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Topic # 129058 2-Sep-2013 17:00
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I have a Sony Tv with a Sky dish but no longer subscribe to sky TV and bought an aerial Box - single tuner freeview/ HD UHF terrestial / USB HDD recorder from Farmers yesterday.

Tried reading the manual but it all looked like gobblety gook. So saying i'm not very tech savy is a gross understatement.


Anyway when i turned it on it scanned for channels and works fine except i now have the shopping channel yipee ! ( i really hate that)

I see i also have C4. But I can live with that.


But I like to watch that Triangle/ Aljazeera News / DWTV / Face TV channel through the night when i can;t sleep.
Not sure what it's called.

I also need and not sure how to tune in Prime TV and Maori TV for the Sport.

How would i tune my TV to get them? Would appreciate any advice.

Thanks guys.

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  Reply # 888412 2-Sep-2013 17:03
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With a UHF set top box, you need to get a UHF antenna, not a satellite dish.

Either get a UHF antenna, or swap to a satellite set top box.

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  Reply # 888416 2-Sep-2013 17:09
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And you wont find any of those mentioned channels on Freeview.




Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz cool


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 888437 2-Sep-2013 18:09
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(Al Jazeera starts Nov1)



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  Reply # 888486 2-Sep-2013 19:15
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Thanks guys, I do have another aerial on my roof in addition to my dish maybe thats thats the UHF...

when having a tutu i did manage to briefly get maori tv but the sound was crap.


Do have a 4 way splitter box behind one of my TVs and see theres two or three aerial cables coming in to the house but i think i need someone to sort it out as there's wires for Africa going everywhere...lol


Might be worth me investing in a tradey i think so he can sort it and also show me how to record ...

Also considering taking the satelitte top box option thanx for that suggestion Running Man....

Cheers guys..

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  Reply # 888497 2-Sep-2013 19:21
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Sounds like you may only be scanning for analogue channels - going by the dodgy sound one one channel.

Can you confirm that you are using the digital tuner in your set top box, and not the analogue tuner in the TV? You should normally get Prime automatically if digital...

Where abouts are you roughly (what town)?

Can you describe the antenna on your roof, and which direction it points - or better yet, take a photo? We'll be able to tell pretty easily what it is.

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  Reply # 888503 2-Sep-2013 19:34
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I agree with Runningman as Face is Auckland analog only.




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  Reply # 888595 2-Sep-2013 20:47
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Goods news! Especialy considering how Pio Terei on Maori TV convinced me to take the plunge and get Freeview ....

Somehow i have managed to tune into Maori TV and it's an awesome clear picture ,sound also ka pai so i guess theres hope for those other channels like Prime too if i hold my mouth right ??

Maybe if i knew the right frequency i may be able to tune manually somehow??

I'm herein Sth Auckland, Papakura North. I'll try and download a pic tomorrow of my arerial but thats areal tall order...


Changing the subject slightly - i have a couple of VHS video recorders not to mention a stack of kids videos in good nick just sitting idle in their boxes collecting dust.
Are they of any use anymore to anyone or is this completely obsolete technology in todays world?
Dunno what to do with them really .



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  Reply # 888604 2-Sep-2013 20:57
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I think i remember the guy pointed the aerial North West towards Waitakere btw. Was 15 years ago though .

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  Reply # 888615 2-Sep-2013 21:06
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Hello,

Hey your aerial is 15 years old. That's a long time out in the weather etc. I recommend that you take the plunge and get a new one. That way you'll get the best out of freeview for at least another ten years.

There are two options, a one off install of a good aerial and live with the limited number of free channels or pay monthly for Sky and pay for life.




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  Reply # 888616 2-Sep-2013 21:07
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Also remember hearing that the more Tvs you have the weaker your signal.
Maybe that's a contributing factor?
We've got provision for 4 TVs hence the 4 way splitter box but only one is usually ever going .

My teens don't watch Tv as they're usually on line you tubing or gaming so my question is if the TVs are'nt actually all going is it still taxing the signal?



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  Reply # 888620 2-Sep-2013 21:10
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Thanx mat....I guess 15 years of birdsh!te is'nt much help either lol....

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  Reply # 888622 2-Sep-2013 21:12
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If it's 15 years old, good chance it is only VHF not UHF as well, so that may contribute to your problems. Also, the cable won't last forever out in the rain as well...

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  Reply # 888627 2-Sep-2013 21:18

Old splitters aren't great at UHF. So Freeview might not be so good through them.

Have you tried plugging the aerial directly into one TV yet? What the.




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  Reply # 888640 2-Sep-2013 21:32
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Trouble is all my Tv s are set up with a cable designed for SKy ( if that makes a diff i don't know)
but i no longer subscribe .
The old aerial cable is way down the other end of the house to where i want to view my TV so not sure how to wangle that.


Sounds like that satelite box would be a better option seeing i can swap it easily as i only bought this one yesterday.

Still can't understand though how i'm getting maori TV though when Zolly Monsta said i would'nt be able to get any of the forementioned?

What frequency is Prime TV anyone know? Trying to look for that on line as maybe i can tune it manually?

Thanks for your support guys. Much appreciated.

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  Reply # 888642 2-Sep-2013 21:38
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I suspect what is happening is that you are connecting to the sat dish, not a UHF antenna. The cable itself is picking up just enough analogue signal to get some channels.

If you have the skills, replace your old antenna and cabling. If not, then either get a sat box which can connect to the current dish, or get an antenna installer to sort it out for you.

Be aware that the satellite service is not high definition... UHF service is (on mainstream channels).

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