It's worth mentioning in many cases doing a forced update can slow down the time it takes to get the update, as the forced stream is usually kept on the old software for a period so they can easily revert people back if the update goes wrong.
As for the time it has taken to get iPlayer and the like on Sky, how the software is developed has to be considered. It's no coincidence that the design of the EPG was updated in the summer, part of that update was to pave the way for these services to launch. The update wasn't just visual, there were quite a lot of technical changes, such as changing the EPG to HD, changing how graphics are drawn (to allow the custom colours), as well as changed to the Sky+ underlying technology (as evidenced by the many bugs that followed).
Well I have one of the last boxes to get the update, Amstrad DRX780, and I got the update in the early hours of this morning. The new EPG looks great and I also have the catch up services. ITV Player and Demand 5 are good as there are no commercial breaks in the programmes when downloaded.
Also BBC iPlayer launches on October 30th and I can't wait.
I'm hearing good things about the BBC iPlayer. I think that much like the update to boxes the iPlayer could go live at around 2am in the morning on October 30th but this is just a guess.
I think the iPlayer interface will be one the other catch up services should look to adopt if the pictures released so far are anything to go by. I've also heard that there could be a few more exciting things coming to the EPG/catch up service. No idea what but it sounds exciting. More catch up services in future? Changes to functionality? A BBC archive of shows?
I've also heard that there could be a few more exciting things coming to the EPG/catch up service. No idea what but it sounds exciting. More catch up services in future? Changes to functionality? A BBC archive of shows?
It wouldn't surprise me if Sky are looking at a backwards TV guide, given that's a big selling point for Virgin/YouView/Freesat at the moment.