Having quite happily functioned for several (or more) years – including faultlessly just yesterday evening – the DSTV satellite set-top box decided to tell us that it has a fatal, terminal error about 30 minutes ahead of the new Premiership season.
Of course it did.
Fortunately, modern technology being what it is, I can still watch all the football via the internet on the same subscription. And because we have a “Smart” TV, I can even install the DSTV app on the TV and watch on the big, curved screen in glorious HD.
So it could be worse, but still… timing. Wow.
The error is:
“a hardware error suggesting corrupt flash memory, likely caused by repeated power surges, dips and failures.”
Which is odd because we’ve only had loads of that sort of thing, thanks to Eskom’s loadshedding.
You can’t prove it though, and even if you could (which you can’t), it’s not like they’re going to pay for a replacement unit.