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noggin13,608 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Sorry yes, I was referring to the BRT TV2 card, which I suspect was a switch at the receiver end rather than as transmitted.


Who knows. The audio being there suggests it might not be a weak signal being picked up in the absence of the BBC signal, as UK and Continental Europe used different frequencies for their audio subcarriers? (When we used to pick up Dutch and Belgian TV on the south coast it was always mute because of this)
Markymark5,717 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
It's the RBS system picking up a signal from the continent (Belgium by the looks of things), I think.


Early 90s when I made visits to The Netherlands, often the BBC 1 and 2 signals (as received from Dover) would start to degrade, owing to atmospheric conditions etc. If there was complete break up, a locally generated caption would
cut in, with the words, 'BBC gebroken', I don't know whether that automatically cut in, or an operator manually
cut it up. Overnight, after BBC 1 and 2 had closed down, there would be a local test card, with BBC Radio 2 audio.

There were (still are) of cable companies in the Benelux states, however I think they all sourced BBC 1 and 2 from the same receiving station near Zeebrugge, that received the signals from the Dover transmitter. The BBC replaced the analogue transmitters at Dover in the early 00s, (which given the push for DTT at that time was a remarkable thing to do) because its potential audience was the entire population of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, and a source of revenue.

You might say it was a waste of money, because come 2003, the BBC went FTA on D-Sat, and the Benelux cable cos all switched to receiving via satellite, (and the quality and reliability increased dramatically of course)
TIGHazard208 posts since 3 Jan 2014
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I don't think it's on YouTube but a week or two ago the ITV National News began and when the newsreader started talking his volume was down and you could hear background noise but it was quickly rectified.


Well if we're doing things that aren't actually breakdowns but mistakes, here's Fox's NFL coverage from last year, as broadcast on BBC Two during the London games, where it seems that the BBC have everything they need... Except the audio from the fibre line.