Electronic program guide Ice TV has published a listing of the most popular programs recorded by users of its service in 2008. What’s interesting about the list is how little resemblance it bears to overall TV ratings: for instance, Australia’s top-rated new local drama Packed To The Rafters is nowhere in sight. On the other hand, niche programs like Top Gear (UK and local) and Mythbusters are very much in evidence. The obvious conclusion? Despite their immense usefulness, EPG-based services are still very far from mainstream – perhaps because they’re still too fiddly to use.