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Bad News Ahead for TV watchers


Mike88

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Extracted from Digital Spy

 

The satellites are changing again!

It's now a year since the last of the 3 new satellites became operational, and people in the farther flung parts of Europe are feeling the effects. All the main free channels from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 etc have disappeared from their screens. However the broadcasters still aren't happy and would prefer to shrink the footprint still further. The BBC in particular is now collaborating with the satellite designers to develop craft with even more accurate signal cutoffs beyond the UK boundaries. The next generation of satellites now being developed will have a fundamentally new design that will effectively cause the transmissions to literally 'stop at Dover'.

 

The satellites will incorporate a series of huge panels impressed with millions of tiny hollow depressions. Think of a giant golf ball opened out into a flat surface and you'll get the idea. Using maser technology (similar to lasers but using microwaves instead of light waves), these depressions will act as parabolic reflectors and allow the satellite to focus its TV signals into separate individual beams that can be directed to very specific points on the earth's surface. Indeed, so accurately can this be done that it will be possible to target specific dishes on people's houses and not only prevent signals spreading beyond the UK boundaries but even present each family with a totally customised package.

 

So adverts for example could be tailored to specific individuals based on their viewing and purchasing history and it has to be said that there's a downside to this. It might be difficult for a man to explain to his partner for example that his subscription to Big Jugs magazine refers to his new-found love of pottery!

 

One other consequence is that Sky will no longer need to issue viewing cards to subscribers because it will be able to simply switch off its channel numbers to houses where the occupants don't have a valid Sky subscription. Not only will Sky save the cost of the cards but it will eliminate any chance of fraudulent use - a dwelling place without a valid subscription simply won't receive any of Sky's channels. Caravanners too will suffer. Because their personalised satellite signals will be targetted at their main residence, they won't work in a mobile environment. Make the most of it while you can, guys, things they are a-changing ! ;-)

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Great, most of it is rubbish to me. I occasionally look at snooker, cycling, the Masters golf, and some motor racing.

 

Never take a TV in the van, don't have one ... what for? I have better things to do with my time !

 

Watching TV when camping is criminal.

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Guest pelmetman
Its all true 8-) ...........They're obviously practicing their technology here in Lincolnshire.......we're about 3 miles from where we used to live and there's no BBC *-) .......
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Never underestimate the BBC of thinking of ways to get money out of you, so they will come up with some wheeze sometime that gets all the expats. Mind you have just returned from Holland and the hotel had BBC1/2 freely available, so I guess they have paid some fee to the Beeb for the rights. No ITV though.
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