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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Mar-13 10:59:26

Hello

This is the feedback thread for the 20 testers who have received a new YouView TV box and who are currently trying it out in their homes.

YouView say "YouView is a subscription-free television service which seamlessly combines live and catch-up television. The service offers over 70 free to air channels and radio stations via a TV aerial and also connects to any broadband service to bring catch-up and on demand programmes directly to your TV. The TV service, which launched in July 2012, is backed by BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva"

The YouView box allows you to record, pause and rewind TV, as well as featuring BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.

Testers: we'll be asking you to add feedback twice - we'd like your first impressions now and in a couple of weeks we will add some more questions.

So, in terms of your first impressions. please....
~ give your overall impression when it arrived
~ describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?
~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room
~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

If you're not a tester, YouView would love to hear from you - for a chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher please share on this thread the programme(s) you'd love to pause, record or watch again - this could be a programme that's on now, or something special from the last few years or even something from your childhood - the programme which is really special to you and/or your family. Maybe you were on TV as a child and would like to see it again or you want to relive an Olympic moment or even maybe you're a massive Corrie fan and want to never miss an episode! Please share this on the thread and you'll be entered into the prize draw.

thanks
MNHQ

Please note: The final questions have now been added to the thread on Tues 2 April at 11:30

Indith Tue 12-Mar-13 11:46:46

So, in terms of your first impressions. please....
~ give your overall impression when it arrived

Shiny!

~ describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?

I set it up. It was very simple, even with using the plug in whatsits though our BT vision box used them so I just went round replacing wires. We hit a glitch half way through installing and for a while I was ready to throw it out of the window and was putting off calling technical support expecting to be on hold for ages but I called, went straight through to a very helpful person and was sorted in minutes. Excellent phone help smile. I think our HDMI cable wasn't working properly as TV screen kept going blank but I think box was still working, switched to scart lead and it is fine. Will have to try to put cable back at some point to see what happens as using scart I don't have enough sockets for the dvd and video (yes you read that right, video. Dinosaurs we are) so have to scrabble around when we want to watch something.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

It is on our only TV which is in the living room

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

The search button is bloody wonderful, I love the way it brings up all your options, makes it so easy to find stuff to record, find stuff to stream on demand etc. On our old vision box you had to search the TV guide to set recordings and to stream stuff had to think what player it was in or if it was in vision on demand and the search, not find it, realise you were in the wrong bit, go ti the right player, search......the way everything can be searched as one is very streamlined and works well. Everything streams perfectly. I've set up a few series links but tbh we are just using on demand instead most of the time.

I was astonished to find we still had BT vision on it. I hadn't realised it worked like that. I assume people subscribed to other participating services also just automatically get their services on their new boxes? I had though that for us, as BT vision customers, would need to go through BT to get a youview box if we wanted one but there was my BT icon!

Not really struggled at all, kept hitting wrong buttons on the remote but now we are used to it it is fine. Remote feels a bit cheap though, buttons very "clicky". Just not as nice to handle as our old one (one that came with vision)

Dd is still begging me to put the old box back for The Snowman and the Snowdog grin. Hope they bring it out on DVD soon! Does make me wonder though about data transfer, people often keep stuff they are attached to, for instance a family member being on TV, would be nice to have a way of moving data over. I have NO idea how practical that is though.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Mar-13 11:51:28
CMOTDibbler Tue 12-Mar-13 11:54:46

I'd like to watch and rewind Ivor the Engine. Haven't seen it since I was a little girl, and it was the one cartoon my mum loved.
Don't know if she'd recognise it now sad, but it reminds me of her in happier times

Indith Tue 12-Mar-13 12:00:49

I'm already signed up Ann smile I just want it to hurry up! Every single flipping day "mummy I wish we didn't have a new box. Mummy I think you should take it out and put the old one back." She used to watch it every day after school while I did reading and homework with the big one!

pollywollydoodle Tue 12-Mar-13 12:07:10

I'd love to see A Very Peculiar Practice and Twin Peaks again...both were must sees in my youth ..both full of black humour and quite bizarre

It's an excellent toy.

DH told me it was very easy to set up. wink

We all find it very intuitive to use, easy really. Love having such ease if watching television and catching up with television. Really dislike being forced to watch adverts on ivt player, but that's not YouView's fault.

The only thing I'm disappointed with is the noise of the remote control. Seriously, I think it's going to be thrown through the window. Click click click click click aaargh.

I'd love to be able to catch up on the TWS when he denounced me in front of the nation for being a bullshitter. wink grin

BoysWillGrow Tue 12-Mar-13 13:05:34

Overall impression when it arrived
brilliant all shiny and new, it looks great, i also liked how you sent the powerline adaptors too.

describe the set up
I did it myself, it was surprisingly easy actually. I didn't like the instructions I found it a little bit complicated even though it was just pictures grin just because of the blue lines, i found them and the grey ones made it complicated. But I ignored that and just used common sense instead. Very simple.

Which tv is it on?
Its on our bedroom tv. i originally was going to have it with my new tv in the kitchen but as the youview box is fairly big. It would have made my kitchen look a bit cluttered with it being on the counter.

what do i/ family think about it, it's best feature?
Completely fantastic! its best feature? loads! The movie section bit, which you can subscribe to, we generally buy two movies a month from sky box office so this would be great if we got rid of sky which we are now thinking of doing.
The whole pause/ rewind/ record features are faultless. So far I prefer it to our sky set up we have in our lounge, DP is convinced its better too. If I can get the kids to give up Cartoon Network & Nick jr then it'll be curtains for sky.

hairtwiddler Tue 12-Mar-13 13:10:55

~ give your overall impression when it arrived

We were impressed to also get the plug in network adaptor thingies with it. We have some at home already and find them excellent. The box itself looks great, with the big button at the front reminded me of the simplicity of xbox. It's lightweight and looks smart.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?

I set it up without using the instructions as it was self-explanatory. Took no more than 15mins with kids watching. However, the initial start-up process took a bit longer and the kids were desperate to watch something.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

At the moment it is in parent's bedroom as we have building work going on and can't currently access the main tv. So we are currently using the players only and not the freeview. We'll try the freeview next week when we have access to the aerial again. In the meantime it's been extremely handy during the building work to just watch catch up.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

I like the interface, seven yr old daughter can use it.
However we have not been able to get itv player (I'm told to ring the support people for this). Also disappointed to find it has shut down mid programme several times. I can't seem to find a reason for this.

That's all for now. I'll think of more for the next feedback no doubt. We're enjoying testing it so thank you!

BeebiesQueen Tue 12-Mar-13 13:26:08

~ give your overall impression when it arrived
It was bright and shiny and exciting! I was very impressed to be also sent the adapters, I hadnt even thought about how it was all going to connect up!

~ describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?
The instructions were so stright forward and easy, the pictures made things so clear. I'm a bit a lot of a techniphobe and find wires etc very difficult, I managed to do it all myself. If I can do it, anyone can!

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room
our main tv in the living room

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with
We love using it, it makes everything so much easier when dd1 (2 years old) wants to watch a programme that isnt on, rather than inducing a tantrum I can just find it for her.
When dh and I are watching a programme and the dc are getting out of bed over and over, rather than missing vital bits and missing half the programme were enjoying pausing, rewinding and recording. Its a little of a novelty right now, and we love it!

BeebiesQueen Tue 12-Mar-13 13:33:47

blush I missed the struggled with point, and although we love it, if I'm honest, trying to change the channel drives me crazy! I don't feel (and that might have something to do with a 1 year old and a 2 year old distracting me!) there is enough time to press the channel you want before the TV changes over. Eg if I want 71 I press 7 and before I can press the 1 its changed to channel 7.

mummyofcutetwo Tue 12-Mar-13 13:43:55

I'd love to watch episodes of The Adventure Game. I absolutely loved that program when I was young and I'm sure DS1 would love it. I keep looking out for it on tv and DVDs but I don't think it'll ever be shown again.

(For CMOTDibbler - you can Ivor the Engine on DVD now. We've got it. The kids love it too.)

FrankWippery Tue 12-Mar-13 15:01:29

Overallimpression when it arrived

All lovely and new <child> and thrilled too see the dLAN come too.

Describe the set up

Ridiculously easy. Had it up and running in 10 minutes, DD3 (just 4) has got to grips with it already which is fairly indicative of ease.

Which tv is it on?

Sitting room. We moved recently and I dumped Sky as it was just getting so expensive.

Share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

It's excellent, so easy to use and the tedious pettiness between me and the children is pretty much forgotten!

Three of my 4DC have already scheduled, recorded, watched loads just over the past three days, fights between my 18 year old DD2 and DD3 have magically ceased now they can schedule/record their own stuff.

I've used iPlayer for catch up when one of the grots have been watching/recording. I've not used ITV Player though as rarely watch ITV anyway and recorded the one thing I wanted to watch.

It'll get a good workout over the Easter Hols when DD1 is back from uni and DD2 & DS are back from boarding school for more than just a weekend.

Thank you so much, really enjoying testing this.

MissRee Tue 12-Mar-13 15:20:03

We love to rewind and rewatch certain clips on programmes like You've been Framed! Some of them seem surreal so you have to rewind and re-watch just to make sure you saw right!

Also, any magician programmes, just to see if its obvious how the magic was done grin

hermancakedestroyer Tue 12-Mar-13 15:41:39

I would re-watch grange hill as I used to love that when I was younger. Using a you-view box would enable me to watch my favourite programmes and pause tv when i get various interruptions from the kids!

northcoastmum Tue 12-Mar-13 15:52:45

Overall impression
Well packaged, but everything easy enough to get out and put together. Box is quite nice, though DH thinks the logo on the remote looks a bit 'cheap'

Setup
Setup was very easy, we took about 2 minutes to physically set it up together (easier than doing it alone simply because of needing to unplug and move a few cables). The system set up was also straightforward, the only glitch came when the tv turned itself off when the youview box was restarting. Since then experience has shown that it's best to turn on the youview box when the tv is totally off (not on standby), then turn tv on once the display shows the youview has started. I'm guessing this is a specific interaction with our tv (a Sagem) rather than a widespread problem.

We had a problem with the sound, it basically kept cutting out or getting v fuzzy when I changed channels, and the sound generally wasn't great. This was disappointing as the picture was excellent; our tv is HD ready and a good quality, but the pic was clearer than we normally get.

I went through the trouble shooting in the leaflet and online and then phoned the helpline. The guy I spoke to was very polite and helpful, and explained that there was a known issue with the sound when connecting with an HDMI cable. He suggested switching to the scart lead, which has completely solved the sound problem, but unfortunately the picture, while still excellent, isn't as brilliant as it initially was.

Where is the tv?
The youview box is connected to our only tv, in the main living room. I'm glad it came with the powerline adaptors, as having to trail a lead would be quite a pain, and I imagine most people don't have their phone line right next to the arial in their living room.

What our family thinks
We've never had sky or been able to digitally record, although we do access lovefilm, iplayer etc through our DVD player, so a lot of the features have been new to the kids. Our nearly 7 year old gave it a score of 100 out of 100 - he's v pleased with the ability to record You've been framed! The recording has been v easy to do, and the ability to record things like Numberjacks which are not available on iplayer is especially good. I've got a little confused at times when setting it to series record something which is on multiple times a day (Octonauts at the minute!), and a few recordings have missed the last minute or two of the actual programme, but it's generally been great. It didn't record something on RTEjr this morning, and the programme info for the RTE channels doesn't always load, but I'm not sure whether that's just a one off.

We used the pause feature while watching the Ireland match at the weekend, and it's so straightforward that the 5 and (nearly!) 7 year olds can basically work almost all the features themselves.

The interface for the on demand selection is great, far better than that on our DVD player, and we're really enjoying having 4od.

ItsallisnowaFeegle Tue 12-Mar-13 18:46:33

~ give your overall impression when it arrived

Very impressed. Lovely, sleek black box. Impressive remote control (this is important) The back of the RC, where you put the batteries in, is attached to the actual control. This helps when you have a clumsy teen who is infamous for dropping controls and 'losing the back'.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?

My DP set up the YouView Box. It took less than 10mins and was extremely simple to do. DP said even I would have no trouble, if I were ever to attempt it.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

The YouView Box is in our front room

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

After a conversation this afternoon all three of us, who are able to express an opinion, agree that the YouView Box is, so far, a great success. Since it's been installed, we've actually sat down more as a family and watched films together. (We have taken the 30 day Now TV trial offer).

We think the picture is extremely crisp and love the pause, rewind and record function (It's taking time to sink in that we have those features).

On Demand is great, however, quite often it seems to 'crash' and a programme that we want to watch has to be abandoned, this seems to be more on Demand 5 for us.

Overall, we are so far, very impressed with the YouView experience.

ClaraOswinOswald Tue 12-Mar-13 19:18:12

Doctor Who. Every episode. We only discovered it when Christopher Ecclestone was The Doctor and I'd love the chance to watch older episodes as well as to re-watch the ones we have loved as a family.

AwkwardAnnie Tue 12-Mar-13 20:29:30

~ give your overall impression when it arrived
Very excited, and very surprised it arrived in one piece due to the minimal wrapping on it. We had to collect it from the post office and they'd written on "arrived at P.O. like this."
Liked the look of it, really pleased when I saw the on/off switch on the back but then noticed the Big Shiny Blue on/off button on the front... and so has my 17mo DS. hmm Not designed with toddlers in mind. DH said the remote control was nice, a comfortable shape, not bulky. I think the connector to stop you losing the battery cover is Genius!

~ describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?
I set it up straight away while being hindered by DC who wanted to climb behind the TV unit. Very straight forward, took about half an hour in total, even with the hinderances.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room
We just have one TV, in the living room.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with
Love the search feature. I've been able to search for programmes I guessed would be on and set them up to record, also if I've spotted a film when it's part way through I've searched for when it's (inevitably) on again and recorded it all.
DH and I like the tactile clickiness of the remote, but don't like the touch sensitive buttons on the actual box.
The only things we've struggled with is sometimes when you press OK thinking you're selecting something, it will send you back a page. We need to remember to press Up first.
Also if you're recording 2 things and try to watch a 3rd it asks you to stop recording one so you can switch channels. I'd rather the first option was to cancel switching channel because the first few times I didn't read properly and stopped recording something. I imagine DC will do this a lot!
Prompt for the Hi-Def channels is good.

janey223 Tue 12-Mar-13 20:42:35

I'd pause, rewind and rewatch in the night garden hmm DS's favourite show and he HAS to watch it before bedtime, also the only thing that'll make him happy some days!!

Sometimes I think how much peace I'd get if I just left it on all day!

Crazybit Tue 12-Mar-13 20:46:35

Flashpoint, my guilty save until noone is around to annoy me pleasure. Usually a child wakes up and needs attending though. hmm

Hopezibah Tue 12-Mar-13 20:47:08

Doctor who would be the one to watch again and again! I used to adore watching figure skating championships and was even shown on TV in the past cheering away for my favourites when i went to actually watch the skating. so it would be weird yet amazing to go back to spotting myself in the audience!!!

Hopezibah Tue 12-Mar-13 20:48:29

the kids were filmed a couple of years ago for a piece on homeschooling but when our old digibox died that footage got binned too - so would love to see that again as they did so well and my son was showing how well he had learned to read since being AWAY from school!

HappySunflower Tue 12-Mar-13 20:55:20

Overall first impressions
Great, smart looking box
Menu options very intuitive and easy to work out

Set up info
I set it up myself
Power line adaptors were a great, well thought out inclusion. I had no idea that something like this existed.
Set-up info very clear and basic which made it easy to follow

Which TV
It is currently set up on my bedroom TV, but I am so impressed that I intend to give notice to Virgin Media who I have a TiVo box with, then move it into the living room.

Best feature
The search function
Being able to pause, rewind, ff, etc

Struggles
Had a few aerial issues to begin with, but the helpline people sorted me out!
Lack of ITV Player

Overall, I am very happy with it ad consider it far better than my TiVo box.
The suggestion of a child lock button was a great one!

Chocolateporridge Tue 12-Mar-13 21:09:00

~ give your overall impression when it arrived
We were very impressed, sleek but also solid and we were chuffed that it came with the powerline adaptors too. Was packaged up really nicely too.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?
My dh set it up and said it was really easy to set up (after we realised that our TV aerial had been "taken over" by our neighbour so we had to pay to get a new one installed!!!!), the only fiddly bits were trying to run the cables up the back of our TV cabinet as the power cable is hard wired into the box, it's not able to be unplugged from the unit iyswim.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room
It's connected to our only TV, in the living room.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with
We've been really impressed, it's very simple to navigate and all the functions are easy to use, on-demand is very speedy generally, the picture is very clear, lots of space on the hard drive for recording.
Slightly annoying things are: clicky buttons on remote control, not being able to press "back" and have it take you back to the channel you were watching before the one you're currently watching (our virgin box would do that). not being able to browse the "TV Guide" section by genre ie "kids", "music" etc, and the layout of the channels doesn't seem to make alot of sense, it would have been good to group all the "4" channels together, all the "ITV" channels together, all the "music" channels together etc instead of having to click up and down the guide. Also the instructions say press the up/down arrow to "page" up or down the TV guide but it doesn't actually "page" it does it channel by channel (unless ours is faulty).

Sorry about all the slightly annoying things, they are really just niggles, on the whole we are very, very impressed smile

DorisIsWaiting Tue 12-Mar-13 21:35:44

I'd love to be able to watch Fraggle Rock, dd2 is very much like I remember Red to be but she's never seen it!

So, in terms of your first impressions. please....
~ give your overall impression when it arrived
~ describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?
~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room
~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

When it arrived I was surprised how well packaged it was, it took me longer to get into the box than it took to install and set up wink Once it was unpacked I was impressed with the look of the youview box, sleek and glossy.

I set up the Youview box myself, dp was out doing the school run and I was too excited to wait, plus I'm more technicaly minded than him. It was very easy to set up the box, I used the wifi adapters too and the instructions were very vague but I managed to get everything installed within about 20 minutes maximum.

The youview box is in our front room on our main tv.

I've really enjoyed catching up with episodes of Call The Midwife that i had missed, dd4 has enjoyed the milkshake catch up function, we set it to play loads of fireman sam episodes whilst I was doing the ironing. During the day we have been using the catch up service a lot but of an evening it freezes I'm presuming due to more people locally using their internet. I have also changed the eco mode as it was taking a long while to turn on, its much quicker now.

youmaycallmeSSP Wed 13-Mar-13 10:17:49

Not a tester.

I would love to be able to pause or rewind some sports games to spot friends and family in the crowd. They always say they were on TV but I always miss them!

WowOoo Wed 13-Mar-13 10:23:30

Not a tester.
But I would love to rewind Prof Brian Cox's recent programme, 'Wonders of Life.' (think that's what it was called). I couldn't record it.

When he gets to facts about physics, I need to listen to it more than once in order to actually understand what he's saying. I may have to buy the DVD if there is one.

I have to pause 'Spiral' when it comes on. Just to make sure I haven't missed anything and that Dh and I both understand everything that is happening.

IncogKNEEto Wed 13-Mar-13 10:54:22

Overall impression when it arrived

Very shiny! It was well-packed (the sticky tape was a little difficult to remove though!) I was very impressed to have the wireless adapters included.

Initial set up

DH set it up, he said it was very easy to set up. There were a few issues with signal strength but these were easily sorted and he said the set up menus were clear and easy to use. The pictoral quick start instruction book was good too.

Which tv is it on?

The television in the bedroom, which allows us to compare and contrast with the Sky+ box in the front room.

What do I / family think about it, its best feature?

I like the easy to use menu systems. I have already recorded several things and it's great to have the option to record and watch simultaneously. I don't seem to have many children's channels available though, so think it would be difficult to persuade the children to sacrifice Nick Junior if we swapped it for the Sky+. However we have a good range of channels to suit the adults, and the picture seems good.

The only issue I have is with the remote, I really don't like the 'clicky' buttons, would much prefer softer rubbery buttons that were quiet!

Overall, I am very impressed with the box and would happily swap it for the Sky+ if it wasn't for the children's channels, and the fact that DH loves his SciFi!

LaVitaBellissima Wed 13-Mar-13 12:19:35

Not a tester but I do love using the rewind button on our TiVo box it is a great function. I always remind the good auditions on the talent programmes.

Currently I never miss an episode of Hawaii five 0 and Revenge, they are both brilliant!

ouryve Wed 13-Mar-13 12:30:08

BBC have made some fabulous documentaries, recently. The one with the penguin cams and Wonders of Life come to mind, in particular. Their only flaw is the lack of ad loo breaks, so being able to pause those would be perfect!

aristocat Wed 13-Mar-13 12:40:14

Not a tester.

We are currently watching re-runs of Fawlty Towers, and it is still brilliant TV. There are several programmes that we currently pause/rewind.

DD does it to Tracy Beaker/My Parents are Aliens whereas DS will rewind the Football or WWE Wrestling to see the goals/moves again and again.

There have been some fantastic animal documentaries lately (such as the Polar Bears/Giant Otters) and I do it on these as sometimes I do not always hear what was said correctly.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 13-Mar-13 13:12:01

Non-tester here. I'd love to watch Twin Peaks again. I cold buy the box-set I suppose, but I never have.

I'd also love it if classic kids tv was available.

missorinoco Wed 13-Mar-13 14:15:19

Not a tester. What would I watch over and over again? Realistically - Peppa Pig to give me an hours solid peace during the day!

What I do like watching over again? Have I Got News For You reruns. They make me laugh.

JedwardScissorhands Wed 13-Mar-13 14:25:26

Not a tester.

Would love to pause and rewind Doctor Who, because I am always distracted by something and have to ask what happened, who is that, why are they.... Etc

Cambam2010 Wed 13-Mar-13 14:26:59

I'm another one for The Adventure Game. I'd love to see that again. But I fear that if I did, perhaps it wouldn't live up to its memory, so maybe its better off just residing in the depths of my memory bank.

CheeseStrawWars Wed 13-Mar-13 14:40:39

I'd love to watch Jim Henson's The Storyteller again. Loved that when I was small, great stories, and a bit dark. It doesn't seem to have made it onto UK-friendly DVD though.

Ikea1234 Wed 13-Mar-13 14:53:42

We were on holiday at Christmas / New Year, and we forgot to record Mr Stink.....am so annoyed for missing it! (As is my nine year old, who has barely spoken to me in three months!)

kirstydoodle Wed 13-Mar-13 14:55:56

One Born Every Minute for me! =)

shhhgobacktosleep Wed 13-Mar-13 15:08:55

Overall first impressions
Once we'd managed to break through the endless amounts of sticky tape (looked like the office junior had been let loose with the sellotape dispenser gun grin ) it was very well packaged & protected inside the box itself. Its a nice looking box and I like the clock and channel display on the front of it.

Set up info
Dh set the box up without need of the instructions that I was taking the time to read grin. It took him about 10mins in total and was really simple and quick to do. We've noticed that some of the adverts on TV for it mention a set up fee of £50 and absolutely cannot see why it would even be necessary for an engineer to call out to install it.

Dh was particularly excited with the supplied dlan adapters grin.

As many of the others have also mentioned, we too are not great fans of the clicking remote buttons, but tbh so far thats the only complaint we have.

Which TV
It is currently set up on our bedroom tv as we still have our virgin Tivo box in the lounge but dh is so impressed with the Youview box that we will be cancelling with virgin next month when our contract ends and then it will be moving downstairs.

Best feature
Picture quality is really good and it doesn't seem to need to buffer for an eternity when watching on demand services like iplayer, unlike the Tivo box we have through virgin.

Struggles
Initially we were unable to get itvplayer which we were surprised at but dh called the customer service team. It would seem that not all the transmitters are transmitting itvplayer and as we live on the South/South East border it was simply a case of switching to another, which took only a couple of minutes. The operator he spoke to warned that it may be that our local news would no longer be the correct one for our region but this hasn't been the case. He was as impressed with the customer service team as he is with the box itself.

Katryn Wed 13-Mar-13 15:14:42

I'd like to watch some episodes of a cowboy series called The Virginian, which all our class at school loved. Actually we were all in love with the actor who played the Virginian. Love to see now, who that actually was.

bigflipflop Wed 13-Mar-13 15:26:53

I would love to rewind and watch Lizzie Dripping, mainly to see if the witch behind the tombstone was really as scary as i remember

Stujobohm Wed 13-Mar-13 15:40:25

I would love to pause rewind and rewatch play days.... I loved this when I was young and think my little ones would love it now xx

LittleRedVan Wed 13-Mar-13 15:49:02

Eldorado - I loved that! I was in sixth form at the time and it was my guilty pleasure! Marc-ooooos! smile

gazzalw Wed 13-Mar-13 16:15:34

Non-tester here - The whole of the since revived Dr Who series - they all follow on and sometimes I'm too dense to see the connections and clues that are in the individual episodes. So I would love to be able to pause, rewind and digest, ponder and deduce what's really going on. But maybe I would need to be able to time travel to do that grin - maybe this would be the closest we ever get to that!

dublindee Wed 13-Mar-13 16:37:17

Non-tester here...

I'd watch Firefly again. I can't believe it was axed after only 1 season as it was brilliant!!!

Housemum Wed 13-Mar-13 16:51:30

Unrealistic, but I'd love to be able to almost go back in time by accessing an archive of programmes from any date in the past, as complete as possible - so you could spend a whole evening as you would have done, say, on your birthday in 1984 or something. Would be great to see just what we watched, and to watch as if it was that day - would be an eye opener for the kids!

Personally, wish the old Billy Smart Easter/Christmas circuses were available as I used to go and was on screen a few times in the pre video days (though embarassing I was too young to think of the animal cruelty sad )

And as a more populist view, the children's programming of the 70s/80s would be great to revisit. I've spent a fortune on DVDs of Grange Hill, Pipkins, Bagpuss, Ivor, Hector's house etc

Some dramas I'd love to be able to watch again - one about a taxi driver called "Take Me Home", one called "have your Cake and Eat It", Danger UXB, one with Trevor Eve that I can't remember the name of, think it might also have had the guy with the eyebrows from Downton, and one from way back in the 70s about the Bethnal Green tube station disaster.

RockStock Wed 13-Mar-13 17:02:08

In the meantime you should all watch this, it's an awesome reminder of my childhood, so if you were born around 70-80, you'll totally get it!

RockStock Wed 13-Mar-13 17:04:03

bigflipflop Lizzie Dripping was, without doubt, my favourite programme when I was a child. I would also love to see if the witch really was that scary! Here was another one I loved which had a girl called Tizzy in, but I cannot remember what it was called.

Clawdy Wed 13-Mar-13 17:09:43

Not a tester. Many years ago my dad was in a jazz band and they appeared in a Jack Jackson tv special,before the days of videoing! how I'd love to see that again,as he died some years later.

bigflipflop Wed 13-Mar-13 19:00:53

Ooooh Rockstock not sure about the Tizzy one. funnily enough though the link you posted is on my facebook page as we speak!!! What about Chorlton and the Wheelies...with "the little old lady" ?

JenniferHelen Wed 13-Mar-13 19:03:48

I'd love to watch Clarissa again that was broadcast in the early '90s. it was the most amazing, moving, gripping, emotionally devastating TV adaptation I've ever seen and it starred a very dashing Sean Bean.

I would love to see The 'Money Programme' screened on BBC2 at 7.30pm 17th January 1999.

Katz Wed 13-Mar-13 19:09:19

The bbc pride and prejudice series with colin firth, hmmmmmmmmmm

MadameOvary Wed 13-Mar-13 19:27:57

overall impression
Sleek and glossy

describe the set up
I set it up myself, found it very easy.

Tell us which TV is it on/ in which room
I only have one TV, in the living room. It's on that.

Share what you think /the first couple of times you used it
I always see how far I can get without a manual but having never used a Hard Disk Recorder before I had to look at the instructions. They were well set out and I was able to search for programmes easily.

What was the best feature
Two so far: the ability to record a whole series at once and the intuitive search menu.

Struggled with?
I'm still trying to work out if it's possible to record past episodes or just current/future ones.

Cherrybright Wed 13-Mar-13 19:34:38

I would love to watch grange hill again and zap! ( I am sure thats what its called!)

I would love to watch "Happy Days" again - I LOVED that programme as a child. Always on after tea smile

I would also love to watch The Sopranos again, I do honestly think it is the best tv series ever.

GrendelsMum Wed 13-Mar-13 20:40:43

Not a tester - DH and I missed most of the first series of Death in Paradise and would love to see the episodes that we haven't been able to track down through other means (ahem).

ceeveebee Wed 13-Mar-13 20:48:45

Ok here goes Ann,
This life
Teachers
Any other programme with Egg in it
Cold feet
Life on Mars
Ashes to ashes
Ta!

GetKnitted Wed 13-Mar-13 20:49:15

I could watch pride and predjudice every night grin

NoelHeadbands Wed 13-Mar-13 20:52:43

I'd love to go back to when Moonlighting was the highlight of the week for me and my mates <sigh>

morethanpotatoprints Wed 13-Mar-13 21:02:59

I would like to show my dd

Banana Splits
Hong Kong Phooey
Barbapapa
And....... THE DOUBLE DECKERS, my fav programme as a kid.

For me also Cold Feet I loved this.

Skyebluesapphire Thu 14-Mar-13 00:00:17

I like watching old series on Sky like Cracker, Footballers Wives, Bad Girls etc,

Programmes I would like to see right from the first episode right through the series include Soldier Soldier, Casualty, holby City, Survivors, The Last Train, all sorts of dramas

majjsu Thu 14-Mar-13 03:39:01

Loved Hong Kong Phooey

Lent1l Thu 14-Mar-13 09:40:10

The programme I would love to wacth again is a very specific episode of Number 74. It was a Saturday morning children's show. The particular episode I'd like to watch starred my Dad on the Police Launch Ashburton. They had the crew involved in a high-speed water chase of some crooks. I remember my Dad grinning underneath his binoculars as he searched the water for signs of the crooks. My Dad lost his fight against cancer two years ago this week. Thinking about him on that show brings back good memories from my childhood. If I could watch something again and pause it would be that and pause as his cheeky grin appears.

jumbly Thu 14-Mar-13 12:43:30

Alan Bleasdale's '86 series, 'The Monocled Mutineer', or Adam Curtis' 'Century of the Self' series from 2002.

magentastardust Thu 14-Mar-13 12:49:05

I would like to watch and rewind Scott and Charlene's wedding in Neighbours! Ahhh and sing a long to a bit of Angry Anderson!

I'd love to watch My So Called Life and Heartbreak High again, although I'd probably think they're pants now.
And Entourage. I'd love to be able to watch that again and again.

The X Files, I loved it. Closely followed by 24 and Dallas (the original lot, not the awful new ones)

Jims Thu 14-Mar-13 13:41:19

Not a tester but we have Peppa Pig on record for peace at cooking time! I only wish it was longer and didn't have the adverts before/after which record too on our box.

We also have the Gruffalo's Child on the box. Plus a copy of Room on the Broom on DVD after I accidentally deleted it on the box in a not-concentrating moment - oops!! I love those, they are so beautifully animated.

HannahLI Thu 14-Mar-13 13:47:14

When I was a child I remember seeing a film version of the secret garden that was shown, we had it recorded on good old VHS for a while until it accidently got recorded over. My parents brought a new copy of what they thought was the same version but it wasnt. we searched and searched but we have never seen it again so that would be my love to watch and pause program.

Snapespeare Thu 14-Mar-13 14:06:19

I love Doctor Who. As a child I remember hiding behind the sofa when Cybermen came on and one xmas I was putting up xmas decorations while DW was on and refused to come back down the step ladder while the Daleks were on TV - because in those days they were very much gravitationally challenged.... I was delighted when it came back - I see it as a British institution that I can now share with my DCs - funnily enough my youngest prefers 'classic' who ( I prefer David Tennant , but that's a different story!)

flamingtoaster Thu 14-Mar-13 14:45:15

(Non-tester) There are parts of Sesame Street that I would love to rewind and watch again and again - my DCs favourite parts and the song I used to sing to my daughter at bedtime about the boogie woogie sheep! (this one I can rewind because it is on YouTube). Firefly obviously - wonderful series - and Moonlighting.

eminemmerdale Thu 14-Mar-13 14:45:41

I should love to rewatch The Tomorrow People - I loved it! RockStock do you mean Kizzy? about a gypsy girl? It was based on the Didakoi books by Rumer Godden. Also Sapphire and Steel - I though that was very 'cutting edge' at the time. and an amazing childrens series called 'Marianne Dreams' It was all about a little girl ill in bed who had visions about the houseshe lived in and drew pictures of it. Found out it was a novel by Catherine Storr.

ThePskettiIncident Thu 14-Mar-13 15:10:51

First impression: exciting glossy gadget!

Set up: slow, but instructions are good. Confused by what to do with the plugs though! I haven't used them.

Location: lounge. Only tv in the house.

First use: easy on screen instructions. Lots of functions to work through, but think it will be easier when I've got the hang of it. Such a good tech solution on the face of it.

101 pages of terms and conditions is not reasonable though. They need a commitment to plain English and simplification of terms here.

ThePskettiIncident Thu 14-Mar-13 15:28:07

Struggling with: can I record things in the past?
Love the search option and the fact I can watch while series or select from within them.

We're watching endless amounts of Thomas and friends! This is my toddler's favourite!

Hope I'll manage to get the remote back at some point so I can record the new series of doctor who!

Candid Camera, i used to love that show,i know there are a lot of shows now that do these kind of things and probably better but i would love that trip down memory lane and it would be fab to see if it is still as good as i remember it xoxox

CarrieDon Thu 14-Mar-13 19:02:52

Pausing and rewinding is great for most programmes - I often watch things in bits and pieces while life goes on all around.

I do wish we could get access to American programming directly - would love to see NBC's Revolution.

Not a tester.
I would want to watch, pause and rewind Chelsea playing Leeds United grin

JS06 Thu 14-Mar-13 19:13:47

I'm not a YouView tester but I'd really love to see some of these programmes again:

Selected episodes of The Woodentops in black and white, my Mum still does a wonderful impression of Spotty Dog.

It would be good to see a night of continuous royalty programmes starting with that documentary done when the cameras were allowed in for the first time to see the current royal family do their Christmas tree at Sandringham etc and following through to present day footage.

Also, how about The Brothers - that sailing series that used to be on a Sunday night I think, I recall my Mum and Grandma fitting family commitments around the episodes.

CheeryCherry Thu 14-Mar-13 19:17:20

I'd love to rewind and watch England winning the World Cup in 1966!
Failing that, episodes of Cold Feet and Queer as Folk, I loved those series.

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 19:35:49

I would love to rewind and rewind and rewind the brittas empire, I used to watch it when I was younger and I loved it for some reason!

Tester here:
I set it up myself, in the living room, took about 10 minutes including working out the Internet connection.
We only have one TV, it's set up on that.
Overall it's great, the remote is intuitive and the menus are good, it records in HD without blocking, and the parental controls are easy to set up.
A couple of niggles so far though:
It takes ages to boot up even in low Eco mode. We switch everything off at the wall habitually, and it takes a good couple of minutes each time we switch it on. Also, the DCs have sussed out how to work the box using the buttons on the front at 5.30am I would have liked some way to "parent control" the buttons on the front, even just until a reasonable hour.

INeverSaidThat Thu 14-Mar-13 20:28:01

It would be fun to rewind the moment when the lovely Trevor McDonald mispronounced Kent Countryside. blush. He was so funny about it.

youviewyahoo Thu 14-Mar-13 21:55:30

So, in terms of your first impressions. please....

Overall first impressions

It was very well wrapped up and delivered quickly. The excitement in the house was overwhelming! It is aesthetically pleasing - nice, compact, shiny and black with a big glowing blue button. Batteries for the remote were included. Youview booklet also provided which tells us what it will do.

describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?

DS1 said it took him about 15 minutes but he is very good at gadgets and is 16. He said it was quite simple and even myself or DH could have done it eventually! (He could have been being kind, I'm not sure!)

tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

Our only TV which is in the sitting room / lounge

share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

In our house we have never had sky and cannot get cable so the DCs are delighted to have this opportunity to test this youview box. We all think it is brilliant so far!

DS1 has a comment - all channels are listed even ones that you have to pay for. He wondered if there was somehow you could switch the 'pay for' channel listing off (DS3 aged 8 was getting very excited at certain channels showing but we can't get them as we haven't got any paid for TV).

Also, sometimes programmes show but we cannot get them on demand. For example Panorama was on, realised we missed it and tried to view but could not straight away. (This may be because we have had no real record thing since video cassette player broke down 6 years so a bit clueless)

DH is struggling a bit on how it works but the 4 children have sussed it completely! As 3 of them are boys there is constantly either Top Gear episodes on or some football match. I have worked out how to find previous episodes of Coronation Street (even after a night out and a few wines!) so it is easy to navigate!

Sometimes our internet connection is a bit dodgy but it seems to cope well with streaming and no buffering.

However, really everybody in the house is happy so far smile smile smile smile smile smile

I'd love to rewatch At Home With The Braithwaites - I can barely remember what it's about but my sister and I loved the theme tune and liked to sing it in unison in moments of silence. Drove our parents potty grin

Not a tester, but I love watching The Walking Dead.

I have to watch it twice because the first time round I have my hands plastered over my eyes and I'm usually running circles round my coffee table in terror.

It really gets the adrenaline pumping! (Who needs the gym?!)

mousebacon Thu 14-Mar-13 23:23:58

I'd love to watch button moon again <nostalgic>

Tyranasaurus Fri 15-Mar-13 06:27:00

Thing I'd most like to watch is stuff that was on TV a few weeks ago. By the time I get round to trying to watch something on IPlayer/Demand 5 etc it's always too late and it's no longer available.

GreatGooglyMoogly Fri 15-Mar-13 07:24:50

I would love to show my DC Jim Henson's The Storyteller, and for myself I'd like to see Life Goes On again as it was my favourite programme back in the 90s smile.

PepeLePew Fri 15-Mar-13 07:29:41

I'm sure it wouldn't have the same appeal anymore so perhaps it is about rewinding my life as well as the tv show, but I loved This Life first time round. I was just starting out on my life in London as a solicitor and it really resonated (not so much the sleeping with the boss...)

CredulousThicko Fri 15-Mar-13 10:49:15

"maybe your a massive Corrie fan" hmm shock grin

YOU'RE, mnhq, YOU'RE grin

Anyway, I would love, love, love to see 'Six Feet Under' all over again, starting from the very beginning of series one. It was simply the best thing on TV ever, it had every ingredient a TV hit needs and more.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 15-Mar-13 11:10:44

CredulousThicko blush

georgieandjess Fri 15-Mar-13 14:31:15

I love to watch Suits, it is my favourite programme at the moment. Also the West Wing as it was such a great series.

PatriciaHolm Fri 15-Mar-13 15:07:02

~ give your overall impression when it arrived
Looks good. Family has an older HUMAX box and this looks very smart compared to theirs, children liked it. Nice feel to the remote and the back tag thingy is a great idea.

- describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?

DH set it up, he does all that kind of thing here as he loves playing with kit. He found it quite simple, though he is a bit of an expert, and I think left to my own devices I would have spent a bit longer, though it seemed simple enough. It worked immediately, though it seemed to take a while to set itself up, and still takes a while to come on (though it reckons you can improve this by changing the eco-settings)

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

It's on the TV in the main living room. We are toying with the idea of putting it in the playroom once we've had a good play with it.

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

We found the TV guide easy to use as well as the remote. I'm having issues with the on/off button on the front, i can only make it work about half the time- maybe I'm not pressing hard enough? Search is good and the kids have no problem using it.

Pluckybird Fri 15-Mar-13 19:40:05

My guilty pleasure is Antiques Roadshow (yes really!) so that would be on my list;
plus the clip of me on local news which no one got a copy of would be really good (for my grandchildren, eventually grin

Babycarmen Fri 15-Mar-13 20:35:50

Emmerdale! Sad but I have watched it as long as I can remember, my mum watched it religiously so I grew up with it. I can NOT miss an episode!

TERRICOVERLEYDoSAC Fri 15-Mar-13 23:47:22

Would love to have access to great drama series like Murder One, Between the Lines, Our Friends in the North, GBH and House of Cards again.

Pause and replay would be good for things with fantastic dialogue like The Thick of it.

Would love to show my kids my childhood favourites; Rhubarb and Custard, Noah and Nelly, Bagpuss, The Clangers etc.

And for light relief, The High Life!

KC225 Sat 16-Mar-13 00:01:41

Currently loving the itv2 series The Real Housewives of ..... franchise. Have watched the New Jersey, New York, OC, Washington, Beverley Hills and am now glued to The Real Housewives of Atlanta series 2. I know it's like mental chewing gum but it's glitzy, fun and at times barking mad. Although the format is the same the characters (housewives) are very different but all quite addictive. It is the only thing I have ever watched on iplayer

SunshinePanda Sat 16-Mar-13 15:17:06

At the moment it has to be Miranda. Recorded the last series and have lost count of how many times it has been related already.

SunshinePanda Sat 16-Mar-13 15:17:55

Not related - replayed!

Lurleene Sat 16-Mar-13 16:19:29

I would love to be able to paused and rewind Modern Family - we all watch it together and I often miss a joke because DS is laughing so loudly at the last one!

beanandspud Sat 16-Mar-13 20:23:37

Not a tester but I would want to watch all of the old episodes of Juliet Bravo. That was our Saturday night treat when we were kids - we'd had our weekly bath and hair wash and we were allowed downstairs in our dressing gowns to watch it - hot chocolate and a biscuit in front of the gas fire - fond memories grin.

Doubletroublemummy2 Sun 17-Mar-13 00:30:09

the only thing stopping me ditching sky is Greys anatomy and Nick jnr and disney jnr, Also my sky hard drive has all the barbie movies!

StellaMarie Sun 17-Mar-13 06:45:25

I'd love to watch Twin Peaks again and ER from the beginning. Also Bergerac and Magnum PI, I remember watching them at the weekend as a child (showing my age here)!

Indith Sun 17-Mar-13 08:36:59

Dh and I have started watching Teachers from the beginning. I'd forgotten how good it was! So nice being able to watch on demand stuff on the TV instead of online. We've had iplayer freeze twice so far, both times in the evening when I assume there is higher demand on broadband but 4od has never frozen. Not tried the other players yet.

lovemycat Sun 17-Mar-13 08:54:16

any episode from the fawlty towers series... never stop finding them hilarious!

katys10 Sun 17-Mar-13 21:25:03

Friends is the programme I'd love to watch again...nothing has come close since!

VisitorTheDog Sun 17-Mar-13 23:20:27

Not a tester, would like to watch / pause etc Thirtysomething

Kazzywazzy Mon 18-Mar-13 08:20:48

True Blood is definitely something I would like to watch again right from the first series, it would be a great escape from all the doom and gloom at the moment.

fury Mon 18-Mar-13 08:59:04

I would quite happily curl up and watch Call The Midwife every Sunday for the rest of my life.Snuggled up on the settee,I am a child again in the late 1950's completely absorbed in a world where dedicated teams of people battled tiredlessly against poverty,ignorance, dirt and disease to care for those in need.The programme reminds us of what life was like before we had the NHS and welfare benefits system we have today ,and educates those who take it for granted and do not foresee the consequences of losing all those reforms, so hard won by past generations.The young midwives are great role models,so hardworking ,conscientious with a great love for and pride in their work.They also support one another.
The BBC should be commended for interpreting these stories so beautifully,capturing the rhythm and atmosphere of the time.
Thank you to the team.

Glitterfairys Mon 18-Mar-13 14:43:30

I'd love to rewatch a news bulletin from about 15 years ago which featured my aunt and uncle. They have both since passed away and I think it would be nice to see them again smile

stephgr Tue 19-Mar-13 01:29:51

As a child of the 70s I'd love to watch Bod and The Flumps again. I've got The Flumps DVD but I'm sure there are more episodes to be watched!

busymummy3 Tue 19-Mar-13 21:10:35

I am a non tester the one programme I would like to watch again - other than Coronation Street (my absolute favourite soap) is kids Tv programmes but I would also like to pause and rewind my age to watch them as well !!!
My faves were Grange Hill , White Horses , We are the Champions and The Singing Ringing Tree.

halcyondays Tue 19-Mar-13 23:41:46

halcyondays' other half here - tech toys don't get past me without a fight. smile

~ give your overall impression when it arrived

Nice piece of kit. Fairly sturdily built. Shiny.

~ describe the set up: did you set up your YouView box yourself? If not, who did? How easy did you / your DH/DP etc find it to set up your YouView box?

Very easy to set up - plug in, follow the prompts, and let it do its thing. Although it's not the quickest box I've ever used in that department, it is very straightforward. We had the necessary network connections already in place under the TV (that's were our broadband comes in) or that might have been a bit fiddly.

~ tell us which TV is it on/ in which room

Main TV in the living room. We're giving it a run as a replacement for the Sky+ HD box, which it's been doing fairly well so far...

~ share what you/ your family think the first couple of times you used it - what was the best feature and what, if anything, have you struggled with

Live search & inclusion of the 'catch up' services in that - makes it dead easy to find what you're looking for. Had a few problems with 'unable to obtain license' errors on catch-up, but they usually pass if you retry; the kids have been using the Milkshake player a lot, which looks pretty but is really slow to use, thanks to the way it animates everything. Have seen Munchkin Snr get a bit annoyed with that on occasion - although overall they've been enjoying using it. And both girls (6 & 4) figured out how to use it very quickly - as did halcyondays, who never could get the hang of using the catch-up players on the PS3.

In general, though, first impressions from all of us are really good. Really easy to use box with some neat features. Having PVR & catch-up in one box is really handy - I know Sky have added catch-up to Sky+ HD now, but it's not integrated as well as YouView have done it, and scrollback is a good unique feature. For now, anyway. smile

Now if they could just add Netflix to the streaming options, we'd be all set...

gazzalw Wed 20-Mar-13 08:55:29

Oh I watched Twin Peaks religiously but can't remember the last few episodes - didn't it just get increasingly bizarre and even more far-fetched than previously?

Oh and I would love to see the conclusion of Heroes - all these series suddenly seem to tail off normal TV and one is left without satisfactory closure!

reastie Wed 20-Mar-13 13:42:48

I'd like to pause and rewind children's programmes to keep DD quiet blush . I'd also like to watch again faulty towers, the rise and fall of reginald perrin, smtv and maid marian and her merry men as they all old equally random but happy memories

LiveItUp Wed 20-Mar-13 18:48:36

The first Life on Mars, pretty much anything with Mirada Hart in it (no I am not her Mum, but she does crack me up), Dinner Ladies (ditto Victoria Wood).

Could it have a "Banned - this programme can not be played on this" button ... I would put Top Gear on that list. grin

Programme to pause, rewind or watch again...

Crimewatch is on series repeat because I always forget when it's on. But for pausing and rewinding, we're big fans of nature programmes on BBC HD, DH is always rewinding them to see the action again or marvel at the pixel quality blush

Indith Fri 22-Mar-13 13:24:20

Anyone else still struggling a bit with the remote? Apart from the clicking I'm finding it counter intuitive that with the mini guide thing (where you just get teh whats on now and next on the bottom of the screen) that to scroll UP through the channels you have to use the DOWN arrow. It gets me every single bloody time, even if I try to stop and think about it I still end up going the wrong way!

BoyMeetsWorld Sat 23-Mar-13 18:40:01

Definitely definitely Game of Thrones...so addicted to that show!!!

Also Catfish, Spartacus, Merlin, Got To Dance and most wildlife shows smile (strange mix)

cather Mon 25-Mar-13 13:20:32

I would love to watch Rentaghost again - I loved it as a child

nicolarae4 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:25:18

Non reviewer here-

If I could rewind any programme and watch again it would have to be gladiators- I loved that Programme when I was a child!

peronel Tue 26-Mar-13 20:21:49

I'd watch 'Take the High Road' - a Scottish soap which was discontinued quite a few years ago. Beautiful scenery, set around Loch Lomond and interesting plotlines. Some great actors - anyone remember Davey Sneddon; the archetypal 'real man!' You can watch it on YouTube, and I do...smile

LightsOnNotIn Wed 27-Mar-13 11:27:47

I'm not a tester, but I've been using You View for about 4 months. Some feedback:

Channel 5 children's programmes don't always record the whole programme (when setting up in advance to record). Channel 5 must be broadcasting the wrong start time for their programmes, this leads to a curtailed programme (and a very disappointed 3 year old who doesn't understand why Fireman Sam has suddenly ended).

I used to use Lovefilm (the postal DVD service), and I would pay to use Lovefilm on demand, but this service isn't on offer - when is it going to come online?

I would like the option of deleting a whole group of programmes, not having to delete individual programmes (e.g. all of the Fireman Sam episodes, not deleting each one individually).

LentilAsAnything Wed 27-Mar-13 11:50:05

Not a tester.
I'd like to watch all of 24 again, and will watch out for all the double-crossing!

Non tester here. Can I just say that this sounds like a really good idea! And I'm definitely to being paid to say this! Rather jealous of the testers now.

Anyway, it has to be Homeland. Can't miss a moment of that. If I sneeze I have to rewind to miss the 2 seconds I missed.

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Apr-13 11:30:07

Testers: thanks for continuing to try out the YouView box at home.

Below are the follow up and final questions for you.
Please add your feedback on the questions below for YouView.

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?
~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on

shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality

If you're not a tester, YouView would love to hear from you - for a chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher please share on this thread the programme(s) you'd love to pause, record or watch again - this could be a programme that's on now, or something special from the last few years or even something from your childhood - the programme which is really special to you and/or your family. Maybe you were on TV as a child and would like to see it again or you want to relive an Olympic moment or even maybe you're a massive Corrie fan and want to never miss an episode! Please share this on the thread and you'll be entered into the prize draw. Thanks for all the comments so far... grin

thanks MNHQ

1. It was very easy to learn to navigate the box and remote. We were confidently using it within the first evening.

2. All four of my children have used YouView and enjoyed watching programmes on demand, dd4 particularly enjoyed milkshake on demand. DD1 (11) and DD2 (8) were confidently using it within the day, DD3 and DD4 just instruct us in what they want to watch grin

3.I really enjoyed being able to watch Broadchurch which I had missed for the first week but I could watch it on demand and catch up. I also enjoyed a Call The Midwife marathon, and watching other programmes which had clashed with regular viewing so I could record and watch them later.

4. I think we have used the 7 day catch up service most of all.

5. I think it's a toss up between me and dp as to who has watched the box most, we've really enjoyed using it.

6. Catching up on things that I have missed which others have recommended has been the best plus point for me. For instance my friend asked if I had watched Broadchurch and said how good it was, I went home and found it on the 7 day catch up and could watch it instantly.

ItsallisnowaFeegle Tue 02-Apr-13 14:19:53

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?

It was very simple to understand and we got to 'grips' with it as soon as we began using it.

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

My 15yr old does use Youview and was comfortable with the whole set up right away.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?

We enjoyed the films on the Now TV free trial, as well as The Great British Menu, Masterchef and Storage Hunters.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

I like the catch up and on demand features.

~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?

Probably myself, as I'm currently on Mat Leave. But the whole family have enjoyed using Youview.

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on

We used it to catch up on The Great British Menu and Masterchef

BoysWillGrow Tue 02-Apr-13 15:59:02

How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?
Within roughly 5mins you can confidently find your way around easily.

Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
My 5 year old mastered it within the day, he loves all things computery so went through the menus easily.

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
By far we've watched peppa pig the most, mostly on demand on Milkshake where we managed to make a playlist of about 11 episodes in a row- about an hours worth.

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
Easily the on demand service and the pause feature. DP would say Now TV though, he's into films and he's now subscribed to that.

Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
It would be a toss up between 2 year old DS with Milshake on demand or DP watching the films.

What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality
I find the catching up on shows on demand most useful for during night feeds, I find a bit of 8 out of 10 cats on 4OD cheers me right up grin

northcoastmum Tue 02-Apr-13 21:07:07

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?
Probably less than a day - it's very intuitive

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
My 7 year old has used it right from the start, with only minimal guidance. Our 5 year old can use it too, but finds the more complex functions trickier because he's just learning to read. Having said that, the 'stack' of programmes on the on demand menu is great because even the 2 year old can easily identify which episode she wants.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
The kids have enjoyed milkshake, iplayer, and favourite episodes I've taped. We've enjoyed comedy from iplayer and 4od, as well as films from

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
The on demand is probably the best, though being able to pause tv has been handy at times.

~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
Probably the kids!

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far?
We've definitely enjoyed using on demand to be more choosy about what we watch, and it's been really useful in the past couple of weeks to entertain the kids as the combination of my deadlines and bad weather has meant I needed them to be watching more than usual.

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?
not long at all, I found it very easy to navigate.
~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
Again, they found it exceedingly easy to use, even the 6yo
~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
Broadchurch, most definitely.
~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
7 day catch up is great, but a bit saddened by the dealy between the programme finishing and it being releasef to view. But I appreciate this probably isn;t under YouView's control
~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
Probably me - I rarely watch live TV, so this has been a great bonus

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on Broadchurch and Masterchef. Musch better than arsing around on a laptop.

Still irked by the clicky remote though. sad [ingrate]

ThePskettiIncident Wed 03-Apr-13 09:23:23

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?

Very quickly got to grips with the basics. Still exploring all the functionality, as there's such a lot you can watch.
Can't work out the pay for additions with bt vision.

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

My Ds is 2 but loves to turn the orange button to blue!
~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
Mixture really, have done all of these. Love being able to record a whole series.
~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
Only me to use it!
~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on
Recording series so I don't miss episodes, having direct access to the iplayer (I was linking my laptop before). Watching only the cbeebies programmes that don't make my brain melt!

The itv player is not as good as the others and the menu is difficult to navigate.

I love the search function as a shortcut to scrolling through the players.

ThePskettiIncident Wed 03-Apr-13 09:26:14

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
Doctor who! Had a house full of visitors over Easter, so finally got to watch it in peace last night.

I've recorded films as well, which is great.

Ds likes having the thomas series recorded and the 50 episodes of roary on the milkshake player.

MmeLindor Wed 03-Apr-13 10:23:13

Can I ask - does this replace Virgin or is it an extra? We have Virgin broadband and TV package, but really only watch the main channels BBC/ITV/CH4 etc

Could we ditch the Virgin TV part of our package and buy one of these?

IncogKNEEto Wed 03-Apr-13 10:27:12

How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?

No time at all, we all found it very easy to use.

Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Our younger (4 and 6 year old) children haven’t used it yet, as the YouView box is in our bedroom, only my husband and I have used it so far. My eldest child (she’s 12) has had a play with it to test it too, and she says that she found it easy to understand and use too.

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?

I have watched a lot of CSI, and comedy shows, as well as several films that I have been able to record to watch later when I get the chance.

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far?
Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

Probably Live TV, although we have also watched some on-demand shows. Haven’t looked at 7-day catch-up yet.

Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?

Me.

What have you found YouView most useful for so far?
Catching up on shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality

It is great to have an alternative television to watch the programmes I enjoy, particularly when the children are watching endless repeats of their favourite shows and I can ‘escape’ to watch something I choose!

trice Wed 03-Apr-13 10:42:57

I would like to watch The Adventure Game again. I am still terrified of aspidistra s.

I would love to watch Killer Net by Lynda le Plante again.

I can't remember sod all about it but it really sticks in my mind as a cracking series hmm

northcoastmum Wed 03-Apr-13 12:32:09

In answer to Mme Lindor, yes you could ditch Virgin tv. Youview is basically the freeview channels, with the addition of catch up/on demand services and the ability to record - if you put your postcode into the website it checks which channels you can receive.

Schumann Wed 03-Apr-13 13:02:54

I'd like to watch again and again The Killing, all 3 series.
V.sad it's over due to;
not bring able to discuss the latest Sarah Lund jumper and,
discovering all the wonderful Danish names we'd never heard of (and trying, but failing, to pronounce them)!!

MmeLindor Wed 03-Apr-13 13:42:58

Thanks, Northcoast. That is great. Will have a proper look now.

MmeLindor Wed 03-Apr-13 13:51:47

Bleeding hell. Just checked my last few phone bills. They are MASSIVE.

Am off to compare with BT and see about getting one of the boxes. Thanks, MNHQ for doing this.

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Apr-13 15:41:33

Hi MmeLindor In answer to your question, YouView have responded to say: "YouView is a completely different TV service from Virgin Media. You can replace your current TV provider with YouView or get a box for another room in your house. For more information visit youview.com"

MmeLindor Wed 03-Apr-13 16:49:17

Thanks, AlexMN and YouView for clarifying. And for prompting me to check my Virgin bills. Just saved about £50 a month!

FigAndPear Wed 03-Apr-13 17:04:33

I'm not a tester, but wanted to put in a word for "Tales of the Riverbank", a thing that us ancient types used to watch way back in the 70s. Live action hamsters grin. Apparently they did it by letting them run around with hamster-sized props waiting for them to do something random like standing on hind legs with front paws on a teeny piano. And then they'd join all these bits together and write a storyline around it.

Ahem blush. Anyway, I'd like to rewind and watch all that again, while slurping a big lemonade ice cream float.

Chocolateporridge Wed 03-Apr-13 17:10:45

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?

We had the basics sussed within a few hours, its very simple although I'm still finding a couple of new things!

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Our daughter is only 2 so she's not allowed to touch it, although we find that the excitement of letting her press the "off" button on the remote helps us to peel her away from it!

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?

Me - Shetland, The Syndicate, Come Dine With Me
Hubby - Top Gear, Football, Formula One
Daughter - Octonauts, CBeebies

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

We've enjoyed On Demand the most. I particularly like the way that when you look for programmes you can see the most popular ones, as I always used to seem to miss out on what everyone was watching!

~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?

My husband - without doubt!

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on
shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality.

To be honest, it's all been superb. I really like the search function as it makes suggestions as you type and is so easy to operate. It's also been great for finding something to watch to pass the time.

AwkwardAnnie Wed 03-Apr-13 20:42:36

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?
Really quickly, I read the book but it's really simple to use and pretty intuitive (except that Okay takes you back sometimes when I don't expect it.)

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
DD (5) understands that she can watch things over and over, especially if we've recorded them, but she hasn't worked out how to record them yet herself. DS (18mo) is excellent at turning the Audio description on which was really confusing for a while, he's still surprised that the big blue button on the front turns it off.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
The food channel seems to be popular in our house at the moment, I'm loving being able to regularly catch Warehouse 14 now I can record it.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
Live TV, our aerial isn't very good and we struggled to get a lot of channels with just the built in Freeview, but the YouView box is much more reliable.

~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
Probably the kids for watching TV, me for recording things.... and one day I may even get to watch them!

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality
Probably a mix between the Search, Record and catch-up services. I often realise I've missed something part way through, so I search for when it's next on again then record that episode, particularly with films that will get watched several times. Or I use the catch-up service.

likesnowflakesinanocean Wed 03-Apr-13 21:46:32

non tester but hopping on to say pushing daisies because i loved it and lost because i need to remind myself whats going on or pause to let my brain catch up

vincenta Thu 04-Apr-13 09:16:29

Non tester heresmile
I would love to see "Saved by the bell"

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?
30 minutes max, it's very intuitive to use.
~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
the DCs use it all the time (more's the pity), although they still don't know about the switch on the back, I told them I need to put in a special number so they can't watch tv at 5am when they get up!
~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
Doctor Who was good, we were away when it was broadcast, so recorded it in HD for when we got back.
~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
4od is brilliant, we couldn't get it on our old box, and it has all the Time Teams since the beginning!
~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
DS (age 11) watches all the Top Gear on it, all the time!
~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on

shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality
The HD record functionality is very good, we use that a lot, as usually one or other of us is out of an evening and misses a programme, this way we can record it and both watch it when convenient. I like that you can scroll back and get tv on demand via the programme guide. it saves faffing about through iplayer menus.

lindsey3uk Fri 05-Apr-13 01:16:30

Home and away - I could watch it all day, pause rewind watch, pause rewind watch. Drive the kids mad!

HermioneE Fri 05-Apr-13 01:29:21

Would love to pause/rewind Nashville. We are loving that at the minute but if DD screams then we miss bits!

Doogle2 Fri 05-Apr-13 11:09:07

The programme I would like to see again is Ant and Dec's SMTV live! It was great fun and my boys would really love it grin

threepiecesuite Fri 05-Apr-13 14:03:30

I'd love to re-watch Cold feet from beginning to end. Such a brilliant, brilliant programme that was. Now the characters are my age, I think I'd enjoy it even more.

Willemdefoeismine Fri 05-Apr-13 15:14:31

Non-Tester here. There are two entire TV series that have really made a mark on me and which I'd love to revisit:

"Little House on The Prairie" which I followed from the beginning but think I missed the last couple of series because I was a student and it was no longer the 'cool' thing to be watching

"ER" because I was a fan from the first series before it became compulsory, required viewing. I fell by the wayside (rather) once I'd had first DC and couldn't stay awake to watch it in its later evening slot! I think I missed a lot of significant Abby history once Carter was no longer her boyfriend and I would love to follow her storyline from the beginning (as I'd done with Hathaway) to the sweet end she more than deserved!

Happy TV watching days!

Non-tester here. The Goodies would get my vote.

Trills Fri 05-Apr-13 16:15:40

Not a tester.

I'd like there to be a rule that for any season of a show that is currently playing, all of that season must be kept on the catchup service until the whole season is done.

So if you get into something on episode 6 you don't discover that old episodes are only kept for a month and you can't see episode 1!

youviewyahoo Fri 05-Apr-13 16:36:49

How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?

Me, I am still finding my way around it as I don’t get a look in. DH has worked out how to find anything motor sport related much to his delight.

Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Very quickly for all 4 of them – even the youngest who is 8 years old understands it better than me, he says he goes on guide and just presses ‘r’ for record. He also showed me how to find the Coronation Street catchup episodes!

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?

DS aged 16 has recorded loads of History channels (hopefully will help his GCSE/A grades)
Football matches – match of the day which is usually on too late for 8 year old son
My name is Earl
Peep Show
Coronation Street
Sponge Bob
Top gear
My mad fat diary
Movies on bbci player

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

On demand and I enjoy 7 day catch up because sometimes I miss episodes of Coronation Street

Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?

My husband, and our three sons aged 16, 13 and 8

What have you found YouView most useful for so far?

Catching up on missed episodes
The 8 year old likes to watch football matches
Watching TV that is on during the day when we are out at school or work, history programmes and quest channel

Indith Fri 05-Apr-13 18:37:37

must come do the rest of my feedback! Bit manic here.

I'd love to watch Eerie Indiana and Greenclaws, two of my favourite shows from when I was a child, they meant my Mum was home for the 1 1/2 hrs she got everyday between her day and night jobs. Best memories ever! smile

BeebiesQueen Fri 05-Apr-13 20:46:37

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?
It isnt difficult to understand, it took minutes, it was just figuring out where all teh buttons were on the remote!

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
My dc at 1 and 2 are too young to be able to use the remote by themselves, but my 2 year old does now know she can ask for her fav programmes and mum can find it! she also knows she can ask for it to be paused or rewound and finds this particularly funny.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?DH was thrilled when he realised he could watch the labrynth last weekend despite missing the first episode. (I think he needs to get a life!)

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up
the on demand

~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
I have to say its most probably been me, but while dh works long hours and the girls have an early bedtime there is always something too watch

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far?
catching up on prgrammes we've missed

bluebump Fri 05-Apr-13 21:33:35

Not a tester. I'd love to get stuck into something like Mad Men as we had to give up Sky+ just after i'd started watching the first series. My 4 year old would just record and watch stuff like Octonauts!

MillyMoo1113 Fri 05-Apr-13 22:30:21

Old but good ones
Would love to see
Blakes seven
Fawlty towers
Aufweidersein pet

VestaCurry Sat 06-Apr-13 03:50:26

I'd love to rewind, pause and watch again the original 1930's Flash Gordon, starring Buster Crabb. Episodes were screen over a Christmas hols in the 1970's. I watched it with my brother. I was about 12 and he was 7. We were hooked.

I'd love to watch a weird little 80's show, I think it was called 'Monkey'. It was very badly over-dubbed, and had 'Tripitaka' (sp?) and three very badly costumed 'animal' friends, and I think the story was based on Buddhist teachings? It was great in a slightly surreal sort of way and I'd love to see it again to see if it really was as cheesy as I remember

Welovegrapes Sat 06-Apr-13 07:44:27

Ooh monkey - yes!! I used to watch that with my dad. He loved it smile

Somersaults Sat 06-Apr-13 10:40:50

I would want to watch and rewind and watch again, over and over, the gymnastics and the trampolining from the Olympics. Not just London 2012 but all the Olympics.

Or, if I had to choose just one moment, I would love to watch the build up to and the routine itself to Torville and Dean's Bolero. I've seen the routine on video loads of times but the clip is just that routine. I would love to watch the whole competition to really put it in context.

Both of the above shows would make me cry. I cry much more when happy things happen than sad things!

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 06-Apr-13 20:38:43

Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes here. Wish they would screen them again or put on catch up.

leesmum Sun 07-Apr-13 00:15:28

Fingerbobs, Flumps and Chorlton and the Wheelies....would love to see this lot again smile

IceNoSlice Sun 07-Apr-13 07:34:43

I used to love Byker Grove. I'd watch a bit of that if it was available. Take me right back, it would. Spuggy, PJ and Duncan...

Snog Sun 07-Apr-13 07:37:24

I miss Champion the Wonder Horse and Belle & Sebastian!
Childhood faves...

Wheresthecoffee Sun 07-Apr-13 11:02:32

Currently, we'd love to pause and rewind masterchef...from my childhood, I'd love to have chocablock and pigeon street available for my little ones

TwentiethCenturyGirl Sun 07-Apr-13 13:29:12

I'm not a tester.

I'd love to be able to rewatch 'The Secret Life of Us'. It was an Australian drama that was on Ch4 about 10 years ago. I loved it but nobody else seemed to watch it, although I think it was a big hit in Oz.

It started off being shown at 10pm and gradually got pushed back later and later. Wish I'd been able to record it...

hairtwiddler Sun 07-Apr-13 15:50:12

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?

Very little time at all. We were later than other testers using it as our first box was faulty, but picked it up really quickly. It's very intuitive to use.

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Seven year old daughter is picking it up quickly. She's not had much chance to play with it yet but I don't think she'll have any bother. It's a bit beyond our three year old.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?

How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory. Kids have been enjoying playing with the Milkshake On Demand bit. Mostly Thomas and Fireman Sam. Saturday Night Takeaway. DH watched something while I was out, a documentary I think.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

We already had a humax box so were used to being able to pause live tv. The 7 day catch up is great and DH really likes that feature.

~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?

Probably me (telly addict!)

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far?

Series record is a real winner for me. Our last box didn't have that feature and it is fantastic to know you won't miss anything because the box will record it for you.

Indith Sun 07-Apr-13 17:07:37

How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?

No time at all, it is pretty easy to work out. However the remote can be counter intuitive at times, having to use the "wrong" arrow to scroll up and down for example. Also the time lag between pressing a button and it working takes a bit of getting used to and can be frustrating.

Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Mine are 6 and 4 and don't use it themselves. They ask for stuff but just do NOT get the concept of recording! You'd have thoguht that given we have had BT vision for a long time and used it to record stuff a lot they would be used to the idea!

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?

We have just had our ususal TV on series link. How I met your mother, Suits for dh, OBEM for me. That way we can sit and watch them at a convenient time. We have also been working our way through Teachers on 4OD which is great.

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

We use a lot of 4od and i player. Iplayer mostly for cbeebies. We really llike being able to just put one single episode of something on. I find with kids watching live TV when one thing ends it goes right into more fun and stuff with the presenters or right into the next thing so they complain at turning it off. Recording often gets the first few mins of the next thing too so then they get frustrated when it cuts off (see above about not understanding recorded, they expect me to be able to magic up the rest of the episode that has not been recorded). iplayer avoids all of that by just stopping at the end. We don't watch much live TV now that we have decent access to iplayer etc. We record what we want to watch and when we fancy jsut sitting and watching some crap instead of ending up watching yet more Man Vs Food or something we can actually find and watch something fun.

Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?

pretty equal I think.

What have you found YouView most useful for so far?

See above really. Recording and being able to find something decent to watch at any time instead of ending up watching mindless rubbish.

Other comments if I may:

Text on screen is difficult to read. Our old vision box was very clear. this one I have to get close to the TV to see it clearly. WE only have a small TV BUT I could read the old box fine and I have no trouble with tiny football scores etc so I think it is the box.

Remote is too long! You have to move you hand up and down it rather than being able to hit all important buttons from one position.

You can't delete groups which is especially annoying if you have stuff on series link and it decides to record every episode from every series in the world ever (E4 need to sort themselves out, it is an E4 specific vice with american series that if you series link it is just record ALL of it even if you set it to record first play only). Anyway much easier to just delete the whole group than have to work your way through.

On the deletion subject, you don't get asked "are you sure?" which makes it very easy to delete by mistake. Especially when children get hold of the remote.

Why is it that on a computer iplayer resumes where you left off if you get interrupted but on the youview box it doesn't? Would be nice to have that. 4od resumes so I assume it is technologically possible!

buggyRunner Sun 07-Apr-13 18:43:47

True blood, Rev and Girls (sky Atlantic)

SevenReasonsToSmile Sun 07-Apr-13 20:40:00

I'd love to re-watch the show Lost! (not the American series) which was on Channel 4 about 12 years ago. It's not available on 4OD sad

insertsomethingwitty Sun 07-Apr-13 22:04:13

I want to watch The West Wing again, but only if I could re-watch it for the first time, which i'll never be able to as I've seen it, loved it though.

DoodleAlley Mon 08-Apr-13 00:33:56

The BBC's version of Pride and Prejudice from 1996 I think with Colin Firth.

There are just some fab moments I'd love to watch and then rewind and watch again. I love the speeches especially Mr Darcy's first declaration of admiration.

Not only is it high calibre television but I was a teenager when it came out and it was my first costume drama and I use to live for each episode at the time.

Unbeatable!

Loulamummy Mon 08-Apr-13 14:38:11

Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid Love. Say no more.

Alicadabra Mon 08-Apr-13 15:19:50

I'd love to be able to pause and rewind cooking programmes. I know you can usually get the recipes online afterwards but the most interesting (and useful) bits for me are all the little tips that they show along the way always at the exact moment that I get interrupted by the kids. I can buy DVDs or whatever if I want to see films or classic tv series again, but I'm never going to buy a DVD of Jamie's 15 Minute Meals or The Little Paris Kitchen just for that handy little tip about beating eggs or kneading bread!

Roseformeplease Mon 08-Apr-13 15:21:07

Not a tester (not jealous - much) but I would love to be able to recapture the wonder of television as it was when I was a child. We had an hour, at best, on 2 channels, of children's programmes and we loved them all. I had lived overseas and had NO television so it was all amazing. Tiswaz, Noel Edmond's Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Rainbow.

My own children flick from channel to channel and have a much richer and more varied experience. They catch up, rewind, watch online and see TV as a much more casual experience. For us, however, it was a total wonder.

DifferentNow Mon 08-Apr-13 20:08:59

Not a tester.

I have really enjoyed the recent series of 16 Kids and Counting and have rewatched some of the episodes.

I am about to have my 5th child and it makes me feel calm and in control and like I have a weeny little family!

thebestpossibletaste Tue 09-Apr-13 15:32:50

I'm not a tester, but would love to win a John Lewis voucher.

I love to pause, rewind and watch Pointless, to give us a chance to answer the questions before the people actually on the show, see if we can get a Pointless answer!

prettybird Tue 09-Apr-13 15:33:49

Not a tester, but I'd love to be able to re-wind ad nauseam "The West Wing" and the BBC's "Pride and Prejudice" (picking a programme from both sides of the Atlantic.

They both warrant repeated viewing and you get more out of them each time you watch.

jes73 Tue 09-Apr-13 15:42:40

Grey's Anatomy - I just love the series and have missed a whole lot in between so would love to be able to catch up from the beginning.

maloofysmum Tue 09-Apr-13 15:45:20

Not a tester but we love watching Dr Who and often rewind/pause/ re rewind and pause so we can try to spot anything we've missed or to explain something timey wimey to the ds who needs to analyse every scene!

katiewalters Tue 09-Apr-13 15:45:55

for me would have to be one born every minute, i love it, love watching it and now its finished would love to have recorded it and be able to watch it again

vienetta Tue 09-Apr-13 15:49:18

I would like to see Moondial on tv again it was on in the early 90s & would live to rewind Byker Grove :-)

katiesobol Tue 09-Apr-13 15:49:49

I'd love to have all of Poirot available to watch when I want - I could watch them again and again.
Also I'd like to see old episodes of Jonathan Creek - having just enjoyed watching the first in a new series - I'd love to rewatch the old ones.

jacobsyummymummy Tue 09-Apr-13 15:53:36

When I was little we used to have a saturday family evening, lights off, popcorn and cuddles... it used to be Dick Turpin back then... I loved those evenings all 'cwtched up' as we say in Wales....

Now I have a family of my own, I try to recapture that special 'golden time' with my Ds (aged 13 and 6) and we are absolutely gutted it has finished when there was so much more to see sad but our absolute rewind is .... Merlin

titchy Tue 09-Apr-13 15:53:59

What would I like to see again? A very peculiar practice deffinately, Brassed off (I think it was called that - Mr 'ardacre was a character, played by the bloke who married ivy Tilsley in corrie years ago!), twin peaks and all Dr who!

jacobsyummymummy Tue 09-Apr-13 15:54:44

not a tester btw.

BellaVida Tue 09-Apr-13 15:57:45

Non Tester but avid TV fan here. I would pause, record or watch the following again. I know my kids would love some of the ones I watched.

Hong Kong Phooey
Mork and Mindy
The A Team
Knight Rider
Moonlighting
Battlestar Galactica- the original!

And more recently.......
Big Bang Theory- hilarious!

MyMillsBaby Tue 09-Apr-13 15:57:59

I'd like to pause, rewind and watch again just about everything. My attention span isn't what it once was now I have a baby. I'm forever watching films with hubs and having to ask "wasn't he dead a minute ago?" x

WhitegoldWielder Tue 09-Apr-13 15:59:59

Not a tester but have missed out on Broadchurch and would really like to see it.

As for past shows - Children of the Stones, to see if it's as scary as I remember and Cold Feet because I love Jimmy!

Sparklesandglitter Tue 09-Apr-13 16:01:18

If I could rewind any program it would be 80's kids program's like rainbow, carebears etc so my dd can watch proper kids shows!

Bigspring Tue 09-Apr-13 16:05:10

Non tester
Really enjoying broadchurch at moment
In the past loved a programme called Hex, would love to see that again!
Or waking the dead that was a great series

ChildOfThe1980s Tue 09-Apr-13 16:21:26

I'm not a tester.

For modern TV, I would pause and rewind Dr Who and House.

For retro TV, I would love to see Mysterious cities of Gold and MacGuyver and Gummi Bears again.

helcrai Tue 09-Apr-13 16:22:43

Not a tester. I would love to watch Tiswas all over again. Would take me back to my youth and show my kids what proper kids TV was all about! Non of this Cartoon rubbish that's on wall to wall now.

newfashionedmum Tue 09-Apr-13 16:44:26

Not a tester

Would love to see the programmes my Mum and dad enjoyed and watched together before he died when I was very young, just to get a peek into their life together.

Tortington Tue 09-Apr-13 16:58:43

not a tester

has to be west wing

nuff said

melodyangel Tue 09-Apr-13 17:05:09

Not a tester

Yes yes yes to pause, rewind, re-watch old cookery programmes, some stuff you just need to be shown.

I would love to see old episodes of Dr Who on TV again.

Oh and old Christmas lectures - would be fab to re watch the ones that inspired me to give science another chance after hating it at school.

gunther73 Tue 09-Apr-13 17:14:49

Any bbc 4 Scandi noir!

Particularly
The killing
Borgen

And
Breaking bad
Spooks
Charlie and Lola for the children
Pingu

Schmedz Tue 09-Apr-13 17:21:05

Not a tester

I would dearly, DEARLY love to see the whole of China Beach again. It was on TV probably around 20+ years ago and starred Dana Delaney and Marg Helgenberger.

I studied the Vietnam war at school at this was a brilliant TV series.

Oddsod Tue 09-Apr-13 17:29:47

I love, love, love episode 4 series 1 of The Office and can watch it ad infinitum. I know that Ricky Gervais has fallen out of favour with a lot of people but the staff training day where Brent undermines the management consultant has me in tears of laughter every time. I think the best part of it has to be when he's singing Freelove Freeway with the line "she's gone" and Gareth harmonises with "she's dead" and deadpan Brent replies "she's not dead" and continues singing.
Also the Gareth's reply about ultimate fantasies, a work related question, Gareth walks in halfway through and answers "two lesbians, sisters probably, and I'm watching". Sorry puerile I know but that's my humour.
Another favourite clip I can watch over and over is actually a film clip: Meet the Parents where Jewish Ben is tasked with saying Grace at the dinner table. Priceless.

I rarely watch TV, but I'd love to be able to access older things I've not seen before - thinking a lot about the 'Child of our Time' series, which I really wish I'd watched from the start, and never seem able to find.

Oh, and 'Heartbreak High', which I was never allowed to watch and so taped when I was around 17. I've not seen Hal of the episodes, and I wish I could. The DVDs are bloody expensive.

Hummymummy Tue 09-Apr-13 17:49:01

Mary, Mungo and Midge - my favourite childhood programme. Brings back memories of watching with my mum as a little child.

TheTempest Tue 09-Apr-13 17:59:15

My ultimate tv programme is Doctor Who and if I could rewind so that I can watch them all for the first time, that'd be lovely! In terms of from my childhood/teenagehood, it would have to be Cold Feet. The first programme that ever touched me.

mummytime Tue 09-Apr-13 18:05:28

Not a tester.

DH and I would love to be able to watch "The boys from the Bush" again, it was an Anglo-Aussi production and was repeated once or twice but has now totally disappeared. I never hear about QPR without thinking of it.

I love Nordic Noir too.

DinoSnores Tue 09-Apr-13 18:22:30

If I had one, I'd be rewinding Broadchurch back and forth. The folk on the threads here have spotted so many more clues that I have!

BadMissM Tue 09-Apr-13 18:28:42

Not a tester....

I would like to pause, rewind, and showe again some of the fantastic kids programmes from my childhood, and share them with my kids....

Things like 'The Tomorrow People', 'The Changes', old Dr Who episodes, some fantastic Jackanory episodes... 'The Herbs', 'Hector's House', 'Bagpuss'.....

Oh it's got to be Wizbit! Childrens programme of my youth. I still wander round singing "ha ha this a way, ha ha that a way, ha ha this a way, my oh my". It's not something that inspires confidence from other people it has to be said!

Dixiebell Tue 09-Apr-13 19:18:14

Knightmare! I used to dream of being on it. Or Funhouse with Pat Sharp. And of course West Wing, woukd love to rewatch the 7 seasons for the tenth time.

BackforGood Tue 09-Apr-13 19:45:46

I'm not a tester.
I'd love to see some of the Epic series from when I was young - like Roots, or Holacaust. In fact, I think all teens should have to watch Holacaust at some time in their lives.

serendipity1980 Tue 09-Apr-13 20:04:39

I'd like to watch Bagpuss again, I used to love it and I think my children would too!

I don't know how much I'd enjoy it now but I'd love to watch Grange Hill again from start to finish, used to rush home from school to watch it

Dawnywoo Tue 09-Apr-13 20:30:38

Not a tester.

Flintstones
Pipkins
Magic Roundabout
G Force
Hong Kong Phooey
Charlie Brown

Hopezibah Tue 09-Apr-13 20:51:40

Not a tester - but just to say I'm also really enjoying The mimic at the moment!

Maggietess Tue 09-Apr-13 21:14:21

Father Ted...over and over and over again...it's always funny!

"Now again Dougal these toy cows are small, the ones in the field are far away...small...far away..."

Cracks me up every time!

Salmon8 Tue 09-Apr-13 21:37:31

Hi I would definitely pause rewatch and rewind Miranda as its the best programme ever. If you are ever having a bad day just to be able to watch it on tap would make any day bright again. I think it should be prescribed for people with stress so they can laugh their socks off.

Grey24 Tue 09-Apr-13 22:31:40

I would love to go back to being 9 years old and watching Blakes 7 for the first time, so that I could pause it when my little sister came in protesting at bedtime and so I could not miss the final episode when I was forced to play in a school concert against my will! No-one understood how important that programme was to me (why would they) and no-one I knew at that time even had a video recorder, never mind pause and rewind/rewatch services. I would have felt so much happier going in to play my violin at the concert if I thought I could have caught up on Blakes 7 the next evening... sigh! Sounds so stupid I know, but I loved it. Thank goodness I have modern Doctor Who available now and with DVD recording...

GoingGoingGoth Tue 09-Apr-13 22:32:48

Not a tester- but would love to watch Black Books (again & again & again)

StainlessSteelCat Tue 09-Apr-13 22:53:50

Not a tester - but I would love to rewatch: Twin Peaks, Babylon 5, The Killing (any of them).I know they are all on DVD, but that's not quite the same as having to be in front of the TV once a week. So many great drama series (of so many genres ...) and even now when I can record them I want to have a weekly session smile

Turnipvontrapp Tue 09-Apr-13 23:34:48

The Syndicate on itv at the moment.
The Olympic Opening Ceremony and Super Saturday of the Olympics too.

CointreauVersial Wed 10-Apr-13 00:12:44

Not a tester.

I'd love to watch all the stuff from my childhood again - The Clangers, Roobarb & Custard, Camberwick Green, Mary, Mungo & Midge, Mr Benn etc. I'm sure I'd be transported back in time (but it would probably feel horribly dated too).

goldenretriever Wed 10-Apr-13 08:10:03

I like to watch and sometimes pause One Born Every Minute as I sometimes can't believe what is happening in it!

releasethehounds Wed 10-Apr-13 08:39:05

Have to admit I'm not a big TV watcher, but recently I loved The Hotel with a passion - really missing it! Also liked An Idiot Abroad and Springwatch/Autumnwatch. Am I getting old? DD1 (14) is starting to get into some of the crass stuff on ITV2 - Jeremy Kyle and Real Housewives etc. Hoping it's a phase.

NettleTea Wed 10-Apr-13 11:18:46

ooh yes twin Peaks would be great.

catscherrygirl23 Wed 10-Apr-13 11:24:33

not a tester but i would like to watch this life again and pause all the emotionally charged looks between anna and miles! :-)

weenwee Wed 10-Apr-13 11:37:22

Non-tester here.

Even though I've watched it 10 times all the way through, I'd love to watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony again. My husband was in the opening 'Pandemonium' section, and I was so proud to sit in the stadium and watch him, and then get to see it again on the tv! His hard work, and the hard work of thousands paid off, and they were magnificent!

pleasestoptalking Wed 10-Apr-13 12:28:41

Non Tester.

I would like to re-watch Borgen. I spend the whole time peering at the screen trying to keep up with the subtitles or nudging my poor husband saying 'what's going on?', 'who's he?', 'I don't understand what that means'. I think both my husband and I would appreciate being able to watch this back again.

mymonkey Wed 10-Apr-13 13:22:38

Switched from expensive Sky to equally expensive, and possibly even more annoying, Virgin last year. Ready to switch again.

YouView might be a good option if we can add all sports channels which DP needs for his job (though we have to pay). Would be good to see more feedback from others who have switched from premium services.

A little concerned about some of the less positive comments though possibly no worse than Virgin, just different "tics" I guess.

I'd like to watch Twin Peaks. Didn't get into it first time round but I think I'm missing a whole raft of cultural references.

mymonkey Wed 10-Apr-13 13:23:40

Sorry should have said - I am a non tester - just interested in experience of testers.

I love to watch and rewind One Born Every Minute. I love it but don't know why I do it to myself, I end up in tears every time. Such lovely moments though and I love it at the end when the long awaited babies are born.

lagoonhaze Wed 10-Apr-13 21:27:49

I'm not a tester.
Spooks Definately

wickeddevil Thu 11-Apr-13 07:57:28

Would love to watch Hotch Potch House a children's programme from the mid 90's again. This was DS's favourite and I would really like to see it again.
Would also love to see winds of war and a very peculiar practice again.
I suppose there is a health warning though. I Remember buying a DVD of rentaghost and telling DCs how fantastic it was. Except that it wasn't. Such a disappointment, a programme that I really did ROFL when i watched as a child just wasn't funny any more.

Clothqueen Thu 11-Apr-13 08:02:54

All members of the family are having a say here and its a big vote for Captain Pugwash! I remember watching them as does hubby and kids saw them on a DVD now broken. Ok so its a bit non p c in places in our world now but back then we didn't notice and now my kids just see how sensible that Tom is and how getting all puffed up like the captain lands you in a whole heap if trouble! The monsters are still fab too !

Littlecherublegs Thu 11-Apr-13 08:22:51

(Non tester)

Love to 'rewind' to my childhood and watch some of my favourite programmes from back then including Playschool, Lets Pretend, Dungeons & Dragons, and Byker Grove!!

I'd love to share more recent programmes with family & friends who 'missed out' first time round - including Homeland and Spooks.

Finally, I'd record lots of episodes of Peppa Pig for my DS who loves it!! smile

HappySunflower Fri 12-Apr-13 21:55:18

How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?
After one evening of using it, I felt quite at home with everything nd how to find the different menus.

Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
Noooooo, she is not even 3 yet- if I handed her a remote control, it'd be lost forever within a very short space of time!

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
Call the midwife, master chef, and the free film thingy, plus CBeebies and milkshake both of which my dd loves.

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far?
On demand and catch up TV have been great! I rally like the pause/rewind functions.

Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
My dd watches it more than I do!

What have you found YouView most useful for so far?
Being able to pause something, then carry on watching
Catch up function

halcyondays Sat 13-Apr-13 00:23:14

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?

Not long at all. Box is fairly intuitive to use. Would be nice if the MyView section listed oldest recordings at the top, though - current display puts oldest shows (the ones you want to watch first) at the bottom, which means lost of scrolling we'd rather not do.

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

Yes, mostly using the Milkshake streaming app. 6-year-old can use it with no problems.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?

Milkshake for the kids as mentioned; Corrie; Top Gear.

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

On Demand. Very rarely watch anything live these days, would usually be recorded or OD. The inclusion of OD programmes in the main guide is very useful.

~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?

About equal.

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality

OD & PVR functions, using Search to set recordings. Usual way of watching TV around here these days. Radio gets a fair bit of use, too.

gorionine Sat 13-Apr-13 15:01:07

Non tester here, My children love to watch Merlin and Doctor Who over and over! slight disappointment that they are only available on Iplayer for 1 week!smile

lougle Sat 13-Apr-13 16:32:08

Non-tester.

Matilda. The only children's film I actively enjoy and can stomach over and over again.

I particularly love the chocolate cake scene with Bruce Bogtrotter. The music is so triumphant and uplifting. I could watch that all day...(said in the whistful voice of Matilda as she describes her love of Darhls Chickens).

Catilla Sat 13-Apr-13 21:21:13

Non-tester, seriously contemplating one of these although a bit concerned what it will do to our bandwidth usage.
I'd love to see Blackadder again... debating when it will be OK to share with the children (8 & 6).

Pozzled Sat 13-Apr-13 21:46:10

Non-tester.

Fairly random, but I'd love to watch The House of Tiny Tearaways again. I found them fascinating years ago before I had kids, and would like to re-watch them now that I have my own tearaways. Therewas one mum in particular that I remember. She was a single parent of 2 DDs and I think she had been in care as a child- no real experience of good parenting. Her children were physically very well cared for, but she didn't know how to play with them. I thought she was a tremendously strong person, and sometimes wonder how she's getting on now.

SetFiretotheRain Sat 13-Apr-13 23:43:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SetFiretotheRain Sat 13-Apr-13 23:43:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Non tester. I would like to see Torvill and Dean win the World Championships in Ottawa in 1984. They had a power cut and the competition was delayed until the early hours UK time. My mum told me she'd wake me for it and she didn't. She had no intention of waking me. I have never forgiven her sad

Fanjango Sun 14-Apr-13 00:13:37

Bit cheeky but as a talktalk customer who has just signed up for youview have anyu of you had experiance of how the box functions on minimal speed? I have a speed of between 3.5 and 2.5. Will it work at all? They say it will over at over 3 but does it and what happens when the speed drops?
Hijack over
I would love to see re-runs of the Goodies. I was too young to really remember them and remember they were funny (at the time)!

florencebabyjo Sun 14-Apr-13 08:52:06

This is so hard!
I think it would have to be Brigit Jones Diary, and the scene where they have the fight inside and outside the restaurant. This is very funny and very uplifting. I know it's a film not a tv program, but it makes me smile every time and would be one to rewind and watch when I have a minute to myself ;)

Seaholly Sun 14-Apr-13 09:23:11

It would have to be revenge as it's so watchable! It annoys me I can't watch the next episode immediately!

Well, I missed 'The Voice' yesterday because I was a bit busy sat in a delivery room trying to not give birth at 27 weeks. It's not important to me, I'm just annoyed that I missed it!

zipzap Sun 14-Apr-13 23:34:13

I'm not a tester but the thing that I really would love to rewind is a special type of rewind (probably not quite what you had in mind sorry) - a feature from the original TiVO boxes from about 10 years ago. (I've had to switch to sky as lightening zapped our tivo box and by then they had discontinued the service in the UK, long before Virgin picked it up again and we weren't able to get the box fixed).

Anyhow, the TiVO remote control (which was ergonomically brilliant, very comfortable and intuitive) had a 'jump' button on it that allowed you to jump back just 10 seconds (or you could press it several times in a row to jump back a bit further). It was fantastic when you just missed a word or two and didn't want to do the whole rewind malarky. It sounds such a trivial thing, and something that the functionality is already covered by being able to rewind. However, it ended up something that we used a lot and I still find my hand going to find a 'jump' button now, a good five years after I last used it.

As for actually watching something - I'd love to watch all the trashy american tv shows that I get hooked on just as they get their funding cut and so finish. I'd love it if they made a nice 'happy ever after' final episode for each one (I'm an optimist, I love nice happy endings!) to wrap everything up nicely, all the will they/won't they couples get together and so on.

Zipzap, the YouView box has different speeds of rewind, or a button to go back or forwards by a minute. Is that what you mean?

escape Mon 15-Apr-13 09:07:02

I'd love to rematch Grange Hill from my 'glory years' of the CBBC Broom cupboard - late '80's probably gong from 'Zammo' and gang through to Gonch & Holloway, Imelda, Jackie & 'Tegs' etc - loved every character smile

DuelingFanjo Mon 15-Apr-13 11:12:52

If you're not a tester, YouView would love to hear from you - for a chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher please share on this thread the programme(s) you'd love to pause, record or watch again

I would really like to watch a sitcom called 'the Wolvis family' again. it was about a family in family therapy and aired around 1990-ish. I used to run home from my shift at the university library to watch it as I thought it was amazing.

zipzap Mon 15-Apr-13 12:59:25

Inmysparetime - sort of! The Tivo and sky boxes could/can rewind at different speeds. But the sky box doesn't have a button to jump back at all - the only way you can go back is to rewind (at whichever speed you want).

It sounds like the youview box has something similar to the old tivo box if it can jump backwards or forwards a minute, it's just the timings are a bit different. The tivo one you could jump back a minute just by pressing the jump button a few times quickly but I rarely needed to go back a full minute - 2 or 3 presses were usually what was needed!

However if the youview box has this feature then it is something that would make me feel well disposed towards it when we come to changing (thinking we might well do soon as the price of sky is whizzing creeping up and dh likes the rugby which I think is shifting off sky for next season... that's his only justification for having sky so i need to make sure that whatever we get next has what I want on it too! I also find the sky box (not an HD box, not sure if they have improved them for that) is pretty rubbish features-wise compared to the tivo box, especially given the tivo box was so much older. I could rant for hours on how rubbish the sky box is but as that isn't the point of the thread I'll slink off and save everybody from my rantings!

MadameOvary Mon 15-Apr-13 16:22:45

~ How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?

About two days. I'm still learning though, but only because I am single parent and don't get more time to play with it!

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?

DD is only five so can switch it on but that's it.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?

Dancing on the Edge and Dr Who

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

On-demand and catch up

~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?

Myself, though it's usually to catch up on CBeebies shows for DD

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality?

Shows I have missed, entertaining DD, Search function is brilliant, backwards 7 day programme guide

So many brilliant programmes on at the mo, we are spoilt for choice - Game of Thrones, Dexter, True Blood ... I could go on all night!

Having read the reviews though, will definately consider a you view box when our free view box packs up in the bedroom

PatriciaHolm Mon 15-Apr-13 19:54:59

How long did it take you to understand how to use YouView?
only a few minutes, but we had used a PVR before

Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it?
They enjoyed looking through the menus to pick programmes and especially liked the ability to look back as well as forward; they didn't have any problems with it.

Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far?
Doctor Who! University Challenge.

Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up

Catch up probably, for things we meant to see/record but didn't, or only found out about later.

Who in your family has used your YouView box the most?
DH and I, I think.

What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality

Entertaining the kids, though it is missing some channels they enjoy that we could get on Freesat (Kix, Pop) which is a pain. On demand is good, I think we will use that more in the future.

mum2jakie Mon 15-Apr-13 20:06:48

Non tester:

The programme I would most like to pause and rewind has to be Peppa Pig as it buys me enough time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea without needing to keep my toddler constantly occupied to avoid mischief!

FrantasticO Mon 15-Apr-13 20:18:03

Not a tester

Would love to watch Anne of green gables again, as a first never been seen viewing.(rewinding time and no wrinkles, bonus!)
Can remember how much I enjoyed it years ago.

janknitti Mon 15-Apr-13 20:58:50

Tales of the unexpected would be my fave to watch again years later. Plus what about something like The Word ? Yes Terry Cristian was an arse but was a great watch before or after a night out.

prakattack Tue 16-Apr-13 07:44:34

We were just talking about this last night in our house. We're contemplating cancelling our Sky contract (wibble) but need to decide what to replace it with. The YouView box sounds great as I'd definitely miss the pause and rewind features if we lost them!
I'd love to rewind loads of the current programmes - Game of Thrones, Alphas, Broadchurch, The Following....
From eyars back, I'd love to rewind to the original Mr Ben series from when I was growing up - my 3 year old would really love it!

ClaireFT19 Tue 16-Apr-13 11:23:39

I would like to watch reruns of Supergran. My sister and I used to sit with our Dad and watch it on Sunday's, whilst my Mum was doing shifts as a nurse at the hospital. My Dad was always very busy with work during the week and on weekends doing DIY etc. so this was a special little bit of time just for us to snuggle up with him and share a banana (we never got one each, although now I could have one all to myself!!) on the sofa. Not sure what my little ones would make of it now but then it was great!

twotrackmind Tue 16-Apr-13 21:57:59

What programme would I love to rewind, pause etc..? Just about anything as a toddler and extended tv viewing don't mix. I love getting drawn into a drama or a film but hate missing bits! I am thinking of Call the Midwife here.

twotrackmind Tue 16-Apr-13 21:59:09

And second Supergran... Or Glen Michael's cavalcade.

From years back: Otherworld (short lived US science fabtasy in the 1980s), Tizwaz (not sure if I've spelt that right) and Jaime and the magic Torch.

From now, Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead and The Following.

Uzma01 Wed 17-Apr-13 20:05:45

The A-Team, Street Hawk, Alf, Monkey Magic and loads more - used to watch a lot of tv as a kid, now as an adult I do feel the 80's had some of the best shows.

natcat7000 Thu 18-Apr-13 21:47:54

Non- tester here.

Teletubbies because it makes my toddler happy and would give me a moment to relax!

FuckThisShit Fri 19-Apr-13 16:02:53

~ Has your child/children used YouView? How long did it take them to understand it and get used to it? Yes, all of them have. The older three are all teenagers, so took moments to suss it. DD3 is recently 4 and was using it herself after a few days. I told her the channel numbers she likes and she was away. She pauses, rewinds and fast forwards with ease and is also able to manage MyView, although she has only used BBC iPlayer as she was used to that on the iPad already.

~ Which programmes have you most enjoyed watching on YouView so far? Most, as I can watch them in peace now!

~ Which of the following services have you most enjoyed so far? Live TV/ on-demand/7 day catch up I have mostly used 7 day catch up, as I'm hopeless at remembering when things are on, even when I've set a reminder, confusedhmm which has been fab. The older three DC have used 4OD a lot to catch up/re watch for the 5642nd time the general crap they like to watch.

~ Who in your family has used your YouView box the most? DD3 I suspect, she has been pretty ill for the past few months and it has been an absolute life saver

~ What have you found YouView most useful for so far? Catching up on
shows you've missed/ entertaining the kids/finding something to watch to pass time/ watching TV live/ listening to the radio/ search functionality, backwards 7 day programme guide, on demand players, record functionality * Recording stuff without a doubt. Have built up a nice little library of series that I can sit down and watch in peace, along with loads of films for DD3, and the others for that matter. They can never whine 'I'm boooooorrrrrrreeeeed' again.

Thank you MN and YouView, I absolutely love the YouView box and I don't have any negative points really, bar the slightly slow waking up time, but that's hardly an issue.

FuckThisShit Fri 19-Apr-13 16:03:22

Balls, bold fail on the last point.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Apr-13 12:23:32

thanks for all the feedback and extra comments....
Am pleased to say lovemycat has been selected as the winner of the £100 JL voucher. I have pm-ed you.

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