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The beta period for the Windows 7 version of IceTV's software didn't last too long: less than a month after announcing it, the app has now gone on general release.
Windows 7's long incubation period and firm roots in Windows Vista meant that it hasn't been marked with quite the glut of "now ready for the new OS" application releases we've seen with previous Windows upgrades. One exception is EPG provider IceTV, which has just rolled out a beta version of its programming software.
IceTV has updated its Yahoo Widget, which lets you update recording schedules from your PC. New features in the latest release, which mirrors settings in the general web client, including setting recording quality and dodging repeats.
Electronic program guide provider IceTV has expanded its listings to include regional Victoria. Us urban slickers often forget that programming on regional networks like Prime and NBN, while similar to capital city stations, isn't identical, so this is a welcome development (though a national and free EPG would still be more welcome). IceTV already covers regional Queensland, so hopefully expansion for other areas (rural NSW being the most populous example) will be forthcoming.
Electronic program guide IceTV has added a keyword recording feature, so you can grab every broadcast featuring your favourite actor, host or sport. Of course, choosing a search term like 'cricket' could fill your hard drive pretty quickly over summer; there's also a 'keyword favourites' option so you can be alerted to shows of potential interest without automatically setting them to record. Between this and the RSS feeds, there's really not much excuse for missing a show if you've paid up for the service. IceTV
Electronic program guide provider IceTV has embraced RSS in a big way, allowing subscribers to view their upcoming schedule via their preferred RSS reader. You can also save searches (either across the whole guide or within your upcoming shows list) as an RSS feed, useful if you want reminders for irregularly scheduled shows. If you want to access your IceTV on the go, check out its previously mentioned iPhone application.
In the absence of a proper free electronic program guide, subscription EPG IceTV has long been the best choice for people who want a proper, easy-to-program guide for their personal video recorder and don't plan to purchase a Foxtel IQ box (or more recently, a Tivo). As Nick over at Gizmodo notes, IceTV has now rolled out a free iPhone application which lets you use your cherished Apple phone to program your IceTV device remotely. Even non-account holders can use it for checking today's TV guide (though there's plenty of other sites that'll give you that feature). The application is free for iPhone 2.0 users.