One of the side effects of the recent weather, has been the disappearance of many of our normal TV channels. We use a service called Freeview. It connects to the TV for free, once you have got the system in your TV set, or as in our case, via a PVR.
The aerial on our house is pointing out in the right direction, but has recently been affected by being overgrown by the branches of the oak tree at the front. So when it is windy, or raining heavily (almost every day) the signal breaks down, and we receive a message that there is ‘No Signal.’
Over the past few days, this problem has been exacerbated by wind and rain, once again. Tonight, we finally lost most channels completely, so I am ‘News Blind’, and most of the film channels have also disappeared too. This has created an interesting dilemma. Do we watch the poor output- basically crap – of the channels still available, or do we just forget that we have a TV? We can watch DVD films instead, or things that are left on the PVR. But as it approaches 10 PM, maybe we should chat, or do something like read a book?
I write a lot about the weather, as I am sure that you are aware. However, I think that this is the first time that it has affected TV reception so badly, that we have to consider the alternative of life without TV. It reminds me of the 1960s. Only two channels, poor reception, and little to watch in the late evening, unless you had a really strong signal. So much for embracing the ‘Modern Age.’ It doesn’t seem to be up to our expectations.
Then again, what is?