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Good news for all Freeview enthusiasts! NOT.

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Good news for all Freeview enthusiasts! NOT.

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DaveyH
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Re: Good news for all Freeview enthusiasts! NOT.

A much better use of spectrum as far as I'm concerned..
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I agree. It had to happen really.
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They could free up a lot of space in the freeview MUXes if they binned the useless dating, religious and shopping channels, most of them are probably available online these days (or via a subscription-free satellite dish), and it'd save me a job going through them all on my TV and deleting them to streamline my EPG... Roll eyes
Still, won't be long before TV transmitters will just be non-functioning towers, with the way they keep selling off broadcasting space, there'll be no point in having them for TV services at all... Huh
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Ultimately there will be very little need for broadcast TV in any form as content becomes more and more available as video on demand.
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Exactly !
Instead of the last digital switchover from analogue to Freeview, the powers that be should have spent that money upgrading everyone to 21CN and FTTC with a universal broadband provision of (say) 20Mbps, and rather than consumers buying FreeView boxes there should have been an IPTV equivalent - for those without SMART TVs.
Some of that transitional cost could have been clawed back by then selling off the radio frequencies previously used for TV,  to wireless broadband operators and mobile phone companies - to improve their coverage and capacity.
If this had happened, there would be no need for the current BDUK shambles,  this country would NOW have leading broadband, television, and mobile phone services,  and we wouldn't need to keep mucking about with wireless frequencies and Freeview retunes, etc.
Universal IPTV could also transform the possibilities for collecting the annual TV license,  as (for example) it could be part of  a broadband line rental, etc.
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And then what would those poor folks out in villages without broadband do? - If we had it your way, you'd have scrapped their TV services and sent them back to the stone age.
Frankly I do find the constant retunes annoying and it's become an unreliable service but i am all in favour of TV staying as a wireless TV service.
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The re-tunes don't really bother me but why don't they plan ahead a little more and prevent them from happening so frequently Undecided
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The probably work on similar lines to utility companies digging holes in the road Lips are sealed
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And then what would those poor folks out in villages without broadband do? ...

They have sheep.  Wink
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lol
Lets take the one or two streetlamps they have too  Cheesy
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streetlamps

What are they? Wink
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Tall things with magic glowing jellybeans attached... Grin
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Donations accepted for me to buy a computer to replace the perfectly good DTV we have in the bedroom with a computer!
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It's obviously a step forward to replace broadcast DTV by unicast IP over a mixture of optical fibres in combination with old bits of copper landline.
Mobiles - who actually needs them?
Have you heard the typical quality of dialogue achieved over a mobile?  Grin