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All posts by MikeB

Below are all of MikeB's postings, with the most recent are at the bottom of the page.

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Full technical details of Freeview
Tuesday 7 November 2017 2:14PM

RDD: You could do what I've done, and have for some years - split the feeds from the wall. I originally did it when it turned out that my PVR was much more sensitive than the freeview box, after getting a new aerial.

One of the reps at work (who'd formerly been a TV installer) kindly made up a set for me, but its easy enough yourself.A decent bit of coax out of the wall socket, then a good quality splitter, then two cables off that, one to the PVR and one to the TV. Mine has F-fittings, but whatever works.

Then you can vary the attenuation seperately, and looping through isn't an issue. I got a variable one, but it didn't seem to do much, so I got some from Amazon (the same as these https://www.maplin.co.uk/…59p) which fit into one another, so you can buy perhaps a 3db, a 5db and so on, and put them in series to get the right level.

The trouble with a masthead amp is that you can't just switch it off (my new house has one), but at least you can dampen it down.

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Upcoming Freeview transmitter changes 2017 to 2020
Wednesday 8 November 2017 11:09PM

Roy: I am totally at a loss to understand that, even allowing for variance in tuners.

If the Sharp was a horse, you'd probably shoot it....

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I'd probably see if someone had a spare digibox, and just connect that up - the TV is just a screen, at the end of the day. And yes, I agree with the idea of sticking to a good brand!

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Hector: The transmitter is probably fine (you can check) - they dont go wrong for two weeks. But if you keep losing muxes, thats your aerial system. You need to check it.

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#GreatBBC campaign launched
Friday 10 November 2017 2:39PM

UKTVlover: Just how many people watch Netflix at 630pm on a Saturday night, and how many watch BBC1/Iplayer at the same time?

Streaming sites are taking up more viewing time, but we still watch most TV live, and for a lot of people, their internet speed is barely up to watching anything in SD.

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Bev Pearce: Check the information for the transmitter - if it says its fine, its probably your system. Start with the simplest problem - is the aerial lead connected properly to the back of the TV?

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(1/1107052542)
Monday 13 November 2017 2:07PM

Nick Anderson: Have a look at Brianist's numerous excellent diaries on the BBC, such as the ones on the future of the licence fee. There will be a breakdown of the costs of each part of the BBC's output, etc. Then try to work out how they could do that (provided, as Steve points out, if the transmitter capacity exists), within a budget currently being shrunk by a fixed licence fee, plus the need to fund extra services and other obligations, such as free over 75- licences.
Considering the cost of BBC local services, popular though they are, transmitting in HD is the least of it.

So its technical, and then cost. And both are very tough.

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Privacy policy | About us
Monday 13 November 2017 2:09PM

Frederica : because you local transmitter is a 'light' transmitter, and the commercial channels have no interest in broadcasting to you - your just too small a market to make it worth it.

You could try another transmitter, or just get Freesat.

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Freesports
Friday 17 November 2017 2:40PM

JOHN DICKSON: Please stop shouting....

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John Knowles: because you put your postcode into the site, its automatically generated a load of links to data. And yep, your going to get a light transmitter, no matter what.

Just get Freesat.

Satcure.com is a good place to finding out about getting a dish, etc.

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