So our old satellite Freeview box is on the way out, and I'd ideally like to go to Freeview HD and just use our TV instead of buying another box. However, connecting the coax to the TV, I cannot pick up a signal. So I am no sure if the issue is with the TV, the Aerial or the coax cable, and I'm unsure how to check and trouble shoot this without calling in an aerial technician.
The TV is a Samsung LA32A650A 1R. My wife and brother in law seem to think it is too old and doesn't have Freeview. This could be true, but I cannot find any firm proof. Surely if it is a HD flatscreen, it can pick up Freeview? By resetting it, I have managed to get it to activate the tuner, but all I get is static. Maybe I need to just adjust some settings? The online manuals don't seem to be of any help!
As far as I can tell we do have an UHF aerial and it does seem to be pointing in the right direction, well the same as a neighbour's anyway. Although there are some other house I can see that have aerials in a slightly different direction. We live in Devonport, Auckland, if that helps with aerial direction?!
We have both a regular coax and satellite cable coming into the house.
We took the house rental over from my brother in law (he moved overseas) and also left us his TV here. He always had Sky so never used freeview, although he seemed to think the signal was bad. The landlord seems to think that they had no issues with TV signal, but think that was before it went digital.
My wife bought and set the Satellite Freeview box up (as I was away for some time), so didn't attempt to use regular Freeview, just assuming that we had to have Satellite Freeview. And we have kept it that way since.
I guess it comes down to:
Does my TV have inbuilt Freeview? if yes why doesn't it work? If not, should I buy a new Freeview HD box (getting HD and some extra channels) and hope it works, or just buy a new FreeSat box and keep it as it was before. Ideally I'd like a new TV, but can't swing to one of those just yet!