I’m afraid I can’t do that

We are most firmly in the interactive digital age now. How do I know? A couple of days ago my digital Freeview

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Digital TV – the way ahead, if you can see it…

Well here’s a wonderful thing. We moved into the digital TV age several years back now and looked forward to brilliantly clear pictures and no more worries about tuning stations. Until last Wednesday. Now all our digital TV contrivances had been warning us we would need to rescan them on 25 March to be able to continue to watch anything other than four terrestrial analogue channels (We couldn’t get Five on analogue before anyway). I didn’t think it would be too tricky, after all I wrestle with networks of computers and t’Internet on a daily basis. All you have to do is find the right buttons on the remote and it’s pretty automatic.

And so it turned out, kinda. A subtle side effect was that all the favourites that I had laboriously set up on each digital TV thingy so they all matched had been wiped so they had to be recreated from scratch. Now in the scheme of things hardly a disaster I grant you. No-one was injured, no ambulances had to be called and no animals were hurt in the process. However just as every designer thinks they have the best design, demonstrably better than anyone else, so it is that every digital TV appliance designer thinks they have the best way to organise your channels. The idea being that you can shuffle the less than useful channels to the nether regions of your list, only to be seen when you are looking for an obscure radio channel. Well my experience tells me most of them are wrong. Of course I could have paused to read the manual, but that would have sat uncomfortably with my carefully nurtured techie persona, and therefore was effectively a non-option. Still the sense of empowerment after I had got the channels in the order I wanted almost made it worth it.

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