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I have to say I tend to agree with OS1 and his frustrations with the digital switchover.
Looking at the DigitalUK postcode checker, at the moment I can expect good reception on 33 SD and 4 HD channels (which is pretty much what I get), in November this will drop to good reception on only 18 SD and 4 HD channels. After the final step in June next year I can expect only variable reception on ALL SD and HD channels!
I thought reception reliablility was going to improve not get worse!
Looks like I will have to go back to SKY and have wasted money buying a decent Toshiba Freeview HD recorder?
I'm in Stevenage by the way.

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Hi Mike, thanks for your reply.
I'm certain that I selected the Sandy Heath transmitter, but you can check if you like, postcode is SG1 5JP.

I've a feeling that I'm in the unfortunate position of being on the outskirts of both Sandy Heath and Crystal Palace?

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Thanks for your reply Briantist.
So Freeview, for me, doesn't deliver what it should. I had perfectly good analogue reception before the switchover.
If variable reception equates to minor things like occasional blips or lost frames/pixelisation then I can probably live with that, but if it means some channels/mux's lost completely for a time, as I get now on the weaker mux's due to weather effects, then as you say, freesat will be the only way.
If I remember correctly, not all of the freeview channels are available on freesat?
To be honest after the latest fiasco with Formula1 and Sky I might end up back with them anyway, not that I really want to be giving them money again!

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Thanks for the link Mike, very useful.

Kieren - HD all ok here, I'm in Stevenage.

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Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) Full Freeview trans
Sunday 25 September 2011 10:38AM

The next retune is in November maybe that will help. I'm in a marginal area for Sandy Heath too - the digital switchover is turning into a bit of a disaster for me too with the final signal strength, when it's all completed, prdicted to be worse, not better! My only option then to get all channels will be to go back to Sky - grrrrr.

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Thanks Alan, yes Briantist also told me that Freesat was an option but some channels you don't get on that.
I think I'll wait and see how things go for a while, if the signal I'm getting degrades further then I'll have to go for one or the other.

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