25 posts • joined Thursday 2nd August 2007 08:30 GMT
Re: Guide Pus
2012 sets don't have the adverts and use the full width of the screen so maybe Panasonic have been listening? On older models do a factory reset and ignore the invitation to put in a post-code and you won't get adverts (still have the wasted space to the left but it's not as annoying!)
Why do smaller pixels allow more light through? Surely the more pixels there are the more dead space around each pixel and the less light is transmitted? Someone enlighten me please.
Re: This seems odd, to me.
There isn't a single major television manufacturer making a profit at the moment even outsourcing production to China and Turkey. The latest range of main-stream 32" sets from Panasonic is £100 cheaper than last year's offering and includes 'smart' functions as standard. Perhaps this time Apple will bite off more than it can chew?
FYI, when you set one of these up, ignore the invitation to put in a postcode. That way you won't get any adverts. You'll still have the annoying blank boxes wasting space on the left of the EPG but at least you'll be doing Gemstar out of a tiny bit of revenue.
So how much of this set is actually "UK Made"? We know the panel isn't because that's from LG and you can bet the digital board and the inverter are bought-in items. And every pair of polarising 'specs I've ever seen came from China. So what does that leave? The case?
Re: Multi-region support
The whole point of regions is to control the release timing of films. No major manufacturer is going to break their signed agreements by selling region-free players so get over it. As for load times, fair comment.
Our angry friend tin2 above might like to know that the adverts alongside the programme listings are what fund the provision of the EPG. The system is operated by a company called Rovi who licence the Guide+ system. I believe it comes from the same company who invented Videoplus+ for setting analogue video-recorders.
I think some posters are missing the point...
...the point being that this is just the first in a line of boxes subsequent ones of which will have hard-drives for recording onto. I have to agree about the 9200 though, still it is a 2+ years old model and Humax are still working on fixes for it. It dates from before 64QAM and is struggling to keep up.
So what do you do with the disk after you've recorded it? Take it out and play it in a blu-ray player? Why would you do that when you've got a player built into the TV? What's wrong with a HDD recorder? Bound to be more reliable.
It's no better now
the current crop of boxes are still incredibly prone to crash. It's been this way ever since the BBC told everone that a box could be bought for £40, without checking beforehand whether a stable and reliable box could be built for that little (it can't!)
Not quite what it seems
As far as I can see the only channel you will get with this card is the BBC HD Preview channel, and for the majority of the time all that shows is a 30minute revolving series of clips from old BBC programmes which were made in HD. Wimbledon, some of the Proms and the occasional sporting fixture are about all you'll see,
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