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Old 03.10.2009, 00:50
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That'll save me a few francs down at Paddy's! Where did the rumour originate?
Yeah I started the rumour,A Conundrum (and EPL pay-per-view)

It still hasn't happened and it's not looking like it will happen any time soon. Can't get a definite strait answer out of Swisscom. I might try reaproaching the original sales assistant about her claim. Basically - in a nutshell it was on the cards and they even had promo material in some shops apparently but has hit a hurdle in negotiations. Could be all bullshit but its all I know.

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1) Swisscom's Bluewin service is excellent. I connected everything in one bang, phone, internet and Bluewin and it worked seamlessly. I did have to call the helpline once but they solved the problem on the phone immediately - in near perfect English! Been using it 2 weeks now and love the variety of British channels available. It might not be as good as satellite but its good enough. There's always something to watch. BBC1-4, ITV1-4, Five plus others. The other night there was a selection of 4 Champions League games (albeit only two in English).

2) The selection of on-demand movies is quite extensive and if I was Blockbuster or any other such rental service I'd be seriously sweating about the future as the combination of broadband technology and intelligent networks is going to put traditional rentals out of business. Hmm remands me of a technology book I studied once during my masters that foretells such innovations and their impact on the market - here if anyone's interested http://www.amazon.com/Blown-Bits-Eco.../dp/087584877X

At least in Switzerland it will - the Swisscom network is outstanding. I come from Australia and compared to there, the infrastructure and service here is at least twice as good of the same price if not less!!! Except mobile pricing - Australia is waaaay in front of Switzerland there.

Oh yeah some/most? movies can be heard in their original version (English) you can see on the information screen of the selected movie. You can also watch a preview.

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Old 10.10.2009, 15:32
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

Hello fellow bluewiners!

Quick question. On my STB (via Swisscom IPTV) I have two channels that appear to be repeated,

BBC3 (default channel 112) = CBBC (default 119)
BBC4 (default channel 113) = Cbeebies (118)

Whats going on here? Should I retune the STB (err how do I do that?).....

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Old 10.10.2009, 15:37
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Hello fellow bluewiners!

Quick question. On my STB (via Swisscom IPTV) I have two channels that appear to be repeated,

BBC3 (default channel 112) = CBBC (default 119)
BBC4 (default channel 113) = Cbeebies (118)

Whats going on here? Should I retune the STB (err how do I do that?).....

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It is the same channel, in the daytime its childrens TV and in the evening its BBC3 and BB4. They put it separately so that it is easy to find.
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Old 10.10.2009, 15:48
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It is the same channel, in the daytime its childrens TV and in the evening its BBC3 and BB4. They put it separately so that it is easy to find.
Ok, thanks. So basically only the name is different - ie. the content is exactly the same. What about the EPG, I notice that now during daytime that CBBC has program information and that BBC3 only has "Close", do they switch over during prime time.

I was thinking of blocking one channel, but might not if the EPG content toggles day/night....

Come to think of it then this is somewhat misleading of Swisscom/Bluewin as in reality its just two channels, masquerading as four. It's hardly the so-called "channel diversity" they advertise on their website. Just an observation.
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Old 25.10.2009, 20:36
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

does it slowdown your internet?? since you are getting your TV via DSL not sure if the speed of the connection will have any impact on the quality of TV reception or vice versa.

I have a swisscom Mini DSL and waiting for the Bluewin TV now, so wondering if I will have any problems.
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Old 25.10.2009, 21:13
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

Nope dont think so. I only have a 5mb connection (which is enough for everything really). I don't know what would happen if you have a 20mb connection.

Apparently they are isolated channels so they dont interfere with each other, but don't quote me on this. But Ive personally never seen a single frame freeze or internet hiccup in my short time using it.
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Old 27.10.2009, 10:49
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

I have had the occasional poor reception, but it's been rare and would appear to be a problem at the exchange from my analysis. The VDSL router you get with Bluewin provides certain performance features that effectively gurantees the TV signal, particularly if Internet users stick to wireless, so before now I've been happily watching the PPP Arsenal game on the box, whilst one teenager busily bitTorrents away, another surfs Facebook and the Mrs gabs to her mum on the phone. I just have the standard DSL package.
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Old 30.10.2009, 16:57
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I have had the occasional poor reception, but it's been rare and would appear to be a problem at the exchange from my analysis. The VDSL router you get with Bluewin provides certain performance features that effectively gurantees the TV signal, particularly if Internet users stick to wireless, so before now I've been happily watching the PPP Arsenal game on the box, whilst one teenager busily bitTorrents away, another surfs Facebook and the Mrs gabs to her mum on the phone. I just have the standard DSL package.
I concur entirely. Reception blips are very very rare, the service is good. I recommend Bluewin highly and it has no impact on your internet.
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Old 30.10.2009, 17:15
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

I have a 20Mbit line and I can be playing online on 1 PC, torrenting on another, whilst the family are watching 1 programme and recording a 2nd (even if 1 is in HD) without any hitches. In fact the torrents affect my gameplay latency more, especially the upload.
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

No one has any updates on methods to stream bluewin through PC's do they ? any platform. WOuld like multiroom but I think their solution is physical cabling to the second room which isnt viable.

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Old 03.11.2009, 02:33
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

I have the basic bluewin box without built in hard disk recorder and I have a USB slot in the front of my box. Does anyone know what I can do with this? I mean I could easily try it out but I prefer to ask first before I stuff anything up.... (the Bluewin TV plus box also has a USB slot in the front)

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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

Just got Bluewin installed. Our line is 12 mbit/sec and it says we can't have HD. Does anyone know how fast your line has to be to cope with HD?
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Just got Bluewin installed. Our line is 12 mbit/sec and it says we can't have HD. Does anyone know how fast your line has to be to cope with HD?
Well Im guessing 15 or 20?

Anyway you don't really need it - well I don't ha.
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

20Mb/s is required for HD.
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I have the basic bluewin box without built in hard disk recorder and I have a USB slot in the front of my box. Does anyone know what I can do with this? I mean I could easily try it out but I prefer to ask first before I stuff anything up.... (the Bluewin TV plus box also has a USB slot in the front)Cheers
No idea, mine doesn't have it so I'm jealous. Great if you could back up recorded programs, fat chance with MS software under the hood. Maybe you can play stuff off the USB as if it was on a CD/DVD?

A propos off-topic, has anyone figured how to get the software on the box to work in English? My suspicion is everything under the UI is in English.
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20Mb/s is required for HD.
Bum! Oh well.
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Old 24.11.2009, 02:02
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

Just signed up today for Swisscom TV Plus (apparently they've finally changed "Bluewin" to a more sensible name). I wanted to let everyone know of the deal I got because it looks good to me!

I already have Swisscom telephony and Infinity internet (fastest speed available, 20 MBit/s). So now I've added:
  • Swisscom TV Plus @ CHF 29.- per month (Basic costs 19.- but you can't record or use Live Pause, and can't get HD channels) -- this is normal pricing
  • 2 months free trial -- if you don't want it after 2 months, you return the box and pay nothing. If you do want it, the first two months are still free and you don't pay anything extra for the box (as per normal)
  • "Ruckus" wireless sender/receiver @ CHF 69.- (one-off payment), normally CHF 169.- (although a guy in a Swisscom shop told me CHF 199.-). Don't believe the guy in the Swisscom shop, you DO need Ruckus if you want your set-top box to be wireless (of course it's still cabled into your TV), even if you have a wireless network at home, as the set-top box has no wireless receiver.
So far, a saving of CHF 158.- if we decide to keep the system (which we will). The 2 months free offer nearly fully offsets the discounted cost of the Ruckus set-up, removing that financial risk (if you're worried that you may not want to keep Swisscom TV).

I don't know how long this offer runs for.

And to cap it all off, Swisscom is introducing a bundle from next month (I believe) called Casa -- this offers a discount of CHF 10-15 if you take the three core items from Swisscom:
  • fixed line telephony
  • Infinity internet
  • Swisscom TV Plus
Don't quote me on the exact details of the bundle as it hasn't been released yet. Swisscom-shop-guy told me the discount was going to be CHF 20.-, but I don't believe him -- he was wrong about everything else.

I'm happy with all that! And the consultant on the phone spoke perfect English, too.

Disclaimer: I do not work for Swisscom! I'm just very pleasantly surprised by the quality of their service (the consultants on the 0800 800 800 telephone number, not the guy in the shop), compared with their much larger cousin in Australia.
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Old 24.11.2009, 13:46
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No idea, mine doesn't have it so I'm jealous. Great if you could back up recorded programs, fat chance with MS software under the hood. Maybe you can play stuff off the USB as if it was on a CD/DVD?

A propos off-topic, has anyone figured how to get the software on the box to work in English? My suspicion is everything under the UI is in English.
I guess yours must be an older box. As mine is in English. I heard that they upgraded the firmware to also have English, the box/display I saw in MediaMarkt a few months ago didnt have Eng.

Perhaps if you ring them up and ask for a new box they might comply. Worth a try.
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Disclaimer: I do not work for Swisscom! I'm just very pleasantly surprised by the quality of their service (the consultants on the 0800 800 800 telephone number, not the guy in the shop), compared with their much larger cousin in Australia.
Yes the Bluewin experience is very very good. Everything comes in the mail and the wireless modem itself is free.

But also from my experience - dont believe the 'consultants' in the shop either. She was the one who told me that the EnglishPremier League would be available PPV. Complete rubbish. But with Sopcast, the excellent WDTVLive box and TVersity s/w I dont need the Sports/TeleClub package to be able to watch EPL.

Ha compared to Telstra, anything is good. Swisscom in this regards are excellent.
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But also from my experience - dont believe the 'consultants' in the shop either. She was the one who told me that the EnglishPremier League would be available PPV. Complete rubbish.
Yes, the shop-based people don't seem to know much (in fact the guy on the phone said not to ask the shop people anything technical as "they don't have the education for it" (I assume he meant "training")).

Shop person: The PPV movies are in D/F/I only. No English.
Phone guy: Oh sure, many of the movies have English as one of the dual-language soundtracks (proceeded to give examples).

Shop person: You won't need Ruckus.
Phone dude: Oh yes you will.

Shop person: Ruckus is CHF 199.-
Phone bloke: I'm feeling generous. CHF 69.-, for you.

I wonder what else I've been misled into by the shop person.
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