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Poor broadband areas

Discussion in 'off topic' started by thebiglebowski, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Freeview SD is awful.
    The other day I watched Mr Bean, as funny as I remembered but oh the picture!
    It looks far worse than when first watched back in the days.
  2. MJS

    MJS Technical Tinkerer

    It will look worse to be honest. You're watching a picture that has been selectively decimated by the content of the other channels on the same DTV multiplex and the frugality of the channel owner to pay for bandwidth. You're also probably watching it on a huge (by the standards of the day the programme was made) progressive display that has to interpolate 4:3 interlaced TV. Most SDTV looks awful on modern TVs, and don't get me started on the content that has been bought cheaply that originated in the US on film, got pulled-up to NTSC frame rates that standards converted to PAL.

    This is one part of my day job for better or worse, make a complaint to the channel - most of them do at least look at the content they've broadcast if someone complains about it. Except the BBC it seems. I complained about the frame rate conversion in a BBC4 documentary that had archive footage in it and explicitly mentioned that it wasn't the archive footage I was complaining about, but the normal content around it which appears to be a US program but converted by someone who didn't have a clue. They gave me the crap about the quality of the archived footage...
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  3. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    Wilfull misunderstanding... often employed in BBC replies to complaints I make.
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  4. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    Bring back Points of View
  5. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    Well, done this - bought the router you recommended - Huwaei B525 - and went with 3's monthly renewable uncapped data deal, on offer at £18.75 at the moment ( not the cheapest, there is £10 a month for the first 6 months and £20 thereafter on the 24 month contract, too).No external ariel needed, can see the mast and its less than a mile away. Two or three bars lit on the router.
    I'm getting between 2 and 3 times the download speed I was, in fact on broadband speed checker I was getting 6 to 8 mps download and 2 to 3 upload, now I'm getting 34 down and 12 up. And it was frequently dropping totally before.
    And we were paying £40 to £50 a month with the Post Office for broadband and landline. Going to lose the landline but its a PITA anyway, cold calls or silents a lot of the time.
    The only downside is my IT son for my last birthday fixed me up with a raspberry PI and large hard drive to, ahem, use programs like Deluge. Can't find this on my network now, so he'll sort me out at christmas, unless its sortable over the phone holding my hand.
    Anyone with a lousy copper connection to the exchange should definitely do this - its transformative.
    Thanks very much for the heads up that this is possible.
  6. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

  7. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

  8. Marky-Mark

    Marky-Mark pfm Member

    I'll second. Was very content with 10M DSL for 15 years until the company decided to buy Level 3 and let its consumer end rot. The connection slowly went to hell over two years. Now I'm paying a little bit more to the cable company to get 70/6M, and I get all of that, but other than big downloads it's not some huge improvement other than the dicksizing exercise of testing the speed. Pages don't load much faster and porn doesn't get to the good bits any sooner.
  9. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    Are you using the DHCP server on the Huawei? if so have a look under settings > security > device management and see if the Pi is showing in the wired section with an IP address (assume you have it cabled in rather than wifi)

    I have found the 2.4G wifi is a bit flakey with my Sonos stuff and has occasional hissy fits where the Sonos play 1s drop off the network completely.
  10. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    No, its wireless, he says plug a keyboard and monitor in and find if its changed ip address.
    I'll give it a go later, have to do some work now!
    Could try it wired, mind.
  11. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    It should still show up in the (2.4G or 5G) section above the wired connections if it's wireless and got an IP address ok.
  12. dweezil

    dweezil pfm Member

    That's amazing, thanks!

    Never really had much faith in ads but just upgraded from the little EE thing to the Huawei and web sites run so much better.
  13. Dowser

    Dowser Learning to bodge again..

    I think I’m UPC/ Cablecoms last Swiss customer still on their 5Mbps service - but it still serves Netflix HD content (not UHD), supports my 3 daughters surfing needs and my remote access requirements. Only limitation is someone watching Netflix while I try and make a video call for work - i just pause Netflix :)
  14. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Do you think it is fair then?

    Here for € 35 we have 4 Mbps (no TV) when in the next village 25 Mbps are available for the exact same fee, with many bundled additional services.

    We should pay less, that's rip-off.
  15. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    We are moving from a Virgin media area to one without. Only five miles down the road. I have over 150 mbps according to Virgin which is total bollocks. I actually get a third of this if I am lucky. Also virgin doesn’t play nicely with my iPad Pro and hasn’t done so for three years. It took them a year to accept there was an ‘issue’ having denied it. I am back to server dropouts so I am not that sad to kick them into touch. However from past experience leaving them isn’t easy, the last time they started sending me threats to send in debt collection, it was only when I threatened court action they backed down.
  16. Dowser

    Dowser Learning to bodge again..

    Was that for me? I wasn’t commenting on pricing - I choose to stay on 5Mbps as it only costs me chf 10.- per month. I know same setup can support 45Mbps download, as at my previous company we had a big corporate contract with UPC...and I pulled a few strings :)

    Internet is fairly priced here In CH I think - the cities are all slowly getting Gbps fiber services being rolled out from around 45.- fr per month...won’t be coming to where I live anytime soon though!
  17. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Not for you no. It appears to be different in Switzerland.

    In France everybody pays the same fee regardless of performance.
    Every subscriber can have the maximum Mbps for € 30.
    So whether you get 1 Mbps or 45 Mbps you pay € 30.
  18. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    big thanks to virgin media who came today out in this awful weather and did a great job helping install cable through a kitchen and living room and set up a router etc . sterling service from a polite helpful engineer
  19. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    We're using well over 400GB per month on BT, these 4G deals seem to be about 10x less data...
  20. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    I think you have to be fairly rich to afford broadband, not sure how many poor people use it.


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