Freeview reception

geeWcee

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Checked the availability and reception on the freeview website and everything was fine. So I went out and got myself a Sony VTX800U freeview box. Very pleased with it and its got optical out aswell.
Anyway, tuned it in and everything was great - for a day. I cancelled my cable TV sunscription there and then cos I was that pleased!
The second night I came back from work to sit down to some TV and a beer, but the picture quality on anything but BBC channels was appalling. Its now a week since and I have tried tuning it in again but to no avail. I can't understand why it worked fine for one day.
Anyway, the aerial on my roof is God knows how old - Is it time for an upgrade? Or would it be money down the drain? Terrestrial channels are perfect.
Also if I go ahead and upgrade is there anything specific I should be asking these cowboy installers for, so they dont rip me off? (I hate using tradesmen - but I'm not getting up on ma roof!!).

Thanks for your help guys.
 
Originally posted by geeWcee
but the picture quality on anything but BBC channels was appalling. Its now a week since and I have tried tuning it in again but to no avail.

Appalling in what way? Pixellation? Break up?
Might be a simple aerial re-alignment needed, or new cable. :confused:
 
Has the weather changed since you first installed the box?

I find with my Nokia 221T that some days I can get everything fine, other days certain channels such as 5 either can't be received or are just a mess of blocks and pixels.

This wasn't the case back in summer when I got the box - the reception definitely got worse over winter, with only BBC1 & 2, Channel 4, both ITV's, both music channels and UK History being ones that I can pick up all the time no matter what the weather is (although I always get interference from cars driving past)
 
Bad pixellation mainly and sound breakup.
Although today alot of the channels were fine again for around 6 hours....???
 
Aerial problem.

Had a similar situation at the house I have just moved to. good signal at certain times of day, and in certain weathers. Get a decent (CAI approved) engineer to give it the once-over.
 
Cheers mate. Was beginning to think spending 150 notes to upgrade the aerial would have been pointless.
After reading cerebros' post i thought it was something i would just have to put up with.
Dont suppose anyone could recommend a CAI approved engineer in the West Yorkshire area?
 

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