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Monday, 12 September 2011
Briantist
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10:21 PM

andrew Jamieson: The BT Vision box is, basically, a Freeview box - you won't be able to use any of the "premium" on-demand stuff without letting BT know.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011
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dave
8:11 AM
Colne

Hi My son has been offered a job as a trainee tv aerial engineer,do you think that tv aerials will still be around in 20 years or will they be replaced by web tv.I am concerned that if he goes into the industry that he might only have a short career.

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lesnicol
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8:21 AM

Briantist:- Scottish Border's ITV area. Can't see there being much of a loss to ITV in this one, as much of their programming is networked through STV currently and I can't see that changing. What an STV South component would do is improve news and current affairs output that would be more focused to Scottish issues in this area, rather than what we get here currently, resulting from the amalgam of Border and Tyne Tees with minimul newa and current affairs outputted from Newcastle.

Like the the wider question of Independance from the UK, I don't think there is any appetite here by the electorate for Broadcasting to have any major change by control moving to Scotland. However on a personal level I didn't think that the SNP would be in the political position they are up here as of the last elections. So I have to conclude "Never say Never" !


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Briantist
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9:10 AM

lesnicol: I'm sure that if a suitable price was reached the move from ITV Border Scotland to STV would be possible.

I think if you look at the figures, Scotland gets a disproportionate level of funding from the BBC due to the number of transmitters in service and the fact that both BBC One and BBC TWO have considerable extra programmes above what is provided in England.

The figures somehow are not in the http://downloads.bbc.co.u….pdf so I guess and FoI request would be required to get the figures.

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Steven Oliver
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10:02 AM
Duns

Les & Brian

AFAIK the Border TV region was indeed created solely to cover the area with the least number of transmitters. Mr & Mrs waan't the only networked programme from the station, though - there was the chat show Look Who's Talking, another Derek Batey vehicle. This ran from 1972-86 and featured big names such as Larry Grayson, Kenneth Williams, Ken Dodd and Hi-de-Hi's Su Pollard. Border also had a successful venture into children's programming and was a regular contributor to the Highway series.

An interesting aside. When the Border TV version of Mr & Mrs started to be networked in 1973, the first series was recorded at Tyne Tees' studios in Newcastle, as ITV wanted the show to be made in colour and Border, at the time, had no colour programme-making facilities. This series was billed as a joint Border Television/Tyne Tees Television production. The money generated from it allowed Border to buy some (second-hand) colour equipment and allowed the show to return to Carlisle full-time.

To my knowledge, the joint Border/TTTV editions of Mr & Mrs still exist in the ITV archives.

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Mike Dimmick
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10:28 AM

Steve: Some boxes need a full reset to clear out any existing information. It might also be called 'Full Retune', 'Default Setting', or 'First Time Installation'. Check TV Re-tune to see if a guide is available.

If you've already done that and the problem still occurs, check to see if the box has an automatic overnight retune option. It may be retuning itself to the wrong transmitter.

If you can't find that option, or turning it off doesn't help, check whether there are additional versions of the channels in the list - often 800 onwards. If there are, try doing a manual retune - do the First Time Installation with the aerial unplugged, then plug the aerial in and do a Manual Channel Scan on C53, C39, C47, C51 and C41. Don't bother scanning C44, it now just carries duplicates of BBC Four, CBeebies, BBC Parliament and the BBC radio channels. (It also carries Sky Sports 1 and 2, which are encrypted, so no loss.)

Some equipment gets confused by a mix of 8K and 2K modes across the multiplexes. If this is the problem, it will go away after the second stage on 21 September.

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Mike Dimmick
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11:16 AM

dave: I think broadcast TV will be around for a while yet. So far the mooted replacement of linear channels with on-demand content just hasn't happened. People still seem to want to be entertained by a selected programme of content rather than making their own choices. (It's not as if they haven't been able to go out to the cinema or theatre for the last 60 years, after all!)

'IPTV', linear channels over the Internet, have a large stumbling block - every viewer has to receive their own copy of the content, individually addressed, meaning that the bandwidth required is the bit rate of the content *multiplied* by the number of viewers. True broadcast, sending to all users connected, is not allowed outside your own network (routers will not forward broadcast packets). A feature called 'multicast' *is* defined, but it requires routers all the way from broadcaster to receiver to process group join/leave requests and know to forward the multicast packets all the way to the receiver. That isn't yet widely available - it's likely to be restricted to certain ISPs at first, and only certain broadcasters who've made arrangements with those ISPs. YouView boxes are likely to be available only from ISPs at first, those who have actually sorted out their networks to support multicast.

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Nedbod
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1:36 PM

Love the recent improvements Brian including the blue arrows and the large numbers in the RHS panels. Keep up the good work.

Nice to still be able to hear BBC WORLD SERVICE radio on MW in Sri Lanka on holiday last week from 1800 to 1900 BST (2230 - 2330 Local Time) on 1413kHz from Masirah Island in OMAN. Superb !! Especially after the axing of 648kHz in Europe from Suffolk (Orfordness).

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Briantist
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3:03 PM

Nedbod: Thanks, the blue arrows and big numbers are an attempt to make the whole site as "touch friendly" as I can.

I have a Asus Transformer TF101 and fat fingers...

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