TV guides are going to be an increasingly important part of the media scene.
When you go on holiday you actually might want to record TV programmes for when you return but that is really just the tip of the iceberg…
TV listings are now so complex that we need something that is driven by our personal tastes and what we can access (by geographic limitations and what we’ve paid for) – this then needs to drive our recording/storage device- so it could go and burrow away on the Internet access BT Vision (or Itunes for example) and any other subscription services that are available. For me I’d want it to drive my Satellite receiver/positioner (for the satellites I can view and the services that are FTA) and digital terrestrial.
Do you want to keep a watch on certain topics on YouTube and the iplayer too?
Do the services have subtitles – is it a service that updates if programme times need to be adjusted due to late running live events?
Once programmes have been captured you then want to know what you have available for your 'a la carte' viewing.
So are we anywhere near this solution? Probably not but I think there are some projects that are addressing this
For example (let me know if you have more details)
European TV Listings