On the Demise of HDHomeRun Premium TV


#21

Thanks! But that's not exactly how the setup works. We have a licence fee around US$200, that goes into funding the BBC and only the BBC. As a result the BBC doesn't run commericals, none at all.

Then we have the other channels, terrestrial broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 4, and satellite/cable like Sky. They get no licence fee money, they are funded by commerical advertising and/or subscription.

There's a very clear seperation between licence fee and no commericals, and no licence fee and commericals. One doesn't subsidise the other.


#22

OK... well don't know a lot about it, but when I'm there with the God Daughter I notice it's not nearly as annoying.

I see a watermark for ITV and such on your material, but I've never seen your guys use the lower third of the picture as their own personal playground! I swear there's another show going on down there at times and it's so annoying you can't get the jist of the actual program trying to run behind it.

Yes, they're very different.

lol


#23

Personally I have the 3 tuner with a cable card- its great. Lost the cost of renting those cable boxes for just $5/month for the cable card- and I can have a tv anywhere. Currently my main use is via Channels on ATV. .


#24

After the demise of SD Premium, I reconnected with Suddenlink. Have Quattro and a Connect vetting the OTA channels (better HD) and one of my Primes for cable. My wife wanted a return to our TIVO box but now likes Channels best. Costs us @ $20 more total now.
Happy until Suddenlink goes up in price


#25

Boy, what I'd give to have IPTV support in Channels.

I did try Xteve briefly (which emulates an HDHomeRun tuner, 'tuning' an IPTV source), but it's only a partial emulation of an HDHomeRun tuner, and Channels DVR wasn't convinced. Plex DVR is apparently easier to fool.

Yes, I'm sure the U.S. Cable companies will fight it tooth and nail if it ever appears as a large enough blip on their radar for them to feel threatened. Though it'd a 'whack-a-mole' effort, frankly. Neither U.S. Cable nor the U.S. judicial system move very fast.

And there's nothing they can do about offshore IPTV sources. Being an English ex-pat, I still need my UK TV fix :slight_smile:


#26

It worked very well for me until the glitches towards the end which was all because of the upstream provider. I will really miss it.