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Bonecruncher BS: All TV Hi Def (44) RE: BS: All TV Hi Def 08 Jan 08

Here in UK we are "going digital", the transmissions being phased in with different areas over about four years.

Certainly the existing analogue aerial will also receive digital signals. A set-top box (aka digibox), about 250mm x 150mm x 50mm, needs to be inserted into the cabling between the ariel and the TV. Any old TV will then be able to be used. The layout most people use is aerial-digibox-VCR/DVD recorder-TV.
However, most DVD recorders seem to record only the channel one is watching, unless one purchases what they call a "two-channel" recorder at an extraordinarily high price. The two-channel recorder will allow you to watch one programme while recording another, which is the reason for which most people own a VCR or DVD recorder.

Otherwise, the UK seems to have changed from a perfectly adequate system to one with built-in problems and little benefit to the public, other than to lumber us with excessive cost for conversion. The UK government does not give any form of voucher to help defray the cost to individuals.

Other than a few additional channels which in the main show nothing but repeats, the service is highly subject to electrical interference from outside. the picture break-up is appalling, rendering much of the reception unwatchable. When the picture can be watched it is very annoying as lip-synchronisation is non-existent. It is as bad as watching an old black-and-white film over which the voices have been poorly dubbed.

On top of this we still have to pay a compulsory licence fee of over 100 ($200) for a poorer service.


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