I did promise that this post would be cheerful and in a way it is, although, in another, it's not.
Yesterday I took delivery of a Humax box. It's like having Sky+ only I don't have to give a penny to Murdoch for the pleasure of receiving Extreme Topiary Scene Investigation - Channel 248.
It took me 5mins to get it working and to programme it to record every episode of Home and Away until 2019.
I can pause live TV, rewind, fast forward, record, watch picture in picture, you name it.
It even has a button that allows you to jump 30" forward, specifically to avoid the ads... ahh shit.