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 Hi All.  I really don’t want to buy a new telly! But, I didn’t want to miss the final episode of The Great Model Railway Challenge either. and spending my Model Railway budget on a one eyed monster, when it could do something worthwhile. So what do I do? There is two local railway lines passing by the front door ?almost. And they make an awful mess of TV Reception. So just after we moved in I arranged for a Sky dish which gives perfect reception.Now I am told that a Sky dish isn’t any good. Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Kevin,

You could always watch The Great Model Railway challenge on You tube  - this link is to episode 3  -

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If it gives perfect reception, why isn't it any good?  Everyone is an expert!!  If it works, don't fix it!!  But there are also lots of broadband providers, if you can go that way...…

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Hi Dave.  Thank you for your reply. But, not in the UK. I just clicked on the link and “ due to copyright “ it has been blocked. Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Michael. Thank you for your reply. My previous telly was twenty years old, but it worked fine with the Sky dish, until it stopped working, If I purchase a new “ smart television “ ? I have been told that the Sky dish would be no good,and I need a loft aerial? But, with the Southern, the South Eastern,  the Thameslink and the London Overground passing Close by all day, that  would be back to square one. And anyway I would rather spend the time on the railway. Best wishes Kevin 

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I watch the challenge on my PC don't have a TV.

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Hi Mike.  Thank you very much. But I am using my iPad at the time. Admittedly I have a BBC iPlayer Account,alas I cannot get channel 5 . I did manage however to watch 4 on my laptop, maybe I should get around to fixing it?
That is my aim to be without a TV.   Best wishes Kevin 

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gdaysydney wrote: Hi Kevin,

You could always watch The Great Model Railway challenge on You tube  - this link is to episode 3  -


Well, I wasn't aware that YouTube was geographically restricted in the same way as the on demand TV channels are, eg BBC, Ch4, Ch5, etc, as the link works just fine for me in France. 

Sorry you're having such difficulties Kevin. Can anyone in the UK see it on Youtube?

Never mind, 2 of the 3 layouts weren't that great, but there were certainly some characters there.

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I have a 23" monitor so My5/Channel 5 work fine for me.

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Hi Bill. Thank you. “ Viva la difference “?  Well that was the response when I clicked on the link. Something to do with copyright, they say, more like “ screw every penny out of you “ I say. Maybe I should investigate it further?Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Mike. That is a big monitor, the screen on my laptop is 17” when I get it going. Best wishes Kevin 

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Longchap wrote: gdaysydney wrote: Hi Kevin,

You could always watch The Great Model Railway challenge on You tube  - this link is to episode 3  -


Can anyone in the UK see it on Youtube?

Never mind, 2 of the 3 layouts weren't that great, but there were certainly some characters there.

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Just tried the link.

It gives the following message on the video screen.

Video Unavailable
This video contains content from Chanel 5, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.

To be honest there have been a couple of reasonable layouts so far, and a lot of not so good, and some of the "characters" especially in the first episode came across as way to cocky (polite version) for my liking.


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Hi Andy.  Thank you for your reply. I am with you in that argument. But if it is good for everyone????? Well we leave it there for politeness. But as it happens the that the TV 📺 packed up was the day the new licence arrived, paid by the bank out of my account.   Best wishes Kevin 

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I consider myself lucky then, that the Sky system works well here (42" monitor since size apparently matters :)), as does YouTube and Amazon Prime, not that I've watched TV that much all summer, as being outdoors is way more fun.

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Hi Bill. Thank you very much. I totally agree, as old as I feel? I don’t want to be confined to my armchair whilst I can walk, even though it can be a PITA at times , and I am still thinking about taming the garden jungle . Keep smiling. Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Kevin,
I think you need to go to a store that knows what they are selling. There are ways to configure a smart tv so it works with sky, you may need somebody to set it up. Plus interface boxes are available if you want freesat.

Doesn't the UK have internet TV? Our smart Samsung is connected wirelessly to the TV cable  box and internet. The former with an add-on transmitter/receiver, the latter as a device. 

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The Great model Railway Challenge is available here:-

https://www.my5.tv/the-great-model-railway-challenge/season-1

for members in the UK, but I think I'm repeating myself

Any TV can be connected to a satellite dish with an appropriate box (in my case Freesat), you just need to select the correct input on the TV, e.g. HDM1, or whatever connection you've used to connect the box to the TV.

You don't have to use the inbuilt Freeview of Freesat receivers in the TV.
 



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Hi Nigel. Thank you. As I said the recent TV to breakdown is twenty years old . And I have been told that the new TV ‘s have different connections to my Sky box, which I suppose is the interface. And that would mean a new one. But modern TV’s come with Freeview Built in, apart from that, if you consider the fact that I only returned to Model Railways because of the Rubbish that is broadcast every day. Best wishes Kevin 

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Ed wrote:[highlight= rgb(248, 248, 248);]The Great model Railway Challenge is available here:-
https://www.my5.tv/the-great-model-railway-challenge/season-1

for members in the UK, but I think I'm repeating myself

Any TV can be connected to a satellite dish with an appropriate box (in my case Freesat), you just need to select the correct input on the TV, e.g. HDM1, or whatever connection you've used to connect the box to the TV.

You don't have to use the inbuilt Freeview of Freesat receivers in the TV.
 



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Hi Ed. Thank you . I am open to any advice? But I have read a lot of “ facts “ about altzimers ? And sitting in the armchair in front of the TV all day doesn’t do one any good. And with the repeats that are broadcast daily that just adds insult to injury.
Best wishes Kevin 

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In my case Kevin, it's just generally background noise.

However, I do watch the news bulletins and there are some good railway, general engineering and history programmes on the Yesterday channel.
 
There are also some good old comedy programmes that still make me laugh, however many times I've seen them.



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Hi Ed.   Thank you. Yes every Christmas, they roll out the same films, and I still watch them, but the rest of the year it is just soaps and the best of ,or vintage Corrie, I was looking forward to see Charles Bronson getting his revenge again though.   Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Kevin,
No, I think you need an additional box between the the tv and the sky box. Google smart tv and sky, plenty of ideas. 

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Hi Nigel. Thank you.  I will have to look 👀 into it . But my priority is , apart from the household, 50% fiddleyard and 50% Garden. If I keep busy all day I’ll sleep better at night rather than falling to sleep 💤 watching the gogglebox.Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Ed.  Thank you very much. I am only repeating what I have been told. About modern TV. Even if I speak to the experts I only have their words to go on.  Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Mike. Further to my TV problem, when we first moved in, I was like a “ Herring on a griddle “ moving the aerial to get better reception. Enough of that, I called in the local TV Aerial Company, but would not supply an aerial due to the close proximity of the Southern Electric Trains.  To cut a long story short, we got a Sky dish and box, perfect picture. But I have read that a Sky dish will not work with a Freeview TV. Any advice. Best wishes Kevin 

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Kevin I Googled
Sky dish and Freeview   and found these      4 of many

http://freeviewnz.tv/faq-library/equipment/can-i-use-my-sky-satellite-dish/
https://freeviewforum.co.nz/forum/topics/problem-with-sky-and-freeview-from-same-satellite-dish
https://www.freeview.co.uk/support/before-you-buy/reception-aerials-and-coverage/can-i-get-freeview-through-my-satellite-dish.html
https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?topicid=179221



I just noticed, they are all New Zealand answers but you try to google the same in the UK

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There is no problem running a Sky, or any other satellite box,  or DVD player, video, camera, etc, through a TV fitted with freeview. You just select the relevant source, or input, for Sky, one of the HDMI ones and Robert's your mother's brother.

We run three sets this way for ourselves and the holiday cottages without problems. Besides viewing Sky, we watch freeview for French channels and also a second sat box for other French and European channels, not forgetting the DVD player, by selecting the relevant input channel on the TV remote.

This set up works irrespective where in the world you are, you just need to select the right input source for your video feed, simples!

Happy viewing Kevin,

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Hi Ron. Thank you for your reply. I did google it myself,but, all I found was “ negative information “ ,then I asked around and was told that it may work, but, no one would commit themselves. Comments like go to Argos, but that’s not very good. Nevertheless I will investigate. Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Bill. Thank you for your reply. My Sky box and dish are very old? About 15 years, does that matter at all ? Because I am not certain about the remote control, some of the buttons are wearing out, a bit like me? But I will pluck up the courage and go to Curry’s PC World .   Best wishes Kevin 

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The buttons for selecting the input channel on the TV are via the TV remote Kevin. 

You can buy a new Sky remote if your old one doesn't work anymore, or do what I do and use the buttons on the Sky box (I must order a new one!).

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Hi Bill. Thank you for your reply.  I didn’t know it was that simple, buying a new remote. I will have to sort all that out.It’s so long since I put a TV I am completely out of touch.  Best wishes Kevin 

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Kevin just take a picture of the BACK of your sky satellite box with your Ipad, then take your Ipad with you to CURRYS PC World, show them  the picture and ask them to advise you on which connection to use on whichever TV you choose. If you go for a smart tv you can connect it to the internet and that also gives you access to all the catch up tv services and also youtube etc. Its worth working out what the maximum size of TV best fits the room it will be in as you can guarantee they will try and talk you into the biggest tv they can sell you !
Dont be afraid to get them to write down the details (model and make) of a couple of tv's and come back on here to ask adviice BEFORE you part with your hard earned cash   for info only ours is a Sony bravia 43 inch, takes all standard connections- aerial, scart, satalite cable, Hdmi, usb (for external storage) and also ethernet cable or Wifi for internet

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Hi Matt. Thank you for your reply. That is the most sensible advice, for a novice, that I have had. But I don’t want one of them “ Wall Hugging TV’s “ that take up the wall, as it happens i only watch a few programmes a week and usually while I am having lunch or tea . Best wishes Kevin 

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You dont HAVE to buy a large tv Kevin its your choice, they go right down to laptop screen size and if you are not worried about all the bells and whistles then concider a second hand one. Ok no gurantee but cheap as chips from one of these cash converter places as people are constantly buying bigger, newer, more modern ones and getting rid of older style ones. Still take a picture of your sky box connections to check whatever you buy is suitable
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:mrgreen:Hi Matt. What it was, my cousin’s son told me about the prices, as the tellys get better, in another six months they slash the prices. I may as well wait :mutley:mutley:mutley and in the meantime “ Play Trains “. But seriously I am giving my consideration.  Best wishes Kevin 

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But Kevin which six months ?  Its like computers,  they are pretty much obsolete before they are even sold so you could wait and wait and wait and they will Still be out of date. . Just buy one and have done wigh it  :mutley

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Hi Matt. Thank you. You do have a point, granted, but I could just be making excuses. In between playing trains, I will give it my utmost consideration, really. I have seen a tv advertised that turns off when one either falls asleep or leaves the room. I need one that will wake you up if you fall asleep 😴.  Best wishes Kevin 

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Yep.  That's a smart power board, Kevin.

The Government Greenies came around and gave us three of them - and some low energy light bulbs.

It works off the remote and turns off the TV and sound bar if there is no movement on the remote control for 10 minutes.

It's got an LED which flashes when it's about to shut it down.  Then you have to turn the volume up or down to continue watching.

It's seriously annoying.

We threw our in the bin after a few months.

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Hi Max. Thank you for your reply. I am trying to create a device like the one built into driving cabs ( a modern version of the deadman’s handle)  which wishes keep me alert. Because I just fall asleep watching whatever programme is on. Good, bad or indifferent.  Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Matt.  I have just been reading online, about an alleged incident reported in the Daily Mail  about an LG smart TV.That had been spying on the household and reporting back to the headquarters in South Korea . This is much worse than credit/ debit cards in Supermarkets spying on ones purchases. Any comments?  Best wishes Kevin 

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Oh gawd Kevin even the fridge is spying on us these days. .(our telly does'nt have a web cam thank gawd or some poor little Korean would be scarred for life watching me  in me skimpies scratching me wotsits of an evening  :mutley 
And how about all these chips in locos ? I'M sure my Mrs has these programmed so they wirelessly send back information to her tablet via the cloud on just how long I spend in the shed, and also reporting on new aditions to the loco stables.

   My point is EVERYTHING is pretty much spying on us these days. Do I worry about it ? No., If some little Korean is interested in MY  life as oposed to the billions of others on the planet then good luck to them !   I have also found in life if you ask 10 people a question you will get 15 different answers ! Some of them  contradicting their own answers . Have you ever watched the Muppets ? Stadler and Waldorf, the two old hecklers on the balcony would start to heckle one of the acts saying they were rubbish or great, then start arguing with themselves and by the end would completely change their stance !    So go ask your questions, take the 20 different answers, filter out the daft, misinformed,  completely off topic or rude ones, and then of the 3 left, pick the most likely and run with it.  My point pretty much is if we listen to everything everyone tells us all of the time. . . Adding in the fake news and misinformation we see on google, youtube and every other source on 'tinternet'  we would never ever DO  anything. I have no idea how much longer I will be around but I'm pretty sure I've got a lot less time left than I've had, and of course there is that proverbial bus that might get me tomorrow !  I just say S@d it and  just do things now while I can. Go buy your telly. . Or just go play trains  :thumbs
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Hi Matt. Thank you.  I never thought of it like that. I have had my “ 3 Score Years and 10 “ so I have had more than I am likely to expect.  Best wishes Kevin 

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I agree with Matt. Everything is spying on you and aren’t at the same time!
All these tracking things don’t really care about the person as such but how people interact or how much time spent doing things so they can improve user experience by better programs or targeted advertising etc. I wouldn’t worry too much about your TV! Lol

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Well, it's not working for me, Chris.  :lol:

The level of my satisfaction with television programming is falling; and bombarding me with ads for stuff I don't want, is plain annoying.

Eventually they will wake up to the fact that money spent on employing nerds to make algorithms should be put to better use improving the quality of their products.

A case in point . . .  Recently we obtained quotes from three local builders to make a carport for us.  Two came in at around A$10,000.  One was A$20,000.  Stratco spends huge amounts on TV advertising; and it's reflected in their price.

Rant over.  :cool:

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Hi Chris. Thank you for joining the debate Have you gotta”Smart TV”?  and what is your opinion of it? Then how do you build a railway if you keep leaving it to watch the Gogglebox?    Best wishes Kevin 

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Hey Kevin. I do have a tv which is called “smart”. It just means it’s connected to the internet so can run YouTube and Netflix without having to plug anything in. 
I have Sky but I’m assuming that by your question about hooking it up that you don’t have a HD box and just one with a Scart socket. You can buy quite cheaply a scart splitter which can then connect to the ‘component’ in on the tv (mine came with a wire which joins them up into the tv). 

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Hi Chris. Thank you very much. My newest telly was a prize from Noel Edmonds and the BBC when I was still working, and I retired in 1999. And that, apart from the Sky Dish and Box is the sum total of my knowledge on TV.Best wishes Kevin 

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I gave my TV away 2 years ago, had not watched anything since new year's eve 2014, and that was only to keep son in law company. I listen to radio for maybe a bit less than an hour a day, radio alarm in the morning and snooze at night. I only have a bog standard landline phone, no mobile nor pad/tablet etc.

I vaguely remember when football, cricket, snooker, darts etc were games not media events; music on radio is rarely anything not in the current top however many, be it classical or pop.

I partly blame Marconi, if it hdn't been for his experiments back in the early 1900s we might not have had any radio.

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Hi Chris.  Yes, but it took three weeks to get picked out.  Best wishes Kevin 

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Kevin, I don;t know about UK TV channels but here in the land of Oz, our main stations have the majority of programs available to watch via the Internet. In fact with some programs, one can watch all the episodes before they get aired on normal TV times.

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Hi Ron. Thank you for your reply. I am able to watch BBC1,2,& 4 on my iPad, I must get my laptop working, and I even managed to tune in my iPad recently, to watch channel 5 but it gave up half way through “ Death Wish 5 “ and a message appeared which I didn’t understand, which meant that I was not tuned in. But the first hour was okay, half of the film. The only wizards in the UK are probably the wrong people to get involved with.   Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Bill.  This is any reply. The Lady Judge from the “Great Model Railway Challenge “. Can now be seen, if you should so want to, doing demonstrations for that famous US model railway scenic accessories company. Just a thought?    Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi All. It is now the 30th January 2019. And reading through the television supplement, I am not missing much .Occasionally there is a film that I would like to see, but that is as rare as hens teeth. I have discovered that even if I eventually buy one it will have to be a regular set, no fancy overpriced luxury . Best wishes Kevin 

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I was wondering if this ever got sorted out and you eventually found a Smart TV that connected to your old Sky box and you managed to get a digital aerial for the Freeview!! 
I have a Smart TV, which is connected via the internet and I had an old Sky box running on it for 2 years (no subscription) connected it via SCART lead with absolutely no problems.

Last year, just so I could watch The Great Model Railway Competition on playback I got a digital aerial fitted. I no longer watch the Sky box at all and just use the Freeview. I have Amazon Prime and Netflix for films so well covered in that respect.

I rarely watch TV, and if I do, its usually at the end of movie night for 10 minutes before going to bed. The wife is usually working (teacher) and I would rather be up in my railway room building a kit or messing with the layout!


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Hi Ian   Thank you again. I always thought that it was the TV that sent me to sleep 💤. How wrong I was. I just fall asleep. To be truthful I am not into modern films especially with animation or sci-fi, I only watch Quiz programmes and the occasional documentary or railway film. Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Ron.  This is another belated reply. Good or bad I have decided to cut off my TV link. I cancelled my licence today Whether one day I will regret it I don’t know? but for now I am going to give it a go. I will have to do more reading, I have a library ticket, that probably needs renewal, a simple matter with computers . Being a readable plastic card. Best wishes Kevin 

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I assume you have a radio Kevin .........................

IMHO, you ought to have either a radio or a TV to "stay in touch" - unless of course, you read at least 3 daily newspapers - 1 left, 1 right and 1 centre.  :thumbs

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Kevin could use the internet Peter
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I'm completely with Peter on this one Kevin and cannot emphasis enough the importance of keeping in touch with what's happening in the world and probably more importantly, having an external input to stimulate the mind, to laugh at and occasionally answer back to!

You might consider putting the BBC iPlayer Radio App on your tablet. I use it every single day, usually Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra for drama and classic radio comedy. I find it great company and you also don't need a tv license to listen to the radio, even on BBC iPlayer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4z7m7V0ZRtbdCb53BcNwRlQ/download-the-iplayer-radio-app

It's free, easy to use and a great sanity saver!

Just hit the iPad & iPhone under the Apple logo for an easy download.

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Hi Petermac. Thank you for your reply. I am considering the purchase of a digital radio, no licence required.I haven’t heard the Archers for such a long time.  Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Ron.  Thank you for your reply. That may be a jolly good idea, but, with a radio my hands would be free.Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Bill . Thank you for your reply. That is why I am always watching YouTube videos, not quite the same I am certain.Long time ago now we would listen to programmes like “ Around the Horn “ , “ Family Favourites “ ,some of them unbelievable “ Educating Archie “, and many many more. Not forgetting the “ Goon Show “ . A lot of stars got to be famous through radio.  Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Bill, Ron, Petermac.   I dug out my Radio, and dusted off the years of fluff, plugged it in, the  batteries in the remote control are still okay . At the time of writing, I am listening to Radio Two, it will do for now and I will search for Radio Four later, but I have got a CD of the Rolling Stones when I get fed up with Steve Wright?  Best wishes Kevin 

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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Bill . Thank you for your reply. That is why I am always watching YouTube videos, not quite the same I am certain.Long time ago now we would listen to programmes like “ Around the Horn “ , “ Family Favourites “ ,some of them unbelievable “ Educating Archie “, and many many more. Not forgetting the “ Goon Show “ . A lot of stars got to be famous through radio.  Best wishes Kevin 
All those great shows you mention and more Kevin, are on the BBC Radio iPlayer on Radio 4 Extra and you can listen right now on your iPad.
Bill  :???:

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Hi Bill. Thank you for your reply. After digging out the radio, that will do for now, besides I was young and silly then and anything would do, the difference now, is that I am older and silly but, more discerning what my “ Lug Holes “ put up with.   Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Matt.  I don’t know if you have caught up with this thread? But I have given up on TV altogether. I am sitting here on Sunday evening, listening to Radio 4 . I now have to get used listening again.  Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Petermac Thank you for your concern. Before I turned in my FM ghetto blaster/ CD Player to BBC 2 and later BBC 4. I wrongly assumed that I required a digital radio . But the “Archers” are not quite the same without 
Dan and Doris and of course Walter Gabriel. It is like learning to pay attention all over again, and using ones ears.
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Must admit I probably listen to the radio or play music as much as I watch Tv and even then the TV We watch is pre recorded most of the time 

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Hi Matt.   Thank you for your reply. The facts that I forgot about Radio plays, it is almost like reading a book, you have to use your imagination , and more of the senses are used. Television does all that for you. Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Mike.  Now that I have decided to give up the television for good, I do miss the run of repeats at Christmas, depending on whether I can tune in my Laptop to take DVD’s? I remember that you mentioned a Monitor, I also have a DVD player, could I connect that to a monitor if I have one.  Best wishes Kevin 


                 

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