Forums The Vibe Chat Freeview box (split from Insurance claims thread)

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  • #1039605
    Avatarstax
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    i tried taking my freeview box back to tesco after about a week because it did not work properly wher i live( shitty signal) and the woman on the customer service check out looked at me as if id just pissed on her kids at christmas or something. they where saying well were not sure if we can take it back if its down to signal. i then pointed out the plaque on the wall stating tesco are happy to refund within 21 days if not satisfied. well i will have to ask the manager. best you do that i say.

    after a lot of hassel they give me my money

    i shop at co-op now

    #1092571
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    stax wrote:
    i tried taking my freeview box back to tesco after about a week because it did not work properly wher i live( shitty signal) and the woman on the customer service check out looked at me as if id just pissed on her kids at christmas or something. they where saying well were not sure if we can take it back if its down to signal. i then pointed out the plaque on the wall stating tesco are happy to refund within 21 days if not satisfied. well i will have to ask the manager. best you do that i say.

    after a lot of hassel they give me my money

    i shop at co-op now

    good idea..

    They shouldn’t even be selling boxes in most parts of Anglia region without telling people about the risk of bad signals, TBH There is only freeview coverage in Norwich city area and the other Anglia TX’s aren’t going to be digital for 2 years (there is no money to do the work any quicker, ITV fucked up big time with ITV digital a few years ago and lost all the money)

    Tescos should have refunded that without quibbling..

    #1092583
    Avatarstax
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    and to make it worse it was about half 11 at night and all i wanted to do was get home, took nearly half an hour in the end.

    aquired a new digi box with a booster which seems to do the job altho the signal does vary (with atmospheric conditions i presume)

    #1092572
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
    Moderator
    stax wrote:
    aquired a new digi box with a booster which seems to do the job altho the signal does vary (with atmospheric conditions i presume)

    that and also interference from the cops new radios which use a similar same band of frequencies…

    Behind the scenes the British TV industry is held together with string and gaffer tape…..

    #1092584
    Avatarstax
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    i wonder what will happen to the old analogue networks when it all goes digi

    #1092578
    AvatarAcidfairy
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    I had no probs wi ma freeview box in Glasgow but since i moved to Edinburgh there must be stuff in the area on a similar frequency ( we are just across the road from local police station)

    Coz from time to time the channel changes of its own accord.. usually in a critical part of CSI which i am not usually impressed with.. :crazy:

    #1092573
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    stax wrote:
    i wonder what will happen to the old analogue networks when it all goes digi

    if you’re talking about TV these frequencies get switched off but most of the transmitter sites will stay in the same places as they are used for loads of other things like mobile phone uplinks, blue light comms and taxicab repeaters..

    Ofcom will try and sell any spare frequencies probably for long range wireless networks or something like that but TBH they won’t be reused for a few years yet.

    #1092582
    AvatarTek Offensive
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    freeview in my area is shite, but then again so is my sky. keeps goin black and white and sorts of wierd pixels blocks appear and mutate the image on the screen. and if you wanna watch tv during a thunderstorm or heavy rain then you can think again.

    #1092585
    AvatarRaj
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    I live in the first part of UK which is going to go totally digital [SW Scotland region ] and I can only get BBC North and cumbria just now :laugh_at::laugh_at::laugh_at::laugh_at:

    I dont know how they are planning to do it but around here most folks havent much money to throw about and arent very well informed about when the change is happening so I am waiting for the fireworks when the transmitters go off :groucho:

    It will be nice to get the scottish news again though :weee:

    #1092574
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    Raj wrote:
    I live in the first part of UK which is going to go totally digital [SW Scotland region ] and I can only get BBC North and cumbria just now :laugh_at::laugh_at::laugh_at::laugh_at:

    I dont know how they are planning to do it but around here most folks havent much money to throw about and arent very well informed about when the change is happening so I am waiting for the fireworks when the transmitters go off :groucho:

    It will be nice to get the scottish news again though :weee:

    maybe for auntie’s regions but aren’t you going to get ITV Border region? I had freeview in Reading and its not like sky (or old cable) where you can watch neighbouring regions areas…

    incidentally the actual video quality of transmitted digital TV is less than analogue; it has been done to save costs rather than as a quality improvement. Some of the channels (particularly the lower budget ones) are heavily compressed and transmitted at half-resolution…

    #1092586
    AvatarRaj
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    yeah we are in ITV border but we are getting the Lake districts transmitter :weee:

    and i had spotted the crap tv resolution from some of the channels:yakk:

    its the audio which I am finding annoying – sound is horribly compressed and tinny:you_crazy:you_crazy

    #1092575
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
    Moderator
    Raj wrote:
    yeah we are in ITV border but we are getting the Lake districts transmitter :weee:

    and i had spotted the crap tv resolution from some of the channels:yakk:

    its the audio which I am finding annoying – sound is horribly compressed and tinny:you_crazy:you_crazy

    yeah I was working for one of the broadcast industries largest suppliers (a susprising lot of studio infrastructure work is outsourced) I remember a phone conversation with a certain Senior Engineer of what was then LWT (now Granada)

    this was around 2001 – he basically said that a lot of companies weren’t bothering any more with production quality (other than when Ofcom make them comply with various rules) as neither the morale nor the money was about any more due to various pressures…

    and he said “don’t buy that ITV Digital, it will look like crap, all the bandwidth is being compressed as much as it can to save on the money paid to BT” (they link all the TV companies) plus the cost had been achieved by closing down the content divisions

    (I was made redundant a few months afterwards as fewer TV studios were purchasing kit as so many were closing the second hand market cannibalised the new equipment market)

    I think freeview is merely an attempt to salvage the investment put into ITV digital..

    ISTR the people in Border region being interviewed and they said “well if its too difficult we will just give up watching telly and find other ways to occupy ourselves” :laugh_at:

    #1092587
    AvatarRaj
    Participant
    General Lighting wrote:
    ISTR the people in Border region being interviewed and they said “well if its too difficult we will just give up watching telly and find other ways to occupy ourselves” :laugh_at:

    lets have a wee rave hey? :weee::weee::weee:

    #1092579
    AvatarAcidfairy
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    My mum and dad are the same they can’t get channel 5 in the area that they live in and they can’t use freeview either or cable the only way they can get extra channels is to subscribe to Sky an they ain’t gonna do that..

    Instead they call me or Shorty and ask us to record things on channel 5 etc..

    #1092581
    AvatarMiss Chief
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    Acidfairy wrote:
    I had no probs wi ma freeview box in Glasgow but since i moved to Edinburgh there must be stuff in the area on a similar frequency ( we are just across the road from local police station)

    Coz from time to time the channel changes of its own accord.. usually in a critical part of CSI which i am not usually impressed with.. :crazy:

    Without stating the obvious… look at where you moved too!!!! lol Just ask the police to stop hiding in the station watching telly and do their jobs!!! lol

    Oh and before I forget, sorry AF and Stu, I aint gonna make it to your moving in party this Friday…. sorry but dying with the flu!! But hope you have a ball Eve x

    raaa raaa raaa

    #1092580
    AvatarAcidfairy
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    Miss Chief wrote:
    Without stating the obvious… look at where you moved too!!!! lol Just ask the police to stop hiding in the station watching telly and do their jobs!!! lol

    Oh and before I forget, sorry AF and Stu, I aint gonna make it to your moving in party this Friday…. sorry but dying with the flu!! But hope you have a ball Eve x

    raaa raaa raaa

    Hehehehe.. aye totally they should be out catching real criminals.. lol

    Thats cool babes hope u feel better soon we’ll have to get you round again sometime soon for some mischief….:groucho::groucho::groucho:

    Hugz
    xx

    #1092576
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    there are loads of various political and corporate wrangles over the structure of English and Scottish media at the moment

    Until these are resolved there won’t be much consensus over the sharing of common resources such as transmitters and TX paths…

    (particularly when ad revenues are at stake!)

    BTW do the Scots polis use Airwave radios as well now?

    #1092588
    AvatarRaj
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    General Lighting wrote:
    BTW do the Scots polis use Airwave radios as well now?

    it was field tested here….:groucho:

    #1092577
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
    Moderator
    Raj wrote:
    it was field tested here….:groucho:

    probably why your telly signals are up the spout

    I can tell when theres an anti crime drive on certain Ipswich estates as the TV’s go all funny now.. you don’t even need a scanner any more :laugh_at:

    #1092589
    AvatarRaj
    Participant

    :weee::weee::weee::weee:

    at least their f*ing radios work everywhere now :laugh_at::laugh_at::laugh_at::laugh_at:

    before the officers were ‘lost’ for ages when they went into black spots [bet they get less donuts now though:groucho:]

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