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#195480 21-Apr-2016 12:48
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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.

 

 

 

Some background:

 

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!

 

 


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  #1537408 21-Apr-2016 12:52
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TV does not have a DVB-T tuner so can not receive Freeview HD.





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  #1537426 21-Apr-2016 13:15
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Thanks, well that makes it more simple then!

How do you know/find out?

 

If that's the case, is there anyway to test if my regular aerial works correctly for  Freeview HD box? Or would I just have to take a gamble?


 
 
 
 


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  #1537429 21-Apr-2016 13:22
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The Warehouse has a test and refund returns policy (basically take care it and return for a refund within a time limit if not satisfied (aka not work for you) - 12 months time limit from memory)


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  #1537457 21-Apr-2016 13:38
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I read the manual. All references in regard to tuning are to analog TV standards.





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  #1537465 21-Apr-2016 13:41
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Hmm, that sounds like it could be perfect, although they have very limited choice for terrestrial boxes. I guess most people just have a freeview TV!

 

 

 

cheers.


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  #1537469 21-Apr-2016 13:50
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I have not had very good runs with dvb-t boxes either, the first DSE one cooked up and died, the next one started to pixleate when it warmed up after about 18 months, even tho the inbuilt tuner was fine. And the t2100 has occasional artifacts on it that the inbuilt tuner doesnt have.

 

The reason for using a box is that I split it to 2 tv's, and using their inbuilt tuners always has a lag between the sound on one of them.





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  #1537470 21-Apr-2016 13:50
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Can tell from the model number - LA - LCD (not LED), 32 - 32" A - A Series, so probably about 8/9 years old (I have an LA37C which is about 6 years old, and it doesn't have a digital tuner).

 

In Devonport, you should be able to pickup DVB-T pretty easily. Can you see the top of the Sky Tower? If so, rabbits ears (or an internal antenna) should work, but if you have one on the roof, that will be better. Either pick up a new TV, or a Freevview|HD box and an HDMI cable. Make sure you aren't using the same cable that was connected to the Sky decoder to connect to your TV (that cable won't go to an aerial, rather to a Satellite Dish).

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #1537478 21-Apr-2016 14:00
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 I think all A series Samsung were analog.





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  #1537480 21-Apr-2016 14:00
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Ah, OK, thank you!

 

 

 

I can't see the tower, but we do have an aerial on the roof, that looks like it is a UHF one.

 

 

 

Now I have the dilemma of finding a rare(ish) freeview HD box, or paying a bit more for a new TV!


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  #1537483 21-Apr-2016 14:07
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I have one of these (connected to my Samsung LA37C): http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/tv-lcd-led-plasma/media-players/dish-tv/t2100-1080p-freeview-single-tuner-receiver-sku-295672/

 

Does a good job. I got a Harmony remote so I only need one remote. Freeview Plus works really well on it too.




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  #1537534 21-Apr-2016 15:14
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Thanks for that, some of those boxes look hideous, but that's pretty nice!

Freeview+ and a harmony remote were things I hadn't considered. I wanted less remotes, so that could,be a good option!


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