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Freeview reception

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by Smalltime, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. Smalltime

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    I recently ditched Sky and bought a Freeview box (Sony VTX-D800U), it was great for the first 3 weeks. Great reception, crystal clear picture etc. But suddenly the reception has become awful and getting worse. I've started losing channels left right and centre and now only get a handful (mostly the BBC channels, but no Channel 4, 5 or ITV at all). Why would this be when it was fine for weeks and has now been like this for over a week (I'd accept it if it was for a day or 2). Is there anything can be done about this as I assumed I was in a decent area for Freeview after getting the good reception or do I just have to cut my losses and go back to Sky? Would rather not really!
     
  2. sdc395

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    What signal strength and quality is the Sony reporting for the various channels? The BBC channels are transmitted using a more robust encoding; ITV's and Channel Four's are more susceptible to interference and noise.

    It may be that the weather is to blame (wet, leaky co-ax, for example). How's your analogue reception at the moment?

    Of course, it is also possible that you have a faulty receiver.
     
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    My analogue's fine and my signal strength and quality are both Average on BBC 1 which is the best quality of anything even though right ow it is breaking up all over Neighbours. The weather has been a bit all over the place (Manchester) but it's a peach of a day today, though still quite cold, so dunno if it can be that. If the receiver is faulty, why would it have been fine for 3 weeks with nothing being done that could 'break' it?
     
  4. sdc395

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    Well, electronics can just develop faults spontaneously. Perhaps a component is enduring a long, drawn out death. :)

    I do think it's more likely that your signal is the problem tho'. But if that was fine for 3 weeks too... something must have changed. Any chance of trying a signal booster? Could your aerial have moved? Is it an outdoor, loft or indoor aerial?
     
  5. GalacticaActual

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    Have you checked to see if any damage has been incured to the arieal? HIgh wind,birds sitting on it ect?
     
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    has your aerial cable from the wall to the box slipped near the power cables. before i got a shielded one if the cable went near the power cable the picture went off. must have been due to interference.
     
  7. richardys

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    Try borrowing a freeview receiver to test it out.
     
  8. Tocsin

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    Off the wall idea - are there trees/bushes in line of sight of the aerial? Its Spring, and leaf growth can make a difference!
     
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    Good suggestion.
     

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