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  1. Pierre's post hits the nauil on the head. I was in Auchan yesterday, and they have a wall of flat screens all fed from the same source which was - suprise suprise - a cartoon, but even with this there was motion blurring and an incredible amount of picture noise on some of them from what was supposed to be an HD source. Like Martin, I'm hovering on the brink but have yet to be seduced. One thing I *do* know is I won't be buying a model with a shiny black frame (it was either LG or Samsung, can't remember) which I think is caled 'piano black'. It would faithfully reproduce the reflections from every lamp in the room and drive me mad in about 10 minutes. Oh, and what's the difference between a set labeled "HD ready" and "Full HD" ? Anybody care to proffer a guess more likely than the technobabble produced by the assistant? That's interesting to hear about the latest techno-leap, Martin. Care to add anything more, like a link, for example ? paul
  2. Hereford, you rather imply that you would be getting-a-man-in, as opposed to doing-it-yourself. In which case you are stuck with the cost option you outlined. However if you *are* up to it, you will find that somewhere like Brico Depot (for example) sell 80cm dishes and perfectly suitable free-to-air digital receiver boxes for well under the 100 Euros mark for them both. Not only free UK TV, but gazillions of radio stations as well. Personally, on a scale of loss, I'd lose French TV with hardly a shrug (true, my language would suffer a bit), then UK TV would go, accompanied by a few tears (much more work would be done around the place however), and only *very* reluctantly would I part with the radio channels. Access to Radio 4 was one of our guiding principles when we looked for somewhere to live: this was before satellite, of course. And now it's available online it's less of an issue, but even so, I'd hate to think of it not being on Astra. paul
  3. It's all that damp sea air, Lollie, getting into the works! p
  4. So Martin, I take it this is the reason C4 HD is encrypted?- at least that's how it appears on my Fortec Star. How do the 'official' UK HD boxes cope with this ? paul
  5. It's only a short-term solution; I understand that BBC IT is blocking proxy server IP addresses as they come to their notice. So even if you find one that works, there's no telling how long it will continue. paul
  6. Absolutely, Bannon, This was, of course, the critisism ranged at the A.C. Nielson company in the early days: that their polling sample was comparatively tiny, statistically un-representative, and (in America's case) racially skewed, but the general feeling in both Madison Ave and in corporate HQ's seemed to be that - yes - we know it's probably statistically dodgy garbage, but at least we're all using the same dodgy garbage ! p
  7. [quote user="ErnieY"][quote user="cooperlola"]And of course, you're not paying a TV license fee to pay the costs of Auntie Beeb's channels either.[/quote]The UK TV licence is nothing more than a tax levied on possesion of a device capable of receiving TV programmes whether you use it or not and irrespective of what you watch. Why would that mean anything at all in France or make you liable to pay it [8-)]   [/quote] That very well may be the case, ErnieY, but you can't argue that that's not exactly what the money is used for ! paul
  8. [quote user="cooperlola"]Media spends are worked out on the basis of the number of views vs the budget spent across the various media available.  Advertisers  rely on viewing/readership figures etc to decide where the budgets are best spent.  Thus they rely on figures from Sky and other providers to decide whether to put their millions into TV, cinema, magazines, poster campaigns, direct marketing etc etc.  If Sky's figures (or any other provider for that matter) are skewed because they don't reflect the target audience required (ie a person who is apparently subscibing from the North East of England is in fact in France/Spain or anywhere else for that matter) then the advertisers object.  Whereas few UK editions of national newspapers are actually sold and read outside the UK, the less that becomes true as regards television, the more the adverstisers get p*ss*d off about it. Of course Sky don't care who pays the subs and where they are but, believe me, the advertisers certainly do and media buyers put huge pressures on TV companies to provide the correct figures, and to return the target audience they're paying for.  And he who pays the piper... And of course, you're not paying a TV license fee to pay the costs of Auntie Beeb's channels either. [/quote] The flaw in your argument, Coop, is your use of the term 'sky's figure..' What figures, do you imagine, Sky could possibly give to an advertiser which would materially affect their advertising spend?  Sky knows : 1/    how many subscribers they have. 2/   where those subscribers live, thus what ITV region they are in. 3/   The average socio-economic group of that household from postcode averaging data. 4/   which package they subscribe to. 5/   ( in very broad terms)  the ratio of minutes watched across the constituent parts of each package (extrapolated from the previous quarter's audience research). Sky doesn't know : 1/   if anybody is actually watching anything 2/    if anybody IS watching, what channel, out of the subscribed package, is being viewed at any given time. 3/    by who (age) 4/    by who (income group) 5/    how many. That data is - at best - of limited use to an advertiser, so they turn to BARB/JICTAR who extrapolate total audiences for any given channel (in units of 15 minutes) from a selected audience sample with data recording set-top boxes which record the channel selected, and the duration. I believe there is now some means of noting the number of people in the room. This gives a raw, over-night rating of the share and the reach for any given programme. This is supplimented by weekly diaries, and street interviews which provide an AI  (audience appreciation index). All the above, you will note, takes place in UK households, and on UK streets. Those of us viewing iincidentally 'across the water' therefore have absolutely no impact on the audience research figures: there are no 'figures' for us to skew ! The only area where Sky does have firm data is for services like Box Office movies which require positive input from the subscriber via the phone line, and we are - obviously - self-selected out of that group anyway. Yes - we are all erroniously totalled in with the postcode figures, however, here is some data from OFCOM reports : BSkyB For the year to 30 June 2007, BSkyB reported £3,406m in retail subscription revenue, up 8% from the previous year, and £352m in advertising revenue, up 3%. from this you can see that actual advertising revenue respresents less than 10% of their income, and  Q4 2007 review : DIGITAL SATELLITE TELEVISION – Sky subscribers and free-to-view satellite services BSkyB increased its subscriber base by 145,000 during the quarter to reach 8.3 million with over 321,000 additions year-on year. When combined with free-to-view satellite households, total satellite households reached almost 9.4 million. The number of Sky subscribers taking the ‘Multiroom’ service reached over 1.5 million, an increase of 305,000 during 2007, this means that 17% of Sky customers now have at least one extra set connected to satellite television. Sky’s high definition service, Sky HD, added 64,000 subscribers taking the total number to over 420,000. The number of customers using Sky+ service increased by 434,000 to reach over 3 million for the first time I don't know (cannot know) how many of us there actually are viewing outside the UK, but logic tells me that as a percentage of the total households noted above, it must put us  w-a-y  down in the noise. paul EDIT sorry. when I cut-and-pasted this to the 'quote' page, I later noticed it had only copied half of the original reply !
  9. AB - my question about the sunny weather was because I though it posible that the problem was caused by temperature changes; but that hardly likely to be a cause at 8 in the morning ! p
  10. The two halves of the LNB clamp are usually held together by a pair of long thin bolts. The nut is held captive in one half in a nut-shaped casting, which is clever in that you don't need a spanner to tighten it up again, and no-so-clever in that when you try to reattach the two halves the end of the bold pushes the nut out of the housing and d-o-w-n into the long grass ! p
  11. Thanks for that Chris'n'Julie, I'll pass it on. although I think they are in the clear as their structure has fixed end sections, with the interviening sections moving one into the other. The sections run on small tracks - rather like sliding doors - the bottom edge being sealed with a sort of draught-excluder brush strip. the only thing which could crawl under this would be a 4-day fetus !
  12. [quote user="cooperlola"]The problem surely has more to do with the advertisers than anything else.  Sky's money comes from not only subscriptions but, much more importantly, from advertisers.  It is they who do not want non-UK based telly watchers as the ads are clearly not (as yet anyway) European and are very much aimed at a UK audience - what do most of us care what the offer of the week is at Sainsbury's?  Of course Sky would take our money if it were simply a matter of subs but it is not.  To keep the ad' revenue healthy they must at least be seen by their main financial supporters, to be doing what they can to prevent us from watching whenever they can. But we're a resourceful lot and where there's a will.... [/quote] Surely the same can be said for the advertisers on ITV 1/2/3/4 and Channel 4 E4/More4. All of whom are - apparently - quite happy with the broadcaster's (and Astra's) assurance that the footprint of the satellite they are using is sufficiently tight as to make continental spill-over an insignificant problem. Perhaps it me, Coop, (a racing certainty, some would say) but I don't quite follow the logic of your point. Why would a UK company (say Direct Line, for example) care if their ad is seen by people for whom it is irrelevant? We 'guest' viewers form no part of any audience measuring survey, so cannot affect their cost-per-thousand, or reach calculation.  In fact for some multi-nationals it might even be seen as a bonus (c/f Cilit Bang). paul
  13. Good one ! - took me a while to twig, though. You don't think the good folks in Grant Way, Isleworth, might eventually smell a rat, do you ?[:D] paul
  14. The obvious difference is that for a freesat box - with its one-off payment - there is no (or little) paper trail for the licencing people to follow. Paying in Comet with cash and giving W12 8QT (Television Centre) as the postcode, then putting it in the boot of the car and bringing it to France, would be a jolly wheeze in my opinion! paul
  15. Yes I know it's been answered 100 times before, but I've just installed a new version of Opera and it refuses to either search or go back more than one page... This Q. is for a friend with an in-ground pool in Loire-Atlantique which is covered by one of those telescopic abris like a giant greenhouse. It has lockable doors and so is completely secure when closed, yet his (UK) insurance company say it MUST have a sensor as well to comply with EU rules.. They're wrong aren't they ? paul
  16. For one awful moment I thought Partition Magic was actually siting on the missing drive, but no. I seem to have loaded it on the 'recovery' drive (I really must get some reorganisation and system going!)..... Stay tuned.... more at eleven. ! p and later.... Working !! Thanks for the help I now have the full compliment of drive once more.
  17. Ah.. Thanks for that: I remember now, I'd started to install Suse on that drive and used Partition Magic to make a virtual drive for it. In the end I aborted the installation (and the partitioning, I thought) fearing I would lose the exisiting data on it. Now (thanks to that link I discover) it's reporting "unknown partition". Can I remove the partition without losing the data, do you think ? p
  18. My PC (win XP) decided this morning that it doesn't have one of the disks connected. Normally it shows up as 'Drive :I\ External disk ', but today? Nada. It's there in the bios, both as an auto and a manual detect, happily displaying the size, number of cylinders and heads etc, so I know it's spinning up properly. Equally from inside Windows it's listed in Hardware manager as working properly, similarly if I go into 'properties' / 'hardware' in one of the other drives, it's listed there (Maxtor) just like the others, it just won't appear on 'My Computer' so I can't seem to access it. I've tried disabling it and asking windows to re-install it, and it finds the actual hardware, and cheerfully re- 'enable's it, but it STILL won't show as an accessible drive.... Help ! paul
  19. Well you should start by reading the FAQ's at the top of this section, and - hopefully - you will have a bit of a grasp of the structure of TV in a foreign land. Then have a look through some of the earlier postings and you should find most of the basic info you need. After that, if you have specific questions, I'm sure we will be able to help you. But get a bit of the basics under your belt first. paul Tim - you beat me to it by about 30 seconds !
  20. I'm confused at this apparent policy change by Sky; how do they gain by clamping down on the sale of unsubsidised boxes ? They only change anything if there is the prospect of a short or long-term financial gain (not unnaturally; they are after all a money-making enterprise, not a charity). So where's the upside in this move ? I can't believe it's the rights-holders, as they've shown scant inclination to bend to their wishes in the past, and Sky's financial clout far exceeds the pressure any individual rights-holder can manage to exert. The only 'grey' area where Sky has taken a really strong line has been with clubs and pubs, where the prospective loss at the possibility of thousands of footy fans piling into pubs to watch the match on a big screen fed from a box with a 'personal' subscription, made the accountants blanch. Despite what you occasionally read in the popular prints, I've yet to see evidence of widespread, organised infringement of the broadcasting rights - to the extent where it materially affects neighbouring rights holders (I'm thinking principally of time/territory shifted sports events rights), so - again - what's the driver for this policy change ? And, just as a complete aside, it all flies in the face of the EU's 'open sky' pious hopes and aspirations for a Euro-zone without internal rights bounderies. EDIT: It's not called 'open sky' - that's airlines. I'm sure one of my esteemed fellow posters will remember what it's actualy called !
  21. [quote user="Bob T"]As an iso disk it should not run dos but go straight into the Linux install. I use Suse Linux on all our PCs and burn the iso disks with nero one our one Windows machine, which is dual boot. I don't understand why you are booting dos and changing to the drive with the iso disk in it. Boot the iso disk and see what happens. [/quote] I'm not deliberately running dos, the Bios is doing it, despite having changed to CD boot-up. Surely the CD driver needs to operate in some environment ? Would you recommend SuSe ? p
  22. Greyman - That's a natty piece of software, but it will only run in a windows environment. Robert - you are absolutely right. After I posted last night, I had a re-read and a re-think and realised I needed to author the isoimage file in Nero and make it unpack and unzip as it prepped the disk before burning. Works now, thanks (and only 2 duff CD-R's to use as bird scarers !). Kubuntu is my first venture into Linux, I'll have a look at a few others before definitively installing. SuSe, anybody ? paul
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