Seeking solace in a good book

WITH reference to the letter (June 29) by Adrian Durrant, of Hampden Park, ‘Delighted with the extra channels.’, my experience of the digital switchover has been the opposite.

I have a good location for a signal, which I presume comes from Cross-in-Hand, as I have an uninterrupted view of the mast from my house.

Before the changes, both my TVs were fine. One was an HD ready 32” with Freeview built in, supplied from a new digital aerial, the other was a portable 14” with an indoor aerial, situated in the front bedroom.

Technology may have ‘moved forward’ with the switchover, but for me, it has been a backward step.

In spite of complying with the suggestion that a few sessions of re-tuning would bring a shower of extra stations, I have instead, on the bigger TV, lost Freeview 30 -5* and Freeview 31 -5 USA.

The extra stations seem to consist of dross, constant re-runs of the same old programmes going back 30 years, shopping and sex channels.

The picture on this set may now be better, but the signal occasionally weakens, resulting in fragmentation or no picture at all.

I had to add a digi-box to my upstairs portable; that was easy to fit, the picture was far better, but the sound system was erratic.

It kept cutting out, especially if I passed anywhere near the TV. The manual suggested pressing the ‘Mute’ button, which didn’t work.

By using the old remote to turn the set off and on again occasionally got the sound back, otherwise I had to switch everything off and start again. Sometimes that would solve this problem, but often it did not.

I was perfectly happy with analogue, now I tend to watch far less TV; a good book is offering some satisfying competition.


Midhurst Road, Hampden Park