tvMax TV and Broadband Service Explored
This page takes a look at tvMax, from the Internet Service Provider Namesco. tvMax is no longer available, but this page offers a look back at the service.
What was tvMax:
Broadband webhosting firm Namesco launched their tvMax service in April 2006 – this is a TV-over-Broadband service.
They’re offering the NetGem iPlayer 6640 set-top box that’s capable of receiving the 50 Freeview TV and radio channels, and has a built-in PVR disk recorder. They’re using set-top box hardware from French manufacturer NetGem (makers of the top-notch iPlayer+).
MaxTV will also offer a “catch up TV” service, as well as access to over 30,000 podcasts.
|Service ceased in 2007 – In September 07, it was reported that tvMax is no longer in operation. It vanished from Namesco’s site, and we started to hear rumours that Namesco had abandoned the service.|
Alternatives to tvMax?
Consider the combined Freeview / hard-disk recorder / on-demand TV service from YouView from BT.
What did tvMax offer?
Here’s our summary of the features offered by the service:
- Access up to 50 Freeview TV and radio channels with the set-top box
- PVR (Digital Recorder) that records up to 30 hours of TV (30 gig hard drive)
- Pause & Rewind TV
- 8-Day Electronic Programme Guide
- Broadband access – Speeds up to 8Mbps (Ethernet socket)
- tvMax services. Internet Access, Email and more…
- Access to over 30,000 podcasts (internet radio shows)
The HomeMax Broadband service cost £19.95 a month and the tvMax service was an extra £9.99 a month
iPlayer 6640 box specification:
- Hard-disk: 30 Gig
- EPG: 8 days
- Input: Ethernet socket for Broadband connectivity
- Output: 2 SCART sockets, RF in and out, USB, optical audio out
- Internet TV Services – A list of other TV-over-Internet services