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Help with my new TV

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Ok, this is going to sound really silly but I am always asking stupid questions so here goes. I bought a new Samsung LCD TV for my bedroom. It comes with freeview, however I can never receive any of the channels. I also cannot watch the normal TV as the picture is so bad. I never had this problem with my old TV using an indoor aerial.
Is this all down to the quality of aerial I am using? Any suggestions on how to get a better quality picture? Do I need to purchase those HDMI cables - although not sure what they are for.
As I finish writing this, I know there are plenty of people thinking that I am so silly but hey hoe, not all of us are up with the latest technology (P.S I only bought the TV as it could free up some floor space and go on my wall)
Knowing what lovely people you are out there, I am sure someone will be able to assist me.
Thanks
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Generally use an outdoor aerial, get a technika av sender kit from tesco for about £26 and plug it into a spare freeview box where there is an aerial.
#2
Get a better aerial. You'll be lucky to get a freeview signal from an indoor arial (unless you live next door to a transmitter) If you are stuck with just using an indoor aerial, maybe a signal boostermight help.

you won'tneed an HDMI cable unless you want to hook up an upscaling dvd player / PS3 / Blu ray Player etc etc etc.
#3
Just to check, did you actually tune the channels?
banned#4
I had the same problem with my freeview box, only having a cacky indoor arial. Bought a booster from ALDI for about 5 quid (thought it may improve slightly) and it made the world of difference. Can get loads of channels and at a high quality...only goes funny when a lorry drives by...or an earthquake hits but in the UK what are the chances of that happening!
#5
You guys are great (what would I do without this site!!!).

Yep, I tuned the channels in but the signal is awful. So much so, I have given up on watching it (great way to spend £600).
Can anyone recommend a good indoor aerial?
#6
Shelby25
Yep, I tuned the channels in but the signal is awful.


Cool. Just thought I'd better check. :)

Can anyone recommend a good indoor aerial?


If you get one, make sure it's from somewhere with a good returns policey. The ones I got for our TV never worked out, even with a booster. It really depends on teh area you live and where your room is.
#7
This happened to my friend who lives in the middle of a town! If the booster and new ariel doesnt work this will be a get around. You can get all freeview stuff and digital tv by satellite with a one off fee.
see

http://www.freesat.co.uk/home.php
#8
best indoor ariel i ever came across was the "Antiference Silver Sensor", gets 99.9 reception 15mls away from mast and is high gain for digital bought it bout 10yrs ago for £8.00 corker if u can still get it
#9
If you get one, make sure it's from somewhere with a good returns policey. The ones I got for our TV never worked out, even with a booster. It really depends on teh area you live and where your room is.[/QUOTE]

Great plan. Think I may take a trip to Currys this evening to see what they have instore.

Thanks guys
#10
OK: For good info on the likely transmitter to use in your area an dthe best stations to use, check out these:

For digital TV: http://www.wolfbane.com/cgi-bin/tvd.exe?
For Analogue TV: http://www.wolfbane.com/cgi-bin/tva.exe?

The report allows for things like hills in the way, but it doesn't cover all eventualities: For me Crystal Palace is supposed to be the best, with Midhurst a close second. it turns out that Crystal Palace is useless for my exact location, so I use Midhurst.


This site is useful as well:

http://www.ukfree.tv/transmitters.php


The best place for an aerial is outside. Just going thru a roof can knock 6dB off the signal.

There's no such thing as a "digital" aerial.

Aerials for the UHF TV band are divided up into groups, depending on which channels your local station transmits.

Wideband aerials are available, but are often not as sensitive in some parts of the band as one which is optimised for your particular group.

Avoid the el-cheapo "coax" cable and ready-made extension leads. Use a good quality cable with a braid AND FOIL screen, even for the lead form the wall plate to the set - From bitter experience I can confirm it DOES make a difference.

Remember the digital TV transmissions are currently at about 1/10th of the power analogue uses, so any noise will be significant.

You are looking for signal, not noise. Using an antenna amplifier CAN be useless if you can't receive because of a noisy signal. The noise gets amplified along with the signal.

You may be in luck if you wait a little. Freesat (NOT FreesatfromSky) is supposed to launch this spring, so you could have free to air satellite TV without a Sky card, plus the possibility of a PVR other than the Sky+ box which requires you to have a subscription.

All I can say is Good Luck!
#11
Fluffykins

You may be in luck if you wait a little. Freesat (NOT FreesatfromSky) is supposed to launch this spring, so you could have free to air satellite TV without a Sky card, plus the possibility of a PVR other than the Sky+ box which requires you to have a subscription.


you can get that already, if ur PC has a sat card in it, approx £50 without dish, but as freesat cards from sky are what?, about £20.00 who cares where its from
#12
Madgob: Freesat is a new service being developed by the BBC to carry all the main UK free channels via the Astra 2d satellite.

It hasn't launched yet, but it's due in late Spring (maybe). See http://www.astra2d.com/freesat.htm and http://www.freesat.co.uk for more details.

Freesat will be a free-to-air platform for UK satellite TV, ultimately carrying all the "main" free UK channels. Channel 4 and 5 will probably join shortly, when their encryption contract with Sky expires.

It's not been confirmed, but you will likely not need a viewing card for Freesat.

In the end, BBC Freesat will probably displace the FreesatfromSky as this will become redundant.

You could conceivably use the current FreesatfomSky with a PC based PVR, but you'd still need a card for Channels 4 and 5, plus you'd need a module and a (non-authorised for Sky) CAM/software. You'd also need to put the viewing card back intoa Sky box every few weeks to allow it to update the decryption codes.
#13
A highly recommended indoor Ariel/booster combo is this one HERE

It comes with a booster. I was a bit skeptical about buying a cheap aerial but I bought this on a recommendation from a website and it picks up all the channels. This probably isn't the cheapest price, but it's a starting point.

Hope this helps,

Chris
#14
Fluffykins
Madgob: Freesat is a new service being developed by the BBC to carry all the main UK free channels via the Astra 2d satellite.

It hasn't launched yet, but it's due in late Spring (maybe). See http://www.astra2d.com/freesat.htm and http://www.freesat.co.uk for more details.

Freesat will be a free-to-air platform for UK satellite TV, ultimately carrying all the "main" free UK channels. Channel 4 and 5 will probably join shortly, when their encryption contract with Sky expires.

It's not been confirmed, but you will likely not need a viewing card for Freesat.

In the end, BBC Freesat will probably displace the FreesatfromSky as this will become redundant.

You could conceivably use the current FreesatfomSky with a PC based PVR, but you'd still need a card for Channels 4 and 5, plus you'd need a module and a (non-authorised for Sky) CAM/software. You'd also need to put the viewing card back intoa Sky box every few weeks to allow it to update the decryption codes.


ha ha, but probably deserved
anyway many of the sat reception "cards"(=adapters) for pcs dont need a cam or subscription card for freetoair channels
but as far as i can see (after reading further)the big advantage would be the hd without having to pay sky extra or at all
banned#15
Shelby25;1667549
You guys are great (what would I do without this site!!!).

Yep, I tuned the channels in but the signal is awful. So much so, I have given up on watching it (great way to spend £600).
Can anyone recommend a good indoor aerial?

This may be a silly question, but I assume you have checked freeview is available in your area.

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