Complete Terrestrial switch off

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by ISCM, Jun 7, 2001.

  1. ISCM

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    Why do we use Terrestrial?
    Surely it would be better to move to satelite only for all channels.
    It must be cheaper to have a couple of satelites (1 for backup) than to have a network of huge transmitters everywere. A minidish looks much better than some array up a pole and it may be possible to have even smaller mini-mini-dishes. Surely nearly 100% of the population could be served by 2 satelite positions (one east and one west) served by high power satelites.
    What an opportunity to go Hi-def. Forget Sky, just 10 or so high quality channels that people really want.
    OK it is just a dream, but what do you think? :eek:
     
  2. KAO

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    Hi-def..Why? The majority of people don't want that, or high quality surround sound. They just want more soaps and chat shows and reality TV. It's a sad fact that Joe Public isn't prepared to pay for superior quality picture or sound, which is why Sky is doing so well..
     
  3. ISCM

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    My point is that BBC and ITV can not compete with SKY, so they have to have a different game plan or die.
    If Sky had come 20 years ago would we still have 405 line TV?
    Remember that the BBC pushed us into 625 and then Nicam.
    I notice that in Germany you can get Dolby Digital on satalite and most of your channels are free both on analog and digital (Hotbird and Astra).
    By the way KAO, how is the beer? (I used to live in Munich)
     
  4. KAO

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    Hmmm...there are a lot more people have access to BBC/ITV than to Sky. Sure, it's probably easier to access new markets via satellite than build all those transmitters, but the terrestrial stations have already built all that stuff, it's all there, and it's free (bar the licence fee, which you need anyway, even you want to watch Sky, if you have a TV).

    I'd be willing to bet that the majority of people don't even have Nicam yet (or if they do, don't realise it) and the majority of people have a TV less than 28 inches. My point was that people aren't prepared to pay for that extra stuff because they don't perceive it as being worthwhile. TV is TV.

    As far as German TV is concerned, it's pretty rubbish, so the point about it being free is a bit of a red herring...no one pay for this stuff! If you want to watch anything decent you need Premiere, which is satellite, and which is on the verge of going out of business because no-one is prepared to pay for what it offers (in fact, Sky owns 25% of Premiere and is considering buying more). Most people (certainly in this area) have cable and that's not in DD.

    As for the beer...excellent! I can heartily recommend Erding Weißbier!
     
  5. paiger

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    It's an idea but I think digital terrestrial is the way to go with all new TV's sold with digi tuners. I think the Government should be hot on this NOW, not in 3 years time. Most people want to buy a £300 Goodmans telly, plug it in and watch Eastenders. The only answer for them is digital terrestrial. It's the cheapest way, it just has to work a damn site better than it does at present.

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  6. ISCM

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    Perhaps the only way to get viable Hi-Def in Europe would be to have pan European channels. This should not be a problem these days, but of course there is politics.
    With all of Europe as a market there should be enough people to make it viable for some film and sports channels in a specialist market.
    We live in the EU where this should be possible, but I suspect that Holywood would not like it. In the USA, only sports are shown in Hi-Def and like you say only a few people care. :mad:
    I did notice that in the USA it will be compulsory to move over to Hi-Def, so if the big capitalist country can do it why cant Europe? :rolleyes:
     
  7. KAO

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    It's interesting though that in the US it's almost impossible to buy a 16:9 set, despite people like Sony and Mitsubishi having tried over the years...there's just no interest. I think we have to face it that quality TV (and by quality here I mean the quality of the picture and the sound, not the programme content!) is a minority interest and will probably always remain so. The only reason Sky has been so successful (and they still only have a small customer base) is that they show Premier League football. People don't get Sky for the quality of picture, or the sound.

    Pan European channels, I'm not so sure....do you really want to watch Austrian, German and Italian TV (no, you don't, beleive me!).
     
  8. ISCM

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    Pan European channels can only work for sport and films. Yes I know about Euronews, but who watches it?
    What I meant was that for Hi-Def to be viable we need a larger customer base than just the UK or Germany.
    Yes I aggree, I do not want to see Italian or German crap shows. The UK makes enough at present.
    I know that my views my be just dreams, but I would like to know if other people feel the same as me.
     
  9. KAO

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    Sport, yes possible I agree. Eurosport used to (still does?) broadcast a single pciture with multiple language support...great idea. Films....no. The UK market doesn't like dubbed or subtitled films. In France they tend to subtitle English language films, her ein Germany they dud them. Either way, I don't think you could satisfy all markets. Unfortunately I think the various European markets are just too diverse to try and consider them as one.
     
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    Hi again.
    Euronews has many languages and the film channels that I receive from Spanish Canal Digital are in English and Spanish sometimes with both sets of subtitles, so it can be done. :cool:
     

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