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Watching the snow

Spain has switched off all its analogue television broadcasting. We now have TDT, Televisión Digital Terrestre. I don't know what it's called in the UK but its, terrestrial broadcasting, the stuff that comes in through a standardish looking TV aerial and which used to require one of the set top decoders before they started building them in to all those nice flat screen sets.

It hasn't affected us at all because all of the major broadcasters have been transmitting digital signals for ages and we've watched digital telly in Culebrón for the last three or four years, for most of the time we were in Ciudad Rodrigo and here in Cartagena. The available channels vary a little from area to area but we currently have about thirty stations (including the dross such as shopping channels) and maybe ten radio channels. Nonetheless, some of the smaller broadcasters, the TV stations that broadcast within one town for instance, were only available through analogue signals. When I was channel hopping yesterday I came across the message in the picture. It just says that the signal has been turned off.

I understand that we're a couple of years ahead of the EU deadline and in front of the UK which seems odd when you consider that HD television isn't available here (as far as I know) and where there is no DAB radio.


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