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5USA   21 (90%) 141 129

Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations. For full details of broadcaster contacts, see the link icon 5USA page.

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From Wikipedia: 5USA is an entertainment television channel in the United Kingdom owned by Northern Shell. It is a sister channel of Channel 5 and 5. 5USA concentrates on showing imported movies and programmes from the United States, originally broadcast from 1600 to 0100, extending its hours starting at 1200 in June 2007. - link icon read more about 5USA on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

5:43 PM

Barry: check the aerial lead - if its damaged, then that can cause problems with certain muxes. They are very cheap to replace, so its an easy check.

A Sony TV will tend to have a fairly sensitive tuner, albeit one which is really robust with a high signal strength. So its possible that one set is just at the threshold of having a problem, whereas another is just below it.

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MikeB's 2,566 posts GB

10:20 PM

Barry Elkington:

As MikeB intimates, different TV sets have tuners that vary in sensitivity. Sony tend to be quite sensitive and hence susceptible to overload if the signal is too strong. So that will be more affected by too much signal rather than the other set which is less sensitive.

On your strength bars, you want to be between the middle and about 3/4 of the way to the right. Further to the right is too strong and further to the left (lower) side is too weak.

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MikeP's 2,731 posts GB
Thursday, 25 January 2018
Barry Elkington
5:46 PM

Thank you all for your answers.
Having swapped the aerial cables between rooms it looks as though it is just the Sony tv that is the problem so we will just have to live with it.

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Barry Elkington's 7 posts EU
Friday, 26 January 2018

9:48 AM

Barry Elkington:

You could try fitting an attenuator into the aerial lead feeding the Sony. They are avauilable from a number of sources including Maplins, RS, Amazon, etc and are quite inexpensive. Try a 6 dB one first and then check whether you can get all the channels again. If not then check the signal strengths of the 'missing' channels again. If they are still to strong try adding a 3 dB in series, but if they are too weak replace the 6 dB with a 3 dB. You could try a variable attenuator but they are nbot always reliable in my experience.

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MikeP's 2,731 posts GB
Sunday, 11 March 2018
5:27 PM

do you know is 5 USA changing it's channel as from next thurs it's not coming up on my listings

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chris's 1 post GB

8:53 PM

chris: No changes have been announced for 5 USA and I'm seeing the full 8 days of listings (until next Sunday night) on my Freeview EPG.

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StevensOnln1's 2,372 posts GB
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