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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER


THE WONDERFUL AND COMPUTERS


WORLD OF DIGITAL


Jinglis went quiet on me recently and when I went looking for her, she tearfully told me that Lovefilm was shutting down their DVD service. It almost brought a tear to my eye too! I talked last year about the pleasure of having a DVD delivered in the post, of putting the disc into the DVD player and also of the ‘streaming’ digital alternatives like Amazon Prime and Netflix.


Oh how we have enjoyed our Lovefilm over the years with two DVD’s delivered to us each month in the post for £4.89. It’s always been an event for us. We set aside the disc for ‘Film Night’ where we purposely have a TV Dinner and watch whatever film we’ve been sent.


So, on 31st October, the Lovefilm ends. The decision has upset many film fans, as Lovefilm was very good at providing films that aren’t commonly available on streaming services and that’s a view I’m inclined to agree with. However, the other main reason we chose Lovefilm originally, was simply that our Broadband was so slow we couldn’t stream media and that remains a concern for a great deal of Cumbria still.


Digital segregation, or perhaps more aptly named ‘digital disability’ is a real concern, not only for those of us that live in rural locations but also for those of us that cannot afford, or do not wish to be corralled into buying the latest devices and services. Increasingly, the large corporates are pushing us online, think banking and media subscription services, bill payments and the push on smart meters that will apparently help us stay in control of our bills. It’s all getting a little out of hand in my opinion and I resist wherever possible anything that I consider intrusive, or that is being sold as a benefit to me but is primarily a benefit to the service provider.


We should all be aware of this digital divide, it has the potential to cause social and community segregation, the ‘haves and the have-nots’ of the digital world and the implications on wider society.


What about Film Night I hear the wife cry? Well, when we reviewed the streaming services available several months ago once our fibre broadband was up and running, we were generally unimpressed.


However, with the demise of Lovefilm, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Amazon Prime has improved since we first looked at it. It seems less clunky, has improved its search facility but I have to admit since we signed up almost three weeks ago, we haven’t had a film night. We’re still in mourning I think over the passing of another ‘offline’ service replaced by ‘online’.


David Jeffries 016973 61066 • dj@ministryofdoing.co.uk Solving People’s Digital Problems


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21 SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUE 418 PAGE 11


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