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    Posted by twinklelibran (U2570877) on Sunday, 24th May 2009

    I switched on the TV one morning and found I couldn`t get BBC2 or Itv Silly me did not realise it had been switched off ..Any way we have a Freeview box so my daughter came over and scanned my channels. All back to normal. Anyone else had a problem. This is what becomes of getting old. Hey Ho.

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    Posted by z (U9984902) on Sunday, 24th May 2009

    It's nothing to do with getting old. It is just that the world is mad.

    We had Penelope Keith and Peter Snow talking down to us as though we were three year olds, for several years, about how inordinately difficult it is to buy a freeview box for twenty quid and plug it in......then nothing....then they go and switch off the transmitter without telling anyone.smiley - laugh

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    Posted by GaryB007 (U3895241) on Sunday, 24th May 2009

    The analogue signals have captions on them for several weeks before switch over informing viewers what's happening. There's also local publicity.

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    Posted by proust1922 (U11031918) on Sunday, 24th May 2009

    Give over, you two - Z and twinkliebran! Nothing madder about the modern world than any other era. You've enjoyed steam, coal, electricity and Dan Dare in space. Send for Pickfords and turn yourselves toward the wonders of the digital age.

    Campaigns have been raging for four years warning of DSO between 2008 and 2012, Digital Switch Over to pedants. All over the web and the Beeb and in shops. How much hand-holding do you want? Anybody who whinges now has simply been an ostrich.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Sunday, 24th May 2009

    The older generation (in which at 60 I include myself) must have been through the transition from 405 to 625 lines in the early 60s. If anything the digital changeover is much easier as it is happening over a longer period.

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Sunday, 24th May 2009

    They didn't turn 405 off until the 80's, and 625 arrived in the 60's.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Sunday, 24th May 2009

    I stand corrected but having been through one big change the next one has to be a doddle.

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    Posted by Numpty (U7034612) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    Not to mention, compressed-to-kingdom-come digital channels + LCD TVs = much poorer picture than analogue + CRT. Haven't seen any SD Freeview channels on any TV that look as good as analogue on my 10-year-old Black Diamond...

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    Posted by Blondeandbubbly (U5474790) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    I switched on the TV one morning and found I couldn`t get BBC2 or Itv Silly me did not realise it had been switched off ..Any way we have a Freeview box so my daughter came over and scanned my channels. All back to normal. 

    Have you not had a booklet delivered, which explains it all?
    You'll probably find you have to scan again before the change is complete.
    I find it pays to do an autoscan every couple of months anyway, to keep up with the channel changes.

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    "Have you not had a booklet delivered, which explains it all? "

    We've had a swine flu booklet but nothing on Digital smiley - erm

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    Apart from Digital teletext being slow I wish they would make their mind up on which button to press for it, on BBC you press the RED button but on ITV you press TEXT, assuming you don't have freesat because then you have to go to another channel and have no video or sound while you view text smiley - erm

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    Posted by GrannyB (U2261765) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    We've got a caravan in Paignton and Torbay went digital in April. Every time we go down to the caravan we have to re-tune either the TV or the digital recorder. Watching TV last night, the picture went all fragmented and occasionally there is loss of sound - most annoying when you think that that is what we all might have to put up with eventually. Hopefully the signal strength will be increased and we won't get any problems.

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    Posted by wizlet (U8609456) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    I switched on the TV one morning and found I couldn`t get BBC2 or Itv Silly me did not realise it had been switched off ..Any way we have a Freeview box so my daughter came over and scanned my channels. All back to normal. Anyone else had a problem. This is what becomes of getting old. Hey Ho.  

    We lost BBC2 and ITV1 twice (I think it was Friday), but they did come back. We have cable digital: I think there was a transmission problem (nothing new of course).

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    Posted by U1158320 (U1158320) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    Digital TV - it's great... not: www.youtube.com/watc...

    Such progress for Whitehaven(!)

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    We've had a swine flu booklet but nothing on Digital 

    I haven't had that booklet yet, could be dead by now....regarding digital my are is one of the last to go, so not expecting that until 2012 at least 12 months after we have switched over if the other government leaflet is anything to go by.

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    Posted by z (U9984902) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    I haven't had that booklet yet, could be dead by now....regarding digital my are is one of the last to go, so not expecting that until 2012 at least 12 months after we have switched over if the other government leaflet is anything to go by. 

    I found the swine flu booklet invaluable for tuning in freeview.

    We were told that it is impossible to get freeview round our way so I went out to buy a receiver anyway, and twenty quid and five minutes fiddling around later it was coming in wall to wall. That was with the old aerial tied to a photographic tripod on the ground floor of the house and pointing straight into a rather large laurel bush.

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    Posted by Smilie Minogue (U8747614) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    Here's a couple of threads from the old Digital board, that people may find helpful.

    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

    smiley - smiley

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    Posted by Drsdaughter (U12521046) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    I would buy a back up digibox if you have lost analogue signals . My not-so-long-lived digibox died yesterday. Iknow that it was not expensive but the thing is that I did buy another to use if my main box failed. There were no indications that the box would fail. At least I can get analogue signals but it is something for all digital viewers to think about.

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    Posted by showbizpat (U533316) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    Don't understand those who say it's more difficult to read the headlines on digital text than Ceefax liek Doc Martin. Ceefax, like BBC text assumes you're on a BBC channel. Press text - select pg 101 - same as. To be fair - there's one more button push on digital in that you have to press 'select' as well - but if that's your major gripe you prbably need to reassess your priorties!

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    Posted by groovyoldwoman (U1679885) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    I won't get freeview on my telly in the kitchen now until the autumn when the leaves have dropped from the trees!

    We get terrible reception here in the south east. Even with signal boosters it comes and goes.

    And we don't even get channel five on analogue.

    And yes, I used to live in a rolled up newspaper int'middle of motorway...

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    Posted by U1158320 (U1158320) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    Message posted by showbizpat
    Don't understand those who say it's more difficult to read the headlines on digital text than Ceefax liek Doc Martin. Ceefax, like BBC text assumes you're on a BBC channel. Press text - select pg 101 - same as. To be fair - there's one more button push on digital in that you have to press 'select' as well - but if that's your major gripe you prbably need to reassess your priorties! 


    When I just want to check the headlines it's a spur of the moment thing. The digibox is usually set up to a channel from which I'll record later, so I don't want to start going into that and chance messing it up. Plus, last time I tried it, I got the single page of Ceefax news spread over THREE pages of digital text because the rest of the screen was taken up with unnecessary stuff such as the menu and the programme I wasn't watching.

    They should think "KISS", ie. Keep It Simple, Stupid.

    But no, they fanny around and stuff it up and not everything is where you expect it. It would've been possible to allow analogue signals via a Freeview box but they didn't go for that, which is why we've got the crap that we have.

    Also, other countries have DAB+, while we just have old-style DAB. This is such a backward country, it's incredible.

    About priorities, why make something up and them assume it's what I was on about when it wasn't?

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    Posted by Shaky Fan (U839944) on Monday, 25th May 2009

    I bought a freeview box a couple of years ago but the fact that the ITV and Channel 4 stations (and associated) are impossible to get means I'm sticking with annolugue for now!

    Also anyone with an RTE aeriel (enabling them to get the Irish TV stations) has to keep switching back to analogue to watch them.

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    Posted by twinklelibran (U2570877) on Tuesday, 26th May 2009

    At the moment we seem to be getting
    good pictures from our freeview box just hope it continues. My daughter scanned the channels and they are now set up.

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    Posted by JanetDoe (U10211737) on Tuesday, 26th May 2009

    Those of us on the the south coast (Rowridge Transmitter) had to do a digital retune on 25th March because the French were going digital and the channel 5 analogue Fawley ransmitter (that most of us couldn't get a signal from anyway) was being switched off and, of course, we mustn't interfere with or upset anything the French do.

    Before then (since Freeview started) we had a digital signal strength of 8, 9 or 10 on all digital channels. Since the retune we're getting 2 and 3 on some channels a lot of the time and lose all signals on all channels for about 50% of each 24 hour period. The whole area around here is getting carp signals or no signal for a lot of the time.

    Just had a long, pointless conversation with Digital UK, who couldn't see that, if our aerial is the correct one, checked by a reputable aerial fitter, and we could get a good signal before the retune, then they must have reduced the signal strength at the time of the retune. All the "helpline" could say was that we go digital completely in March 2012 when we will get 25 TV chanels - the staff obviously have a list of things to say and are incapable of individual thought. Basically they are only there to tell you how to do a retune. The analogue signal on BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 is also fuzzier than it was before the digital retune, which indicates to me that there's a reduced signal strength on analogue as well.

    In the end I was given the number of Freeview to ring, who wanted to know why Digital UK had told me to ring them, when they only have general information on the Freeview services available, and said I should ring Digital UK! smiley - steam smiley - grr

    We recorded "Night in the Museum", and half of the recording was a blank screen with a "no signal message". Had to stop my husband from throwing the set out of the window.

    Sorry to go on, but to us Freeview is a complete con.

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    Posted by Peter de Meteor (U4368163) on Tuesday, 26th May 2009

    We've had a swine flu booklet 

    The man sneezing on the front of the booklet looks like Bez (out of 'The Happy Mondays').

    . . . From The Asteroid Belt, Peter de Meteorsmiley - star

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) on Tuesday, 26th May 2009

    I wonder if my swine flu leafelt will have come today? smiley - erm

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