My PVR will stop working :-(

July 2nd, 2010 by Alistair MacDonald Leave a reply »

Today I learned the annoying and sad news that the Freeview PRV (Personal Video Recorder) will stop working after the 7th July.  I have blogged about my PVR before and still love using it today. It is not perfect, but it is not far off. Unfortunately the device is based around the 4TV Electronic Programme guide (EPG) and this service has not stopped.

Inview, the company who have been running the 4IP service stated the following on Digital Spy

As you know we have had to bring to an end the broadcast of the 4TV 14 day guide.

Unfortunately this has been caused by circumstances beyond our control – simply put the bandwidth contract has run out and we have been unable to secure a new arrangement.

As you know Inview has tried hard over the last few years to keep this service running but it seems that its time has now passed. We do hope you will manage to find a suitable new arrangement.

Just to clarify one point – when the current listing expire on your Thomson/Digifusion devices both will revert to a simple now/next guide.

Best regards, Inview

So if I still want to use my PVR after the 7th I will need to programme it like an old video recorder. I will stick with it for now but suspect I will have to replace the recorder that I have grown fond of. Another loss is that the other EPG services are only for the next 7 or 8 days instead of the 14 days that I have found most useful. I might opt for a PVR that is more customisable or that supports HD, but that is a decision for another day.

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  1. There was a 5 minute section on Radio 4’s You and Yours today. It will be available for listen again on . Thanks to Rainy for the pointer.

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