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Tuesday, 1 May 2012
6:54 PM

I'm missing 28 channels on my Freeview since the digital changeover, although some of those 28 were not viewable anyway, they just don't appear on the guide any more. The aerial guy came to my flat and said I had TOO much signal and actually went to the box under the aerials and turned the signal power DOWN ! I'm thinking of getting a Sky+ HD box & card from a sat shop, but WITHOUT a Sky subscription, as I'm in a rented flat. What channels would I get this way? Would I get ITV4 & Film4? Can I just pay monthly as you go with Sky?

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Dave Lindsay

7:18 PM

John: Excessive strength of signals coming down aerial leads can be a problem, particularly after switchover.

It is generally expected that where Freeview was available before switchover, that afterwards a full service will be available. In some cases there are exceptions.

At some transmitters, these services are on low power for a period after switchover and this is usually to protect against interference to viewers of other transmitters that haven't switched.

Another thing is that some receivers don't work or don't work in part after switchover, due to various issues.

When the engineer adjusted the amplifier underneath the aerial, did he make any mention of why it is you might not be receiving the missing channels?

As far as satellite services goes, Freesat is available. You can have a Sky+ box without subscription, but you will not be able to use the recording facilities. I understand that you must pay Sky £10 per month for the privilege.

See here for a comparison:

Compare Freeview and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice

ITV3 is on Freesat; ignore the icon that says that it isn't.

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Dave Lindsay

7:20 PM

John: Perhaps with knowledge of your location and maybe transmitter, as well as the make and model of your receiver, we may be able to shed some light on why it may be that you aren't picking up some channels.

If you would like some help, for each of the following, please indicate whether you have it or not: BBC One, ITV1 (or STV if you are in parts of Scotland), ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday.

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