CHANNEL COUNT: 69 DO
Digital first launched, one of the main marketing selling points was the
Personal Planner. This was heavily promoted in all of Sky's literature, when
trying to convert loyal customers from analogue to digital. The idea of the
personal planner was simple. You selected a programme from any channel from the
7 day EPG listings and then pressed select. This then stored that chosen
programme in the planner as a reminder. When this programme was then about to
start a reminder banner appeared on the screen, inviting you to press select,
which changed the channel for you, or to press back up to cancel the reminder.
Ingenious we all thought, however things didn't stop there. If you were
to go on and highlight a programme that was in the planner, and then press the
red button, it then set up the Autoview function. This set up a red A symbol
next to the programme , and the idea was that 2 minutes before the chosen
programme was about to start , the channel would automatically change to the
selected programme. This was extremely handy because you could set your video
timer to coincide with the autoview function, which then enabled you to record
the chosen sky channel.
After a few weeks of playing with this new
function, suddenly when you highlighted a programme and placed it into the
planner, a green icon appeared at the bottom of the screen representing Series
Link. This basically meant that when you highlighted certain programmes, if it
supported the series link function, the green icon appeared. By pressing the
green button on your sky remote, the series link was set. This was represented
by a small green double ended arrow next to the programme. This meant that if a
series link was set, it then automatically entered the next episode/showing in
the planner (complete with series link still set). This function proved to be a
godsend, especially if you're prone to forgetting that programmes are on.
When Sky+ was launched it is this series link function that comes into
Theoretically, you can just set all your favourite
programmes as reminders or to record, set up the series link option, and leave
Sky to do the rest. As sky heavily promote, "Never Miss a Thing ".........If
only that were true.
After 18 months we all know that not all
broadcasters recognise this function and therefore it is not available on all
channels. Mysteriously series links somehow still vanish on programmes that
have never previously been a problem. This is extremely annoying when you have
programmes set up with a link to record; you go away on holiday, only to return
to find that the recording has failed because the link has somehow been broken.
This begs the question, "Who is to blame for this, Sky or the broadcaster?"
Answer, "We don't care! Just sort it out".
|Sky downloaded new software on the 16th April, which apparently
included making series links more reliable and robust. I still feel that the
jury's still out on this, as links are still broken without any explanation or
With so many
channels now on sky it's hard to keep abreast of all the channels that support
the series link function. Below is a full list of all the channels which do and
those which do not support this most valuable feature. Please remember that
just because a channel supports the feature, it doesn't mean every programme
will offer it.
If you need to set up a regular recording for a channel
that doesn't support Series Links, then why not set up a Manual Recording with
a repeat frequency as desired. Of course this method is nowhere as neat as
Series Links for a number of reasons:
1) You need to know what
days/times future showings are on.
2) If future showings are at different
times, then manual recording is no good.
3) The EPG Personal Planner entry
won't show either Programme Name or programme information details.
4) If you
have lots of Manul Recording entries in your planner, you won't necessarily be
able to tell which recording is which without pressing play to take a look.
Series Link is a function that has taken 18 months to get going and
gather pace (no pun intended). They now need to be more reliable & more
Happy searching, and remember, "Never Miss a Thing"