Digital switch-over problems
The Sutton Coldfield transmitter that serves Birmingham is having all the current analogue and digital services moved to a second temporary mast. This work was due to be completed last month, but the bad weather has not allowed the "air work" to be completed quickly.
With the power level reported to be about an eighth of normal, this has caused many people reception problems in second largest city in England.
Despite being close to the first digital switch-over in Whitehaven, it seems that people using the Bleach Green transmitter are unable to scan for Freeview services. However, they do work if the viewer manually tunes their box toC53, C57 and C60. "Digital UK says they are now working with Ofcom and the broadcasters to fix the problem".
Down in Cornwall, the Redruth transmitter is stuck in limbo. Cornish people can now watch digital TV from the transmitter and relays, but the commerical multiplexes are on the old power levels and old frequencies until 30 September 2009.
It would appear that the 30 September Freeview retune will be an important date nationwide.
John Byrne: Possibly not.
Saorview uses the DVB-T transmission standard, just as Freeview standard definition broadcasts. However, the pictures are encoded using MPEG4 standard rather than the earlier MPEG2 standard which is used for Freeview standard definition. Thus, quite a few Freeview non-HD receivers will not work with Saorview.
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See posting from southboy @ 11-12-2010, 17:50.
He says that he can receive it but gets no picture, which tends to suggest that it can't resolve MPEG4 pictures.
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jj thompson: Should you be referring to Freeview channels continually dropping out because of poor reception then you do NOT require to keep carrying out an auto-tune, as the channels will not have been lost from the TV's memory but have just dropped under the level required by the TV or box to resolve a picture, meaning if you do not touch anything they will come back of their own accord.
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