Wednesday, 1 March 2006

Uninvited

Every Sunday evening I look forward to the ritual of watching Gilmore Girls (any show that uses the word eviscerate gets my vote). Upon accessing the sky+ planner menu screen, I noticed that Agatha Christie's Poirot had been added! Checking Digital Spy's sky+ forum confirmed that I wasn't the only one to have had an univited Poirot around for tea! The sheer impertinence of the man.

The above posits the question is sky 'soft testing' suggestions a la TiVo? This feature would clearly "add value" to the platform, but does raise the ethical issue of privacy. How many consumers want to have their viewing preferences tracked in this way? sky is already data mining every subscriber who has their box connected to a working telephone line (a contractual obligation for the first 12 months).

Should it ever be officially rolled out, I'd be more comfortable if this was a feature that could be turned on or off. However, I have nothing but good things to say about sky customer care. And the 6 months for 1/2 price sky movie subscription deal is sweet.

Read my earlier post on the aborted sky/TiVo joint venture.