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Presumably there will not be DRM in cars or on sale in shops until there are broadcasts?

13m DAB radios sounds impressive - but how many FM receivers - of all types - are there in use? Including clock radios, music systems, ipods, mp3 players, tranny in the bathroom, garage, shed; every car in the country. Well over 200million. So that's a 6% penetration.

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carl bari - I don't think there is much expertise on US TV here!

Graham H - If you are getting all now you will probably have no problem on switchover unless you are unlucky with details.

You may find you need to remove your booster - digital does not like too strong a signal either!

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Martin - If you are using Freesat you are on the wrong page here, as you do not receive from Sandy Heath you receive from the sky satellite.

Your weak signal could be that the dish is not pointed exactly right; that the LNB (thing at focus of dish) is old; or that your cabling is damaged.

You could certainly try the new dish, but it might be worth paying an expert to sort it - for his time, knowledge, experience, and testing kit.

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Trevor - By the nature of the thing, almost all the costs are fixed whether the capacity is used or not. So if £1m is asking price £650k almost certainly produces a lot of gross margin contribution towards fixed costs - probably well over £600,000.

It is the same economics as plane seats; oil refining, or butchering.

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I have the same problem as Susan. I also receive from Waltham and in both stages of switchover the 8k channels are exactly the ones I can't receive. I can only receive Mux A now. My question is: could the 8k issue be an aerial problem, or must I get a new box/attenuator? I live in Leicester and don't think my signal is too strong. My TV is a LG M227WDP, with built-in tuner and is rather new. It's not in the list with known problems. Want to check first before spending money. Thx.

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Thanks. I did mean the HD mux -- the others are covered above, and the HD one's labeled 'Pre-DSO-BBCB' there in the mux power comparisons too.

Wasn't looking forward to a potential loss of the HD for two weeks, so glad I was mistaken.

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The more I learn about the BBC, the less I like it. Let them scramble their garbage and survive (or not) on subscription. They are no better, maybe worse, than the Hollywood studios, dictating to manufacturers their DRM requirements, which must be met if they are to get the EPG Huffman decode tables required for a functional product.

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sarah macrae: Im afraid something has changed with your aerial system - its failed. The fact that its worse when raining suggests water ingress - that is, the seals have failed and rainwater is getting into the aerial and its downlead cable (coaxial cables suck up water!)

You need to have the aerial and cable checked by an installer or other competent person, and probably either the cable, aerial, or both, will need replacing.

When TV aerial systems start to fail, they dont just stop working, they do die slowly, and the effects on reception get slowly worse. At least youve noticed it now and can get it sorted before the weather gets really bad!

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Frederick: Does your central heating come on around 8pm by any chance?

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P Wynn: This will be due to current high pressure weather, which is causing 'fading', in the old days you would have been seeing ghosting and/or co-channel interference (picture on picture etc), but unfortunately modern TVs dont do this and just show nothing under these conditions.

Whatever you do, dont be tempted to retune/rescan your TV! This would just lose the stored channels and you will then not see when they restore,

Unfortunately, all that can be done is to wait for the weather conditions to change. When they do, your reception will recover by itself.

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