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I live about ten miles north of Norwich. For the past 18 months since a new aerial was fitted the reception has been perfect on my HD set and hard drive recorder. I also have a couple of smaller TVs on a separate aerial in the loft and the reception has mostly been pretty good on all channels. However, during the last 3-4 weeks, some channels have occasionally become unwatchable for an hour or so in the evenings ( breakup of picture, loss of sound, often followed by no signal message - typically 8.30pm-11.30pm) Ch 5, Pick, BBC News 25 and a few others. The HD channels always seem unaffected. This problem is the same on all sets and some neighbours are having similar trouble. Any ideas?

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Thanks for the comments. My first thoughts were some kind of local interference, but I ruled this out as the HD channels are always unaffected. There is actually nothing obvious in my immediate direction of the transmitter at Tacolneston and the interference is not at any precise times, but it can be pretty severe. There's been nothing like this at any time in the past and incidentally, no problems tonight (Friday 11/10/13).

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As previously mentioned, there is no problem with the equipment or signal strength. Postcode NR10. Until very recently, reception was nearly always perfect on every channel. The main aerial is not a relic on the roof of a bungalow, and only one TV uses a Freeview box, which is fed from a loft aerial that has worked well for some years. This is the only piece of equipment more than 18 months old. I'm talking about an entirely new intermittant problem that happens in the evening on non-HD channels. I've not seen anything like it before!

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For the last couple of weeks, I've been unable to record Freeview BBC4 programmes in advance. Reception is perfect and all other channels record without any problems. But although the machine starts at the right time, it seems unable to lock onto the code/programme. I would also mention that my neighbours across the street are having exactly the same problem with BBC4. What's going on?

Any comments would be appreciated.

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Hi Ian,

It seems this is an issue that has nothing to do with recorder faults and I've now seen a few other posts about the problem online. As soon as the holiday is over, I'll contact Panasonic. I've not found them very helpful in the past, but I do not belive the machine needs any kind of reset or re-tuning. It has to be some kind of software update or a problem originating with the BBC or the transmission. If enough people contact them, something might get done about this.

Very annoying, as I was planning to record the next series of Spiral on BBC4HD in a few days time and there's no way I can watch the broadcast.

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Ian:

Hi Ian,

It seems this is an issue that has nothing to do with recorder faults and I've now seen a few other posts about the problem online. As soon as the holiday is over, I'll contact Panasonic. I've not found them very helpful in the past, but I do not belive the machine needs any kind of reset or re-tuning. It has to be some kind of software update or a problem originating with the BBC or the transmission. If enough people contact them, something might get done about this.

Very annoying, as I was planning to record the next series of Spiral on BBC4HD in a few days time and there's no way I can watch the broadcast.

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After a bit of checking, I can say for sure that there is no problem with my aerial or the recorder and the tuning is okay and to the correct transmitter. Yes, there is a lower signal strength for BBC4HD, but as I seem to recall, this station, the BBC HD News and possibly RT have always been a bit lower and I was certainly able to records from BBC4 HD relatively recently. Funny how some of the other HD stations you never watch have no recording problems.

While I'm unable to record on BBC4HD, I have managed to make a couple of test recordings from the regular BBC4 channel. Better than nothing, I suppose! While my Samsung and Toshiba TVs have superior reception/tuning performance to the Panasonic recorder, I do think this is clearly an issue with the BBC or the transmitter.

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What's happened to BBC News HD and several nearby HD channels? These have gone missing today (09/06/2018) - North of Norwich. Re-tuning is not the answer!

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As mentioned by Paul, everything seems to be up and running again.

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