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Old 07-10-2021, 19:30   #106
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iirc people living in Milton Keynes also were not able to erect television aeriels and had to get their television from a cable service.
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iirc people living in Milton Keynes also were not able to erect television aeriels and had to get their television from a cable service.
Correct - Milton Keynes had a cable system operated originally by the Post Office (later BT) IIRC. For many years planning rules absolutely forbade external aerials of any kind.
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has this now changed?
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It isn’t the case now, and it wasn’t the case by the time digital switchover occurred, so the rules must have been relaxed decades ago now.

I wonder if it had something to do with the famously crud cable network which NTL inherited and was frequently the source of complaints on the original version of this forum.
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It isnít the case now, and it wasnít the case by the time digital switchover occurred, so the rules must have been relaxed decades ago now.

I wonder if it had something to do with the famously crud cable network which NTL inherited and was frequently the source of complaints on the original version of this forum.
That was the old Videotron network that was part of Cable&Wireless, before it was then acquired by ntl. Back then only a basic digital service was possible, no interactive or on demand so the cable boxes were stuck on an old software verson with internal modems that couldn't be used. It wasn't until around 200 when that network was finally upgraded.
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I have a friend who one time told me he had a cable ready TV that went up to 1000..

He scanned all the way up and found music in the 800s (I guess because music is not incrypted he could see it in the clear)

He also said he found a test pattern on 140

Ah man!!
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That was the old Videotron network that was part of Cable&Wireless, before it was then acquired by ntl. Back then only a basic digital service was possible, no interactive or on demand so the cable boxes were stuck on an old software verson with internal modems that couldn't be used. It wasn't until around 200 when that network was finally upgraded.
It did surprise me that cable took so long to launch on demand services. If they had launched them when they launched their digital services it would have given a USP on Sky and onDigital/ITV Digital.
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