Freeview Coverage....

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by Mike Heel, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. Mike Heel

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    Is there a site where i can find out when Freeview will be available in my area? I've done the postcode check and it says it's not available, my sister lives about 5 miles away and she can get it :confused:

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  2. MarkE19

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    The postcode check is the normal way of checking reception.
    I would suggest that you borrow your sisters Freeview box and connect it to your TV. If it works, great go & get your own. If not, don't.

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    Yes. At best the postcode checkers are an estimate, and cannot give you a true 'picture'. They make assumptions about which transmitter is optimal for your postcode and then check whether it is broadcasting the Freeview muxes. In reality, in many places, particularly, but not always necessarily, with a suitable high gain aerial, you can get a good signal from a transmitter that isn't recognised as covering your area. Plus, your individual property's height, and absence (or otherwise) of obstructions in the signal path can make a huge difference, even for homes within a given postcode. Definitely - try it if you can. Consider getting a decent aerial contractor out if necessary to fit one pointing to a suitable transmitter.
     
  4. Bernard Barnett

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    I agree with everything above. The postcode predictions are extremely cautious. The best aerial contractors are members of the CAI (Confederation of Aerial Installers I think), which has a website though I can't remember the URL. I strongly recommend you get a couple of quotes. Also have nothing to do with anyone who suggests you need a "digital" TV aerial - there's no such thing.
     
  5. Chris Muriel

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    CAI website : http://www.cai.org.uk

    Yes "digital aerials" is indeed a marketing term only.
    It has a 100% BS factor :)

    It is in the same category as having a TV that's "Digital ready"
    and formerly we had "astra ready" ; both simply require that the TV has a SCART socket.
    The problem is that Joe Public does not realise this.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
  6. MartinImber

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    The post code check is pants

    I officially can't get it - but mine is fine!

    Same for an uncle in Cornwall - seeing it in our caravan proved it worked !!!!

    (We stayed in their huge garden)
     

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