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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 15412 21-Aug-2007 19:38
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Hello everyone, I am new here so hope this it isn't too out of place to make a topic straight away.
Anyway, here is my problem:

I live in an apartment, that is part of a hotel complex in Auckland, this means Sky comes through the standard aerial for free and is a published perk of living here.
Anyway, when I moved in, I still had my digital decoder from my last house and enjoyed Sky until it went back a few days later. Now, I do receive all channels even Rugby and Rialto (apart from the Documentary channel strangely) and even get the 'rain fade' and all the things I came to expect with digital, straight through the aerial but some come through with a weak signal and TV2 is basically non-existent.
My question is this... If (as it was perfect with the Sky decoder) I were to purchase a freeview box, would this somehow help the reception problems, is there anything else I could do to boost the signal, or (and I expect this to be the case) am I insane and will either have to put up with the poor quality/pay for Sky.

Thanks for your time..


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Ultimate Geek

  Reply # 83211 21-Aug-2007 20:14
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Why don't you go and have a talk with the Building Manager and tell him the problems you are having with Sky.
I am sure he will sort it out for you.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 83218 21-Aug-2007 20:30
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Haha, thanks for the tip, but I've already done that and they have the same problem in other apartments etc.
The only reason I'm holding any hope at all is because  of how crystal clear it was when I had a decoder in place.


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  Reply # 83226 21-Aug-2007 20:52
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Sounds to me like the LBand part of the system works of, but the offair and modulated services are ropey. If you had good Sky servcie via the Sky STB then there is a good chance you will get the same superiour service from a FTA DVB-S box, probably well worth the effort.


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Wannabe Geek

Reply # 83242 21-Aug-2007 21:33
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Hey, thanks so much for that, good times!
Just one last thing, if it does work, would I be able to tune all the 30 or so channels I get right now in do you reckon?

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  Reply # 83736 25-Aug-2007 08:27
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It is possible your TV tuned to the normal VHF analogue TV2 signal and not the one from the modulator box.  Since others have the same problem, perhaps the modulator box does not have TV2.  Perhaps the modulator box gets TVNZ via analogue not digital, and is tuned to the wrong TV2 transmitter (there are a few transmitters in Auckland on different frequencies to get full coverage of the region).

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