We've had rubbish reception for ages in the rental apartment I'm living in. There's no outdoor aerial for this specific property but I recently found out that we all share a Sky digital satellite receiver.
So I bought a Freeview decoder, plugged everything in and was pleasantly surprised that the set up was pretty easy.
However, I was a little disappointed with the quality. After being touted as 'crystal clear' it's like watching a DivX movie blown up on our 40" LCD TV - it looks OK from a distance but if you look closely there's lots of colour artifacts and the digital picture has a lot of noise in it ... were my expectations too high or are other factors making my reception poor? Occasionally, about once every two hours I think, we get 'stutters' where the picture and sound freezes for a couple of seconds then resumes again. I noticed that when I set up the box it said that we had 90% signal and 100% quality - whatever that means.
Does sharing a satellite (amongst seven other apartments) impede on the quality of the received transmission? Is using a Sky dish giving me sub-optimal results compared to a dedicated Freeview one? Is it just my nice big TV that amplifies the flaws?
Would Sky Digital give better results? They have a basic package that has Freeview + Prime - would their signal look much better?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions !