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A former member
May the voting begin! Very Happy
Katherine4,494 posts since 4 Aug 2001
gonna be a tough job getting some sectors of society, like the elderly for example to make the switch....... I know my grandparents are likely to be confused and a little overwhelmed by all this new technology......

I'd like to see analogue continue alongside digital, as analogue's a far more reliable way of transmitting pictures. With digital you still get blocking, sticking etc.... why is the choice of analogue being denied to the public?
Adam1,861 posts since 4 Jan 2003
If the government want all people to swtich to digital then THEY should pay for an adapter. It would also be a good idea for someone to show the elderly how to use the boxes.
roo2,258 posts since 6 Aug 2003
The future of digital does not lie within boxes, it's all TVs shipping with internal DTV that is at least comparable in features/stability to a STB.
Neil Jones6,195 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Katherine posted:
gonna be a tough job getting some sectors of society, like the elderly for example to make the switch....... I know my grandparents are likely to be confused and a little overwhelmed by all this new technology......


I think quite a few people (especially the elderly and others) would much rather go without rather than fork out 89 for a Freeview box. Think it'll take more than endless repetition of "this one-off payment gets you eight BBC Channels, etc" between programmes though.

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I'd like to see analogue continue alongside digital, as analogue's a far more reliable way of transmitting pictures. With digital you still get blocking, sticking etc.... why is the choice of analogue being denied to the public?


Because they've already decided that they want to flog parts of it off, that's why. But to whom and for what purpose remains to be seen.

As for the poll - as the Observer article says, we're not going to reach a 95% digital target by 2010 so desperate times call for desperate measures and this desperate measure is scaling back on the analogue TV output. But as I say, the so-called "refuseniks" may well be quite happy to go without since quite a few hold a view that "there's nothing decent on the five main channels so why go digital and have thirty channels only to find that there's still nothing on?"
A former member
Well i think it will happen within 5 years (which the option should have stated) BUT now with Top up tv cutting in on the DTT market - im afraid that it will put people off converting to the DTT set top box.

When the BBC launched Freeview and were selling the boxes giving free tv - with no subscirption - people took up the offer and many 100,000's if not millions of people bought a box with the knowledge that they would never have to pay a subscription. The advertising did work but now there are pay tv channels *on the freeview box* some people will now be put off from buying any firther boxes.

The BBC advertising did work very well but infact has MISLED the public.

We all know on this tv forum that the freeview brand is only the bbc and some other muxes BUT the way the bbc branded the adverts and boxes would suggest that the whole DTT box and set of channels (all muxes) were part of the Freeview package and so people were misled into buying their boxes.

I was given a full channel list of what i could recieve FREELY via my box but now some of these channels are going to make way for the PAY channels!

Therefore I have been decieved into buying my box and the channel line up that I was buying into has changed and replaced by subscription channels.

Another con job by the BBC!
A former member
Adam posted:
joeydeacon posted:

Another con job by the BBC!


Umm - the BBC are against Top-Up TV.


Why are they against it?
A former member
joeydeacon posted:
Adam posted:
joeydeacon posted:

Another con job by the BBC!


Umm - the BBC are against Top-Up TV.


Why are they against it?


They've spent the last 18 months (very successfully) promoting digital as being free.... and now someone comes along and introduces exactly the opposite
A former member
Neil Jones posted:
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I'd like to see analogue continue alongside digital, as analogue's a far more reliable way of transmitting pictures. With digital you still get blocking, sticking etc.... why is the choice of analogue being denied to the public?


Because they've already decided that they want to flog parts of it off, that's why. But to whom and for what purpose remains to be seen.


I'm a bit sceptical about this 'selling off' of analogue TV spectrum. There is no thing as analogue TV spectrum, DTT and analogue use the same frequencies. Unless they sudenly decide to move everything around after switch off or sell individual frequencies (which with UHF would be of little use) they can't really do it

As to why they can't both run together, the main advantage of digital is that it takes a lot less power to transmit. Therefore it's much more efficent
TELEVISION2,140 posts since 14 Sep 2003
Katherine posted:
gonna be a tough job getting some sectors of society, like the elderly for example to make the switch....... I know my grandparents are likely to be confused and a little overwhelmed by all this new technology......

I'd like to see analogue continue alongside digital, as analogue's a far more reliable way of transmitting pictures. With digital you still get blocking, sticking etc.... why is the choice of analogue being denied to the public?


My grandparents can't even work a video recorder, remote control, and didn't even know that there was a Channel 5. So the Government are going to have to help people alot.