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My high gain aerial can't get all the Freeview channels I expected

My high gain aerial can't get all the Freeview channels I expected

My high gain aerial can't get all the Freeview channels I e
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You need a "wideband" aerial rather than a high gain one (see all about aerials). Also, if you use a signal booster in the setup, this can cause problems with digital signals.

Can I suggest that you try the following:

1. Check that all the connectors are OK, in particular that there are no stray wires and that both the outer shield and inner wire are connected;

2. If you are using any signal boosters, turn them off;

3. Check to see if you have anything like a VCR connected via a UHF fly lead - sometimes these can changed to use channels such as 68.

4. If you have a wideband aerial, if you can try raising it up an additional metre;

See also all about aerials.

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Friday, 30 March 2012
11:38 AM

Dave. We have one aerial on the roof and 5 Tv points in the house. The lounge has an amplification box and there are 2 splitter boxes (I would imagine that's what they are) outside. What's confusing is that all other tv's are fine. I tried the offending Toshiba tv in the lounge and a manual tune still wouldn't pick up multiplex44 despite the lounge tv having no problem. Aerial man tested bedroom signal a few months ago and said it was fine, but he came on a day when there wasn't a problem! Is it relevant that it is multiplex44 channels and all others are fine? The retailer where I bought the tv said some 'modern' tv's don't have great signal reception power (if you know what I mean!). Does this extra info help? Thanks

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Char's 3 posts GB
Saturday, 5 May 2012
11:48 PM

Only bbc channels in bury st edmonds

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iain's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Bob Sullivan
9:25 AM

iain: When the changeover occurred I received the HD channels from Hannington.(8 miles from me). I have since noticed they are now coming from London. I also do not get the same number of channels from Hannington that I get from London. Why is this? I receive HD through a Panasonic recorder with HD tuner Picture and everything else is very good.

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Bob Sullivan's 5 posts GB
Friday, 18 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
3:48 PM

I have recently bought a Toshiba 40BL702B. I cannot get any HD channels. I have tried automatic and manual installation. I have checked aerial and reception. As far as I am aware the tv has a built in freeview tuner and I can get HD in my area. Postcode is NR1 2PX and aerial is on the roof. Can you help???

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Nicky's 3 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

3:57 PM

Nicky: The 40BL702B model does not have a built-in HD tuner. The specifications say DVB-T only, which is what standard definition broadcasts use. High definition broadcasts use DVB-T2.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
4:21 PM

Thanks Dave, however I am now confused. So if it is a full HDTV with built in freeview tuner, you still can't get HD channels? So how do I get them? Have I got to buy a separate box?

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Nicky's 3 posts GB

4:48 PM

nicky,you will need freeview box with built in freeview hd to watch hd channels.

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sharealam's 225 posts GB
4:55 PM

So I still need a box with an HDTV. All the bumfh I have read said you only need a box if your tv is HD Ready and not a full HDTV???
Although the boxes are not that expensive, I feel this shold have been explained to me fully before I bought it.

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Nicky's 3 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

5:11 PM

Nicky: "HD Ready" is term that is attributed to TVs that can show HD pictures but do not have the means to receive them off the air. So they need a separate box to receive the HD signal and have it fed in using a HDMI lead.

"Full HD" means that it will show HD pictures in the highest resolution, which is 1080p. It does not give any qualification to receipt of signals over the air.

"Freeview HD" means that the TV has the means to receive HD signals (as well as show them).

I think that you have interpretted the inclusion of the "Full HD" log and the absence of the "HD Ready" one as meaning that it is "Freeview HD" when it is not. I think that this could be made much clearer.

There is a further confusion and that is the simple fact that these TVs carry the "Freeview" logo. One may assume that a "Freeview" and "Full HD" TV is a "Freeview HD" model when that is not necessarily the case.

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