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Television Reception in Lewes

On 22 Oct 2007 at 11:46pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
It would appear that the majority of people in Lewes are not able to receive channel 5, let alone freeview unless they subscribe to a satellite company. Is this fair?
The BBC say that a television licence must be purchased in order to operate a television.
My question is "are we really able to operate a television to it's design specifications with such a p*ss poor transmission in this area"?
Should we revolt against the BBC?
On 22 Oct 2007 at 11:53pm lopster wrote:
this implies you ARE able to get 5 - I thought none of Lewes could - they're changung it all to digitalis TV in the next few years anyway - that'll mean more expenditure just to stand still again - not sure when it hits us - as for 5 something to do with conflicting with French transmissions I was told - the whole licence thing seems a bit outdated - relatively happy to pay for an unbiased - errh independant errh state TV channel - D'Oh!
On 22 Oct 2007 at 11:57pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
2012 is the year ear-marked for our digital switchover and that will probably be delayed.
I get very miffed that blooming northerners have already started switching over to digital - IT'S NOT FAIR - at least let us have channel 5 first!
On 23 Oct 2007 at 12:00am lopster wrote:
nicely timed to poop up our viewing of the Olympics
On 23 Oct 2007 at 1:48am Piggles wrote:
Spinster... Norman Baker brought the same thing up in Parliament a while back. Obviously didn't get very far, but it was brought up at least. Which reminds me...
On 23 Oct 2007 at 8:43am Charlie Chuckles wrote:
I get 5 on my freeview in Malling
On 23 Oct 2007 at 9:03am The Tooth Fairy wrote:
Don't get too excited Spinster, channel 5 is 95% dross. As for the other Freeview channels there's a few worth watching, about 8 shopping channels, and the rest show endless repeats. The best was UKTV History, though that only broadcasts during the day now and closes at 7pm.
On 23 Oct 2007 at 9:56am Smiler wrote:
Is topless darts still on?
On 23 Oct 2007 at 10:47am Mysitic mog wrote:
I have rung all the BBC, Offcom, Department of Whatever, Licence lot and the answer is the TV licence is just that. A licence to have TV and all it has to do is recieve a signal - no matter how poor. Personally it is semantics and believe that we should not being paying for a service we cannot get, ie all the extra BBC channels.
On 23 Oct 2007 at 11:05am zola wrote:
I too have rung the TV license people,but for different reasons.I dont like the way they expect you to pay.Long story...And unresolved as yet.On another note,i have a friend who doesn't pay for a licence anymore,he doesn't have a TV.But he does have a computer.And a 'dongle',which you plug into your computer,and then you can receive the freeveiw channels(I dont know whether this includes the terrestrial channels)I looked at my licence,and you do have to have one to use a 'TV set,video,DVD recorder,set-top box,computer,or mobile phone.' Did you know that you need a TV licence to use a mobile phone?? I told him,he shrugged it off,saying you don't have to let them in if you're caught.Apparently also,the signal emitted from a computer is undetectable,unlike a TV signal.Anyone know anything about this...?
On 23 Oct 2007 at 11:48am Rookie wrote:
If you live fairly high up in Lewes and your aerial points towards the main transmitter at Heathfield then you can get a good Freeview signal which includes the four main channels, Five, about 30 other channels, and a load of radio too. If your aerial points at the local transmitter then you won't get Freeview.
On 23 Oct 2007 at 8:12pm For The Record wrote:
Rookie by name, Rook(ie) by nature!
Unfortunately, most of us are unable to receive a broadcast from the Heathfield transmitter and are suck with the aerial erected during WWII at Newhaven!
On 23 Oct 2007 at 8:15pm lopster wrote:
where is our "local" transmitter? our arial points sort of NE I think...
On 23 Oct 2007 at 8:25pm ExiledfromLewes wrote:
The original plan was to eventually build additional transmiters towards this way,but that was stiopped when the decision to turn Britain towards digital/freeview/satelite (of which 80% of the country already has) was made, also the prohibitive cost.
The BBC has no involvement with regard to reception and have no involvement in whether channel 5 can be recieved or not. As inane as it sound Mystic Mog is correct the license fee only means that you can own TV and to quote OFCOM 'but there is no entitlement to reception of any particular service or of the quality of the recieved signal at individual locations'
A protest might of worked a few years ago, but i think it is too late now.
On 23 Oct 2007 at 10:30pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
Being Lewes - should we organise a revolt or petition?
On 23 Oct 2007 at 10:39pm zola. wrote:
We can have a revolting petition.
On 23 Oct 2007 at 10:54pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
Just read the above posts and realised the good news - our coverage of the Olympics may not be 100% - YIPPEE!
On 27 Dec 2007 at 10:01pm E Radford wrote:
It is an urban MYTH that the TV license people have equipment than can detect reception of tv signals. All they have is a list of addresses that don't have tv licences.
Equipment exists that can monitor emissions (i.e Ham Radio broadcasts).
1. They have no right of entry... do not invite them in...
2. If you have a TV clearly on show thro a window then you can't complain!! The TV people may use this as grounds to apply for a search warrant from a magistrate. If the warrant is granted, then they are able to enter your premises...
Again. I agree that it seems unreasonable to pay for a partial service.....

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