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Has Freeview finally got itself up to spped with today's launch of free Film on Four.

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Message 1 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, Jul 23, 2006

For the 20 price of a 'set top box' we have dozens of excellent free channels (and half a dozen dreadful ones) but today's addition of half a dozen great films a week highlights how far digital TV has come.Surely no one wants to preserve analogue?
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Message 2 - posted by Susie, Jul 23, 2006

For the 20 price of a 'set top box' we have dozens of excellent free channels (and half a dozen dreadful ones) but today's addition of half a dozen great films a week highlights how far digital TV has come.Surely no one wants to preserve analogue?

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Thats fine if you can get Freeview from a box. I live in an area where I am going to have to pay for a freeview ariel which works out rather expensive for me. In the meantime I have only analogue and no other choice.
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Message 3 - posted by U2487692, Jul 23, 2006

Pity. How much have you tried with different methods? I've got one which works with a Maplins portable aeriel and booster together costing less than 30.
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Message 4 - posted by John of Paddington, Jul 23, 2006

Delboy, Are you paid to say such CR@P. One the film are so old they get a free TV licence, and two what the good is 'Freeview' when you are, like much of Devon, in a non digital area. I want to know if I, like many others, will get free satelite when they turn the present broadcast off, I refuse to pay Blairs mate Murdoch any money.
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Message 5 - posted by Susie, Jul 23, 2006

Pity. How much have you tried with different methods? I've got one which works with a Maplins portable aeriel and booster together costing less than 30.

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I have tried a booster ariel and the result was intermittant. Sometimes getting up to 4 or 5 channels (hurray!) but most of the time just a fuzz....apparently I live in a dip. <doh>
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Message 6 - posted by U2487692, Jul 23, 2006

They say that you can't be positive about anybody or anything.

You need to be put to the test on your silly assertions every time.

Exactly which bits of Devon can't already get Freeview. I heard a few weeks ago that the service was available to all but a few hunderd devon subscribers and that very few need new ariels. Currys and the like are selling thousands of freeview boxes a week locally.
Delboy, Are you paid to say such CR@P. One the film are so old they get a free TV licence, and two what the good is 'Freeview' when you are, like much of Devon, in a non digital area. I want to know if I, like many others, will get free satelite when they turn the present broadcast off, I refuse to pay Blairs mate Murdoch any money.

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Message 7 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, Jul 23, 2006

Apparently several bits of Torquay won't get it until the day thet turn off analogue and fire up the digital ones.Sooner the better for them.
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Message 8 - posted by Kim, Jul 23, 2006

We can't get freeview in Peverell, which is central Plymouth
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Message 9 - posted by crunchynutcornflake, Jul 23, 2006

I feel sorry for a vast swathe of the population of Northern Scotland. They still can't get ANALOGUE..Let alone digital!
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Message 10 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, Jul 23, 2006

Peverell? Central Plymouth? We live in the Mannamead suburb and you're way north of us.
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Message 11 - posted by Kim, Jul 24, 2006

What!!?

Peverell? Central Plymouth? We live in the Mannamead suburb and you're way north of us.

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I know you haven't lived in PLymouth long but Peverell is southwest of Mannamead, encompasses the northern section of Central Park and is a 15 minute walk from the town centre!

To return to the main topic, we can't get freeview in this part of central Plymouth.
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Message 12 - posted by skipster2k2, Jul 24, 2006

I live in Millbridge very central! And I cant get freeview, gave up and got the 3 for 30 package from telewest.
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Message 13 - posted by John of Paddington, Jul 24, 2006

If people can not receive the digital broadcast why the frantic hurry to shut down the analog, unless Blair is going to make money out of it. He has had his fingers burnt selling honours, maybe he thinks he can make up the party deficiet by sellin Wavelegnths to Mr Murdoch.
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Message 14 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Jul 25, 2006

In a lot of areas like my son's coastal address digital can only be turned on at the time analogue is switched off. The reason is often because there is a temporary clash with continental systems. Given how dirt cheap the equipment is it would be better if the switch was made this side of Xmas rather than in a few years.It also seems likely that with even cheaper and often free broadband those very unlucky members of the tiny minority who may never get freeview and don't want to pay 60 odd to get free satelite, will be able to view online.
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Message 15 - posted by BoiledBunny, Jul 26, 2006

The driver behind the move to digital TV is for the Treasury to make money by selling off the radio spectrum vacated by switching off the analogue TV signals. The Treasury made 22 Billion, when the mobile phone companies over paid at auction for the radio spectrum for their third generation (3G) mobile phone services.

The Govt. bang on about power consumption and the environment but they seem to completely ignore the extra power that digital set top boxes will consume.
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Message 16 - posted by U4623931, Jul 26, 2006

funny you should say that about the goverment going on about power when I finish work somtimes quite late i notice in the town hall all the lights are left on and also in the main centre job centre they must have money to burn
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Message 17 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, Jul 26, 2006

I accept that there are problems and the government is selling off analogue but the range of free good programming makes it easily worth the bother.
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Message 18 - posted by John of Paddington, Jul 26, 2006

Deli, if this Government told you it was a good idea to try to fly from Beechy head you'd be thick enough to try it. Open your eyes, they are conning you again. They are shport of money, soi you will have to buy new gear so they can sell the airwaves. WHY?
I accept that there are problems and the government is selling off analogue but the range of free good programming makes it easily worth the bother.

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Message 19 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Aug 3, 2006

Even better now Film 4 is on it free.
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Message 20 - posted by MilbridgeMan, Nov 30, 2006

Why do people think that the Government are going to be selling analogue? Its being switched off not sold!! I see John has made some silly comments again, if Mr Blair is standing down early next year how is he going to profit??

Freeview, digital TV and the like are the future. Lets get on and embrace the change. For anyone who can't get it now, they should when the signal is boosted over the next few years. Lets get on and do this, lets be in the forefront of digital TV, unlike most countries around the world.
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