TS News - Digital Fails Dutch Weather Test

TELE-satellit News, 26 November 1996

Digital Fails Dutch Weather Test
  HILVERSUM, Netherlands, 96/11/26 (Sat-ND) -- A lot of Dutch TV screens
turned black during the last few days. Many cable companies proved
incapable of receiving some digital feeds during heavy clouds and/or snow.
Channels like RTL-5 and TMF-9 were affected most.

  TMF is the system with the most disturbances even during normal weather,
with sound and picture failing to come through sometimes. These problems
could turn out an enormous setback for digital television if even the
strong Astra signals show such obvious problems. It remains to be seen what
happens when the weather really gets bad.

  The problem is worse in the Netherlands because such a large percentage
of TV viewers receive programming via cable.

  By: Jitse Groen
  Source: Sat-ND
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