Posted by Mick@yahoo
Does anyone know when Hebden Bridge is due to receive a digital television signal?
I know you can get digital television if you have a sky dish but you're currently out of luck if you only have the normal set up.
I did hear a rumour that there was a notice for planning permission on the booster aeriel at the top of Fairfield. I wondered if this had anything to do with upgrading to digital?
Posted by Mick@AOL
As I recall it took several years to upgrade the transmitter so that we could receive Channel 4 in the eighties; plus, given that the only way to get Channel 5 at present is to point your antenna at Emley Moor (if you have line-of-sight to it, that is) I personally would not be holding my breath for digital TV for the valley in the near future. (If I owned a television, that is, which I do not). If planning persmission for a booster aerial has been sought, I would have thought that it would probably be for digital signals given that the government wants to phase out the analogue signal by the end of the decade. So probably no Channel 5 'til then (sniff, sniff, sob).
Posted by Ben
I have a friend who works for NTL - who run all the transmitters. Apparently it will be a long time before all of these small booster tranmitters will be changed to digital due to the massive cost of it all. I am afraid we are a pretty long way down the list. Therefore the only way to get a "proper" widescreen picture is by using Sky.
Posted by Mark O'Leary
All very well to cite Sky as the fallback position, but that excludes (a) those financially unable to contemplate it, and (b) the geologically challenged amongst us who have the odd valley wall between us and the satellite.
As worthwhile content is increasingly being shunted to specialist digital channels (BBC3 and 4, news channels etc), those stuck with just the big 4 terrestrial channels are left with a diet of lowest common denominator trash. Great, I'm getting a lot more reading done and the idiot box is turned off more of the time - but I'm also being deprived of an educational and cultural resource that I still pay for through the license fee.
The valley has seen a fantastically successful campaign to bring one aspects of the digital age here (broadband), so perhaps we could channel some of that same energy into becoming annoying enough to get transmitter upgrades to keep us quiet? Perhaps our democratic representatives might like to take a lead on this one?
Posted by Peter Buckley
Is there any area of Mytholmroyd from where it is possible to access the Emley Moor transmitter? Do "High Gain" arials make a difference?
Posted by Jaq
I've been receiving digital terestrial television in Hebden Bridge for allmost 3 years now. I lived down by the canal before and got no signal, but now I've moved I get a very good reception. I also noticed the signal improving about a year ago.
Posted by Jim
Jaq, where in Hebden do you live? Does anyone else recieve digital ok?
Posted by Andi Bentley
I live on the Birchcliffe side of Hebden and there is no signal for digital at all. If I was further up the hill I would probably receive it and Channel 5 too but, like most people I'm not holding my breath for digital. Even though the change from analogue to digital will be final in 9 years, the prospect of Hebden Bridge going digital will, no doubt be 5 years after! A good example of course was broadband. Just look at how long it took for us to receive that here. I think most people will opt for Sky in the long run but if,like my neighbour you have a listed building, it looks like most will have to wait!
Posted by Mark O'Leary
I see from the recent Council free sheet that they are developing 24 hour access to council services and information via the magical digital TV "red button". Something else I won't be able to access. Still the article did pay attention to those of us without any form of digital access: it noted that analogue TV is due to be turned off in 2010, presumably an observation intended to reassure us that something will _surely_ have been done by then...
Hebweb, how about organising a webpage along the lines of a pinboard map, so we can see where in our area each of the various forms of digital TV coverage reaches, how many people are without any option at present...?
(Sounds a good idea - we'll see what we can do)
Posted by Jim
Does anyone know about reception in windy Old Town?
Posted by Andy Dyson
Just a not to let you know that digitial tv can be received at the top end of Pecket Well from the granada transmitter (via a normal freeview box). The signal is weak but it works fine.
Posted by Andrew Hall
If Calderdale Council are offering 24/7 services through digital tv then surely they should make sure that everyone has access to such service. Even if it means subsidising NTL, they should ensure all the local transmitters are digitally enabled.
If they don't, then they are indulging in discriminatory practices - surely not very politically correct for a local authority.