Having read all sorts of news about the success of the TiVo in the States, I anticpated its release here in the UK. After a quick search however, I couldn't find anything about their release plans. But after continual bombardment by the adverts for HomeChoice I finally gave in to the advertising and checked their website.
Their site is quite short on details, however it seems that they offer a combination of two services:
- The ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward live TV signals.
- The ability to view content on-demand - their website advertises some 800 films, for instance.
Now, this in itself is not too astounding - but they require a phone line in an area serviced by ADSL - which is still only just being rolled out here in London. In fact, I've only just started looking at getting it installed. I'm still awaiting their information pack, so perhaps this is a little premature - but they seem to be offering TV over ADSL. Given that ADSL has only been available in my area for a matter of a few months, this seems absolutely astounding to me. The fact that already companies are using this technology specifically to deliver alternative content - not just a raw Internet connection.
So I have a few questions to ask the community:
- Have any UK users trialed this service, or installed it since? How does the service look? Whats the quality like? Is the main problem BT's speed of rolling out ADSL?
- And for our friends across the pond, are services like this available over there? Do they work? Are they worth it? And what's the quality like? Is ADSL bandwidth enough to deliver a decent TV picture?
Personally, I find it amazing the fact that only months after ADSL has become widely available, companies are already offering additional services dependant on broadband connections. I have no doubt that TV over IP (or similar technologies) is the way TV will evolve - I'm just amazed at its speed.
So have you had experience of this kind of service? How do you rate it? Would you even want it? Is this the TV of the future?