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    Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

    This is a discussion on Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; The one thing I miss is adverts, because I FF through them I dont get to see new series coming ...

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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      The one thing I miss is adverts, because I FF through them I dont get to see new series coming on so often.

      So IMO it could be useful - we always have the option to ignore it.
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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      Quote Originally Posted by mattylad View Post
      The one thing I miss is adverts , because I FF through them I dont get to see new series coming on so often.

      So IMO it could be useful - we always have the option to ignore it.
      Are you sure?

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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      Quote Originally Posted by gymno View Post
      Are you sure?
      Without the ads previewing up coming programmes, I would miss quite a lot. Everyone has different viewing habits and ways to decide what to watch. I rely on ads to keep me updated as I don't have a TV guide and don't plan ahead apart from series links, so seeing ads or having recommendations really works for my viewing habits.

      Of course for some it will be pointless but as long as it is optional then it will be a good thing.

      I remember everyone slating sky epg over TiVo as TiVo would recommend and auto record recommendations for you.

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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      Quote Originally Posted by reddwarfcrew View Post
      I rely on ads to keep me updated as I don't have a TV guide and don't plan ahead
      For people that, erm, don't plan ahead - there's a light blue button, marked 'TV GUIDE' on the sky remote.
      You should find it a revelation.

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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      Quote Originally Posted by gymno View Post
      For people that, erm, don't plan ahead - there's a light blue button, marked 'TV GUIDE' on the sky remote.
      You should find it a revelation.
      Ignoring the sarcasm...... Having to look through pages of a TV guide across various hours of a day and hundreds of channels seems unappealing. Each to their own. If the TV guide works for then great, but for myself and many others this will be a welcomed addition. Now does that make me less intelligent than others.... Nope.

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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      Less intelligent?
      No, of course not.

      It does identify you as being in sky's target audience though.

      The guide works for me because it gives me the information i want when i choose to access it.

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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      And that's the whole point isn't it. A new feature that benefits some has got to be a good thing. If sky or any company only developed their product if it put a tick in the box for everyone then we'd be a very undeveloped world.

      It's just another way to be able to view the epg, just the same as showcase was and the search function is. Some people will never use the showcase section, some will never use the search functions, but for others it makes deciding what they want to watch easier.

      Surely a good move. I'd prefer sky to spend money developing these type of solutions than the likes of sky share which I've not seen anyone praise.

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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      If there is one important thing I have learned from this forum and the Beta Trials, it is that we each use the Sky STBs in different ways.

      What works for me may not work for you and vice versa.

      Of course if the tools are there, then we can each explore the EPG in our own way to find something that we may enjoy.

      We all get in to habits though. Personally I avoid soaps and PPBs. As soon as either comes on I switch channels.

      I also tend to stick to HD channels as I find SD terrible now.

      As for what I like, Sci-Fi is there, but so too are several other genres.

      This is the beauty of the TV system we all have access to. With hundreds of channels available, 9 pages of HD channels (inc. Europe's only dedicated 3D channel).

      Most people just want to be able to switch on their TV and Sky STB and for everything to work. The majority will have trouble finding all those hidden features, such as deleting a Bookmark or playing at half-speed.

      A lot of people have compared the Sky+ HD's EPG to the Tivo. It is understandable as the Tivo was very popular and was released before the first Sky+ STB. Sky are due to launch a 4K service this year, if you read the press. Perhaps this will introduce even more features and be even more friendly. Many will want to know how large the hard drive will be as well since 4K content will take up far more room that our 1K HD content.

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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      This is the beauty of the TV system we all have access to. With hundreds of channels available, 9 pages of HD channels (inc. Europe's only dedicated 3D channel).
      3D is not exclusive to the UK
      Italiy, Germany, Sweden, Greece, Turkey and Spain all have 3d channels.
      France and Belgium closed their 3d channels last year.
      Channels broadcasting in 3D - KingOfSat
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      Re: Sky plans to use new EPG to help you decide what to watch next

      I have posted some details about the new firmware being rolled out from today here: R009 EPG for the Sky+ HD STBs

      This new firmware does not have all the features discussed in the article at the beginning of this thread. However the new Home Screen is included, along with the 'New Series' button.

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