of Whose Line is It Anyway?).  All shows loaded fine, with just a slight pause whilst they loaded, certainly no buffering no far which I perhaps expected.

The main technical issue I had during configuration was with my TP-Link device which enables me to have Wi-Fi in my lounge – the devices had become ‘unpaired’ so I rang their customer service centre where I thankfully got help to ‘pair’ the devices again.

And now, it’s working.  I’ve also installed Tunein Radio and You Tube to my app list – not tried these out yet, but will do as the week goes on.

Come back tomorrow for another update – and if you have any questions let me know I’ll try and answer them.  Maybe you’re thinking of getting a Now TV box (and let’s face it, for £9.99 it’s a reasonable price), and you’re wondering what you can get.  So far, impressed.

Don’t forget you can tweet me @chriscbenson and like the Sport on Freeview UK Blog on Facebook now too!

Chris

Chris’s Special – The Professionals on Blu-Ray!

The Professionals ran for 57 episodes over five series starring Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins as Bodie and Doyle, with transmissions between 1977 and 1983 on ITV (and let’s not forget Gordon Jackson as George Cowley – which was a brilliant piece of casting after his role as Hudson in Upstairs Downstairs).  Only my opinion, but I reckon it was kind of a natural successor to The Sweeney, which came to an end after four series in 1978.  But what happened after 1983? Well, there were some ITV repeats – there’s two You Tube clips below, referring to a clip from 1984 on LWT (of Series 1 episode ‘The Female Factor’) and another repeat (LWT again) from November 30th 1985.  But repeats after that went quiet – it is alleged Martin Shaw did not want the series to be repeated for a number of years…

And whilst I found some old clips – how about these from October 16th 1982 – ads during an actual repeat of ‘The Professionals’ – some brilliant ads on here!

 

Anyway, for me, I was only born in 1981 so I discovered it when Granada Plus started repeating the show shortly after it’s launch in 1996 (Granada Plus was an ace channel on Sky, used to watch The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club, Coronation Street and loads of other Granada/LWT stuff).  There was also ‘new’ interest in the show, following this Nissan Almera advert – remember this?

Moving on, after Granada Plus closed,(and was replaced by ITV3 – which for me has never been anywhere near as good as Granada Plus), there was a period where there were no repeats on TV of the show.  ITV4 then started repeating the show in 2008, but for me, the show has been diluted because of their repeats.  Firstly, the shows are edited (approximately 5 or 6 minutes edited out of each episode).  And even when there’s late night repeats after the 9pm watershed, ITV4 still use the same edited tapes.  The Professionals was never designed to be shown at 7am in a morning – neither was The Sweeney, Minder or Kojak for that matter.  I’ve contacted ITV4 before now to suggest they have a season where they repeat series such as The Professionals UNCUT in a late night slot (e.g 10 or 11pm), I honestly think there would be an audience – the thing is, people are tuning in to the repeats and thinking “Hmmm, these shows are a bit tame” but they only are because some of the better, hard hitting content has been removed!  The other thing which has perhaps diluted the programme is the show is literally repeated over and over again… a bit like Only Fools and Horses on GOLD.  Lots of shows suffer nowadays in this digital age – look at Friends on Comedy Central – multiple episodes a day, taking a matter of weeks to get through the whole back catalogue.

The problem with The Professionals doesn’t just relate to television broadcasts.  For years it has been treated badly (no other word for it) on DVD releases.   A couple of years ago, I remember shopping in Poundland of all places and seeing 20 volumes of The Professionals, with two episodes on each disc.  £1 for two episodes sounds reasonable – but the prints that were used, are identical to the ones used on Granada Plus and ITV4 – grainy and well…. tired.

Thankfully – Network have come to the rescue.  If you’ve not heard of Network, just visit http://www.networkonair.com and you’ll see just how many titles they’ve released and from a wide variety of studios and genres.  They have worked with the BBC to remaster The Professionals, frame by frame and I’ve kindly been sent a copy of Series 2 to review.

It. Is. Amazing.  It really is.  Just seeing the opening titles with full colours restored literally blows you away.  The episodes were transmitted in 1978 but the prints could easily be from a show broadcast on TV now, that is how good the restoration work is.  The sound is mindblowing – you have either the choice of brand new Dolby 5.1 sound to go with the episodes or the ‘original’ as broadcast mono sound.  Or, you can just have a track and listen to the music tracks throughout the episode (Note – Laurie Johnson’s theme tune has NEVER sounded better!).

Literally, since the preview disc arrived – I’ve been showing everyone who’s been round to our house the picture quality (I’ve said “Look, that’s what it’s like on ITV4 – see, crap… now, Bluray… LOOK AT THIS!”)

Take a look at the YouTube clip below, which shows remastering work from Series 1…

And courtesy of Network’s You Tube site, here below is a clip from Series 2 to get you excited.

There’s 13 episodes, spread over four discs (4 episodes each on the first three discs with Episode 13 on the fourth disc).  On Disc 4, there’s some special features including a couple of out-takes (one of them I believe is taken from an episode of ‘It’ll Be Alright on the Night’), a behind the scenes feature which lasts about 4 minutes which was made to advertise the series in the US (not HD but it’s fantastic just to see extra footage) , and tons of HD photos from every episode in Series 2 (there’s a short gallery with images of The Professionals merchandise, this was ace!).  There’s over 10 hours of material in this release – and once you start with ‘Rogue’ on Disc 1, you’ll want to keep going until you get to ‘Servant of Two Masters’ on Disc 4.

As for episode order, the episodes have been put in production order, rather than transmission order.

Filming for Series 2 started in June 1978 (many thanks to http://www.mark-1.co.uk that has an empire of information about The Professionals). 13 episodes filmed in total – but only 10 were broadcast on ITV between October and December 1978…  ‘Backtrack‘ , ‘The Madness of Mickey Hamilton‘ and ‘Servant of Two Masters‘ were eventually shown as part of the third season (between October and December 1979 in the UK) as filming had been delayed on these three stories due to Lewis Collins being involved in a parachute accident.

The links below a) explain the production order in much more detail and b) provide the complete list of episodes with transmission dates.  So, whichever order you want to watch the episodes – it’s all there for you!

http://www.mark-1.co.uk/Professionals/profprod.htm#Summary

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Professionals_episodes

The Professionals MK II will be released by Network on September 29th and is available from http://www.networkonair.com currently priced at £27.56.  DVD release has been delayed until next year, but the Blu Ray release is outstanding and I look forward to Series 3, 4 and 5 being released.  The Series 2 boxset also includes a brand new, exclusive book written by archive television historian Andrew Pixley, fully detailing the history and production of Series 2.

The shows will also be available to download from ITunes!  Chris

P.S  Keep an eye on the blog this week – we’ll be doing a review of Now TV!  A week long review with daily updates!

Freeview Help Please!

Ok, I’ve been having a play… Got a Panasonic TX-L32X5B TV (2012) – and I decided to try and see if I can get the Freeview ‘Connect TV’ channels working. For those of you wondering what I’m talking about – you may be able to pick up channels such as Vintage TV on 242 and Motors TV on 240 – depends on the age of your TV, and internet connectivity.

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These were the error messages coming up before I tried connecting any wires…  Ok, now to explain – my broadband router is in our ‘office’ (or the room filled with my crap – whatever you want to call it!).  We have a TP-Link device to enhance our Wi-Fi in the lounge (shown below)

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The Ethernet socket on the back of the TV looks like this (I even dusted it slightly!)

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So, I connected the Ethernet cable to the TP-Link device… and the message on screen changed to ‘loading stream’

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But, I waited… and waited… and nothing happened, and gave up and caught the end of ‘Last Night of the Proms’.  Can’t seem to get it working?  Is it simply because my router is in a different room – does the Ethernet cable have to be connected directly to the router?  If so, I can’t do it 😦  But, if anyone knows, leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!  Chris