I realise that I ought to write something profound about the election campaign for the local elections, the confusion surrounding the negotiations about the globalisation funds or perhaps even a review of Niels Krause-Kjær’s biography of Lars Løkke Rasmussen – for professional reviews, look here: 1, 2, 3 – but instead you will be getting an update about my adventures in digital television.
As we all know, Denmark went digital in the big bang style at midnight on 1 November. No more analogue television, three new public service channels and the country-wide introduction of terrestrial subscription tv.
So, how did it go? Well, I have had digital tv since last year when I bought an mpeg2 decoder. The story about setting up a new mpeg4 decoder has been told, but the real excitement was what would happen when one MUX became five.
Strange things happened: I performed a channel search but nothing appeared. Then I tried moving the areal and – whoops – some fifteen channels were added. But there were still some missing. Enter some manual searches and I had the full thirty-five.
But now the problem was that the channels in MUX1 came through nicely when I had the areal in its usual position, but I had to move it to the other side of the tv-set to watch the channels in MUX2. Which meant that I couldn’t watch my old channels. The pay-tv channels appeared when I performed a bit of contortionism in front of the tv-set. Not particularly practical. My assumption was that the areal ought to be closer to the window – but then I needed a longer cable.
Cable found and plugged earlier today. A bit of twisting and turning, and now I have four out of five MUXes working nicely. For some reason the MUX with CNN and the Disney Channel stubbornly refuses to give a decent signal (boo-hoo 😛 ). Just to add to the confusion, the tricky MUX is broadcast on channel 27; channels 22, 25, 43 and 49 work.
Anyway: I now have access to more tv than I have had since 2005. But what do you (i.e. I) do with twenty channels? I mean, I had ten from 2005 to 2008 and four from 2008 until now. Oh: Now I know. Listen to a podcast on the AppleTV, that’s what!