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tampi
18-01-10, 19:42
In my country, Spain, on April 3 the analogue television broadcast ends.

From that day the only TV signal can be received throughout our country will be digital. That means they must adapt both TV aerials as TVs, either, for a special tuner for DTT (digital terrestrial Telvisión)

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or buying a new TV with this technology incorporated.

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Likewise, digital devices should also be capable of receiving high definition signals through the digital signal.

Also comes another innovation, the digital terrestrial pay TV. The TV needs a slot to insert a card to see a pay channel.

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Some of your countries are in this situation? You have already made the switch, analog-digital transition? Do you must do in the future?

Rai
18-01-10, 19:47
I think here in the UK the transition will take place between now (already started) and 2012. As it is, some areas may have made the final transition, but my area is still capable of receiving analogue TV. I switch back to it occasionally when the BBC channels aren't so good on Freeview.

I've never heard of the TVs with a card slot for pay per view TV. Not a bad idea.

lara c. fan
18-01-10, 19:47
Britain switches at various times.
My area is 2012 :)

tampi
18-01-10, 19:59
I think here in the UK the transition will take place between now (already started) and 2012. As it is, some areas may have made the final transition, but my area is still capable of receiving analogue TV. I switch back to it occasionally when the BBC channels aren't so good on Freeview.

I've never heard of the TVs with a card slot for pay per view TV. Not a bad idea.

Not a bad idea???
We are always paying for everything! :ohn:


You're lucky.
Our country, for the sake of modernity is transitioning from a technology still very new for television.
The change also is occurring in the television manufacturers, which are gradually innovating in every model with new technology.

This forces us to pay for recent models of television sets to access digital television, in addition to changing all our antenna installations.

Rai
18-01-10, 20:04
^ When I said not a bad idea I meant for those not wanting to pay subscriptions. They can pay for just the channels they want.

And yes, I now we all have to pay for too much as it is. *sigh*

tampi
18-01-10, 20:10
^ When I said not a bad idea I meant for those not wanting to pay subscriptions. They can pay for just the channels they want.

And yes, I now we all have to pay for too much as it is. *sigh*

At the moment there is only one channel here with this: Gol TV (Soccer, football all spanish ligue) but I can see how , in the future, all High Definition or movies or films or really interesting content will be paying :o


Manufacturers are thinking on 3D tecnology now..... :confused:

Crisl
18-01-10, 20:53
It's already switched in part of Czech Republic and I guess it soon will be finished. So everyone now must have set top box or a TV with digital tuner or any other option that allows to watch digital transition.
It's true that we have no option, we can't decide whether we want it or not, we just have to pay in order to be able to watch TV :rolleyes: But I'm already so used to it I wouldn't change it :) (tbh it's not that expensive)
It also has the advantage that there are more public free channels that were created for the digital transition, so people who don't have cable TV now have more channels to watch :)

Cochrane
18-01-10, 21:12
Satellite and Cable are still available analogue here, terrestrial analogue broadcast has either been turned off or will be turned off shortly. I think the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, so I don't see much of a problem with that.

Johnnay
19-01-10, 00:03
in Sydney Australia Analog expires on 2013

Trigger_happy
19-01-10, 00:28
I don't think our area is meant to yet, but we can't get BBC now through the normal channels- we have to use sky. Sky's very temperamental though- the minute it gets windy, we can't watch telly any more. Analogue was never this fussy about the weather.

What are we freeing analogue up for any way?

scoopy_loopy
19-01-10, 01:22
Yes, analogue TV broadcast is ending in Australia soon aswell. Pretty much everyone already has digital TV, though, there isn't that much fuss being made about it; all new TV's have built in tuners anyway. Or you can pick up a set-top box for like $80. No biggie.

MattTR
19-01-10, 01:25
Here in the U.S. we switched last year, I don't personally notice a difference. :ton:

Kapu
19-01-10, 01:31
My dad would be the first to disagree with you, MattTR. He claims that digital broadcasting comes in chunky and pixelated (and it does occasionally) but the way he talks about it you'd think it never came in clear...:rolleyes: I think it's his 46 year old eyes...

I can't even notice the difference, either.

SamReeves
19-01-10, 02:31
I have digital cable, and haven't noticed too much of a difference in TV reception. Although I'm still using two old tubes. Maybe I'll break down and get a flatscreen this year. :p

Kapu
19-01-10, 02:46
Flat screens are overrated unless you also have high definition cable. If you don't wanna upgrade, I'd say stick with your tubes. :D

aktrekker
19-01-10, 03:43
I don't notice a difference.
I quit watching television years ago so the change didn't affect me. :p

If they ever have anything worth watching, I might upgrade. Until then, the old set works great for DVD.

Johnnay
19-01-10, 03:54
ive noticed a difference( on some channels)

if youre using a antenna to a set top box and you watch a channel, if its windy the channel gets interrupted( like the program will stop for a second or so:mad:

and Digital TV Here we get more channels than Analog.... and most of them are crap anyway

EmeraldFields
19-01-10, 03:57
I didn't notice a difference after it was switched in the US.

sephiroth99
19-01-10, 03:58
In Canada, analog broadcast will stop on August 31, 2011. Some TV stations have already started to broadcast in digital though. I purchased a digital tuner for my PC, so I get free digital HDTV! Sure you don't get the specialised channels, but it's free. What more can you ask for? :)

And bonus, people near the US/Canada border (for example in Montreal and around) can easily get US channels, also in HD :)

But honestly, a lot of people here are either on analog cable or digital cable/satellite. They won't notice a thing.

freeze10108
19-01-10, 05:13
Here in the US, I've noticed a large difference in quality on my TV that uses an antenna, however, it seems that signal strength has taken a huge hit, as I now am unable to reliably get any station but one, which is still finnicky.

On the other hand, the TVs that are hooked up to cable do not show even the remotest difference in quality (definitely because I'm only getting the standard channels.http://i40.************/2uj42e9.jpg)

scoopy_loopy
19-01-10, 05:31
ive noticed a difference( on some channels)

if youre using a antenna to a set top box and you watch a channel, if its windy the channel gets interrupted( like the program will stop for a second or so:mad:

and Digital TV Here we get more channels than Analog.... and most of them are crap anyway

I really like that new "Go!" Channel though! :D Digital has been great for freeing up room for more competition, which this nation sorely needs... plus, on the HD channels the picture is much clearer and it gets rid of the "fuzz".

Johnnay
19-01-10, 05:47
I really like that new "Go!" Channel though! :D Digital has been great for freeing up room for more competition, which this nation sorely needs... plus, on the HD channels the picture is much clearer and it gets rid of the "fuzz".

yes. GO FTW

I like watching old school like Seinfield, The Nanny, plus i have to watch The Jetsons, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeanie

TBH GO is the best free to air channel in Australia, i watch it more than the other channels

scoopy_loopy
19-01-10, 05:55
I love the Nanny :cln: But the other retro-stuff I usually steer away from. Im a massive fan of 90's sitcoms, but I find alot of older stuff quite distasteful :p

Johnnay
19-01-10, 05:58
and frasier though i dont watch it much.

but yeah 90's sitcoms are still better than Todays ones

Cochrane
19-01-10, 06:31
I don't think our area is meant to yet, but we can't get BBC now through the normal channels- we have to use sky. Sky's very temperamental though- the minute it gets windy, we can't watch telly any more. Analogue was never this fussy about the weather.

What are we freeing analogue up for any way?

The so-called "digital dividend", meaning the frequencies analogue TV currently uses. It is planned in all countries I know off to use this for high-speed internet access, especially (but not only) in rural areas where laying cables wouldn't pay off.

Also, you free up the need to encode and transmit everything twice, of course, once for digital and once for analogue.

Jack Croft
19-01-10, 08:24
Britain switches at various times.
My area is 2012 :)

Same.

Spong
19-01-10, 09:00
Not a bad idea???
We are always paying for everything! :ohn:

You're lucky.

We have to buy a license to watch TV in this country, it's illegal to own a TV, VCR, set top box or PC (with a tuner card) and not get a license. That's £142.50 a year just for the luxury of owning TV equipment. I wouldn't say that's lucky.

My dad would be the first to disagree with you, MattTR. He claims that digital broadcasting comes in chunky and pixelated (and it does occasionally) but the way he talks about it you'd think it never came in clear...:rolleyes: I think it's his 46 year old eyes...

I can't even notice the difference, either.

I'm with your Dad. Digital TV in the UK is poor. While it's okay some of the time, it's dogged by terrible compression rates (which is what leads to the "chunky and pixelated" image) and leaves it wide open to interference from every angle. Signal strength is another contributory problem. Of the 40+ channels available to me, only the BBC family (BBC1, 2, 3, 4 & BBC News24) ever broadcasts at full signal strength. ALL the other channels (including the ITV channels and the few free SKY channels) broadcast between 25% and 75% signal strength.

Capt. Murphy
19-01-10, 16:15
Here in the U.S. they changed to Digital about a year ago. I heard they wanted the analog signal (transmission band) to be changed over to a communications band... Like for cell phones and/or emergency response systems. I guess. :confused:

But it could be for high-speed internet (after reading Cochrane's post).