|EPG (Electronic Program Guide) Provider|
IceTV is an Australian company providing an independently curated Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for digital free-to-air television as well as Smart Recording Software.
IceTV offers a TiVo-like service and provides series recording, keyword recording and advanced searching for compatible devices. It is a premium, subscription based service, however almost all devices that are IceTV enabled come with free trial memberships to the service.
Founded in 2005 IceTV has been an integral EPG provider for many PVR/DVR manufacturers such as Topfield, Humax and Beyonwiz and software such as EyeTV and Windows Media Center. In April 2009, IceTV won a 3-year-long, Intellectual property case against the Australian Nine Network, Nine claimed IceTV was infringing copyright by displaying the station's shows in its electronic program guide (EPG). This case is said to be a landmark in Australian intellectual property law.
IceTV was placed into voluntary administration on 6 October 2015.
It was revived at the 11th hour, but customers who had prepaid for units lost their units, as they were left in a warehouse.
The business of IceTV Pty Ltd was purchased from the Administrator/Liquidator on 6 January 2016 and TV TV Australia Pty Limited, a company owned by founder Colin O'Brien, now trades using the name IceTV.
IceTV delivers a curated, 7 day electronic program guide (EPG) for Australian free-to-air TV, which is provided as a feed to IceTV’s compatible recording devices or to EPG aggregators for on-sale to their customers. The guide auditing system passes through a two-stage verification process. The first check is done through IceTV’s content engine software, and their dedicated content management team conducts the second stage audit. As TV programming changes occur throughout the day, updates occur in real-time to IceTV’s servers, providing users with a reliable and accurate service.
Smart Recording is an online facility, giving IceTV's customers control over series recording, keyword recording, advanced searching etc. IceTV also has an iPhone App, Android app and mobile site enabling remote recordings from iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets onto a compatible PVR/DVR, Smart TV, Windows Media Centre, Elgato EyeTV for Mac and Network Attached Storage (NAS).