You may recall that we sorted out my MIL last year with a new TV and a digital recorder so that she would be fine once the switchover came (see this post).
I've popped over to her house in the last few weeks doing the necessary retunes and then the fateful day came. I retuned her TV and recorder and voila - sorted!
I was too smug.
Two days later she called to say ITV wasn't recording properly.
I went round (husband has no patience with his own mum), tried a few things and decided it was the recorder. One day out of warranty, but fabulous Tesco (TGFT) said they would replace or refund. None of their new recorders were suitable (easy to use) for my MIL so I took the refund.
I then bought her a new one (at a grossly inflated, post switchover price) and tried that.
Fine for five minutes then pixelation galore. Then nothing worked. Not ITV, not BBC, nothing. I took it back and got a replacement. Tried the replacement at our house, it worked fine, took it to her house, nothing.
I have spent the last three days going forward and backwards between her house and mine trying various TVs and recorders and slowly eliminating possibilities until the only thing left is that it is her aerial.
A quick call to our aerial man and he popped round.
Nothing wrong with her aerial.
However, the aerial man said he has been rushed off his feet with calls to houses who can't get ITV or who have "poor signal" messages. He said it's been a nightmare.
We still haven't sorted out MILs problems, but it looks like it's not anything to do with her equipment. It's post switchover mayhem.
Who decided to switch off analogue TV three weeks before Christmas?