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Patricia

29-01-01, 12:42 PM (GMT)
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"Performance Channel"
 
   I don`t know if anyone else has been affected by this, but last
night when I tuned in to record ABT, I discovered that it is now
only transmitting on digital!After a bit of teeth gnashing, I
rang ntl and discovered that it only costs an extra 75p to go
digital, so am waiting for them to send whatever is needed. As
far as I can see, there doesn`t seem to be any other charge....I
had assumed it would be an expensive thing to do, so maybe others
do too? Watch this space, maybe I`m being naive and a huge bill
will follow, I don`t altogether trust ntl!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Performance Channel Ann Willims 29-01-01 1
     RE: Performance Channel Ann Williams 04-02-01 2
         RE: Performance Channel Patricia 05-02-01 3
             RE: Performance Channel eug 05-02-01 4
                 RE: Performance Channel Patricia 06-02-01 5
                     RE: Performance Channel eugene merrett 06-02-01 6
                         RE: Performance Channel Stuart Sweeney 06-02-01 7
                             RE: Performance Channel eugene 06-02-01 8

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Ann Willims

29-01-01, 01:35 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Performance Channel"
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   Patricia - I've just accepted ntl's offer of a 'free' upgrade to digital; in my case it was only going to cost me an extra 1p a month - from 13.99 to 14. In practice, however, the upgrade meant that I would lose the History Channel, to which I am partial, and in other to retain this I had to buy another 'package' for a further 4 per month, bringing the total to 18, and if I want the Performance Channel I would have to buy yet another package which would bump the monthly charge up to 22.00. You get the picture. That said, however, I'm cautiously pleased with the new package....


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Ann Williams

04-02-01, 05:03 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Performance Channel"
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   And Patricia, another snag....you can't use Videoplus with the ntl digital package. In fact, it is extremely difficult to timer-record anything. I had had one of their engineers over on Tuesday afternoon and he spent the whole afternoon linking my video recorder back to the TV and it is now hit or miss whether I can get the cable channels when I turn on!


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Patricia

05-02-01, 12:38 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Performance Channel"
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   Oh dear! It all sounds horribly complicated! I had actually
taught myself to manually set my video recorder as in our area
Perf Ch has no videoplus numbers....it seemed to work most of
the time! I am expecting ntl on Thurs so will see what happens
after that! They told me that they had repackaged the programmes
so thats prob why you lost the History Ch...it all makes me
wonder was it worth changing at all....and our phone bills are,
if anything, higher!


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eug

05-02-01, 02:15 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Performance Channel"
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   I think that most cable converters boxes have in built timers that can switch channels automatically. Of course you have to set your VCr timer as well but after awhile it comes second nature. I had one on my videoplus cable converted which I made considerable use. It is most infuriatiting that the Sky Digiboxes do not have this facility!

But the future of recording is "personal video recorders". The new Tivo machines download the latest programing guide by phone. You select from the menu what you want to record and the recording is made on a built in hard drive which holds about 20 -40 hours. Any thing you want to keep can be down loaded to plain old VCR. The recording quality can be varied from perfect to poor - the better the quality the more disk space it takes up! It is always recording so you can in effect pause what you are watching and restart when you are ready. Ideal if some one rings when your favorite dancer is about to begin her variation!!!

The machines are selling for an absurd 400 (about twice that of the same machine in the USA) but I am sure they will go down in price soon.


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Patricia

06-02-01, 12:10 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Performance Channel"
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   Eugene...that all sounds a bit technical for me! It`s taken me
ages just to learn how to use the computer! Maybe by the time
the price comes down I`ll feel able to cope with something new!
But seriously, that sounds really good, I`m sure that ordinary
video recorders must soon be obselete


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eugene merrett

06-02-01, 12:41 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Performance Channel"
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   Well as techinical as it sounds it is far easier to use a video machine. You have all the programes for a given time on the TV screen and you select the ones you want to record.- T

here are few things more complicated then programing a video machine (hey now there is a good idea for a game show on the lines of Countdown or the Weakest link!).

My mum and I bought one for my Dad this Christmas so he can record all his programes on Nazi Germany which are endlessly shown on Discovery program and History Channel. He loves it!

Thanks to the Discovery Channel I am now fully conversant with all the design variants of the German "stuka" dive bomber! Quite fascinating!

There is a Discovery Wings Channel (about aeroplanes) so it cannot be too soon for there to be a Discovery Ballet Channel!


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Stuart Sweeney

06-02-01, 01:06 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Performance Channel"
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   Don't hold your breath Eugene. I guesstimate that the ratio of aeroplane to ballet fans is at least 5 to 1.


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eugene

06-02-01, 11:24 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Performance Channel"
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   What - aeroplanes more popular the ballet!! I am shocked at this statement. There WILL BE a Discorvery dance channel!! I am starting a petition.

So instead of watching programs about the design evolution of the Stuka Dive Bomber we will soon have programes about the various forms of the fouettes with detailed analysis.

BTW most Stuka dive bombers did not have sirens on them. It caused to much drag on an already too slow aeroplane. So now you know!!


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