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    Help with FREEVIEW box please.

    I bought a digibox from Argos but lots of the channels are unwatchable...the picture keeps breaking up. Is this because it was a cheap one? If so can anyone recommend a better one or what should I look for when buying? Thanks.

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    What box is it??

    It's not the box... I bet u have the Digihome or woteva it's called. It's ur signal... are u running it through the main external aerial or just a plug in the back of the t.v and balance it off the top aerial?

    I have two. the one in the bedroom is on a portable arial and does the same thing. My guess is that your arial is not up to the job.

    Cos I had that one, and ran it through the external aerial and had no problems... (couldn't get all the channels, but that's because the signal coverage is weak in my area).

    It might need an aerial upgrade ?
    or dodgy connections ?

    Problems probably not your box but a problem with your aerial. It may need to be re-positioned or even replaced depending on the age/condition of it. At the moment, digital signals are running below normal strength otherwise they would interfere with the old analogue signal which is still being broadcast. When I bought my digibox I couldn't receive some of the multiplexes (group of channels broadcast on a similar frequency). A new aerial, pointed in the right direction and some decent new aerial cabling soon sorted the problem.

    Original Poster

    It's a DIGILOGIC box and connects thruogh my video. I know we had a new aerial put up about 7 years ago and I think we may be in a low signal area (Berkhamsted area HP4).

    If it's a low signal area then there isn't much you can do... signals are being turned down as well at the moment... in the build up to the switch over.

    Still think it's prob your aerial (coupled with the fact that you're living where you are). It may just need to be re-positioned? A signal booster may help although it's probably worth getting a reputable aerial bloke (or woman) to have a look and advise. I doubt very much if it's the box you bought.

    Original Poster

    Thanks very much for your comments. I was thinking of buying another but won't waste my money. I'll get the aerial sorted out..I need to get someone around to put aerial points upstairs anyway.:thumbsup:

    generally better signals if the aerial is on roof, rather than in loft etc....well it is in the south west anyway

    Consider running the ariel to the box before the vcr, signal degradation will occur there on the passthru
    not sure about this models connecting abilities but generally the ideal set up is Ariel to receiver (set- top box=STB) then scart cables to tv and video, pray your STB has two scart connectors
    u may also get instances where two boxes that transmit rf signals (STB and VCR) transmit on a frequency too close together.
    This can usually be adjusted with a small recesses/hidden screw on the rear but refer to manuals and go gently

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    maddogb;1710338

    Consider running the ariel to the box before the vcr, signal degradation … Consider running the ariel to the box before the vcr, signal degradation will occur there on the passthrunot sure about this models connecting abilities but generally the ideal set up is Ariel to receiver (set- top box=STB) then scart cables to tv and video, pray your STB has two scart connectorsu may also get instances where two boxes that transmit rf signals (STB and VCR) transmit on a frequency too close together.This can usually be adjusted with a small recesses/hidden screw on the rear but refer to manuals and go gently


    Good advice. Aeriel should go to box first, then VCR. Signal booster helped a lot for me.

    you need to get youself a new digital ariel, try ur local wilkinsons they normally have a good price, you will need digital ariel lead as well, and you might need to change ariel direction.

    In an excellent area all this isnt necessary, but at the moment digital broadcasts at a very low power so as not to mess to much with analogue.

    Try moving your ariel direction first and you may not need to do anything else

    also the skinny white fly leads you can get are **** for digital, you need a decent one.


    TRY THIS SITE radioandtelly.co.uk/ this site is excellent you will find out everything you could possibly want to know

    pcfairs;1712295

    you need to get youself a new digital ariel, try ur local wilkinsons they … you need to get youself a new digital ariel, try ur local wilkinsons they normally have a good price, you will need digital ariel lead as well, and you might need to change ariel direction.In an excellent area all this isnt necessary, but at the moment digital broadcasts at a very low power so as not to mess to much with analogue.Try moving your ariel direction first and you may not need to do anything elsealso the skinny white fly leads you can get are **** for digital, you need a decent one.TRY THIS SITE http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/ this site is excellent you will find out everything you could possibly want to know



    aint gonna do any good if its not the aerial and may complicate things if aerial is then left incorrectly aligned, go outside to street and check if your aerial is pointing same way as others, if so leave it alone till u tried other things
    There is no such thing as a "digital aerial" thats just sales speak for a high gain aerial which unless its very very old it will be

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    before spending time & money, try a signal booster. Cured all my freeview problems and you easily take it back if no success. argos.co.uk/sta…htm
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