Whilst writing on the exciting topic of train-ticket-collection-usability, I was reminded of my own recent example of useless usability.
Posts about "Freeview"
I don't know what anyone else thought, but when I read that bit of the Freesat FAQ about interactive content on Freesat, I thought that the author was being just a little cagey - that they weren't really telling me much.
If you live in Wales or Nothern Ireland and have been wondering why the page number for the 24 Hour weather forecast for those areas didn't work on Freeview, I can now tell you. It was because of a copy and paste error made when we relaunched the Weather service recently.
A couple of weeks ago, I invested in a PVR - one of those digital video recorder things. It had been bubbling in my mind for a while, especially as I seemed to have a never ending pile of VHS tapes floating around the room with stuff on them, that had to be watched in strict order lest anything get missed.
It was great to see the new look BBCi News Multiscreen launch on digital terrestrial television at around 11:10 on Thursday morning - now with 100% more video options! (well four choices instead of 2 is a 100% increase!)
A while ago, someone emailed me to ask what was going to replace the old quarter screen BBC Parliament service on digital terrestrial television (aka Freeview). At the time I just said that something was coming, and that I couldn't say more.
Well the news is out - BBC Parliament on DTT/Freeview will be going full screen in November, rather than the horrible quarter screen format that it goes out in now.
You should always know what your competitors are up to. Which is why I spent some time the other morning flicking around between Sky Text and Teletext on my Freeview box at work.
Reading through the BBC's Reception Advice help pages can be a bit depressing sometimes - all the problems that users have just recieving services. OnDigital boxes crashing, video and audio being out of sync, channel numbers not working properly... And that's not the half of it.
Today Sky launched Sky Text on digital terrestrial television. The service was originally a traditional text service, has been on satellite in a 'digital' form since 2000.