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Spartan: Yes, you are quite correct, as that box is not fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner which is necessary for HD reception, the DVB-T tuner as is fitted in your box just ignoring HD signals.

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Adam B: Duplicate posting not intentional Adam, didnt notice you had replied!

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John Jones: Indications are that there is on going engineering work taking place at the station resulting in the possibility of weak signals and periods of interruption to the service.

If you are referring to BBC News on EPG:80 then are you not receiving BBC1 / 2 either? as they are on the same multiplex.

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Rod Payne: Unfortunately not, as Findon is one of the numerous PSB only relays, the commercial multiplexes referred to being exactly as described insomuch paid for purely by business interests, and which because of the limited coverage of such relays it was considered by these interests that the returns expected would not justify the expense of contributing towards the running costs of the additional multiplexes, something which is very unlikely ever to change.

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Gisoo: Provided your neighbours are indeed using Freeview (via normal aerial) for reception then its a Freeview box you require and "not" a Freesat one, if you wish to be able to record one channel whilst viewing another, or alternatively record two channels at the same time, then purchase a twin channel Freeview PVR, as that's really just a Freeview box with recording capabilities, you can of course get Freeview single channel PVR's but they are very limiting in what you can do.

You will though require an aerial to be installed, but you are predicted to have good reception across the board from Winter Hill, and that's likely where you neighbours aerial is facing.

In other words just abandon the Sky dish as far as using it for reception is concerned and concentrate on Freeview.

Just as a matter of interest have you got a Freeview TV? or is it an older analogue TV that you are intending to use purely as a monitor, the Freeview box (or PVR) coupled into it via a scart lead.

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Roy: If you know for absolute certain that Freeview HD reception is possible in your area then it sounds suspiciously as though your TV is of the types commonly seen advertised (misleadingly) as being HD ready, models under that description being capable of showing an HD image but only from an external source.

You haven't given any details regarding location (pref: post code) nor the model of TV in question, but if you have a look in the TV's manual / specifications / tuner, see whether DVB-T or DVB-T2 is mentioned, as only the latter is capable of tuning in an HD transmission.

If you don't have the user manual give an update giving the model number of the TV involved.

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Lynsey Coull: Any problems experienced with satellite reception are always caused by some problem existing at the receiving end of the equation, as a satellite signal can to all intents and purposes be considered as always being there. You should check the strength of your signal using your Sky remote control as follows / (1): Press services on your Sky remote control and you will see the main menu with "Options" highlighted. (2): Highlight the Settings menu using the right arrow button and press select. (3): Use the left/right arrows to scroll to Signal and press select. (4): The grey bars displayed will show you the strength of the signal to your Sky+HD box and with this having to be around 55% or more to produce a stable picture, if its under (in particular the quality) then it points to the dish being slightly (very!) out of alignment, this usually being in the horizontal plane and with a slight nudge to the left or right usually correcting the problem, albeit rather crudely! I will say though that Sky+HD boxes are not without fault, and what you have described is one of the symptoms of a faulty power unit, and so this always has to be kept in mind.

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Tony Haynes: The question would be as to whether or not you are using a communal aerial?

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Lynsey Coull: If you are presently using an old Sky+ box of the white coloured type? then signal checking is achieved on this model by pressing "services - 4 - 6", and as mentioned before the main thing to observe being the quality of the signal which should never really be under the strength.

As far as the dish is concerned, if you do observe the quality to be down and your dish is within reach then the easy way to check the alignment is by getting someone to stand under the dish and lightly press on each side of the reflector "one side at a time" whilst you are observing the quality, because in most cases if the dish is out on the horizontal plane the quality will be seen to rise when one side is pressed, if it does then ideally the mounting arm to wall bracket nuts should be slightly slackened and the dish nudged in the direction that resulted in the signal improving "using a hand of each side of the dish for better control", finally re-tighten the swivel arm clamp nuts.

If though no difference is seen by the "side to side" check then the same test should be carried out again but this time on the top then bottom of the dish, taking care not to accidentally cover any area of the dish with your arm whilst pressing the top or the signal will be observed to dive downwards, although the main reason I mentioned the horizontal plane is because strong winds blowing across the dish nearly always affects the side to side alignment, whereas the up down adjustment seldom moves unless someone has pulled downwards on the LNB mounting arm.

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Monday 1 July 2013 9:03PM

derek: If you are receiving Freeview from the Tacolneston transmitter then engineering work is being carried out this week starting today, this resulting in random periods of disruption to the service.

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