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Community Level 5EnglishPat...

EnglishPatient

The Latest Videos All Day Every Day

AdvantagesIf it's new or recent, it'll be on at some point. No presenters waffling on. 24-hour format.

Disadvantages60p call charge to vote is best avoided. No classic videos from the past. Rather mainstream and chart-orientated.

"The wonders of digital television. Not so long ago, promotional music videos were on the verge of beocming obselete, as the 90s penchant for "live" TV performances squeezed out their opportunities for exposure. The ITV Chart Show, for a whole decade the main source of airtime for the music video, was the major casualty. However, two recent developments have helped to return the form to prominence. The Home Computing explosion has led to many CD ..." Read review
25.03.2001

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Community Level 2nadams

nadams

Music Videos YOU CONTROL - The Box

AdvantagesGreat music, few adverts

DisadvantagesCostly phone charges

"...of music channels available, however the new trend is moving towards viewer-controlled music channels, one of the earliest being The Box (channel 449, Sky Digital). These channels simply involve viewers phoning up a specific number (usually a premium rate phone number), then entering the specific number for the music video they wish to see, using the phone keypad. These most popular music video numbers are displayed on-screen, whilst all numbers ..." Read review
12.07.2001

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Community Level 3tommy7

tommy7

Too repetitive

AdvantagesPlays a lot og good pop music

DisadvantagesVery limited play list

"The Box can be a great music channel or it can be very ordinary. I think it really depends what is in the charts. As their play list is very limited they are forced to offer the most recent releases with few older records on offer. Indeed the older records are almost exclusive to the current flavour of the month. For example Westlife and Backstreet Boys feature quite heavily; not exactly bands you think of when it comes to older classics! Having ..." Read review
13.04.2001

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Community Level 2bootylicious

bootylicious

It is expensive music

Advantages24 hours a day, top 40 music

Disadvantagestoo many adverts, no presenters, need a wider variety

"...suit everyone’s taste. I noticed the box, their tagline was ‘music television you control’ and I thought that sounds really good, because you just phone in and vote for the song you want to hear and they do have quite a selection, which is really good. All you do is remember the three digit number of the song you want to hear, then phone a special phone number and request the song using the number, easy. The channel is on 24/7 ..." Read review
21.08.2001

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Community Level 5daseaford

daseaford

Not enough music.

AdvantagesGood music.

DisadvantagesNot enough music.

"...leave from work and during the day I have often had the television channel The Box on in the background. I have always thought of this as a non-stop music channel, but what I have now realised is just how much of the time there just is no music. Between the videos there are commercials and promotions for the station, but also there are quite a number of other features on the channel. I suppose if you are sitting down and watching the TV then some ..." Read review
10.08.2001

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Smash Hits You Control

AdvantagesThe ability to choose music you want to watch - no radio playlist

DisadvantagesExpensive to call

"The Box was the first interactive jukebox channel aimed at the UK, playing the freshest new music, and some old firm favourits, its the only EMAP channel avaliable on all platforms (Except ITVDigital) Whether you like rap, hip-hop, pop music or even rock you will find it all on this channel. Last year the channel upgraded to a new viewing system which improved the channel no end, whereas previously adverts used to be in nearly every song, ..." Read review
21.07.2001

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Community Level 4jamespugh

jamespugh

IT'S TOTALLY INTERACTIVE, HONEST

AdvantagesGood allround music

DisadvantagesDefinatly not what is advertised

"The box is a one of many Music television channels on SKY Digital television, and you have to say it’s far from the best. I have had experience of ‘The Box’ TV channel since I had SKY 2 years ago; it was the music area of the channels that I first turned to. To tell you the truth the box was not the fist on my list, proving my point; it’s no the best available. MTV is the widely popular and almost fashionable alternative, ..." Read review
22.08.2001

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Community Level 2leeanne

leeanne

When does my video get played

Advantagesgood music

Disadvantagesdon't bother to phone one in yourself

"...There are small breaks during the videos, but are mostly music - related anyway. You can find this channel on Sky Digital 449. It is a good channel. All the new videos go here really quickly, and older music gets played as well. Not too old though - perhaps anything above a year old. I like to have a channel like this on when i'm on the computer. I don't know what song is coming next, but I suppose that could be a bad thing. I like a lot of different ..." Read review
23.06.2001

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Community Level 3bigkenny

bigkenny

Boxing Clever or a Serious Rip Off

AdvantagesBritney is always worth a look

DisadvantagesBasically most music they play sucks

"...long as I can remember. The thing is the radio station you call will not charge you 60p per minute to call and order a song. OK I can hear you all screaming that the point is that you get to watch the video too. Well do you really? I rang up once. It was because I was staying at my parent’s house for the weekend and I thought that I would use their phone bill. 'Oh no he never asked the bill payers permission.' I hear you squawk rather predictably, ..." Read review
28.04.2001

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Community Level 2messsingh

messsingh

The Box Music Television I don't control

AdvantagesSometimes there are good videos like Eminem's Stan (good in my opinion!)

DisadvantagesSongs are overplayed and mainly pop.

"The Box, music televsion I don't control! If you are a pop fan who likes overplayed songs, then this channel is for you! At times, there is a short period of music that I am interested in (hip-hop ie Eminem, garage, r&b), and I happily watch it. However, most of the time the box is full of manufactured groups with awful, tacky songs such as Girls At Play- Airhead. The problem is, the public control it. So such songs are constantly on. They are completely ..." Read review
25.01.2001

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Community Level 4mokee

mokee

Box Clever

AdvantagesGreat channel if you like boy bands

DisadvantagesIt takes forever for your video to be shown

"For anybody who isn't aware, The Box is a TV channel available on cable and satellite where viewers get to choose which videos are shown by telephoning a premium rate number and keying in a three digit code for the video of their choice. I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of this channel, simply because I've been foolish enough to order a video once before, and then had to wait over eight hours to see it get played, EIGHT HOURS!!! It wasn't ..." Read review
31.12.2000

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Community Level 2stereoman

stereoman

What's with the frequency, Kenneth?

AdvantagesThey'll occasionally show a Britney Spears video....

Disadvantagesunder what can only be assumed as a ton of Vaseline on the Tv screen.

"...frequency and just hoped for the best (and it is really does appear as though they've smothered our TV screens with Vaseline). And the results are visible and not remotely risible. How dare they continue to operate in such a way. It is reliant on people who want to see a particular video and have them ring in to see it. They always promote bands that companies have given them charge to do, such as S Club 7 (notice the extra trail at the end of S Club ..." Read review
25.07.2000

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Community Level 4Iva_Biggin

Iva_Biggin

A Different Class

Advantagesits the best around

Disadvantagesit may not suit somepeoples style of music

"The Box is an interactive music channel where you choose the video you want to see by checking the selection number on screen or on teletext then ringing 09001 44 66 00.The only problem is the price of the call which is 60p a minute. The channel consists of the videos plus little shows which are shown in the adverts.These are as followed- Box New ------------ This is where you meet the popstars of the future in which they have an interview ..." Read review
20.08.2001

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Whats on the Box

AdvantagesGreat new music

DisadvantagesHigh cost to phone!

"The Box is a music channel available on cable and satelite where you, the viewer are supposed to choose what music videos they play. You are supposed to do this by ringing the phone number given on screen and then dialling the 3 number song code. But there is a downside. The calls cost about 60p per minute and the recorded voice on the other end speaks very slowly, therefore making your call cost a huge amount. The cost of the phone call is what ..." Read review
15.04.2001

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What a Waste of TV Space

AdvantagesSome decent videos

DisadvantagesRip-off prices, Poor Sound and Picture Quality.

"...rip-off. I mean it is terrible the way you get charged 60 pence a minute to watch a Video, that you can see on any of the numerous Music channels, free of charge. And before anyone comes back with the comment that "You get to choose the video to watch" exactly how long do you have to wait for the Video to come on as I`ve seen certain videos been chosen (by the number imputted) and it hasn't come on for about an hour, and also when you see a ..." Read review
31.12.2000

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