[Gllug] Freeview

Chris Bell chrisbell at overview.demon.co.uk
Wed Jun 13 07:02:44 UTC 2007

On Tue 12 Jun, Tethys wrote:
> --------
> Chris Bell writes:
> >   I have found that the technical quality achieved here by Freeview is
> >superior to that from analogue TV, more than can be said about much of the
> >content.
> Really? I've found precisely the opposite. Analogue TV isn't perfect,
> but it does at least degrade gracefully. Digital TV is fine when it
> works, but I just can't live with the constant screen freezes and
> sound dropouts. In poor weather, the freeview channels are literally
> non-existent, while the analogue channels are still watchable, albeit
> with some degredation in sound and picture quality. Yes, I'm in a poor
> reception area (I can't get Channel 5 at all, for example, on either
> analogue or digital), and I suspect things may be different elsewhere.
> But I'm dreading the day when they turn off analogue transmissions.
> I'm afraid that for me, digital TV has a long way to go before it's
> ready for prime time. Sadly, I suspect it'll never get there :-(
> Tet

   I do have an outside aerial and an aerial distribution amplifier, and I
can view both analogue and Freeview. Inside aerials are very unlikely to
   I did not expect Freeview to work at all. The aerial is on the wrong side
of a hill, and aims straight along the A40 Western Avenue, so it receives
both fixed and multiple moving multipath reflections. Channel 5 is very poor
and covered in patterning, but Freeview is alost perfect on all channels,
although the radio channels sometimes drop out and do not reappear until I
reselect the channels.

Chris Bell

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