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Posted by Nick Knight (U1390196) on Friday, 13th March 2009
Is anyone else experiencing this?
In the Southampton area we don't switch over to digital for a couple of years or so, but we are losing Five towards the end of this month. Does anyone know the reason for this and do you have anything similar in other areas?
I don't mind in some ways, as the analogue picture isn't great, but I don't have a Freeview/Twin Tuner HDD recorder, which means it will be more difficult to record CSI, etc. I may end up having to watch these when they're on, which goes against my principles, as I avoid adverts like the plague!
Posted by showbizpat (U533316) on Friday, 13th March 2009
I'm guessing somewhat - but I would imagine that the new, supposedly more robust digital signals for this bit of the South Coast clash with Channel 5's analogue broadcast, which is why they're shutting it down.
I would imagine those still watching 5 on analogue round here are minimal as the signal has always been bobbins, coming as it does from a small mast at Fawley refinery, rather than Rowridge on the IOW like all other TV and most radio. I've never forgiven them for the lousy picture on England v Poland in 1997!
Or the fact that they hired Brough Scott to produce it!
Posted by JB on a slippery slope to the thin end ofdabiscuit (U13805036) on Saturday, 14th March 2009
Blame the French!
five goes out on CH35, which is being taken for one of the Digital MUXs which will move from its present channel where it can operate at present on low power, but would interfere with Frog TV once the power is turned up in 2012 if it wasn't relocated.
Posted by Pumblechook (U6852342) on Saturday, 14th March 2009
I have seen the Daily Stories about the French invading Southern Britain with TV.
Posted by Spinning_head (U10049943) on Friday, 20th March 2009
The first I heard of this was a letter, sent to people in the Southampton area, that I received on the 5th of March. I hadn't seen or heard ANYTHING about this beforehand.
At the moment I don't have didgy telly. Haven't got an external aerial. I hadn't planned to move to digital tv until later this year or perhaps some time next year.
I called DigitalUK - no use. Called Freeview - some information about notice having been given on local news bulletins and local radio. Though, I didn't see or hear any of these!
I also called the local BBC news room. They had known since late January.
What bugs me is that this must have been known ages ago.
Why keep it 'til now to tell us?!
As for me, from the 25th of March I'll have just four channels. I'm not putting myself out for the sake of Channel 5.
One benefit, I suppose, is that I won't be distracted by that ugly carbuncle in the top lefthand corner!
Posted by colonelsmudge (U13884735) on Monday, 23rd March 2009
The answer is simple if the digi signal was turned up to full power analogue would be rendered useless.
Posted by Pumblechook (U6852342) on Tuesday, 24th March 2009
The digi from many transmitters will be turned up after analogue switch-off and some frequencies changed.
Far from moaning about the problems and I am quite impressed (as an engineer who used to work on the transmitting gubbins) how it has been possible to have both systems exist side by side... a real litre is a 250 ml pot job.
Posted by JB on a slippery slope to the thin end ofdabiscuit (U13805036) on Tuesday, 24th March 2009
Sometime after midnight tonight, the Rowridge Freeview line-up will change as follows:
BBC TV: Moves from C23 to C37
Sky Etc: Moves from C26 to C34
ITV/C4: Moves from C28 to C32
5 Etc: No change, still C30
BBCi & Radio: Moves from C32 to C28
Film4 etc: No change, still C33
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