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Sunday, 3 April 2011
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Sam
12:27 PM

I'm on the Sandy Heath transmitter and since stage 1 of the switchover, we have pixellating on the new mux channels (I.e BBC). We were ok pre switchover. Why might this be and how can I resolve it? (52.4140,0.2743) 

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Mike Dimmick
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8:21 PM
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Sam: It's likely that you now have too much signal. If you have a booster or amplifier, try removing it. If that doesn't help, try adding an attenuator.

You might temporarily lose some channels on other multiplexes, so if you have a booster and there's a gain control on it, you could try turning it down rather than removing it completely, or you might try a variable attenuator rather than a fixed amount. The commercial multiplexes won't all reach full power until around April 2012, and extra interference could cause you problems once another transmitter switches after that.

Digital UK predict that you should get a better service (or at least a better probability of getting a reliable service) from the Tacolneston transmitter, once that switches in November. It's a little further away and will be about half the power of Sandy Heath, but there should be less interference.

The BBC have had to increase the compression a bit as, while the new multiplex has more capacity than the old one, they also have to fit some channels in that used to be on Mux B (BBC Four/CBeebies, BBC Parliament and an interactive stream). You might notice some artifacts. It's still less than on the ITV multiplexes, though.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011
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DAVE
10:39 PM

Why does my blackberry interfer with my Freeview TV set and is there anything i can do

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Thursday, 21 April 2011
Briantist
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5:55 AM

DAVE: Keep the device away from the set and use higher quality aerial cables.

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Monday, 25 April 2011
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Matt
9:42 PM
Bishop's Stortford

Hi

I live near Stansted and whenever a plane goes overhead, the freeview reception breaks up very badly and/or the signal goes until the plane has passed.

According to the maps here, I'm borderline Crystal Palace/Sandy Heath transmitters, although my analogue is tuned into London area programming so I'm asuming Crystal Palace will be 'the one' for us here.

I wanted to know if the airplane interference will disappear once we switch over next year?

Advice would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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Briantist
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10:06 PM

Matt: Yes, more than likely the stronger signals will help. However, you might like to consider Freesat/Freesat HD as this service is less likely to have problems with aircraft.

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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Chris
12:20 AM
High Wycombe

Hello - I just bought a new house (HP13 7DB) which is a new build. There's no main antenna installed yet (waiting for sky to install dish) so I tried to get freeview/freeview HD using an indoor antenna plugged straight into my tv which has a freeview HD tuner.

I am getting no signal and its picking up no channels in the whole of the house. I really don;t know what to do as sky wont be in for another few weeks. Please help if anyone can.

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Briantist
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6:39 AM

Chris: Indoor aerials are unsuitable for Freeview reception.

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Chris
6:51 AM
High Wycombe

It is still a little strange though, as it won't even pick up any analogue channels either. I have used similar indoor antenna's before and been able to pick up freeview channels.

Is my only option to hold out until a permanent outdoor antenna or satellite dish is installed?

Thanks

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Briantist
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6:52 AM

Chris: Yes, certainly at your location that is the case.

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