Satellite dish cooks up a whole Lotto bother for Tesco

The Headington store and its controversial dish

The Headington store and its controversial dish

First published in News

AN “enormous and unsightly” satellite dish needed for a supermarket to sell lottery tickets has sparked complaints from people living nearby.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Headington, Ruth Wilkinson, said she has received eight complaints from residents about the dish on Tesco Express, in London Road.

The dish is located on the wall at the front of the store, which opened in July.

Last month the Oxford Mail reported that the store needed the dish to establish a connection with the National Lottery.

Oxford city councillor Mrs Wilkinson said she had written to the firm after some residents said the dish was too big.

She said: “It would seem that the dish was put up by the Lottery organisation. The Tesco deputy manager is currently trying to establish contact with a representative to discuss whether the dish needs to be so big.”

The dish has also divided opinion on the online Headington and Marston Neighbourhood Forum.

Forum member Charles Young called the dish “enormous and unsightly”. But another member, Rob Leigh, posted: “Unless people walk through Headington with their noses stuck in the air, you wouldn’t know it was there.”

Tesco spokesman Jack Pearson said: “We’ve listened to community feedback and are working to resolve concerns."”

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6:55am Thu 4 Sep 14

EMBOX2 says...

Honestly. Some people are so snooty.

Although, why do they not use a standard broadband internet connection rather than something orbiting 36,000 km out in space?
Honestly. Some people are so snooty. Although, why do they not use a standard broadband internet connection rather than something orbiting 36,000 km out in space? EMBOX2
  • Score: 7

8:05am Thu 4 Sep 14

mytaxes says...

I think some must have illusions of grandeur in Headington.
I think some must have illusions of grandeur in Headington. mytaxes
  • Score: 10

9:14am Thu 4 Sep 14

Poshbird35 says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
Honestly. Some people are so snooty.

Although, why do they not use a standard broadband internet connection rather than something orbiting 36,000 km out in space?
It is to do with speed and reliability, and also security.

Sometime ago, they had a huge rollover draw, and because everyone was rushing to get the draws tickets, the broadband comms they were using could no cope with the information going through to Lotto HQ.

The satellite dish is much more able to carry larger amounts of data, and is also less easy to hack.
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Honestly. Some people are so snooty. Although, why do they not use a standard broadband internet connection rather than something orbiting 36,000 km out in space?[/p][/quote]It is to do with speed and reliability, and also security. Sometime ago, they had a huge rollover draw, and because everyone was rushing to get the draws tickets, the broadband comms they were using could no cope with the information going through to Lotto HQ. The satellite dish is much more able to carry larger amounts of data, and is also less easy to hack. Poshbird35
  • Score: 4

10:15am Thu 4 Sep 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

the same people are going to be moaning about all Sky dishes then??
the same people are going to be moaning about all Sky dishes then?? yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 7

10:52am Thu 4 Sep 14

Poshbird35 says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
the same people are going to be moaning about all Sky dishes then??
They have already been complaining about the floodlight above the cashpoint at the same shop, for apparently being dazzling!

Some of the Headington residents have nothing better to do than find fault, especially when it does not effect them directly.

Other peoples satellites will be alright and approved, because they are on ones house!! It is not the fact the satellite dish is there, it is the size of it..

more than likely because it is bigger than theirs - Size matters in Headington, bit like, who has the biggest car, or garden... The bigger the better in some peoples eyes - so long as someone else is not oversizing them.
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: the same people are going to be moaning about all Sky dishes then??[/p][/quote]They have already been complaining about the floodlight above the cashpoint at the same shop, for apparently being dazzling! Some of the Headington residents have nothing better to do than find fault, especially when it does not effect them directly. Other peoples satellites will be alright and approved, because they are on ones house!! It is not the fact the satellite dish is there, it is the size of it.. more than likely because it is bigger than theirs - Size matters in Headington, bit like, who has the biggest car, or garden... The bigger the better in some peoples eyes - so long as someone else is not oversizing them. Poshbird35
  • Score: 6

11:29am Thu 4 Sep 14

oxfordgirl1974 says...

Wow - some people really will moan about anything, won't they? I don't see the problem with a satellite dish in a shopping area - anybody in a house isn't really going to see it anyway are they?
Wow - some people really will moan about anything, won't they? I don't see the problem with a satellite dish in a shopping area - anybody in a house isn't really going to see it anyway are they? oxfordgirl1974
  • Score: 9

2:30pm Thu 4 Sep 14

robbo81 says...

i used to live on london road. quite a few years back now. Are the drunken gamblers still outside Ladbrooks every single day? what about all those trolley's racked up outside? have people got nothing better to do. There's worse eyesores in headington than a satellite dish
i used to live on london road. quite a few years back now. Are the drunken gamblers still outside Ladbrooks every single day? what about all those trolley's racked up outside? have people got nothing better to do. There's worse eyesores in headington than a satellite dish robbo81
  • Score: 2

2:51pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Gaspode says...

Poshbird35 wrote:
EMBOX2 wrote:
Honestly. Some people are so snooty.

Although, why do they not use a standard broadband internet connection rather than something orbiting 36,000 km out in space?
It is to do with speed and reliability, and also security.

Sometime ago, they had a huge rollover draw, and because everyone was rushing to get the draws tickets, the broadband comms they were using could no cope with the information going through to Lotto HQ.

The satellite dish is much more able to carry larger amounts of data, and is also less easy to hack.
No. Satellite internet connections are awful, unreliable and painfully slow. There is literally no reason why standard broadband would not suffice. A large rush on buying tickets would not affect one store's connection unless the entire nation is travelling to Headington to buy their tickets. The bottleneck would be at Lotto HQ so the route you take to get there is irrelevant. I'd also dispute your claim that satellite broadband is more secure, it isn't.

That said... really? people complain about these things? *sigh*
[quote][p][bold]Poshbird35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Honestly. Some people are so snooty. Although, why do they not use a standard broadband internet connection rather than something orbiting 36,000 km out in space?[/p][/quote]It is to do with speed and reliability, and also security. Sometime ago, they had a huge rollover draw, and because everyone was rushing to get the draws tickets, the broadband comms they were using could no cope with the information going through to Lotto HQ. The satellite dish is much more able to carry larger amounts of data, and is also less easy to hack.[/p][/quote]No. Satellite internet connections are awful, unreliable and painfully slow. There is literally no reason why standard broadband would not suffice. A large rush on buying tickets would not affect one store's connection unless the entire nation is travelling to Headington to buy their tickets. The bottleneck would be at Lotto HQ so the route you take to get there is irrelevant. I'd also dispute your claim that satellite broadband is more secure, it isn't. That said... really? people complain about these things? *sigh* Gaspode
  • Score: 1

8:50pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Poshbird35 says...

Gaspode wrote:
Poshbird35 wrote:
EMBOX2 wrote:
Honestly. Some people are so snooty.

Although, why do they not use a standard broadband internet connection rather than something orbiting 36,000 km out in space?
It is to do with speed and reliability, and also security.

Sometime ago, they had a huge rollover draw, and because everyone was rushing to get the draws tickets, the broadband comms they were using could no cope with the information going through to Lotto HQ.

The satellite dish is much more able to carry larger amounts of data, and is also less easy to hack.
No. Satellite internet connections are awful, unreliable and painfully slow. There is literally no reason why standard broadband would not suffice. A large rush on buying tickets would not affect one store's connection unless the entire nation is travelling to Headington to buy their tickets. The bottleneck would be at Lotto HQ so the route you take to get there is irrelevant. I'd also dispute your claim that satellite broadband is more secure, it isn't.

That said... really? people complain about these things? *sigh*
Satelite transactions are more reliable, and faster than standard broadband... I know.. because I use to work at an outlet with such a connection, which was monitored.

It is not about all the people in Headington creating a fast run to get the numbers in, it is about the whole of the UK...

It is and has been proven to be a more secure a faster way of carrying out transactions.

I do not agree with complaints about the dish at all... to be honest, I walked past it earlier, and did not even notice it until I looked up... and the only reason I looked up is cause I saw the Tesco logo... not cos I was going about my business elsewhere!
[quote][p][bold]Gaspode[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poshbird35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Honestly. Some people are so snooty. Although, why do they not use a standard broadband internet connection rather than something orbiting 36,000 km out in space?[/p][/quote]It is to do with speed and reliability, and also security. Sometime ago, they had a huge rollover draw, and because everyone was rushing to get the draws tickets, the broadband comms they were using could no cope with the information going through to Lotto HQ. The satellite dish is much more able to carry larger amounts of data, and is also less easy to hack.[/p][/quote]No. Satellite internet connections are awful, unreliable and painfully slow. There is literally no reason why standard broadband would not suffice. A large rush on buying tickets would not affect one store's connection unless the entire nation is travelling to Headington to buy their tickets. The bottleneck would be at Lotto HQ so the route you take to get there is irrelevant. I'd also dispute your claim that satellite broadband is more secure, it isn't. That said... really? people complain about these things? *sigh*[/p][/quote]Satelite transactions are more reliable, and faster than standard broadband... I know.. because I use to work at an outlet with such a connection, which was monitored. It is not about all the people in Headington creating a fast run to get the numbers in, it is about the whole of the UK... It is and has been proven to be a more secure a faster way of carrying out transactions. I do not agree with complaints about the dish at all... to be honest, I walked past it earlier, and did not even notice it until I looked up... and the only reason I looked up is cause I saw the Tesco logo... not cos I was going about my business elsewhere! Poshbird35
  • Score: 0
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