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TV dropping out in Ocean Shores

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We moved into Ocean Shores mid 80s and only had two TV channels, usually both were ‘snowy’.

Many years ago we led the surge to have improved television reception with a new TV tower built on Lions Lookout, Ocean Shores, fully paid for by a federal government communications grant.

What a difference that made for thousands of Ocean Shores families ! We then had five channels with crystal clear reception and no more problems.

This was still analogue technology time, and for many years we were still able to keep our old analogue TV with perfect reception, long after the Labour government gave every household a cheque for $1,000 as an economic boost.

Many people bought wide screen digital TVs with that $1,000, including an elderly friend of ours, who from then on complained daily about constant drop outs in reception (ie. black screens with no warning) and people speaking or singing on screen that is delayed (ie. their mouths don’t match up with their words) and the weather has nothing to do with it. Sometimes whole stations drop out for hours, and that was enough for us to swear we would not be trading our analogue TV in on a digital TV ever !

Then the Government retired analogue and forced everyone to go digital. We persevered by buying a ‘set top box’ (still with perfect reception) until we had no choice and had to buy a digital TV just recently, and found that digital reception, even with the cost of a new antennae booster, and a technician to install this new technology, that digital technology is CRAP compared to analogue.

Digital systems do not give improved or quality reception as promoted.

If you’re not happy with your poor TV reception, even after multiple resets then complain via email to [email protected] or to the Telecommunications Ombudsman with their online complaint form or write to PO Box 276, Collins St. West, Victoria 8007.

Tina & Stan Petroff, Ocean Shores


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