[jhb_airlines] Re: Digital TV on PC

  • From: Gerry Winskill <gwinsk@xxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 18:33:23 +0100

Now we get back to the spin. Since existing, non satellite, TV sets won't work without a set top converter, I'm sure my portable TV will be rendered useless. Remember, we're privilleged to be changed to digital first!
Gerry Winskill

Bones wrote:

I know logic plays no part in matters these days but I would have thought
the BBC digital signal would be sent from existing masts. If they are
satellite transmissions then surely it would give an opening for users to
refuse to pay for a TV license on the grounds that they don't have the dish
to receive BBC signals?

Apart from that how would portable TV's work? Must be masts as happens with
digital radio.


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 13 October 2005 17:14
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Digital TV on PC

Our existing, main, TV is analogue, as are most people's. That happilly works with the satellite system. The satellite box is receiving digital data, since the satellites transmitting analogue signals were switched off about two years ago. So, for our main set, when BBC change to digital transmissions only, we just continue to access the digital channels, as we are now, via the satellite receiver. But, when they cease to transmit terrestrial analogue data, then the other sets will only work if we either buy set top units, or have them hooked up to the existing Sky system. That can be done by purchasing additional Sky boxes, which can take an input from our existing box . As has just been noted on the UK Scenery list, they can only connect them to the existing satellite dish by hard wiring. So that's a non starter. I'm not sure whether BBC digital will arrive here via terrestrial transmission, or satellite. The former wouldn't require a dish, it says here. If current analogue reception is iffy, then I can't see that digital input from the same aerial, into the set top converter, will be acceptable. If it's beamed here via satellite, then I can see houses becoming festooned with dishes. Sky's reported position that additional boxes must be hard wired to the didh surprises me somewhat. I's possible to run 'phone extensions around the house without wires, by using a mains plug network. I don't have a Hauppauge card but guess your assumption is correct.

Gerry Winskill

Bones wrote:

I hardly ever watch "normal" channels these days because picture
quality is just so much better via Sky. The only time I use them is
when two programs conflict, in which case I record the better choice on
Sky and watch the other on the usual channel.

I'm not sure I follow your thread properly. If the switch over to
digital makes two sets obsolete is this because they aren't capable of
receiving digital data? If so then surely they won't work with a second
Sky box either..

I presume the change over makes the Hauppauge TV cards redundant too?


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 13 October 2005 08:48
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Digital TV on PC

The IOM is to be one of the first areas to be switched from Analogue to
Digital TV. First thing that strikes me is the high degree of spin
being applied to this changeover. The good news is better picture
quality; I already have access to digital via my satellite dish.
An unmentioned sacrifice, unless there is a radical change, is that the
stereo sound quality will plummet, as the result of the change. Next is the
fact that although I have satellite TV, it's on one set
only. That renders the other two sets obsolete, plus a portable, too. I'll
presumably have to take up the Sky offer of another box, for one of
the two analogue receivers, since I don't fancy having the house spring
a second dish.
The set in my lair, although a present from SWMBO, looks the prime
candidate for the skip. I've just been doing a search on the subject,
looking for a way of using the PC as digital TV receiver. Anyone done this,
already? In particular, I'm just looking at the site for the DVB-T USB
Stick, at



This looks promising, apart from not mentioning XP Home, in the
required OS. Anyone tried this route yet?

Any other ideas welcomed.

Gerry Winskill

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