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Blimey, digital tv is confusing - dorsetgirl
June 12th, 2012
12:37 pm
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Blimey, digital tv is confusing
OH has been panicking for a few weeks about the fact that we will lose the rest of the analogue signal tomorrow (we lost BBC2 last week). I don't often get a chance to watch so I'm really not that bothered, and we've had some nasty arguments about how much it's worth spending on a new tv. He, obviously enough, wants a BIG one, with HD, Sky, 3D, you name it. All I want is wireless headphones (for him, so we don't have to listen to his choice of boring programmes) and to watch the occasional programme of my choice, at the volume of my choice.

Anyway, on Sunday I suggested that a cheap short-term fix would be to buy a FreeView digibox. So he duly went off to Maplins and came home with one, which had cost about £30. We watched BBC1 and BBC2 on a slightly iffy picture for about half an hour, at which point the picture disintegrated completely and the signal then failed. We couldn't get anything else for the rest of the evening, and I found a website that said that at this stage we can only get BBC1 and BBC2 on digital, and we'll get the rest tomorrow. Fair enough.

This morning OH asked me to phone the digital helpline and ask them what was going on. I argued that we might as well wait till switchover tomorrow, but he insisted. (As I'm at home I tend to get given these jobs while he's out Earning The Money). So I switched it all on again prior to making the phone call, and they're all there! BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channels 4 & 5; I even looked in the Radio Times for other channel numbers and - for the first time in my life - watched Dave and the BBC News channel. All of this on the day before these things are supposed to be available. *iz confuzed*

Of course, they'll probably all disappear tomorrow, never to be heard of again. We shall see.

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Date:June 12th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
I think we were about the first to be Turned Off, and it was well ropey for quite a while - signal dropping out, pixelated etc - but it's settled down now, so hopefully yours'll work from the off!
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Date:June 12th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
That's good to hear; I demo'd the whole thing to OH at about 6pm - loads of channels - then at about 8pm he sat down to watch something he'd picked out from the pages we've never read before. Oh dear. Everything unwatchable except Beeb1&2.

Ah well, we shall see what happens tomorrow.
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