[Wiltshire] Mythtv and DVB-C with NTL / Virgin / UK Cable

John Larkworthy john_larkworthy at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Feb 24 12:01:40 GMT 2008


It is worth remembering that Swindon Cable was one of
the first in the country because Swindon sits between
3 TV transmitters and gets a poor signal from all of
Swindon Cable was started by putting a decent High
Gain aerial on a local high spot and using the good
signal to provide an Analogue cable signal to
subscribing homes. It was partially owned by the GPO
then BT. BT were forced to divest themselves of TV
content provision and sold it off. It ultimately
became part of Virgin Media Group. 
I live in Old Town and have used Freeview successfully
but when NTL offered a good deal on Cable, Broadband
and Telephone we dropped it. We needed a booster
amplifier and it was still a bit hit and miss. I think
we were receiving signals from Oxford transmitter but
I am not sure. I do however remember receiving Channel
4 and 5 OK. When we were deciding if we should invest
in a Freeview box we I looked at several sites and it
seemed unclear what would be available: One said no
Freeview, One said some channels ultimately it came
down to try it and find out. 


--- Robert <RobertCL at iname.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 2008-02-23 at 12:17 +0000, Andrew Meredith
> wrote:
> > Robert wrote:
> > > 
> > > No.  And yes I've tried.
> > 
> > Wow .. I'd have thought Swindon would have been
> way further up the list 
> > than that !!
> Sadly not.  Swindon seems to be last on the list for
> most things.  I'm
> just thankful that I'm in an area that gets
> broadband!  Two people at
> work recently moved to North Swindon to find that
> there was no broadband
> there in the _newly built_ area!  I think they have
> got it now, but it's
> crazy really.
> > > According to freeview.co.uk, some channels are
> available, but not C4 or 
> > > Five or the ITV channels.  At least not until
> switchover in 2010.
> > 
> > So all the ones we were discussing earlier. Sounds
> like it isn't worth 
> > trying for anyway.
> > 
> I'll give freeview a miss for now I think.  I might
> have another go with
> the ariel in the loft, but it sounds like I'd need a
> big pole on top of
> the house, and I'd have to get someone else to
> install that, which
> wouldn't be cheap.  I get most channels that I want,
> just not in great
> quality!  Hopefully the freesat offering will
> eventually bring C4, Five,
> and some others to FTA satellite.
> I might investigate the cable route at some point as
> well.
> Robert.
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