Around November last year, we splashed out and bought a wide-screen TV and digital set top box after having no television for the greater part of a year. I was on Buffy withdrawl, cold-turkey, and it wasn’t pleasant. The digital set top box wasn’t a luxury – it was a necessity if we were to watch TV – our reception in this area is crap.
So the Widescreen arrived (all hail the widescreen) and its sidekick Digital Box. And they went forth merrily, broadcasting clearly into our homes, and yea, there were even some extra channels. And we saw that it was good (except for most of the stuff on TV).
Things began to go wrong in January, when we had to have the Digital Set Top Box replaced. Shortly after the Widescreen began to fail, switching itself on and off. We had it fixed, and now it has reccurred. We are currently trying to get a replacement.
In the meantime, our reception has gone down the tube, even with the set top box. We think it’s to do with some scaffolding and/or cranes that have gone up recently. So even when we get our TV back, it will be unwatchable, and likely to remain so for 6 months (at least – there is a possibility that it won’t improve).
So $3000 worth of television equipment aside, we are back to watching DVDs on the computer.