Wednesday, May 17, 2006

TV goes digital

My place of Residence, Ludwigshafen, has been moved from analogue television to DVB-T. This was a hard transition, the analogue modes simply shutdown yesterday.

The impact is limited, however, most households having cable or sat, and the digital programming now limited to 11 publicly-financed channels. And for me, who scarcely uses his TV at all besides watching DVDs, there is not really a down side to this anyway. Well, I did buy and program a receiver, and I actually found a channel making use of the novel digital features: ARTE, the French/German cultural station, and one of the few I can stand watching, broadcasts with German and French audio streams. Voila.

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