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If a Freeview box struggles to receive standard definition, will HD be more difficult to receive?

Since each 1s burst of interference would destroy more data in HD, I imagine it could well be more difficult to get HD in areas of marginal coverage.

Or is this offset by utilising more sensitive receivers, or a more robust error-correcting protocol?

If there's a glitch on HDTV reception, do any boxes fallback to Standard-definition?

And if you want to record a programme, is there any standard for how long a recording should continue in the absence of a signal?
If I try to record for 24h and my aerial falls down for 2s or 2 minutes or 2 h,
will I lose:
(a) the programme recorded until then
(ie temporary file not saved)
(b) the program recorded.

And do any boxes allow 24h recordings
(as did old VHS tapes with timers,
subject to capacity).
As opposed to recording a programme on the EPG, which is subject to change, particularly on news channels, and might lead to gaps in coverage.

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i also got a "Database Empty" message but mine was on a box that had been used OK for some time.

An unplug for 30s and full re-scan seemed to fix it, although as i recall i had to do this twice.

There was no obvious cause.
Its usually powered off overnight and might have been off a few nights.

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