It has been about a month since Rai, an Italian TV station, has been broadcasting via digital TV.
While many of us would be more familiar with the old analogue receiver, I still remember the dish shaped receiver that my family used. Here in Italy, the television stations here are slowly phasing out their analogue television and changing it to digital broadcasting.
Cart got this little black device for the TV in the kitchen.
This device is a digital TV decoder. Using new fangled technology, it allows users to have a clear reception. The instant that Cart installed it, I was rather surprised. The quality of the image was almost like HD quality while previously it was a tad snowy.
And previously, while we used to have about 7 stations, now we have about 25 free to air stations! Several of them are not Italian channels even. There was this one time when I caught an eccentric looking French chef completely in black outfit and black hat showing viewers on how to make a crepe.
Anyway, so far there are a couple of interesting interesting Italian shows that I’ve watched. One of them is X Factor Italia
X-factor is basically a singing competition rather similar to American Idol. Though I still don’t understand much as I still am not so fluent in Italian, it was still enjoyable to me. But what is strange about the show is that new contestants come to compete every two weeks instead of a cap at the very beginning. Also what is even stranger to me is that the champion of X Factor Italia has not had a CD out yet while all the runner ups already had theirs released.
Also, what is interesting about Italian television is that TV stations allows the broadcast of topless women after 10 pm and later. Being in Singapore where a plentiful of things are censored, you could imagine my surprise when I saw advertisements of topless women promoting sun tan lotion, slimming creams et al.
But truth be told, now that I’m more used to it, there isn’t anything so special about seeing topless women on local television. It’s not like it’s so strange. It’s just women’s body.
In any case, another interesting thing about Italian TV here is that many (if not all) of the imported programmes here are dubbed.
True Blood? The Simpsons? Xena the warrior princess? All dubbed.
But one question remains. How the heck do I set up digital tv on my HP Touchsmart?
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