BTVision to get a software upgrade

BTVision digital tuner and PVR
BTVision digital tuner and PVR

Great to see that the BTVision box (the V-box™) is getting a software update this month.  The update focuses on three main improvements:

  1. Recording
    All new recordings you set up will add 5 minutes to the end.  This is great news, as the current setup often loses the last couple of minutes from the end of programmes.
  2. Restarts
    On a number of occasions we’ve returned to our BTVision box to discover that for some reason it’s rebooted itself and thinks it’s doing a first-time install.  The new update will “reduce this from happening”.
  3. User interface tweak
    The UI is getting a tweak, making it “a bit more clear”, we’re promised.

All that said, overall as it is I think it’s a really great system.  I need to blog about it at the other place … maybe once the update has gone through (sometime between 6 – 20 October).

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

2 thoughts on “BTVision to get a software upgrade”

  1. This was one of the reasons we went for the Freeview Topfield PVR when we bought ours (almost 2 years ago).

    The ability to upgrade the firmware directly and use a range of alternative user interfaces and other utilities (TAPS) makes it a nice machine to use. That and being able to transfer TV programme files to a PC for editing and then burning to DVD.

    But a PVR does completely change the way you watch TV. I remember the first time we sat recording 2 programmes at the same time while watching a programme we had recorded earlier.

  2. Absolutely … but I now want to be able to do that with my digital radio.

    I’ll catch the back-end of some news item or a comment on some programme and think “What was that … I’ll just rewind it and find out …” Only to remember disappointedly that I can’t.

    The other night, for the first time, we recorded two programmes at the same time while watching another … on VHS. It felt so retro.

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