I knew Spooks was coming back this autumn, however not watching much on the television recently meant I didn’t see any trailers. Nor did I get a newspaper either, so didn’t know that it was on tonight at 9pm.
Years ago it would have been a problem as I would have to wait until repeats.
Now we have a few technologies which make it much easier.
I could wait until it appears on DVD, though generally with BBC programmes it takes a long time to get onto DVD.
With Freeview I can watch repeats on BBC Three later this week…
And of course BBC iPlayer means I can watch it now, less than 30 minutes after it finished on BBC One.
Basically yes, the Flash based interface was a little annoying and a little too clever for it’s own good, but for most purposes it was fine.
Were the files good quality?
Yes, as I said previously:
The quality of the Doctor Who video was quite poor, almost VHS quality, however I was more impressed with the quality of the Hustle video which was (in my opinion) as good as the quality I have managed converting EyeTV Freeview recordings.
Was it easy to move the files to the PSP?
Yes, and when you consider I was doing this on parallels on my iMac, I had added a extra layer of complexity.
So why have you unsubscribed then?
To be brutally honest, the one reason I have unsubscribed is that there is no new content.
In the last two months, there have been no additions to the content line-up. So we have Hustle season 1, but no seasons 2, 3 or even 4! We have Spooks season 1, but none of the other seasons. We have a single Doctor Who story and though you can rent the new Doctor Who, as part of the Entertainment package you only have the single Jon Pertwee Spearhead from Space.
True I could have watched other stuff, but I didn’t want to watch Desperate Housewives or badly made TV movies. I wanted more of the stuff I had watched.
So though it was only costing £5 per month, I’d rather not pay £5 per month for re-watching the same content again and again…
If they bring in new content, I may subscribe, but for now I’m going…
I have been playing about with video on my iPod and have downloaded video from the iTunes Store including television shows and movies. It has been relatively simple and painfree (for me). So I was intrigued when I got an e-mail from Sony (or was it Sky) about the new GO!VIEW service for the PSP.
I was interested less so in the free month’s trial, but more in the fact that season one of both Hustle and Spooks were available, as was some classic Doctor Who. They aren’t available (yet) on the iTunes store.
Now yes I could go out and buy the DVD box sets, but GO!VIEW looked really interesting as (yes a free month) and the Entertainment package was only £5 ($10) per month.
Now that struck me as much better value than the £1.89 ($4) per episode I have to pay at iTunes… and I know I get to “keep” the episodes at iTunes, but sometimes you don’t want to pay a huge amount to see an old series.
So was the process going to be as easy as iTunes was?
Well no it wasn’t.
Firstly you have to be running Windows, so there was no way I was going to do this on my Mac except through Parallels.
To be honest I should have kind of expected that especially as they were probably going to use some form of Windows Media DRM.
So went through Parallels and ensured that I could connect to my PSP through the USB port as the process did require you to do this.
So according to the website GO!VIEW is “so simple to use”, well let’s put that to the test!
I then tried to sign up and found I was required to download a GO!VIEW application, well I can’t complain about that if I download iTunes can I?
Once I downloaded I tried to get the free trial, but it would seem you have to subscribe first and then that gets you the free trial. You do need to give a credit or debit card however this is quite normal with any subscription service that I have seen.
Everytime though I filled in the registration data, it found an error and then “wiped” out a fair few of the fields, so after three attempts at pressing the submit button I was getting annoyed.
Eventually I was registered, so you can guess that I got even more annoyed when I clicked the download button for the episode I wanted to watch and I got an error message. Nothing about it in the FAQ or even in a Google search.
Hmm. One of the FAQs did mention Firewall issues, so I checked my Firewall settings in Windows and actually made it more restrictive, but this seemed to do the trick!
So now I could download.
Well it’s slow so I haven’t yet managed to download an episode without impacting on my internet connection as GO!VIEW uses a peer-to-peer download manager based on the same Kontiki software that powers Channel 4’s 4oD and the BBC’s iPlayer download service.
Unlike those two services though, GO!VIEW programmes can only actually be watched once transferred to a PSP.