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I had my existing Group E aerial replaced with a Group B aerial this afternoon. This ws to serve two television sets (one previously with its own aerial pointing at the Glasgow West Central relay). Now I have the full range of services in the kitchen.

I assume I am now less likely to suffer 4G interference as the Group B aerial is
supposed to drop off at channel 53, well below the 4G frequencies.

The aerial man was a bit sceptical about feeding both sets from one aerial and said I might need a mast-head amplifier. I pointed out that one set worked on HD without
difficulty before the switchover. I suggested that, with a big increase in signal strength, the gain would surely exceed the loss from the splitting. He said I was an optimist but 'correct in theory'. The meter reading was okay. Both TVs are working.

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Scott: If other people are fine, I cannot see how it could be a problem at transmitter - unless of course the others are using satellite or cable. Have you tried a full (factory) reset? The instructions will tell you how to do this.

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Scott: I was doing a manual rescan (which I prefer as it avoids picking up multiple transmitters) and got nothing on channel 40. It turns out on my equipment you need to change the setting from DVB-T to DVB-T2 to receive these channels.

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Scott: This particular equipment is a Humax HDR-FOX T2 PVR. I also have a Sony TV and 'heritage' Thomson decoder box in my kitchen. They all work differently.

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It sounds to me (excuse the pun) that either your decoder box or your TV is faulty. I would first try the decoder with a different TV then the TV with a different decoder box. I assume you could borrow equipment from friends to do this.

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I see Black Hill (aka Blackhill) is to use channels 32 and 35. As you say channel 32 is 'out of group'. I understand the Group B covers 35-53. Assuming good reception at present, is reception of channel 32 likely to be reasonable without changing aerial? Indeed, would a wideband aerial (which is a compromise) provide any better reception of channel 32 than a Group B aerial?

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Bitrate for Capital and Heart reduced to 112 kbps. Bitrate for Classic reduced to 128 kbps.

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What will happen next time round? Will each franchise be offered separately or will they be offered as a 'job lot' that ITV plc can bid for? Is there a possibility that ITV might bid for Scotland?

Indeed, will there be a next time?

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Is there any way of knowing which of the new HD multiplexex will contain the BBC channels, com7 or com8? I am a bit concerned that my Group B aerial will struggle if it's channel 32.

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