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Mendip (Somerset, England) Full Freeview transmitter
Tuesday 18 November 2014 11:35AM

Hi All,
I cannot seem to find any mention of current Freeview interference on ITV and C4 variants for the Mendip transmission area. I live in the Taunton area and although we appear to be on the edge of the coverage area we normally have good reception. The picture/sound have been blocking for a couple of weeks now, making viewing and recording impossible. I don't think it is equipment because both the TV and digibox recorder have the same problem. Has anyone else had this problem and are there any solutions?

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MikeB: Hi Mike and thanks for your suggestion. I've not looked at signal strength before so I've taken the following readings from our Sony TV (gives % quality and strength) and TVOnics PVR (displays an analogue 'progress bar' for strength so a visual estimate). ITV/C4 channels remain unstable since your post.
18 Nov 6:15pm weather unsettled %Qual %Strength
TV BBC1 83 38
ITV 21 34
C4 23 34
ITV 60
C4 60
Didn't record BBC figures after this as it has been fine, and no further figures for any channel on the PVR as it remained about 60%. The rest are just for the TV.
19 Nov 10:40pm weather fine
ITV 46 38
C4 37 38
20 Nov 6:30pm weather unsettled
ITV/C4/More4 etc 0 26
24 Nov 5:15pm
ITV/C4 16 30

I'm not sure what to make of these figures. PVR signal strength seems to be almost double the TV whatever the channel. Signal quality seems more significant; compared with BBC1 (80/90%), ITV/C4 ranges from 0 - 34. NB I did rescan both units when this problem first started. I haven't found any other references to viewers having these problems and this has been the longest duration of reception problems that I can remember. Any further help or suggestions gratefully received!


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