Freeview Channel Switch-Off

redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,351 ✭✭✭

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  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 882 ✭✭
    edited 26 April 2022, 1:47PM
    No great loss, whole generations of people never watch terrestrial tv, those that do seem to be over a certain age.
    The channels affected no doubt have minuscule viewing figures away. 
    People now stream..both recent BBC drama's the split and Life after life I have already watched in there entirely. 
    The prospect of watching a episode then waiting a week for it to continue is abhorrent to the new viewing masses who expect on demand entertainment. 
    Times have changed so obviously 5g is more important then terrestrial tv.
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,351 ✭✭✭
    Good chap, thank you for paying for our pensions.  🙂
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 882 ✭✭
    Indeed,  some of us can remember the eighties...what was the name of that bad manners song...lip something or other. 
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • jimbjimb Member, Super User Posts: 1,390 ✭✭✭
    redchiz said:
    Good chap, thank you for paying for our pensions.  🙂
    Yes, thanks for your contribution to mine too.
    Some of us watch programmes other than drama series.
    And some of us don't need instant gratification - that's probably an age thing as well.
    Losing BBC 4 in HD will be a bit annoying.
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 882 ✭✭
    Just loving the penson analogy given my partner was instrumental in setting up Liverpool WASPI.
    Re losing BBC4 HD..there's no guarantee that BBC 4 parsay is going to survive anyway as it and local radio are often sighted as the obvious targets if cuts are needed. 

    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 17,270 ✭✭✭
    We’ve been here 15 months without COM 7 anyway, as we are in the one third of households who can’t get it - even though we get all the other muxes, and aren’t on Freeview Lite.

    Funny nobody has cited Freesat, where we can still get our fix of BBC4 HD, per se. For now?
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  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 17,270 ✭✭✭
    kodikid said:
    Indeed,  some of us can remember the eighties...what was the name of that bad manners song...lip something or other. 
    @kodikid

    Are you thinking of ‘Lip up, clinically obese person’?
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
  • omendataomendata Member Posts: 17
    Sounds like it is off for some of us already - Dunno if there is anyone else on here from Scotland using the Blackhill Transmitter but i have lost com 7 Forces tv etc on Monday this week - retuned both boxes on different aerials one on a high power amplified mast and nada not a scooby - What am i gonna do i cant do without Blakes 7, Space 1999 , Watching, Man About The House, Classic Dr Who, Battlestar Galactica - What am I going to do now lol
  • Stevef_fr8ysStevef_fr8ys Member, Super User Posts: 580 ✭✭
    edited 26 April 2022, 6:49PM
    omendata said:
    Sounds like it is off for some of us already - Dunno if there is anyone else on here from Scotland using the Blackhill Transmitter but i have lost com 7 Forces tv etc on Monday this week - retuned both boxes on different aerials one on a high power amplified mast and nada not a scooby - What am i gonna do i cant do without Blakes 7, Space 1999 , Watching, Man About The House, Classic Dr Who, Battlestar Galactica - What am I going to do now lol

     Get your DVD's and player out?
    I have 4 of those mentioned complete!
  • DarrenDarren Member, Super User Posts: 577 ✭✭
    edited 26 April 2022, 8:47PM
    I heard about Coms 7 switch off months ago.
    For me it would be a loss if BBC4 HD, BBC News HD and Forces TV was to come off Freeview and to a lesser extent Quest HD and QVC HD.
    There are still people that watch terrestrial tv but I agree viewing figures for terrestrial tv channels have been slowly falling over the last few years.
    Im in my late 40s and watch less terrestrial tv now than I did say 5 to 10 years ago but I do still at times watch terrestrial TV but I have to say 80% of my monthly TV viewing is now via the main streaming services and the main free streaming services.
  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 868 ✭✭
    Darren said:
    I heard about Coms 7 switch off months ago.
    For me it would be a loss if BBC4 HD, BBC News HD and Forces TV was to come off Freeview and to a lesser extent Quest HD and QVC HD.
    There are still people that watch terrestrial tv but I agree viewing figures for terrestrial tv channels have been slowly falling over the last few years.
    Im in my late 40s and watch less terrestrial tv now than I did say 5 to 10 years ago but I do still at times watch terrestrial TV but I have to say 80% of my monthly TV viewing is now via the main streaming services and the main free streaming services.

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    Agree with most of what you mention, but I feel sorry for anyone not that confident with technology. I am happy in switching between different devices: Freesat, Freeview, Youview to watch some channels on Freesat that are in HD and only SD on Youview/Freeview, and vice versa, but my elderly mother will only want to stay on one device, so it is going to get more complicated for her to switch around devices, unless she puts up with lack of some channels as technology gets better (or worse!!) John L
    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
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  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,351 ✭✭✭
    Way to go @Sarah 😂
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,209 ✭✭✭
    edited 28 April 2022, 7:59PM
    redchiz said:
    Way to go @Sarah 😂

    Last post? Bye Sarah. :(
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  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,209 ✭✭✭
    I still record BBC terrestrial channels. Those are 2 topics in themselves that could get me flak, but I hope not. The choice is there so I use it. BBC Bashers needn't bother, thanks.
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  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,351 ✭✭✭
    You post away mate.

  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,209 ✭✭✭
    redchiz said:
    You post away mate.


    I like recording because there aren't any digital rights issues with doing it. Which is the same reason I prefer discs and blu-rays to streaming.  
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  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,351 ✭✭✭
    I record less and less these days, although I still enjoy and employ live pause/rewind features, not that one needs a PVR for that these days. Nor were they ever intended as long-term archival devices, unlike physical media which you can buy, keep and use for as long as you like. Do they still make these?

    Anyway, what was the topic again? 
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,209 ✭✭✭
    That Freeview is gradually being switched off and this is the beginning of it. The ONLY downside to this is that the commercial channels will insist on you watching adverts when streaming. Unless you pay.
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  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,351 ✭✭✭
    We know. The ONLY downside is that those with **** broadband won't be able to watch anything.
  • DarrenDarren Member, Super User Posts: 577 ✭✭
    I do at times still record some programmes and still used DVDs but not as much as I used to and I finding im using the streaming services a little more in the last few years. Payed for as well as some of the free ones. More so since I got the Amazon Firesticks last year.
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,209 ✭✭✭
    redchiz said:
    We know. The ONLY downside is that those with **** broadband won't be able to watch anything.

    No. :(
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  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 17,270 ✭✭✭
    Visionman said:
    redchiz said:
    You post away mate.


    I like recording because there aren't any digital rights issues with doing it. Which is the same reason I prefer discs and blu-rays to streaming.  
    @Visionman

    No digital rights? Try copying your HD recordings.
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
  • redchizredchiz Member, Super User Posts: 5,351 ✭✭✭
    Roy said:
    No digital rights? Try copying your HD recordings.
    Yeah, but he has the special unbreakable YouView box, didn't they send you one? You must have missed that memo. 
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 17,270 ✭✭✭
    Visionman said:
    That Freeview is gradually being switched off and this is the beginning of it. The ONLY downside to this is that the commercial channels will insist on you watching adverts when streaming. Unless you pay.
    @Visionman

    Downside compared with what? The commercial channels show you adverts on Freeview, and you can’t avoid them even by paying; at least with streaming, you can pay to avoid them.

    Or maybe the downside is that you can’t record streaming channels? A downside in itself, besides not being able to skip ads that way.

    The big downside to streaming, though, is that content is siloed by broadcaster; we are going to need something that might be called Freeview Stream, where all the current Freeview channels, and more, are offered on an EPG of streamed channels, and switching from one channel to another is as seamless as Freeview is now.

    Something like BT TV has done with the Now channels, but for all channels. This seems to be the way that Sky Glass is going, TV or Puck, and the new Virgin offering, differentiating themselves from the still-siloed offerings on Roku and Amazon devices.
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
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