MickB......, on Mar 25 2009, 02:30 PM, said:
What do you actually get with Freeview that you don't already get? Bugger all really. Another EPG that may or may not work. Its just marketing hype. Its not 15 new channels...
The FTA channels are bleeding viewers because of ... shoddy scheduling and the late changes and time overruns, etc. Freeview won't change any of that.
My (limited*) understanding is that the Freeview EPG (via MHEG-5) will be transmitted in parallel
to the existing EPG. A condition of the FV license is that the PVR must have restricted ad skipping and recording transfer functionality.
What will be intertesting (and disgusting) is if the Freeview EPG is kept up-to-date with program time overruns, whilst the existing one is not.
Therefore, what you will get with Freeview PVRs is accurate program recording, whilst with existing PVRs you will need to continue the practice of padding recordings.
Also, if the EPG supports series links, then it will solve the problem of scheduling changes and episodes going missing. Therefore, all the complaints about programs continually being shuffled can be answered with "it wouldn't be a problem if you had a Freeview PVR".
* Limited, because there is a vacuum of information being provided, and non-disclosure agreements, which is never a good sign.