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Monday, 29 August 2011

2:12 PM

Mike Dimmick: I might pop into Tesco's in a bit and when I get to the checkout demand that they pay me to take their good from the shop. I wonder where that will get me?

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

2:38 PM

Les Nicol: This highlighs another problem, that Sky is allowed to get away with saying to the consumer:

"Free dish and box offer"

With the implication (well, contract to say) that the consumer is BUYING THE the box OUTRIGHT under a subsidy. In particular if you brake or have stolen your box you have to BUY A NEW ONE AT FULL PRICE. Also, Sky has never asked for box back.

But Sky tell the channel providers (and have gone to court with Rapture about this) that "the boxes are owned by Sky". That's how they get away with making the "per viewer" charges.

In reality, it doesn't matter for the provision of the EPG if Sky has ten or ten million boxes out there. The price of operation is FIXED and it is LOW. Sky incurs no "per user" charge for the operation of the EPG.

It is, after all, only a couple of hundred kilobytes of data broadcast on a continuous loop (as most Sky boxes have almost no RAM). The sort of thing you can do on-line at such a low marginal cost that I can't even estimate a price to do it, as it would be undistinguishable from "free".

It's a bigger con than UK SMS charges, which somehow cost more per megabyte to use than the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
4:24 PM

receiving all Free View channels but most of ITV, (not all) are pixelated? Have been for the last few days. Have done a re-installation, still got problems. Analogue all 5 channels OK

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Jim's: mapJ's Freeview map terrainJ's terrain plot wavesJ's frequency data J's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Les Nicol

6:10 PM

Les Nicol:
Briantist it seems to me that the content of this document needs passing to the Guardian Editorial desk with an appropriate covering letter. Perhaps they may see fit in publishing a news story that clearly brings to their readers and perhaps the current and Shadow Media and Culture Minister(s) the continuing nonsense associated with this current legal bind on the PSB's. link icon…ct09

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB flag
7:14 PM

BBC to reduced satellite transponders from seven to six on 7 October 2011

Reduce, not reduced.

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Dave's 1 post GB flag

10:52 PM

Les Nicol: I've put the information (including Mike's maths, thanks) up on a separate page - Paying Sky for free public service television channels | - independent free digital TV advice . I will see if I can get someone from the Guardian interested in it tomorrow.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
andrew Jamieson
10:52 PM

If I buy a full HD tv with freeview does it have a HD tuner built in so I do not need to buy a freeview HD box when digital signal comes to NI. BT203TF? Thanks

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andrew Jamieson's 20 posts GB flag
11:15 PM

i want to geet chanel 5 but the frequecy wnt ch
ange how do i change this thanks liz

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elizabeth's 1 post IE flag
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
mike davison

12:22 AM

When I enter my postcode of LS22 6RN in your postcode search for freeview, I always get a map of Belmont's coverage and not Emley Moor. Why ???

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12:44 AM

andrew Jamieson: As long as the tuner in the "full HD" receiver supports DVB-T2 you will not need an additional Freeview HD box to receive all available Freeview services.

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