I’m only a punter but I can’t punt on Sundays. By this I mean that
I am a genuine punter - an absolute horse racing fanatic, in fact.
I happily glue myself to the terrestrial television channels to watch my
favourite sport during the week. However, horse racing is only available
on Sky Digital on Sundays so I arranged to upgrade my analogue satellite
subscription to digital. And that’s where this sorry tale of woe
After half an hour, the engineer informed me that while he was happy to
fix the new dish to the side of my house, as soon as the leaves grew on
the tree 50 yards away, my picture quality would suffer to the point
that it wouldn’t be worth watching.
He explained that while the analogue dish was not affected, the tree
prevented the digital signal from being picked up properly, resulting in
the subsequent loss of picture on my screen. He went on to explain that
even if he put my dish up now, by the summer the leaves on the tree
would totally block the signal and the picture would be very poor
By this point, I was incredulous. How many other punters does this
On asking the engineer, it turns out that he comes across this problem
at least once a day. How can the Government even contemplate switching
off analogue if the leaves on a tree 50 yards from my house are going to
prevent me from receiving digital TV?
Short of bulldozing every tree situated near a house, I can’t think of
any alternative. People will be affected everywhere and when the
analogue signal gets switched off, we’re all going to be out on the
streets, bored and eager to find alternative entertainment. The
Government doesn’t realise what it’s started.