Digital switchover update
The trade has now settled down ‘post-switchover’. Reception conditions in Oxfordshire have improved as a result of the switchover and we are finding it easier to achieve reliable reception for Oxfordshire viewers. The take up for receivers for the new HD services from the Oxford transmitter has not been as great as we anticipated, however there has been a demand for connections for internet TV. Customers buying Smart-TVs which can receive services like BBC i – player and 4OD are asking us to connect their TVs to their broadband routers. We are now fully equipped and able to carry out this work.
We have also found that Oxford’s Sky TV viewers are keen to have their High Definition signals available at additional points in their house – in HD! Sending these signals down CAT5 (computer) cables is now fairly economical and we have been doing a few of these installations. This type of installation fits in well with our role as Oxford’s official local ‘Sky Expert’, carrying out any specialist installation that Sky’s own installers can’t do.
We are frequently recommended by Sky to carry out unusual installs where a discrete installation is necessary. We have recently carried out an installation where the dish needed to be hidden 200 metres form the house. We installed fibre optic cable to take the signal the long distance back to the house and all worked well.