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Is freeview worth having?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 5 Oct 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    we are probably the only household left with just the 5 terrestial stations. We really arn't interested in a cable or sattelite hook up, but this freeview lark...is that any good?
     
  2. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Well, it's free. :biggrin:

    Depends what you want I suppose.
     
  3. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    And there are some parts where there are only 4 channels.
     
  4. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    well...the lines froma pink floyd tune come to mind...

    " I've got 13 channels of shoot on the tv to choose from"


    that's what I dont want.

    To be honest I dont even know whats on freeview...maybe I should go and read the tv times or something first
     
  5. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Yes. For the money it's worth it.
     
  6. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Pink Floyd were right BTFB. There's only so many programmes being made, so the thinner on the ground the good ones get.
     
  7. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    I mainly use digital freeview to access radio channels I cannae get otherwise - or sometimes to watch cycling on ITV3 or 4. I suppose it accesses some not too bad channels, and although I do not watch them on a regular basis I do sometimes find the odd programme which makes it worthwhile.

    Overall, for the intial outlay it is not really too great a burden. The freeview boxes must be about £0.03 by now...
     
  8. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Location:
    Bourne End, UK
    I can only get 4 channels and freeview doesn't work where I live. I am half hoping the situation doesn't improve so that, when the analogue switch off comes, it will inspire me to ditch the tv altogether.
     
  9. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    It's definitely worth it, if just for the '+1' channels, and just those occasional shows you really love which show up on wierd channles. For example, I love the Wonder Years, and it's on TMF every now and then......

    We will all need one anyways for when they switch off the analogue signal, so the naysayers will have to stick to watching the radio after that.....
     
  10. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    Yes it's worth it. Freeview has improved a lot the last few years with channels like e4, more 4, film4, Five US, Five Life and UKTV History. There are a couple of 24 hr news channels (probably not for much longer), couple of music channels, shedloads of radio stations.

    However freeview is under a lot of change at the moment. Virgin have just launched Virgin 1 channel on it. UKTVG2 is about to go on freeview badged as "Dave".

    There's also a lot of other goings on. There's currently a public consultation on DTT on whether Sky should be able to bugger off and use it's space for pay tv called "Picnic". As well as that the BBC and Ofcom are pondering whether to launch High Definition on freeview pretty much straight away or to wait for switchoff with various options.

    If you want to be pretty much guaranteed a perfect signal then get FreeSat next year.

    The best freeview checker is http://www.wolfbane.com/cgi-bin/tvd.exe?

    You may not be able to get all muxes.

    This is a list of freeview channels by multiplex http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/terrestrial/mux/

    You're pretty much guaranteed 1. C and D tend to be dodgy in quite a lot of areas.
     
  11. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    Filmfour has some great films on (though I never watch it....pesky internet is too distracting!). And, if you like football, it's great to have a choice of Champions League games on a Tuesday.
     
  12. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    We have just bought a new tv, and freeview was built in! So that'll save me £20 a month on Sky subscription.
     
  13. Given the price of the boxes these days it's got to be worth a punt. As suggested above why not trawl through the Radio Times and see if anything takes your fancy. ITV4 do occasionally shown cycling - particularly the spring classics.
    Sometime over the next four years you're going to have to make the change anyway.
     
  14. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I thinkt that's the case even with paid services like Sky. If you get Sky+ or some other form of PVR then you can eliminate this problem and catch the good programmes for when you want to watch them.

    We have a TiVo, bought it when it first came out in the UK. It's got to be one of my top 5 toys of all time, it turns the TV into your slave so that you don't have to watch whatever shite is on at the time. Instead the box time-shifts the programs you like so that you can FF through the adverts and watch what you like when you want. And you can pause live tv to talk/get a cuppa/answer the doorbell, etc.

    Actually that last might be a disadvantage, sometimes I'm at a mates house and then I discover I can't rewind something I just missed through not paying enough attention.
     
  15. simoncc

    simoncc New Member

    Yes, because the analogue signal is being switched off round here in 2009. For £20 the main benefits are more football on channels like ITV4 and digital teletext is much faster. On the downside, reception can be a bit iffy for many more people than the old analogue system, and the digibox uses electricity, so TV watching is more expensive and less green than before.