Here is a very obvious problem I found.
A couple of months back I assumed I could buy a cost effective box for my dad to use for iptv and as a pvr. Seems I was wrong.
all I could find was.
Some boxes would work with netflix but not iplayer, 4od etc.
Some boxes would be other way round so work on 40d itvplayer etc. but not netflix.
Others required a subscriptiion.
The only devices that seem to have everything is smart tv's, I havent found a single box that can emulate what I seen on my sister's smart tv.
My ps3 comes close, it has netflix, lovefilm, iplayer, itvplayer 4od, 5od, nowtv and blinkbox but no sky player as microsoft got an exclusivity deal (which in my view is anti consumer practice).
I have never checked if my xbox360 has the lot because the paywall put me off using it for iptv.
But its a sad state of affairs when last gen consoles do a better job than dedicated tv boxes. Also they dont do live tv, is just ondemand services.
The pvr stuff talktalk and BT sell also seem quite technically limited, compared to my vix solo2 e.g. they very basic.
This is quite possibly deliberate market practice to sell smart tv's as well as multiple devices. The same thing as movie companies deliberatly splitting their movies across different services to make people pay multiple times.
Edited by Chrysalis (Sat 07-Jun-14 12:58:22)