Goodbye To All That

The end of today marks the 25th anniversary of the ITV 1993 franchise round as required by the Broadcasting Act 1990.   As a result of the decisions of the Indepdent Television Commission (the regulator of ITV at the time), at the beginning of New Year’s Day 1993  three ITV contractors, the breakfast television franchise and the teletext franchise were replaced with new companies.

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I discovered this advert on YouTube recently – it’s one of a series of local adverts produced in-house by Channel Television, the ITV company for the Channel Islands, for Benest’s of Millbrook (prounounced Ben-ays) and Fineprice (St Clements Coast Road) a chain of two family-owned supermarkets based in Jersey back in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Happy Christmas

So once again it’s time to wish all three readers of this blog* a very happy Christmas and New Year and to remind myself that it’s time to program my new PVR build with lots timers to record Christmas telly, and a reminder to extend the validity date on my OpenPGP key before the end of the year.

* Readership figure may be grossly exaggerated

Project PVR (Part 3)

So, just the remote control to do now.   A few weeks ago, I bought an FLIRC USB dongle and a One For All remote control, which can work as a Microsoft Media Center (sic) remote if you use the code 1272 on it.  Configuring the FLIRC device was pretty much as simple as plugging the dongle into a USB port and running the supplied software on it (I used the Windows version, but there is also a Linux version too). Continue reading “Project PVR (Part 3)”

Cakewalk RIP

Very sad today to see an announcement that Gibson Brands is shutting Cakewalk down with immediate effect.  I’ve been using Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 and SONAR 1 all the way through to SONAR Platinum since something like 2001.  A real shame.   At the time of writing, there appears to be no indication of whether the Cakewalk products are going or likely to be sold.

Update: As of now, no news on what’s going to happen to the Cakewalk products, but I’m not convinced it’s a good idea to wait to see, so I’ve decided to crossgrade to Cubase 9.5 Pro – just waiting for the sales team at Cakewalk to verify my eligibility, and then I can order it.  They have a special offer on at the moment at £248 inc VAT which isn’t an outrageous price.  And you’d hope that with Steinberg being owned by Yamaha that they aren’t going to just suddenly drop what is probably the oldest DAW in the world at the drop of a hat.

Project PVR

Hopefully soon all the parts should arrive for the latest of my little projects, building my own DVB-T (Freeview) & DVB-T2 (Freeview HD) Personal Video Recorder (PVR).  So far I have in my hand the Noctua CPU cooler, which on its own won’t record TV programmes very well, and the rest is (at the time of writing) due to be delivered early next week. Continue reading “Project PVR”