The day for the upgrade arrives and a very nice technician calls round to Jammy Toast to install the new equipment. The only problem was that this being in the middle of a pandemic, he is not allowed inside your property; he stands outside the window, with your window wide open, and talks you through the installation of the boxes. Granny takes one look at the technician and asks him how old he is. The rather youthful-looking guy tells Granny he is thirty-nine. “Get out of here,” says Granny, “you only look about twelve!” We haven’t even started and Granny is trying to chat the technician up. To me, he was Sky Technician, but after ten minutes at Jammy Toast Granny is calling him Daniel. Old tricks die hard!
The rest of the installation went smoothly, mostly because Granny didn’t move off the couch. Fast forward a couple of weeks and Granny is telling anyone that will listen that she has now got to grips with the new boxes and it just takes a bit of time to get used to them. It is worth mentioning at this point that with Sky Q, what I record on my box, Granny can see and watch on her box and vice versa.
The other night, I sit down to watch some telly and there wasn’t that much on. I look at what we have recorded and there is an episode of ‘Would I Lie To You?’ the comedy panel show. I press play to watch it and notice that Granny is currently watching the same programme. The programme lasts about half-an-hour and Granny was half-way through it. It is worth noticing these things because if I know Granny has watched it, then once I have watched it, I know it is safe for me to delete it without upsetting Granny.
I chuckle my way through the show and when I have finished, I go to delete it. Immediately the Sky box warns me that Granny is currently watching the programme. I am puzzled. How can Granny still be watching the show if I have watched it in its entirety and she had a fifteen-minute head start on me. I wander through to ask Granny what is occurring and does she need any help with her box. “Do I look stupid?” Granny replies while Mena has collapsed on the floor in a heap, spilling the beans that Granny has had a catastrophe.
Granny has this habit of holding down buttons you are meant to press and release and pressing and releasing buttons you are meant to hold down… or even completely pressing the wrong button because someone has sneakily moved its location when she wasn’t looking. This time she has pressed the TV Source button on the remote and changed the source from Sky to AD. The screen goes blank and she can’t find the source button again to change the setting back to Sky.
Twenty minutes later Granny and Mena decide the only thing left to do – having pressed just about every button on the remote – is to turn the whole thing off and back on again. This restores everything back to the way it was and they start watching the programme from the beginning again because Granny deems it too dangerous to fast-forward to the point she was at before.
This explains why my viewing of the programme had overtaken her viewing.
Next Granny tells me that her box won’t let her delete programmes once she has watched them. She must wait half-an-hour before they will delete. I explain that when she records a programme, the recording starts five minutes before the show starts and ends five minutes after the show finishes. This is a precaution in case the programme starts late or early so you don’t miss the beginning or end of your programme. When the programme finishes you must stop the play-back before you can delete it.
“But the programme had finished, there was just adverts on,” Granny explains.
I tell her that the adverts she is seeing are part of the recording and not from live TV which is why she can’t delete the recording – it is still playing. I can see that one is going to take a little time before Granny gets the hang of it!
I wonder if NASA wants a hand with all these Mars missions they are undertaking right now?
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