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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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Freeview 2024?
Wednesday 26 September 2018 4:27PM

michael scott: You will either have to stream or use Sky Q for 4K, but its good your getting actual fibre. If you want to switch back from Sky Q, remember that the LNBs for Q are different from Freesat, so you might have to replace them.

Your TV is in many ways already a combo. It will stream for you, will have DVB-T2 as standard, may well have Freesat (sometimes two tuners for each), and you can record to is (although a sperate box makes life a bit easier), and is of course networked.

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ITV 3 +1
Tuesday 9 October 2018 10:54AM

Patricia Rees : Then just dont watch it....

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Robert Kidd: Check your actually tuned to Talcneston - go to its page and look at what channel BBC1 is broadcast on. If it matches, your on Talcneston. And you can also check if that transmitter is broadcasting that channel.

Yesterdays mux i probably less powerful than BBC1, etc, but if its very low and your on the right transmitter, and you are just 10 miles away, something is very wrong with your aerial. I suspect your feeling about Sudbury might be correct.

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BBC One
Tuesday 9 October 2018 10:59AM

StevensOnln1: Yes, and frankly, the easiest thing to do is do a factory reset, and then set up as though it was new - it should self tune, set up wifi, etc.

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Ros Fitzner: If you give us a full post code, or just put it into the website when posting, it will tell us where you are in relation to the transmitter, etc, plus what transmitter you should be using.

Its most likely that the problem lies within your own system - your licence fee doesnt gaurentee your signal anymore than your Car Tax ensures your car will start. If its disappearing and coming back, its sounds like the wiring (or possible local interference) , but signal strength on the channels effected will be useful to know.

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Ian Richards: Check on the TV licencing website - but your using a TV to get a live service (which you are), then probably.

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MikeP: Yes, it sounds like a dodgy system - Ros, when your channels start disappearing, thats a good indication that your system is failing somewhere. It could be something easy, like a connection thats just fallen out or is very loose, but from your description, possibly something higher up, and possibly is bad when water has gotten into a connection or wire, which then kills much of the signal. When the weather is dry, it comes back, etc...

Follow Mikes excellent advice, but if no luck, call a professional.

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Chris.SE: I dont know of many tuners that are happy above 85% - my old Sony PVR got to about 93% before the ocassional breakup, but Mike P is right - 65-85% is fine, and might be too high for some.

If someone gets 100% quality and signal, good luck to them. But when a tuner is just on the cusp of having too high a signal strength, even the slightest change can have an effect. True, its a balancing act with less powerful coms, but I am fifty km from my transmitter, and I still have to kill some of the signal to avoid drop outs.

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Colin Sharp: Mike P has a good suggestion about checking the transmitter. Essentially, you have two devices, with seperate (and possibly differently sensitive) tuners, which share the same aerial feed.

So check they are both tuned to the same transmitter, and what their signal strength is on Drama, etc. I know that Drama works fine on Waltham, because thats what I use.

NO Signal can mean too high a signal as well as too low, so you need to check which one it most likely is. Samsungs have senstive tuners, but Panasonics tend to be slightly more sensitive than even those, and a PVR oddly often seems to have a slightly stronger gain than a TV, so it could be that everything together is just pushing the tuner over the edge, hence the breakup on the PVR, whilest not the TV.

While you could have a problem with HDMI's (it happens), its easy to check, simply by swapping it out. But HDMI's dont say 'no signal' if they are a bit iffy usually - more likely breaking up or just video but no sound, or sparkles, etc. It sounds like the PVR has the problem in some form, and what you are seeing is essentially the problem manifesting itself when you are effectively using the PVR as a settop box receiver.

Start with the transmitter and the signal strength. If your not sure about looping through, you can split the signal at the wall (using a decent splitter) and running two cables off it, like a Y. I used to do that because my PVR didnt always like the looping through.

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