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Dual Recording - The Early Days
By Callum MacFarlane | 26th July 2003
Get ready for the "killer feature"...
In the early days of Sky+, late 2001, the Killer Feature of Dual
Recording was well recognised as being the key to future success of
Sky could have quite
easily put together a working Dual Record system for Sky+ and released it to
the "early adopters", perhaps giving a kick start to the fledgling Personal
Video Recorder (PVR) market.
The reason that Dual Recording didn't quickly
hit the street, owes more to Sky's professionalism and user testing, than
purely commercial considerations.
As can be seen from
the research Sky carried out back then, the options were not quite as straight
forward as people imagine.
An initial customer
focus group highlighted different needs according to how Sky + is used - see
The needs of both parties are obviously being
considered, how will they be catered for? We'll have to see when Dual Recording
is released, speculatively this August.
One hopes that people realise that any issues of
live pause is in reality immaterial because the full recording of that
programme will be in the planner. And it certainly won't affect the live
pausing of a previously recorded programme.
So what is likely to happen when Sky+ is
scheduled to record 2 programmes at the same time and a person sits down to
watch a 3rd programme unaware that 2 programmes are about to be recorded at the
Answer: a "3rd
Channel Clash" warning prompt screen will appear, see example
for family members to go around deleting whatever they want seems great, but
may be you will be able to PIN protect the Dual Records so that children for
example can't come along and override your Dual Recording.
Interestingly, in this early example, you are given the choice of
cancelling either tuner's scheduled recording, even if it's
The other occasion
when you get "carried away" and add in a 3rd simultaneous programme to be
recorded, has it's own warning screens, which at the time of the writing of the
Sky+ Report Sky were looking at conventional and non conventional ways of
dealing with an attempt to record a 3rd programme. See example
option looks better and seems to make more sense. And as evidenced by software
upgrades to date, Sky do like to stick to consistent formats when upgrading
So dear Sky+
user, has that whetted your appetite for Dual Recording? Well there isn't long
to wait now until you can use the new system for yourself.
Just remember, these
these screenshots and thinking behind them are not recent, and screen design
and thought processes may have changed or been refined, but at least now you
can see, for the first time, how a Dual Recording system on Sky+ might actually
work and feasibly what it may look like.
Enjoy Dual Recording when it comes - we at
Plusworld believe it will have been well worth the wait. And of course you will
be able to catch all the latest screen shots and news on Dual Recording when
it's released HERE at the only dedicated Sky+ site on the
have any opinions on Dual Recording?
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