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Of interest to NTL cable people - NTL release their new PVR (personal video recorder) box next Tuesday, 16th Jan.

There is currently no information available on this, but will be available very soon (obviously).

I don't know much (and I'm not a techie), but I do know it has three tuners, so you can record two programmes and watch a third. It will store upto 80 hours of recording.

It's costing me £10 per month plus a further £5 to keep the original box. The additional line in is being fitted for free and the box is free also.

I ordered this yesterday, but it is apparently not formally released until next Tuesday.

PS From my existing contract, I also renewed a half price discount on broadband (plus a free wifi router); telephone and tv - so unlike Sky, NTL are offering considerable discounts at the moment.

Hope this helps.

Oopps, I sound like an NTL salesman; just entusiastic as I've been waiting for this for a while! BTW, installation date is about 10 days.
- ellives
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#1
It will be basically the same as the Telewest TVDrive.

I have this and in general I am quite happy with it, except for the lack of HD content.

Google for Telewest TVdrive to read reviews and info

Also go to [url]www.digitalspy.co.uk[/url] and go to the forums. There is a whole forum on TVDrive there

hth

EliTom
#2
What region are you in? I understand the rollout will not be the whole of the UK at once. Also, I had heard there would be a hefty install charge of £70 or so.
#3
Excellent news, thanks! I've also been waiting for this (almost switched to SKY a number of times).
Do you know if we can phone up the normal number and order this now, or will the bods on the phone have no idea what we're talking about?

Any idea on outputs (i.e Is it HD? Does it have HDMI? etc)
#4
jss42
Any idea on outputs (i.e Is it HD? Does it have HDMI? etc)


It will have HDMI HD out and Component HD out, plus of course scart.

Also had 5.1 optical / coax out where the broadcast supports it.

As I say do a Google for Telewest TVDrive and all will be revealled

EliTom
#5
I live in the West Wickham (bromley) area and yesterday i phoned up customer services then passed to sales then someone else and i was told that it wouldnt be released on the Bromley platform until the 23rd of January!!!
i forgot to ask if there was an installation cost,but the cheaper the better.
#6
Ive had this box since just before christmas.

Its really good!

few teething problems as you would expect but it has 3 tuners meaning you can record 2 channels at once and watch a 3rd unlike sky which only has 2.
It costs £10 a month which is pretty good and you can either pay £75 install or an extra £5 a month to have your current box put in a different room (which is what i went for)

Only 1 HD channel at the mo which is BBCHD and the pic quality is fantastic!

At last an alternative to sky+(HD)
#7
The NTL TV Drive commenced roll-out in December starting with Glasgow. Most of the other NTL regions will have access by the end of January. I am in Glasgow and got my box at the start of December. For information and discussion see:

http://www.cableforum.co.uk/board/forumdisplay.php?f=104

Costs £15 per month if you don't have the family pack. £10 per month with the family pack. Installation costs of £75 are waived if you move your existing set-top box to another room and rent it for a year at £5 per month. Whole thing requires you to sign up for a minimum of 12 months.

Anyone who has used a PVR will know that it completely changes your viewing habits. However, the TVDrive has a number of teething issues. The most annoying issue is that the box doesn't always respond to key presses on the remote control. About 30 seconds later, it then activates all the key presses one after the other!!! Hopefully they will sort that out with firmware upgrades over time.
#8
Lowtrawler

Anyone who has used a PVR will know that it completely changes your viewing habits. However, the TVDrive has a number of teething issues. The most annoying issue is that the box doesn't always respond to key presses on the remote control. About 30 seconds later, it then activates all the key presses one after the other!!! Hopefully they will sort that out with firmware upgrades over time.


Sky+ original boxes do that (I'm still on the one I got the week of release!) occasionally. You get used to it, and remember not to mash the buttons :)

Out of interest, I called Cable to see how much it would be for me to get TV from them using this. Free install, no upfront costs for a 12 month contract giving me similar TV package (though it has a lot more channels, but all I need is the free ones + Nick Jr. :)) costs £40/month. This is WAY above Sky's £27, though obviously getting a lot more bang for buck (channels, phone line). I just don't need or want them.

They really cripple themselves by demanding that you take phone lines etc..
#9
Kallisti - one thing that is often forgotten though is that all of the cable equipment is rented to you from the cable company. Hence, if your PVR breaks or needs upgraded, the cable company picks up the cost. With Sky, if your Sky+ box breaks after 12 months - you need to buy a new box. Also, they do the basic 3 for £30 (phone, 2mb broadband, TV) which would increase to £45 with the TV Drive. Not a bad price if you need all 3. Remember also that Cable broadband is much quicker than ADSL (2mb = about 1.8mb consistently wheras with ADSL you would probably average around 1Mb).
#10
here you go folks the full tech spec....
http://www.scientificatlanta.com/customers/Source/7004921.pdf

Dazz285
#11
Funny, I was told about these today when I called NTL. If you find they're available for your area, you can have them installed free as long as you keep your digital box. £10 for the HD PVR box and £5 for the Digital Cable box in another room, is £15 total per month.
#12
Thanks for the post ellives ;-) Also extra info all :)
#13
Thanks for the heads up

Phoned NTL and got through to customer services who at first did'nt know what I was talking about and then said I had to wait for the leaflet coming through the post.

Put the phone down, dialled again chose the options for being disconnected and suddenly it is available in my region and can be installed in 2 weeks. At £15 a month.

Only downside was I could'nt get a deal to reduce my b/band cost to match free broadband from Sky.
#14
In Feb ntl/telewest becomes Virgin Media i would imagine that there will be some nice offers to launch the new company so it may be worth it to wait a few weeks

Chris
#15
I was told by Sky when our + box broke down that it would cost me £250!!!

I pretty much told them I wanted to cancel my subscription as I had been with them on the 2nd top package for over 4 years. I was then told they could fit one for £150 and then £99. I stuck to my guns telling them I would go to NTHell as I was not prepared to pay a penny towards the box with already paying the monthly fee from Sky and the TV license fee.

Eventually I was told that I would get a refurbed box with 3 months warranty for nothing and an engineer would be out to fit it. I think they came within 48 hours.

I know it's a little off the subject, but I wanted to let people know that they shouldn't have to pay a penny for a new Sky+ box.
#16
What region are you in? I understand the rollout will not be the whole of the UK at once. Also, I had heard there would be a hefty install charge of £70 or so.

I'm in Herts and there is no installation fee if keeping the original box (for a fiver a month).

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