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Big Screen EPG for Windows 7 – Public Beta Program Now Open

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The ‘private beta’ program for Big Screen EPG (which was Invite/Application only) – has now been opened up for public consumption. This means you can now sign yourself up without having to send me an email (and then patiently waiting for me to flick the switches so for you).  Please see below for some step-by-step instructions on how to join.

The version available for download via the beta is v0.3H (released on April 2nd 2009) – and has been given a good workout by several hundred users around the globe.  The v0.3H beta release is hard wired to expire on July 1, 2009 – however new updates will be made available via the program before then (that will extend the trial to a much later date). 

The main reason for the hard coded expiry dates is that like Windows 7 itself – this program is still a ‘work in progress’ – and critical updates may still be required to address issues with current/future Windows 7 beta versions. I’m also still making a lot of changes to the product itself – such as substantially enhancing the backend (stats submissions and other future goodies) – and also still need to make a nice user friendly installer (and fix other bells and whistles to make it a lot easier for less technical folk to use it). 

One other area which is currently the focus of development for the next version (v0.4?) is the ability to efficiently handle massive XMLTV feeds (such as ones for US/Canadian Users which can contain 150,000+ programs for a 7 day period). Although v0.3H can now handle these feeds – it uses a huge amount of memory (while processing your feed) – which is less than desirable.

Please Note : This product will ONLY work with Windows 7 Media Center (tested on Windows Beta 1 / build 7000  &  Windows RC / build 7100).  Vista and Vista+TVPack is not supported by this product (and it’s unlikely they will be supported in future by Big Screen EPG.)  – so apologies to the many people who have asked about these older versions of Media Center.

How to Sign up for the Big Screen EPG Public Beta

  1. Sign up for an account on bigscreenglobal.com if you don’t have one (this is completely free).
         
    visit this link for account creation >> bigscreenglobal.com Account Signup Form
  2. Once you’ve signed in – visit the ‘My Account’ page. (click the ‘account’ link on the top menu on any page of bigscreenglobal.com)
  3. Once you’re on the ‘my account’ section – click the submenu item ‘Big Screen EPG’. (see below)

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  4. While you’re not registered – you will be shown the Welcome/Join page page (see below) – click the link at the bottom to sign up.

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  5. On the sign up form (see below) – fill in the details – ensure you agree to the Terms and Conditions (by checking the ‘I Agree’ checkbox) – and click ‘Continue’ to signup.

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  6. You’ll be sent a welcome email / success page on completion – and then you will be able to access the Big Screen EPG download (and some other goodies – see next post).  The download page (see below) will then be shown to you when you click on the ‘Big Screen EPG’ link in your ‘my account’. (once you’ve registered – you won’t need to sign up each time).

          <<< Image is supposed to be here – but Windows Live Skydrive is now broken!! >> (will fix it when Microsoft fix it)…. 

That’s it – happy EPG’ing – and look out for new releases of Big Screen EPG coming (very) soon. (if you register – you’ll be notified when they come out).

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Written by mobilewares

May 13, 2009 at 2:19 am

Posted in Windows 7

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  1. Just reporting a bug in your activation program, it says "…and click ‘Next’ to continue", but there is no next, only a ‘Continue’ button. It also says "Please Click Activate to Proceed" when there is no activate button, nor is it appropriate.

    William

    June 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

  2. Hi – thanks – the UI has a few grammatical issues like this (just fixed some of these) – and I’ll try to fix all these in a future update.

    Niall

    June 16, 2009 at 2:30 am

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