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SERVICE: shift TV - records TV over the Internet to get it streamed back later
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 18.08.05 - 11:35:17 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 11820x
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Germany based shift TV is quite an interesting service for PC, Notebook and PDA users since it uses a brand new technology called "iPVR" which lets you schedule, record and watch your own private copies of TV programs over the Internet.

shift TV is a web-bases PVR and every user runs its own, dedicated shift TV. Via the web Interface, you get access to a EPG to program the recording. As soon as the show was recorded, it's converted into a streaming format (Windows Media Video 9) to get it streamed to your PC. From now, you can also download your recordings to archive it on your local PC since storage space is limited to 5 hours per account. However, also new from now is that you can record two shows in parallel.

Right now, shift TV is available in Germany only and allows you to record 13 TV programs, which includes the most important TV stations except "RTL" which sued shift TV and therefore it was removed from the offer.

shift TV offers a free trial account now which lets you record 30 minutes during the trial phase. The regular shift TV account costs 4,99 Euro per month.
According to shift TV, also Pocket PCs are supported which makes it even more interesting!

I haven't tried it yet (since I have my Media Center with Orb as well as the highpad media control client for Pocket PC running) but it sounds interesting enough to give it a trial.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by farnold on 19.08.05 - 19:57:32

Thanks, Arne. That is finally a concept I was hoping to see for a long time. Besides people w/o a Media Center Edition PC it's also very handy for people who do just not receive the TV program. For me that would be the only way to watch the next installment of "Lindenstrasse" of "Tatort".

Posted by Arne Hess on 19.08.05 - 20:20:22

Always welcome! smile Let me know how it worked for you down-under!
I'm looking forward to see German TV when I'm the next time in Seattle and get it streamed from my Media Center to the hotel, if I get it working either via Orb or any other way.
Exciting new tech-world! big_smile

Posted by Lee on 02.08.06 - 16:46:40

Dear Arne,
Shift TV is a great service, but there is one big problem and I'm not certain how to solve it.
Incidentally, I DO subscribe, but can record only late morning and afternoon programs, nothing during prime time in the evening. In order to do that you have to have a German ID card and ID number. They check that, apparently, then send a code by telephone (only to phones in Germany). Then you have to include that code in your application.And THEN you can watch prime-time TV.
It has something to do with material that is not approved for younger viewers. Apparently, the X-rated stuff in Germany may be broadcast only after 8 p.m. but also, unfortunately, most of the good programming.
Any solutions to that?

Posted by Arne Hess on 02.08.06 - 17:55:19

Hi Lee! Sorry, I don't have a solution for you here. Looks like shift TV changed the way it is working. When I was writing about it one year ago, it hadn't had these limitations.

Posted by Lee Chadeayne on 03.08.06 - 15:26:22

Dear Arne,
Thanks very much for your quick reply.
I'm trying to obtain these materials for my class here, but the problem is that you cannot purchase German DVDs and play them, as they are incompatible with our US format.The only possibility is to obtain programs as wmv files and play them on your laptop in class.
Is it possible to purchase anywhere wmv files?
Some of the material is available for online streaming only. Is there some way to capture this online stream and record it as it comes in (as you can with audio files)?
Thanks for any assistance.

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.08.06 - 17:35:52

Depends on what TV programs, shows or series you are looking for?
Sometimes the broadcaster can help you but it depends on what you are looking for.
If it is stuff about Germany, you might want to check out DW TV as well, DW TV is also available in US cable networks - as far as I know.

Posted by Lee on 03.08.06 - 22:37:04

Thanks again, Arne.There are a lot of Spanish-language channels here and TV5 from Paris, but nothing I can find in German. I'll let you know what I find out.In case I lose this address you can also write me at

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