Extracting the Digital
A bloggee asks : I was actually wondering whether you had a handle on the strange case of the disappearing television stations. Last week Freeview digital viewers in the area lost several stations including Channel 5 (no loss to me, but it’s the principal of the thing). Many of the remaining stations cannot now be reached because a “weak signal” notice appears. I can no longer receive BBC1/BBC2/ITV1 Scotland nor my beloved BBC4. This means I can’t watch that brilliant Gaelic language current affairs programme, Eorpa. I can still receive BBC1 and 2 North East England as well as Tyne Tees ITV and BBC3. I cannot get UKTV History, Nuts, Dave, Virgin of TFM, all of which have the occasional bizarre programme
I am not sure what part of the Borders the inquirer inhabits-I know it has a lot of mud on the roads which narrows it down nor a whit. We had confidently been expecting the disappearance of all our (four) analogue channels with THE GREAT SWITCHOVER
to Digital long promised to take place between 10 and 20 November. The Borders will be the first to turn its back on crude boring analogue and embrace the Digital Revolution. So were were loudly and frequently told and even had a 'Digital Bus' parked in Duns Market Square for a couple of days spreading the message-switch over or switch off. I had duly put our post code into the appropriate box in the Digital UK website and was warned in big red letters that we were certainly for the chop, analoguely speaking. I did wonder as we could not receive BBC Scotland (but could get ITV 1 Scotland) and were presumably on the Geordie waveband and sure enough nothing happened earlier this month-the Dog continued not to bark at night, as it were. So it appears we are not due to be switched off until next year or the year after. Our digital set also fails to pick up Scottish broadcasts thanks presumably to the aerial setting installed by the previous owners of this property.
We never could get Channel 5-not even in swinging Hutton. So nothing new there.
Ah. Stop Press.The Dog has again not barked. ITV Scotland has disappeared from the analogue.
So its into the sitting room for the Bill.
Well we were warned.
Labels: Analogue switch off, Digital in the Borders, Duns