Just back from an elederly friend's home - he was saying he struggles to
get all the Freeview channels.
On reflection, I realise that he still has a VCR in the aerial line and I
am wondering if this may be degrading the signal slightly.
Instinct tells me he should connect the TV directly to the wall plate. Is
it likely to make any difference?
Probably got a misaligned, wrong band, or old cable connected aerial.
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No, doubt its causing a problem unless its faulty. The question is has
he ever had good freeview reception or is he on a transmitter that does
not transmit all the channels, some especially the smaller relay
Can you say where he is ay all and what his serving transmitter is a
close by postcode would be a good start?..
On Sat, 13 Jul 2013 20:20:25 +0100, tony sayer wrote:
As he's just moved he could well have moved into an area that doesn't
have the full set of MUX's.
Does "struggles" mean that all channels are there in the EPG but
viewing is degraded. Or does it mean that no amount of retuning finds
them at all?
The move may mean that the VCR's modulator is too close to a channel
now used by a MUX and it's interfering. If he still want's to use the
VCR connect it via SCART and connect the telly direct to the aerial
socket on the wall. I'm don't know how a set top box will help him
use the VCR as some one else posted.
On Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:25:08 +0100 (BST), "Dave Liquorice"
Brian said that, and he is quite correct, if they still had a need to
*record* DTT to tape.
The SCART of an analogue TV would normally output baseband video and
audio of the programme being watched, but do DTT sets do that? I doubt
they do. Perhaps they just output the noise or blue screen of the
Good idea, I set that up for an elderly rellie some time ago but wasn't
sure whether they would get on with the potentially less user friendly
UI. Started off with a cheap and basic box but she got on with it so
well that we upgraded to a Humax Foxsat HDR and she hasn't looked back.
81, pah, a youngster :-)
That depends on the video, where the aerial is and whether the video is
always plugged in. Why does he need the video connected to any aerial, none
of the videos will pick anything up in any case, they were all analogue.
If he still wants to use it then he needs a set top box.
The issue is easy to test, simply connect the wall plate to the tv and see
if it is OK, if still no good its the aerial in the comunal system or his
own depending on where that plate goes to.
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graphics are great, but the blind can't hear them
The UHF modulator in the VCR may be close to or even exactly on the
frequency of one of the DTT multiplexes.
As the tuner in the VCR will be analogue and therefore redundant,
there is no point in daisy-chaining, use a SCART cable instead.
Truth be told, even when analogue was still being transmitted, there
were better ways of distributing the aerial signal than daisy-chaining
He moved recently - communal aerial -building work still being done -
probably had it connected by well-meaning removal man. He is 20 miles away.
I will try and convince him to try removing VCR from chain but expect he
will have a techno-reluctance!
Best line of attack is,
Ask the neighbours, and most won't mind the query, is their TV OK and do
they get all the new Channels.
If yes then a fault with his Digital box or possible that the VCR is
parked on a TV channel in fact you can take it out of the aerial line
now anyway as its doing nothing of use.
Check the flylead that goes from the wall plate to the TV.
That should give us a good indication of the problem. Also a post code a
nearby one if security is an issue and take a photo of the TV aerial and
note which way its pointing and put on a pix sharing site and I reckon
we can get this sorted!...
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