The solution isn't ideal because demands full time broadband to download the tv guide, sometimes my internet goes off,
The listings are stored locally, so you don't need a "full time" broadband connection, it just polls once a day for the listings. (This really just a general issue with sky, there's no easy way to get at the 'over the air' EPG data.)
and it uses the rf output as well!!what isn't really ideal because the quality of the signal it's worse!
It connects to the RF output of the sky box for the control mechanism, but you are still free to (and I'd recommend it) use the higher quality outputs from the sky to connect it to your PC card - svideo is usually the best option.