Groups

    Just bought a Freeview HD Tele but no channels through aerial

    Just bought the Panasonic Viera 50" Plasma from Amazon and proceeded to set it up. I have all the cables in all the correct order but when I scan for DVB channels nothing comes through. The only channel that works is the HDMI which has the SKY

    I think I know the answer but asking on here anyway, is it because the aerial hasn't been upgraded? We rent the new house and would this be something the landlord would have to pay or would this be our bill ( we have sky though)

    Is there anyway I can look up to the aerial and see just by observation if it needs upgrading ?

    33 Comments

    It sounds similar to the problem I had when I bought a new TV. I could not tune in the digital channels on it but when I plugged in a smaller TV that had previously been tuned it received the channels perfectly. I ended up giving in and get cable. From what I remember as well I think it is a scandalous lie about "digital" aerials they're all pretty much the same

    Unless you are very unlucky (and have a very band specific aerial - have not really been used for years unless there is a real issue with reception) the standard aerial should work OK. (Ignore anyone who says you need a 'digital' aerial - there is no such thing!!!!)

    Check to see that the aerial is pointing in the same direction as the other houses around you and also check the digital coverage on the freeview web-site. If you know any, you can also ask your neighbours what reception is like. If you still have analogue, and your new TV has an analogue tuner, do you get any stations on that?

    HTH

    Dave

    yep normal aerial is absolutely fine for digital,

    use the postcode checker on digitaluk.co.uk to see whether you are in an area thta can recieve the signal...

    the whole thigns crap atm, i dont get bbc even though i used to get it fine and do in the back room, hopefully after switchover it should all be fine!

    Original Poster

    I tried scanning about 4 times now and still can't pick up channels, that's with the coaxial cable plug going straight into the back of the tv

    I have noticed were on an earlier firmware update and have to upgrade this with downloading onto a memory card.....anyone think this might be the problem?
    Edited by: "saxo_appeal" 12th Apr 2011

    I would check you can actually recieve Freeview HD, I live bewtween the two main West Midlands transmitters and still couldn't get it at the back end of last year even though everything stated I could. look for freeview forums they will give you a definitive answer, I found out that I was one of many duped into thinking it was already available when it was not.

    edit: misread your post, thought it was just the HD you were not receiving, didn't realise it was all.
    Edited by: "greg_68" 12th Apr 2011

    Original Poster

    Our Tv is the TX-P50S20B and were on version 2506

    'If the firmware version indicated is older than the version being offered, please update firmware.
    (Please update firmware, if [****] is smaller than 2702'

    downloaded the firmware from here: Firmware Download

    saxo_appeal

    I tried scanning about 4 times now and still can't pick up channels, … I tried scanning about 4 times now and still can't pick up channels, that's with the coaxial cable plug going straight into the back of the tvI have noticed on an earlier firmware update and have to upgrade this with downloading onto a memory card.....anyone think this might be the problem?



    Always worth doing the firmware.

    Original Poster

    nightstud

    check herehttp://www.freeview.co.uk/HD




    'Freeview HD available: 18 August 2010' at our postcode, only 4 channels mind you

    but the freeview nornal channels should still come through shouldn't they

    try it with a booster to get more signal.worked for me.
    also is it dvb you scan through or a different setting?...not sure.

    Original Poster

    Scanning DVB Channels

    Going to update the firmware now and see if that does anything

    I suppose you could have a faulty tv but much more likely a dodgy cable or badly placed aerial - have you tried it with another TV to establish whether the aerial/cable are providing a valid feed?

    Original Poster

    Just when you need an SD card you can't find one

    also doesn't help when you've just moved and can't even find ANYTHING lol

    Original Poster

    Got one and it's installing the new firmware


    EDIT: Didn't change a thing, update still hasn't provided me with channels even after scan
    Edited by: "saxo_appeal" 12th Apr 2011

    saxo_appeal

    Got one and it's installing the new firmware :)EDIT: Didn't change a … Got one and it's installing the new firmware :)EDIT: Didn't change a thing, update still hasn't provided me with channels even after scan



    Try the Tv round at a friends? oO Not the simplest task but would rule out the TV.

    Original Poster

    Hmmm It's a 50" Adam mate Errrrrrr

    Could try but as you said, not very simple

    Original Poster

    Just had a look out the back, there is one Aerial on the pole beside the chimney where others houses have 3-4

    it's facing the same way though as all the others

    saxo_appeal

    Hmmm It's a 50" Adam mate ErrrrrrrCould try but as you said, not very … Hmmm It's a 50" Adam mate ErrrrrrrCould try but as you said, not very simple



    Indeed oO

    Try another TV or box on the arial. The Sky box has arial output, could test whether you get a signal from the box (auto tune)

    If you can borrow a small digital telly from someone and try that using your aerial to see if that works. The other thing I tried was I bought a booster indoor aerial from B & Q and tried that to see if I could get a picture when I found that didn't work either I took the aerial back and got a refund

    supermod

    I could get a normal okayish analogue signal and it struggled to provide pics to two TVs - had a booster fitted in the loft plugged into the mains with a new aerial (done by aerial guy and an electrician) and now 6 TVs get good quality digital signals from the one aerial

    The aerial guy explained that unlike analogue signals where you might need an anti ghost aerial to pick up a signal, with a digital signal you either get it or you don't and a booster might be required but no fancy specialist aerial is needed. Ring one of your local installers and just ask the question - they should be able to advise for your area (soz if that's not applicable to your case)
    Edited by: "sigma" 12th Apr 2011

    You need a WIDEBAND Aerial to pick up Freeview :

    maplin.co.uk/sea…ial

    Original Poster

    Tried a digital flat screen and still no channels

    Has to be the aerial
    Edited by: "saxo_appeal" 12th Apr 2011

    saxo_appeal

    Tried a digital flat screen and still no channels



    Either it's not a 'Wideband' Aerial you have ....or the aerial cable is damaged.....or your in a very poor signal area.......

    And your sure it is freeview and not freesat ?
    one with an arial and the other with a dish.

    saxo_appeal

    Tried a digital flat screen and still no channels :(Has to be the aerial



    Tbh that's a relief in a way. Try a booster first.

    Original Poster

    Mecoconuts

    You need a WIDEBAND Aerial to pick up Freeview … You need a WIDEBAND Aerial to pick up Freeview :http://www.maplin.co.uk/search?criteria=wideband+aerial




    So now I DO need another type Aerial lol

    Original Poster

    I should get freeview HD channels ( 4 which includes BBC ONE) on a normal aerial

    I already have Sky but was wanting to see if the DVB worked

    The majority of TV Aerials are 'Wideband' but some older ones are not.

    A way to check the cable and aerial ....is to try and tune the TV into any analogue Terrestrial TV Station (eg. BBC 1, BBC2, etc....).

    If this works then it means the cable and aerial are ok........it would also mean it's probably NOT a 'wideband' aerial as 'freeview' should also work if it was.

    Original Poster

    Can't even get analogue

    Wasn't that switched off and only digital can be received now?
    Edited by: "saxo_appeal" 12th Apr 2011

    Original Poster

    My postcode is DD11 1JL

    Live in Angus in Scotland

    This might help you with areas.
    digitaluk.co.uk/

    This is about to sound silly, but have you checked that the TV doesn't have two ariel sockets? It has been known for some TVs to have one socket for analogue and one for digital.

    Original Poster

    Only one input for a coaxial cable

    looks like I'll be paying an aerial engineer to fix up one, we need all the bedrooms properly done anyway
    Post a comment
    Avatar
    @
      Text
      Top Discussions
      1. Tv choice magazine Issue 3966
      2. Win a Free minion usb stick22
      3. Win 1 of 3 x £1000 Selfridges vouchers with Virgin Trains66
      4. Magazine competitions - Issue 37 @ tvchoicemagazine.co.uk2020

      See more discussions