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IceTV EPG Content / Re: Tony Robinson Down Under - Again?
« on: February 08, 2020, 11:39:12 AM »
Fixed thanks.

IceTV EPG Content / Re: Tony Robinson Down Under - Again?
« on: February 08, 2020, 11:29:26 AM »
Hi raymondjpg,

Thank you for pointing out this error, it has now been corrected.


Thanks Alison. Not being picky but it has been corrected for SBS ONE but not yet for SBS HD. Perhaps the change is yet to flow through.

IceTV EPG Content / Tony Robinson Down Under - Again?
« on: February 08, 2020, 08:27:56 AM »
IceTV has the first episode of a second series of Tony Robinson Down Under scheduled for Wednesday 12 February on SBS, but I can find no evidence of a second series online. For example there is no listing on IMDB or the TV Database.

The SBS schedule and FTA EPG have a repeat episode of (one of) Tony Robinson's Hidden Britain By Drone series scheduled for that time. Bizarrely the last time but one that SBS scheduled Tony Robinson Down Under it turned out to be Tony Robinson's Hidden Britain By Drone, the same series that is now being scheduled by SBS!

On this occasion I'm inclined (with reservations) to think that SBS is more likely to be right with its schedule, but if there is no second series of Tony Robinson Down Under, wherever did that notification come from?

IceTV EPG Content / Re: Cruising California, or Cruising with Jane McDonald
« on: February 01, 2020, 04:48:22 PM »
Got to love SBS making things up as they go, it's happening far too often!

I'm sorry to have to say it but whoever is responsible for programming English language productions on SBS gives all the impressions of being incompetent or illiterate. I sometimes wonder if they get things wrong deliberately, because English language productions are not sufficiently special for the network. The latest example I have run across was screening of the first episode of Tony Robinson's first series of Coast to Coast on 20 January 2020, following the original Wainwright route in the north of England, but then no further episodes subsequently, as if the program was shoved in as some filler, or more likely because it was screened in error in place of goodness knows what. In August/September 2019 SBS screened what they programmed as a series of Tony Robinson's Coast to Coast but which turned out to be "The Thames Britain's Great River With Tony Robinson". I think IceTV tried to correct the record on the latter with SBS, but to no avail.

IceTV EPG Content / Re: New shows
« on: January 26, 2020, 05:40:25 PM »
SBS is advertising the miniseries of The Little Drummer Girl (from the book by John Le Carré) starting 6 Feb. IMDb viewer rating 7.4, which is perhaps a bit disappointing.

I wouldn't be surprised if the IMDB rating is more a reflection of viewers' reaction to the main plot line, which (without giving away too much in the way of spoilers, after all the book has been published for some time) revolves around the ruthless exploitation by security services of what is essentially a relatively naive member of the general population. This theme has been repeated time and again recently, involving not only security services but also police forces, to the point where it becomes depressing.

I thought the BBC made a reasonable fist of it. It's not as if the book is in the same class as the mainstream Le Carré's work. Fans of Eric from True Blood will see Alexander Skarsgård feature in one of the main roles.

I've just run across a problem that may have been covered already.

The Tour Down Under this week is mostly on Prime 7 (simulcast on HD), except for the Peoples' Classic on Sunday, which is on 7TWO. If I select Any Channel then the 7TWO broadcast is picked up, along with the rest of the coverage on Prime 7 HD. If I want to just record the Prime 7 (SD) coverage, then selecting Prime 7 leaves me with the 7TWO broadcast not picked up. When I go to set a single recording for the 7TWO broadcast, IceTV throws an error saying that a series recording already exists.

I guess I could get around this with a keyword recording.

Thanks Alison.

The episode 'USA' scheduled for Wednesday 18 December is, incorrectly, marked as a repeat.

Incidentally the series title should be 'Around the World by Train With Tony Robinson'. Yet another case of SBS retitling series apparently on a whim. I'm not suggesting that it be changed by IceTV so far into the series.

IceTV EPG Content / Re: Agatha Christie's Criminal Games
« on: December 04, 2019, 07:40:30 PM »
SBS on Demand has just posted a further six episodes. Thrice Blessed!

A little over a year since they posted the second six, and they are still offering all 18 episodes as a "box set".

The latest episodes are from Series 2, listed as originating in 2016-2017. There are still another nine episodes of more recent vintage that SBS could pick up if they so wished.


That still means I have to make a change on nearly every recording I set, which was the original complaint.

I understand what you are saying but the requirement to select an SD option was there before the change. I'd say that your suggestion to default to last selected option (per user) would likely fall into the category of additional cost to the IceTV business, and having been through a couple of periods where IceTV faced the possibility of extinction, I'd rather have an IceTV without some user-selectable or user-specific options than no IceTV at all.

Others may disagree, but you pays your money and you takes your choice.

I realise I could remove the HD channels, but then I wouldn't be able to record the occasional thing I do want in HD.

No need to remove the HD channels. Just use the Channel option as advised by Daniel Hall.

As going through all the scenarios available (and looking at how often these options were used) you could get the same effects by either disabling the channels you don't want to record on, but also using the "Channel" option and whether you wanted "repeats" or not, and this would simplify things tremendously.

Single timers created on either the PVR or on the IceTV website are linked to a specific airing of a show, if it moves times it will stay with that particular showing which will always stay on that channel, the HD airing has a different airing ID and it will not swap over to it.

Thanks for clearing that up. I just set a single timer against a program on an SD channel of a simulcast, and it does show as a scheduled recording against the SD program in My Week. I'll take it that it would persist as an SD timer through scheduled screening time changes.

Yes our default have always been "Prefer HD", but if HD is not enabled in the IceTV Guide Settings and an SD channel is available it will choose SD.  But SD has a poor picture and, counterintuitively, HD doesn't use much if any more HD space due to broadcast compression so HD is always the way to go. Having the choices caused confusion or illogical choices of "Prefer SD" (when one knows the reasons).  So we have taken away the option to make the mistake.

I agree with most of that, except that SD has a poor picture, and that the choices cause confusion or illogical choices. I do usually prefer the HD channels for recording, but I'm not convinced that many of them are native HD, but rather upscaled SD broadcasts, or that they always have significantly better picture quality than the SD channels. Also, I have in the past always recorded the SD channel as well as the HD channel in simulcast broadcasts just in case there happened to be problems with the HD stream. I haven't seen it lately, but in the past I do recall issues with video and/or audio on the HD channel that weren't apparent in the SD stream. Another issue that may be less important to most is one appears to have to take more care with compressing HD recordings with x265 for archiving to avoid combing.

So I generally record the HD option on a PVR that employs IceTV, and hedge my bets by recording both SD and HD streams on a PVR that employs the OTA EPG and autotimers as a backup option.

It does raise a question in my mind as to what happens with timers created on the PVR in the BW T/U/V series that employ IceTV. Would a timer created for an SD channel be registered as an SD timer on the IceTV servers, and, if and when the scheduled time for the broadcast changes, would the servers change that timer to an HD channel timer?

IceTV EPG Content / Re: What's On This Week
« on: November 04, 2019, 06:26:10 PM »
Hi Prl,

"Before We Die" are definitely all repeats!

I checked that as well! Hoping for a second series...

Thanks for the What's On email anyway, it just turned up.

IceTV EPG Content / What's On This Week
« on: November 04, 2019, 04:32:19 PM »
I haven't seen my What's On This Week's regular email today (4 November). I can understand if none was mailed out, but I have no idea if that was the case or not. Perhaps this has been suggested before, but a link somewhere on the IceTV web pages, or in the forum, would be handy so subscribers could access the recommendations if for some reason the email did not reach them.


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