Allow me to cast a little light on the Beyonwiz T3, plus IceTV's activities wrt several hardware and software platforms.
We're meeting with Digital Trading Co re the T3 this Wednesday to get a landing on how we can accelerate IceTV integration. The question isn't "if" but "when"! We can't give you a timeframe but we can say that Beyonwiz and IceTV both want to go ahead.
Let me nip in the bud an emerging rumour about an alleged link between the T3 and IceTV's own PVR. From the CEO of IceTV (= me) let it be known that any such rumour is unfounded. As much as we like the T3, our own baby has a bit of unique magic of its own. Our internal project name is "IceCube" (which won't be its product name when it will be released). But because IceCube won't be ready for sale much before Christmas, we've been pushing into more recent branded platforms, giving you a choice of platform.
In addition to the T3, therefore, we're progressing with Topfield on an accelerated integration with their more recent models. We've read with great interest several contributions from you on this Forum and rest assured, we're discussing this with the new Topfield management already. We have a technically strong user base at IceTV and we know that we'll be making well-informed decisions when we listen to your ideas.
Some of you have asked for an integrated PVR/Blu-ray box. So let me share with you that Strong is working with us on integrating their 6500 with IceTV. This will provide a price-aggressive alternative to any branded combo PVR in the Australian market -- with IceTV as its irresistible companion!
And if you want a PVR for no more than $250 then wait till we're done with the DX480 integration (about June). Or fancy equipping your NAS drive with a few USB tuners and using IceTV with DVBLink Version 5 (about July)? IceTV has always been about giving consumers their choice of hardware platform.
But IceTV isn't just about scaleable PVR platforms, i.e. a platform for every wallet size. We're also about providing better remote recording software than what we've seen from TiVo in Australia, but with TiVo-esque user interface and functionality -- or in other words, making smart recording smarter and sexier than what TiVo has delivered in Australia. So IceTV has always been about the power of an app on a latest-generation smartphone or tablet. For the last 12 months we've been working on the IceTV app and it's now packed with the upgrades you've been requesting:
- Images and previews now available
- All regions in Australia are now supported
- A new, intuitive user interface and easier setup
- Several recommendations services: coming soon, most popular and our editorial "Ice Picks" (and our themed "Collections" will be available in two weeks)
- A Windows Phone version to be released in April on the Windows Phone Store
- "On Air" is one of Europe’s most popular TV apps with 1.5 million downloads. It now supports IceTV's remote recording features for paid subscribers and free trial users. This provides an alternative user experience to all our valued IceTV customers. Just pick and choose your preferred app for use with IceTV!
Here at IceTV, we listen and we give you choice. And if you go to our online store at https://www.icetv.com.au/store
you'll find the most price aggressive bundles of hardware and IceTV subscriptions anywhere on the web. There are just no less expensive bundles anywhere!
Hoping that I've been able to answer some questions.
Regards & success,