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Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels [and general Cablecom problems]

http://www.digi-tv.ch/news-talk-abou...ender-auf.html

-FIVE
-E4
-More 4
-BBC Three
-BBC Four
-CBBC
-CBeebies
-ITV3
-ITV4

ITV1 + 2, BBC 1+2 and Channel 4 are already there. Nice work!

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Old 05.03.2009, 20:20
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

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Old 05.03.2009, 20:24
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

Has this already happened?
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

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I believe it is on the 17 of March..so not too long to wait!

http://www.cablecom.ch/en/index/tvra....htm?setlang=4
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

very nice! Could someone with more German than me tell me if this is going to be available on the basic package or subscription only?
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very nice! Could someone with more German than me tell me if this is going to be available on the basic package or subscription only?
They're all part of the (basic) digital package
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

is that only via a set-top box or is that just by plugging a TV into the regular cablecom plug in the wall?

i.e. do I have to pay for them

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Old 05.03.2009, 20:30
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is that only via a set-top box or is that just by plugging a TV into the regular cablecom plug in the wall?

i.e. do I have to pay for them

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It's only via digital (which requires one of the STBs)
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March 17 is the date according the Cablecom website.
German information here:
http://www.cablecom.ch/index/tvradio...09-Anchor_0403

English information here:
http://www.cablecom.ch/en/index/tvra...9-Anchor_0403e


So there will be fewer people on the forum as they will be watching TV?
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

Excellent news!! I, too, would ask if the channels are already added or are they in the pipeline? I followed the link and think they're due on 17 March but I can't read German so maybe that date's unrelated to the new channels. Channel Five's a huge time-thief for me - CSI, CSI and CSI! And E4, too.

Okay, let's be honest, CBeebies is my favourite from that lot - cute talking animals, simple plot lines, happy endings, what's not to like?
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

Hey!

So what's the deal with the British channels??? Wondering why they constantly change what's on ... like you're watching a show for a while, and suddenly it's off the air. What's up with that? Any ideas?

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Old 05.03.2009, 21:25
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

Does this apply to the whole of the country or just the rosti munching area?
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

That will make a difference to content instead of watching emerdale and coronation street all the time!
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Does this apply to the whole of the country or just the rosti munching area?
Hey! I munch Roesti (and spaetzli) with the best of them and I'm in the best bit of the country as well!
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So what's the deal with the British channels??? Wondering why they constantly change what's on ... like you're watching a show for a while, and suddenly it's off the air. What's up with that? Any ideas?

Cheers,
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I'm not entirely sure why this happens - generally I think the announcer would tell you it's ' the last in the current series' before the final episode of anything and then give some indication of when it will be back on air.

I think it's to do with how the TV folks divide up the telly year. The BBC tend to advertise their 'autumn' or 'spring' dramas at the relevant times so I think they split the year into four parts. Then there's the football (soccer) season to work round and Wimbledon, the Grand National, etc. etc.

I agree it can be annoying; US imports seem to be shown in half-series chunks then randomly appear again months later.
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

I don't think the new channels apply to the Swiss Romande area. Although I hope it does.

Last year in the Swiss German part they switched BBC prime for Channel 4. Whilst down here we still have BBC prime. I'm not complaining though as at least my son gets to watch some CBeebies on prime at 6 a.m.
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So what's the deal with the British channels??? Wondering why they constantly change what's on ... like you're watching a show for a while, and suddenly it's off the air. What's up with that? Any ideas?

Cheers,
E
At least in the case of "Heroes" on BBC this had to do with the series going into hiatus in the US. As they've started to show some US series almost at the same time as overseas, they have to follow the irregular broadcasting schedule over there for some stuff. Most series go into hiatus at least twice a year - once between seasons and then again between November and January (that's why they have those funny mid-season two-parters).

Swiss TV does the same as well, BTW - they just kicked out "Private Practice" again and nobody knows when "Men in Trees" will return (not that I care much, but my wife does :-)

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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

Maybe this can make some things clear.

The channels come to the digital base packages in the German part and Ticino. So anyone with an active box can get them, also when you bought this Nokia box ages ago.

If you donít have cablecom digital yet, the box for 6 francs per month gives you all the UK channels.

Some parts in Ticino do not get the channels, because their network hasnít been upgraded. In the German part you should be able to get them everywhere, where you can get digital.

I have no idea why they are not in the Romandie. Maybe they got more analogue channels and no room for these digital channels. Maybe you get them one day too.

The channels will appear on the 17th of march when Cablecom does network upgrades. They might actually appear earlier, but hidden for normal boxes as Cablecom will do some testing. But it is only a wait of two weeks.
You might have to rescan your channels then.
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Re: Cablecom adds 9 (!) additional British channels

I would also point out that all these 'new' channels, plus all the existing UK channels on Cablecom have been on free-to-air satellite for a long while. A one-off payment of less than CHF250 will get you a complete DIY satellite set up (covered on these forums in great detail) from the likes of Fust, Media Markt, Interdiscount etc...
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I would also point out that all these 'new' channels, plus all the existing UK channels on Cablecom have been on free-to-air satellite for a long while. A one-off payment of less than CHF250 will get you a complete DIY satellite set up (covered on these forums in great detail) from the likes of Fust, Media Markt, Interdiscount etc...
is FIVE unencrypted as well? I thought you need some kind of card for that.

btw, this news from cablecom has already been discussed here:

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