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Old 31.10.2006, 11:55
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[Everything Swisscom TV -- formerly] Bluewin TV

http://de.bluewin.ch/services/index.php/bluewintv

TV over Bluewin ADSL.....looks like it's a set-top box as you pay for each extra box.

Channel list does not look compelling (to me) - German, French or Italian channels. It has Film Four (English) but this is available Free-to-air (and you know how to get that).

Might suit somebody though......


EDIT: Channel line-up has improved dramatically and feedback is positive. Ensure you read the thread in full!

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Old 31.10.2006, 22:23
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Can't receive UK satellite TV - Here's an answer

For those who use Blue Win for their broadband provider and cannot for whatever reason receive BBC over satellite, here is perhaps an answer. Blue Win TV is launched tomorrow Nov 1. More info can be found at:-

http://www.swisscom-fixnet.ch/fx/pri...nder/index.htm

The service is provided through the internet connection. As far as I see English stations include, BBC 2, BBC 3, CBBC.ITV1 ITV2 ITV 4, Film Four, CNN,BBC world, Sky news. BBC1 isn't included. There are also extra film and sport services at an extra cost.
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Old 31.10.2006, 22:52
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Re: Can't receive UK satellite TV - Here's an answer

I was totally sold until I saw no BBC One. The rest look good if you don't mind not having it, though!
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Old 01.11.2006, 00:04
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Re: Can't receive UK satellite TV - Here's an answer

BBC 1 is available as an extra subscription channel from our local cable provider. First step is to check with the local cable firm. If it is not available ask why not!!
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Old 01.11.2006, 00:19
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Re: Bluewin TV - out tomorrow (November 1st 2006)

Lob,

It is useful for me for the following reasons:-

1: Our main TV is a UK model and I cannot watch any of the German channels through the cable that comes into the house on this TV due to the the sound modulation for Switzerland being at a different frequency and not having the full UHF/VHF frequency receiving range.

This box solves this problem at a cost, since I can plug this box into the second scart socket.

2: I want to watch more French TV (live in German part of CH) to improve language skills. Blue Win TV provides this. The other solution would be mounting another dish at the satellite hotbird and have a CAM and card to access the French TV. Ourr local cable firm gives France 2 as standard, France 3 is at an additional cost but there is no TF1. Blue Win TV gives me many more french channels

For people who cannot see the Astra 2 satellite (UK free to view TV) from their appartment or who cannot mount a dish, this is a credible and simple solution. The only downer is that BBC One is not included.
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Old 01.11.2006, 07:42
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Re: Bluewin TV - out tomorrow (November 1st 2006)

"Recording: As simple as never before. Program and record emissions with push-button ease."

"Cost Control: Always a grip on costs. You can set a monthly cost limit for chargeable emissions and videos."
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Bluewin TV - BBC 1, BBC4, BBC Prime

According to so far unconfirmed sources (www.digi-tv.ch) , Bluewin TV will activate BBC1, BBC4 and BBC Prime before May 1st 2007, probably this Friday.
This will mean They will be showing

BBC1 to BBC4
ITV1 to ITV4
BBC Prime and BBC World
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Problem with Bluewin

Has anyone any advice on how to liaise with Bluewin? We ordered Bluewin TV Plus a month ago and received a letter in English to say that we would be contacted within a few days. When I rang the helpline (and spoke to the one English speaking employee- according to him!), he told me the connection time could be 3/4 weeks at least and there was no way he could contact their engineer and that I would need to be patient. I appreciate they have had technical issues(?) and I am not a demanding person, but some date in the near future would be helpful.
CNN is fine, but I am suffering from news overload at the moment!
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Old 19.07.2007, 11:15
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Re: Problem with Bluewin

looks like you've done what you can. Supply is being outstripped by demand - plus it's an engineer visit to install it.

edit: reading through the thread into which yours has been merged, 3-4 weeks looks to be "normal".
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looks like you've done what you can. Supply is being outstripped by demand - plus it's an engineer visit to install it.

edit: reading through the thread into which yours has been merged, 3-4 weeks looks to be "normal".
Yep - and they even warn you about it when you sign up. The arrival of ground digital tv has just worsened the situation btw.
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Old 31.07.2007, 13:47
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Bluewin TV for ADSL users on the verge of being canceled

Bad news for those who receive the "light" version of BW-TV (that's the low-end version for those who can't get VDSL and only have one channel at a time via ADSL):

http://www.digi-tv.ch/showthread.php?t=2401

Obviously Swisscom wants to cancel the service for non-VDSL users because of the high installation costs and because the low-speed ADSL users prevent Swisscom from upping the transfer rates (necessary for better image quality).

Somewhere else on the digi-tv.ch forum I also read that Swisscom will start offering HD this fall - but only for VDSL users that have 16 kbit/s (or faster) access.

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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

Are there still offers floating about for Bluewin where you do not have to pay the 95CHF installation fee? Like a letter to existing Swisscom customers? Or am I dreaming?
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Old 10.11.2007, 09:08
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

Does anyone know whose remote control the Blue Win Box Uses. I am trying to steam the video through a Slingbox, but since the Blue Win Box is not listed as one the devices, I am looking for a generic remote control to do the job.
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

We can't get cable in our apartment block and have a hill in our back garden so we can't get Sky, and until last month we couldn't get Bluewin TV, but now that they have set up a server farm to support the service at the Dreispitz exchange, we are at last able to get it. I thought I'd share our experiences.

Although Bluwin never officially told us the service was available despite requesting they did so at their web site, In general Swisscom/Bluwin did as they promised; usually at the lower service levels offered. It was a full week before somebody scheduled a visit from our initial contact, and then it was a couple of weeks before the work could be done. We were told our Swisscom phone and DSL connections would be down for over 24 hours ahead of installation, as was the case, but when the engineer arrived to install the equipment he found some obstacles to getting the VDSL circuits working in our apartment, which meant it was a full week we ended up without phone and Internet connectivity.

Because our TV is not near our phone socket, we have had to purchase a wireless relay to connect the set top box to the router. In addition we were told that we should use the Internet wirelessly rather than by fixed Ethernet connections if we did not want to reduce the quality of service available for TV. In practice I haven't seen any degradation of service yet, in fact the Bluewin picture quality seems pretty good.

We have BBC channels 1, 2, 3, 4, Prime, Cbeebies, CBBC; ITV channels 1, 2, 3, 4; Film4; News channels from BBC, Sky, EuroNews, CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg (and Al Jazeera forthcoming). There's also Fashion TV and plenty of channels available in other languages, some of which may, for all I know, show some programming in original (English) language. I'm very much a newbie and haven't really explored the channels or the features offered by the set-top box and remote, other than that the remote gives access to a programme guide. Online you can change the sequence of radio and TV programmes. I think World Service is the only English language radio programme available. Most literature we have been provided with about BluewinTV is in German.

I'm pretty happy with the programme selection, although it would have been nice to have had more BBC radio channels, particularly Radio 5, and some US entertainment channels.

Does anyone have any useful tips or tricks to get the most out of this service and the kit? As I figure them out myself, I'll post them too.
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

I bought a small usb stick which picks up digital TV.
I didnt get alot of choice with channels, and it would vary depending on where you were I imagine as it would be subject to reception, but basically I was getting free digital TV (well for the cost of the USB stick which was about $120 CHF)
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

btw, I just had VDSL installed yesterday and the engineer recommended using Satellite if I can rather than BWTV.
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

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btw, I just had VDSL installed yesterday and the engineer recommended using Satellite if I can rather than BWTV.
We switched from BW-TV to satellite because of the dismal image quality and the frequent technical problems we experienced with BW-TV. However, as Premiere is now switching their encryption system we might run into trouble with our Technisat HD recorder and the Alphycrypt card we use to (legally) decrypt Premiere :-(

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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

By the way, Bluewin TV "on-demand" films are since the beginning of April mostly available with dual channel sound (i.e. in English) Prices from CHF3.50 - 6.50 /film so comparable with rental but more convenient.
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Re: [Everything] Bluewin TV

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By the way, Bluewin TV "on-demand" films are since the beginning of April mostly available with dual channel sound (i.e. in English) Prices from CHF3.50 - 6.50 /film so comparable with rental but more convenient.
very cool indeed, that was one of the things I hated about BW-TV, only dubbed on-demand content.
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Can You Rent A Movie In English Through Bluewin Tv?

Can anyone tell me if I can rent movies through <on demand> and have them featured in english, we dont watch alot of TV but every now and again we would like watch a movie. We are still looking into our options, what would you suggest?
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