Being a fan of games I was pleased last year when I got Sky and found .tv. My particular favourite was Gameover but with time I found myself watching more and more of their programmes facinated by the new technology on display. I also found the problem solving programmes very useful. This joy was shortlived as not so long ago the channel closed. I am led to believe that the channel was produced by Sky themselves so why don't they port some of the more popular programmes across to one of their other channels? I then started watching an anglo-italian channel dedicated to games called game-network. I found it was slightly repetitive focusing solely on games but found it good to check out the latest developments. This week the channel disappeared. Does anyone know why? I realise that all the information should be here on the internet for me to find, but sometimes I want to just sit back and let the info come to me. I have now found Gamepad on Bravo to help fill the void but I still miss .tv.
The Channel [.tv] on Sky Digital Channel 567 provided myself with excellent information on the latest technology, information on how to solve problems, and tutorials. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons to me, this channel [.tv] is now no longer in operation. My favourite shows on this channel were: --Chips With Everything-- CWE was an excellent show that enabled viewers to send in their problems to do with their computer systems, no matter how difficult, and have the experts try to solve the problem for them. I would give this show 8/10 marks --MasterClass-- MasterClass was also an excellent show, although went down hill towards the end when the new presenter started. This show enabled viewers to send requests to have their own masterclass in how to do something using their computer. It gave detailed tutorials on how to do something. I would give this show 6/10 marks since the new presenter started --Buyers Guide-- Buyers Guide was a show that reviewed products on the market. I would give this show 5/10 marks
I’ve heard that this Channel will be going up to TV heaven at the end of September and I for one will really miss it. It always seems to happen that the best channels are the ones that close down, maybe because they are some times minority channels or maybe because they do not show Buffy the vampire thingy. Either way, it will be a loss to all people interested in the computing and gaming world to see this channel close. In its short life it’s offered some of the best coverage of technology I have ever seen. They fix your problems, offer advice on what to buy, take you behind the scenes of how your favourite game was made. It’s educational because you can actually learn a great deal from their experts and programmes. Its interactive because you feel like they are directing a whole programme at you and you can join in via the excellent website. It’s interesting because you are actually enjoying learning and listening to what they are saying. But overall, its fun. Never before have they had a channel where you could watch every programme and enjoy them. Add to this they could often help you solve a problem with your hard drive and teach you how to master Excel, it’s an excellent channel. The presenters are fun and clean and are more like family members than television presenters. I like this channel a lot and its highly rated and highly watched in my household.
As a recent subscriber, a friend of mine recommended this TV channel (‘Dot-TV’), which is available on Sky Digital (channel 567). This is simply a television channel dedicated to all things digital, covering anything from gadgets and gizmos, through to workshops on how to use Photoshop, for example. This opinion is going to be segmented into programme segments, with an explanation of mist of the major programs on the channel. Chips With Everything ---------------------------- Hosted by Kate Russell, this is basically a question-and-answer program where viewers can contact the channel by e-mail or through the website with their computer related problems. Kate Russell and her resident computer experts will try to solve any problem that is thrown at them. However, if they cannot solve the problem, it is then posted on their website in the forum, where fellow viewers can help solve the problems. Masterclass --------------- Presented by Marc Haynes, this program focuses on teaching the viewers new skills in computing. The complexity of the tasks varies in complexity, from simple PC basics, to complex video editing, for example. This program is very helpful, in a sense that it covers a range of different skill levels and programs, whilst the careful guidance of the presenter ensures you do not get lost. A Must for anyone wishing to learn new skills! Ultra:Tech ------------- Sponsored by dabs.com and T3 magazine, this is a programme for all gadget freaks! It covers all things related to gadgets, both those available in the stores, and also provides reviews for products to be released in the future. It also provides you the low-down of what’s happening in the gadget world and provides you with behind-the-scenes features on various products and their developments. FutureFile ------------ A programme looking into the future and
how we will all be affected by technology in the future. Hosted by Dan Rowland, this program covers items with regards to technology that will inevitably affect us in the future, such as consumer products, cars, services, and even houses, for example. A very informative and enjoyable program for anyone interested in future technologies. Dream Machines -------------------- This program is basically a hi-tech version of the BBC’s Top Gear, and is inevitably a must for all petrol heads! The program doesn’t necessarily review new cars, but for example, interviews individuals who are passionate about cars, and car manufactures. I have personally watched this program a number of times, but as I am not a severe car enthusiast, I feel this is more suited to individuals really passionate about how cars work, and those who can’t help but look under the bonnet. Buyers Guide ---------------- As the title is a bit of a giveaway, this program, hosted by Will Hanrahan, this program reviews new products available on the market for consumers. Providing a very balanced viewpoint from a number of computer experts with all products reviewed, this is a very honest and very useful program. Although the jokes and adlibs on the program make it seem unscripted, I feel this gives the program its character, and as a result you are provided with the true and fair opinions of the products being reviewed. Newsbytes ------------- This program provides you, as the name suggests, with the latest technological news and product reviews in brief. It also provides, as would be expected, with relevant interviews and stories about new products and developments in the technological world. Road Test ------------ Hosted by Kate Russell, this program allows viewers to contact the channel and review products for themselves. As a result, the range of products and people intervie
wing the products is very diverse, and often, very frank opinions are expressed about the products, which is great for anyone wishing to find out about products on offer. Kate Russell is also joined by a range of computer experts, who also express their views with regards to the products on offer. --------- Overall --------- Of course, there are other programs such as Players and Game over, and many others, which allow this channel to appeal to a diverse range of individuals. This is obviously a great channel for anyone interested in technology, or anyone interested in computers and the latest gadgetry. Therefore, stay tuned to this channel and you’ll be sure to find something to suit you. Of course, operating on relatively small budgets, don’t expect BBC quality programming, but still, this is a great channel, with great programs. Finally, on the downside, reports have explained that the channel is to be axed in the last month of 2001, so tune in now and make the most of this great technological channel!
DotTV is the technology channel on the BskyB service. The website (www.tvchannel.co.uk) is absolutely superb, after being totally re-designed a few months ago. The website offers sections, filled with useful and interesting articles, on the internet, games, reviews, news and the tv shows on .tvchannel. On the site there is also a massive knowledge section where there are hundreds of tutorials generally related to computers and software. Tutorials on the site include learning the basics of Microsoft Windows, learning Flash, using Microsoft Office, using graphical packages such as photoshop and paint shop pro, plus many more.... The review section contains reviews on games for all the different plantforms, e.g. PC, play-station 2, gamecube, x-box etc... Other reviews are related to computing hardware etc. All in all its a great site if you want to learn more about how to use some of the popular software out on the market, plus you can get superb reviews and all the latest technology news. While there is alot more I could say about the site, including how easy it is to use and the brilliant forums available to post messages, you should check this one out for yourself... By DooyooExpert. (5 STARS, WOW!)
Incorporated with the family sky digital package there is a channel called .tv technology on channel 567. This channel has many useful programmes though I have a favourite. Chips With Everything hosted by the lovely (and intelligent) Kate Russell. The idea is that Kate reads questions sent in from viewers (this can be done via a form found on their website www.tvchannel.co.uk/chips) and a couple of 'experts' give their answers. Now these experts are just people who work in the field and have a reasonably sound knowledge of computers and software and not what i would term as 'experts' although they seem to be able to get the job done quite well. These 'experts' are frequently changed for variety and wider perspective. It seems to be that Kate Russell, with her qualifications and experience, she writes for computer magazines amongst lots of other things check out her website (links from www.tvchannel.co.uk/chips), often knows as much if not more than the 'experts'. Having said this I have found many useful snippets of information that I had never heard before that in turn I have used in my work with computers. I like to watch the omnibus edition on the weekend and try and give my answers before the 'experts' give theirs, sometimes I know better, sometimes I don't. At least there is always something to learn. Having read my review I would like to point out that I have a lot of respect for the experts and in no way want to put them into a bad light. I have visited the website often and looked through the forums where an epert stated that they do not get paid for their research time for the questions they answer. Considering that this means their research is done on their own time I think they do a grand job. Watch it if you have sky digital, see what you think, you dont need to be an 'expert' to understand.
I was watching [.TV] and buyers guide came on, when they review products and websites etc. They did there first product but then they moved on to a website. This was no ordinary website this was dooyoo and I was inspired to go there. Thankyou [.TV] for showing me dooyoo I would be lost without it. Any way back to the channel one of my favourites are the omnibuses of buyers guide, masterclass and Chips with everything. Then I look forward to Game over and roadtest. Its the ultimate channel for the gadget freak or first time computer buyers who wish to learn a brilliant channel well done sky!!
Sky's channel for all things I.T is a down to earth collection of informative, useful and entertaining programmes. From the programmes shown on .tv the ones I find most useful and entertaining are the following . Buyers Guide. A light hearted but informative guide to I.T products. Hosted by Will Hanrahan (formerly of the BBC and known at the moment as the face of a tv comercial for a accident claim company) , who is not scared to give his own honest opinion of the products on test. Viewers e-mail's are dealt with by Chris "e-bag" long who is an established member of the I.T community. The products tested and reviewed on the show are done so by a expert, usually from a member of the I.T press, and range from Software to Camera's to full Computer systems. All in all a good show, if not a little short at twenty minutes long, although the programmes are omnibused in hour long groups. Chips With Everything. Hosted by Kate Russell and aided by a panel of two computing experts,the show is a god send to anyone experiencing problems with any aspect of using their PC. Write or e-mail the show for help and advice, of which any that is given is also posted on the website. Masterclass. This show, hosted by Richard Topping is a guide to doing tasks on your PC. With the aid of a large screen Richard guides viewer's through a how-to class, suggested by one of the viewer's themselve's. Also every now and then , a week long group of program's named the Masterclass Academy show's us the viewer through popular software packages and how to get the best from them. DLX. Mark Forrest ex radio DJ is the host of this guide to the best and worst of the web. His sidekick "Foggy" showcases a certain group of websites counting down a chart of the best on that subject.
.TV in one of the many specialist channels on the Sky network. This channel is full of information for anyone who is interested in computers or gaming. My favorite programmes on this channel are Masterclass with Richard Topping and Chips with Everything. Both these programmes are full of helpful information, Materclass gives a brief tour of a particular computer programme, ie Excel or word. Chips with everything answers viewers questions, although these are often "not quite the ticket". Leaving the viewers with some very strange answers but not the answer to the question that was asked. On occassion they do come up trumps though and you can leave messages on the .TV forums for any questions that were left unanswered. The channel is stuffed full of other computer related stuff but these two are my personal favorites.
No not the chippy in Brookside (before the bomb) but a computer related show on the .tvchannel which is available on Digital tv channel 567 between noon and midnight, and on satellite (limited hours). The show consists of viewers sending in queries about their computer problems. The show is very handy just to watch regardless if you need the help, but is a great place to go for the help should you need it. But what if you do write for help and miss the show your problem is featured in? No problem – just check out the website where they put up the information given on the programme. The website is www.tvchannel.co.uk The programme is on 2-3pm weekdays (3 20-minute slots) and then the programmes are repeated in the evening in single slots, it’s also on at the weekend but you’ll have to check for the times as I am not sure when it is. One problem featured recently which many people will be interested in is 'How to put your old LP's onto CD'. Even if you have not got access to the TV channel you need not worry as the website has a large archive of all the problems featured.
.TV broadcasts on Sky Digital on channel 567 between midday and midnight. All the programmes have some sort of technology link, be it the Internet, PC's, computer games or new gadgets. One major weakness of the channel is the small number of programmes. For example, a typical weekday starts with various repeats until 4pm. Then they show the same 5 20 minute shows 3 times over the course of the evening along with a few other shows repeated a couple of times. However the shows cover topics which aren't covered on any of the more main stream channels. If you're into PC's, the Internet, gaming, gadgets then you'll find something here to interest you. My favourite shows are Buyer's Guide, Game Over and Ex Machina. However for the channel to become more main stream they need to improve their production values, increase the length of the programmes (the 20 minute programmes are barely 15 minutes long) and increase the number of shows.
.TV is a clever and innovative television channel located on channel 567 on Sky Digital. Sky describes this channel as “the first and only UK channel dedicated entirely to new technology as an essential part of everyday life.” Is it any good? I think it’s excellent. It is very interesting, informative and funny. It has the latest news, reviews, information and advice on everything regarding technology. The channel runs from 12pm to 12am. It has the latest games, reviews on the best software, hardware, gadgets, practical tutorials, the ‘digital culture’, guides to what’s hot and what’s not, investigative debates, top tips and if that wasn’t enough it also has reports on the hi-tech and media industry. I believe there is something for everyone. It covers all of the following topics: computer games, computer application tutorials, PCs, Internet, the web, gadgets, software, hardware, media etc. The Channel’s format and programming are very simple. The programmes are short ranging from 20mins to 1 hour. Most are repeated twice daily (afternoon and then evening – although this can get annoying). Most programmes have omnibus editions during the weekend, so if you missed your favourite programmes or tutorials you have amble chance of catching up. The programmes which interest me the most on this channel are “Chips with Everything”, “Masterclass” and “The Buyer’s Guide. My review is based on these three rather than all the programmes on the channel. ‘Chips’, is presented by the lovely Kate Russell along with two experts (usually independent freelance writers, associated within the PC industry) who attempt and succeed in answering technical problems regarding PCs, sound cards, Windows, DOS, graphics cards, computer conflicts, driver patches etc. The show’s format is based on the following “Dear Chips, Kate & Team, ….
”. Kate and the two experts go over the problems sent in (email, fax, letter) by Chips viewers. The show’s length is perfect and lasts 20 minutes giving them ample time to discuss and evaluate three problems. What I find interesting are the same PC based problems cropping up again and again. These are attributed mainly to conflicts caused by sound and graphics cards. Some if not all the problems are relevant to me, and I have experienced in my troublesome times as a PC owner and user. Kate’s very charming approach adds sparkle and humour to the show. The experts, although some are anoraks, provide some good healthy PC advice. Masterclass is presented by Mr Richard Topping who just happens to be very eccentric and daft but knowledgeable. We get to the stage where we either laugh or cringe at his jokes. The programme is dedicated to some very useful and helpful computering tutorials. Each show Richard runs you through and shows you how to use a particular piece of software. Masterclass continually shows you how to use functions and tools within Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Paint Shop Pro, and FrontPage etc. He picks on one element within a package and runs you through a step-to-step tutorial. These guides or examples have included: adding formulas to spreadsheets, mail merging, web animations, making your own icons, installing web browsers etc. Each programme is repeated twice daily and has an omnibus edition during the weekends. This programme is handy for mixed range of PC abilities, ranging from the novice to the intermediate. Each show lasts 20 minutes, so only a small topic is covered by episode. I watch the programmes (almost religiously) for the odd bit of interesting and useful bit of information. Richard’s style is really great, funny, and doesn’t rush through things. All the tutorials covered by the shows are put on the .tv channel website (http://www.tvchannel.co.uk). Any PC novices should love this show.
The Buyer’s Guide is concerned with highlighting and reviewing the latest games, software and hardware on the market. The show is presented by the very capable Will Hanrahan with Chris Long, covering viewers’ emails, and has an expert journalist from the world of technology, gaming etc. The expert introduces and reviews a few new pieces of technology each episode that is usually a piece of software (game or application) and hardware (e.g. Playstation 2 or a new graphics card). Will acts as always as the sceptic whilst the expert (independent) assesses its performance and characteristics. Chris (who is funny) just introduces people’s stupid and non-relevant emails, which relate nothing to what’s on show, but luckily his segment only lasts 2 minutes. The other shows that don’t appeal to me or are on at the wrong time of the day, but you may be interested in, are: Roadtest – show that puts new products to the test (anything from vacuum cleaners to palm computers). DLX – show all about the Internet and Web (what’s hot and what’s not) Ex-Machina – show all about the visual entertainment Game Over – show all about the news, features, tips, previews and reviews of all things game related. Nexus – meant to be a 21st century game show present by Brian Blessed that looks pretty naff. I think this channel is excellent. It provides very useful information, help, advice and reviews of the latest software, hardware, gadgets etc. It is solely dedicated to all things technology related. I have an admiration for three programmes on this channel that are Chips with Everything, the Buyer’s Guide and Masterclass. These programmes provide great insights in a light-hearted and packaged format on all issues relating to technology, but mainly PC/Internet based. I love the reviews because they have the key element of independences and also they are ver
y knowledgeable. It has information on all the new software and hardware releases. It teaches me how to use applications, tools and formulas within likes of packages such as Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Access, FrontPage in an informative and entertaining way. I have learnt how to solve and what areas I need to look for when trying to solve problems relating to the operation of my PC. What makes this channel really good is that everything is relevant and up-to-date – it has to be because it’s technology based and driven! All of which makes this channel very useful. I’m not a dedicated watcher, but when I do watch the programmes I gain a good and enlightened insight and knowledge.