Monday, October 22, 2007

Mama Rosa is going Digital...


The other day I drove down to my Mother-In-Law, Mama Rosa, to see her before we make the BIG move. I was surprised to see in her living room was a Pace Sky Digital box, providing her with numerous amount of channels ready for the digital switch off…

Now let this be clear that Mama Rosa is not what you would classify a wealthy woman, nor is she what you would consider a compulsive television viewer…Deal or no Deal, Who want to be a Millionaire?, plus some other early evening programs is her forte. Mama Rosa hits the sack early and is not up watching Northern Babes on Sky channel 946 nor is she sitting up at midnight with Euro News, Russian Daily News, France 24 or CNBC…

Somewhere along the line Sky digital television has lurked their grubby little hands into this living room, without checking needs and usability and grabs £21.00 every month for the viewing pleasure, which by the way, looking at her selection of preffered channels are totally free via analogue television until 2011, in her area…

I blame no-one, no family member or television sales rep nor do I blame myself for not being there earlier to use my knowledge to eradicate the gross injustice being done to Mama Rosa. Someone here is ripping off her and her puny pension and I know who it is…

Ofcom who is behind the digital switchover have made a complete mess of the information packs sent out, is it satellite, terrestrial, cable…who knows? I know cause I work in the business and I can bore you to death with a 15,000 word essay about it, but at the end Ofcom has responsibility of handling the digital switch over and ensure that vulnerable people, and with those I mean anyone who has no clue what the digital switch over means, and who it will effect…remember in all of this you have already paid for a licence and been granted the right own a television set, whoopee, I am so privileged…I believe that if you issue a license you should have clear instructions explaining what you can do with it…like, with this license you cannot drive a space shuttle…simple…

So here we are, 4 years away from the switch and Mama Rosa, would spend £21.00 x 48 months = £1,008 on a set of channels she doesn’t have to pay for. So therefore I have now taken it upon myself to hire a television company to check her terrestrial aerial for its digital switchover feasibility and if it is OK we stick with it, if not we get a new one for £90.00. Then there is the digital box, between £25.00 - £50.00 and that it is…no more charges and you know what? Mama Rosa can watch the channels she did before and have £21.00 left over from her pension to spend on what ever she wants for herself...

I do agree by going freeview she will be unable to watch “Discovery Turbo Channel” about cars, but then looking at the Nissan Micra in the drive…I have a feeling that she was not too keen in the first place….

Where does this leave Sweden and why did I take this up in my quest about the Greatest Britain? Well Sweden switched off the last analogue television channel last week and now the country is completely digital, and guess what??…The viewers were told what they needed to do and what the cost was…

So now…Mama Rosa will do “Deal or no Deal” but via a terrestrial digital television instead and do you what?? She will view it for free…
Photo courtesy of © 2007 Roland Andersson HD

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Red, green and blue said...

How do you always manage to take such wonderful colour pictures, Mr E?

Wednesday, 24 October, 2007  

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