Tuesday, May 28, 2013

No More Analogue Television

As of 9am AEST, we lost our Analogue television signal here in Queensland.  I even checked soon after it was switched off and - sure enough - only the digital channels were all there.  The one thing I've noticed today, and all of tonight, is that there's no problems with any of the lip-syncing on the channels, nothing drops out anymore and the signals are stronger than ever.  This is  something I was hoping would happen when the old analogue signal was switched off; and I'm pleased it has.

So, this poses the question: did you make the switch over to digital fully and update you television or just get yourself a set-top box until your old set blows a gasket?  It doesn't matter which way you do it, you can still watch the digital channels either way.  
I used to have a set-top box on my old television until last year when I won a $250 JB HI-FI voucher a week or so after I had the misfortune of breaking one of my toes.  I don't know whether to call it serendipity or fate... or the Gods' way of laughing at me... either way, I asked Dad to help me go to JB HI-FI and look around.  He suggested a new television and I was all for it - as well as some impulse purchases.  And before long, I had myself a brand new Panasonic digital television in my house!  Very cool.  I also gave away my old set and set-top box.  

I do enjoy digital television.  There's so much to watch, so much choice and a fair few movies to pick from every night.  However there's also a lot of crap on free-to-air cable too; so I don't always watch television.  So, this makes me grateful that I have a dvd player which is good too and a cool collection I can sort through, pop some nice, fresh popcorn and watch my pick of movies... not too shabby if you ask me.
And the best thing is that my Mum will be able to take full advantage of doing just that whenever she wants pretty soon when she has to care for me.  She'll enjoy herself in doing this at my place.

Well, what do you think is good about the free-to-air digital cable television?  And if you don't like it, what do you think is horrible about it?  Until my next post, take care, keep safe and warm and remember, I'm always here.


  1. Have noticed the difference since analogue has been cut off for good. We have a top box for each VCR as I intend to record one channel while watch the other for reality game shows from Sunday to Thursday night. For the first time in years I watched channel ten programs last night.

    1. Yeah, I've noticed the reception has improved too. It's not so all over the place and the sound is better.