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Topic # 62952 17-Jun-2010 22:48
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I was looking forward to watching the footie on TVNZ7 so I grabbed a Hauppauge 900 usb tuner. But when I scan for channels I get everything in really good quality except the TVNZ channels. Gutted. Is there anything I can do to improve my chances? I'm in Auckland central so I didn't expect to have issues with it. I'm using the aerial provided in the apartment block. I'm impressed with the quality of the channels I've got on DVTB, but just seems of waste  if I can't see the channels I bought the thing for. Any tips?


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  Reply # 342847 18-Jun-2010 08:19
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Sounds to me like your buildings MATV headend is not passing Ch29 which is the TVNZ mux from waitarua. This is a common issue, the headend is complex filter as well as being an amplifier, the programming of the channel filters is such that it only passes channels that are wanted to keep noise and interference out of the system. Its common that the processor was setup before the advent of the DTT system, hence does not pass some channels.

Now that the Sky UHF analog channels are gone its not a problem to reallocate filters previoulsy used for them to the DTT service.

To fix the above will require that the body corp get a contractor in to retune the the headend processor.

I have done quite a number of these retunes in the Wellington district in the past few months, PM me if you are in a Welly appartment with the same issue and need to get a quote for the change.


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  Reply # 342951 18-Jun-2010 11:39
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If you are really wanting to watch the football, I suggest you get a DVB-S receiver (either a set top box or usb key) and tune in to SBS channels. They have all the matches live, not just the 22 that TVNZ are broadcasting. Of course, you do need to have access to a satellite dish.


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  Reply # 343069 18-Jun-2010 16:57
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Unlikely the Sat route will be good for an apartment.

They will have (most likely) one satellite providing all the sky & freeview coverage, and all those STB's will stop the sat being changed to Vertical polarity to get to SBS.
(I've got the same issue)

On top of which, many body corps do not allow adittional satellite dishes to be installed on the building as part of their rules.

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Reply # 343121 18-Jun-2010 20:04
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Thanks guys,

I guess I'm stuck for now. I bought an indoor aerial too (which supports freeview) but didn't get any channels from that. Oh well, I didn't expect it to help much. I'll try an extension cable for the aerial, other than that I guess I'm out of luck.

I'm in Auckland, so I think asking you to travel all the way from Wellington to fix my TV signal would be a bit harsh. :) Thanks for the offer though.


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  Reply # 343127 18-Jun-2010 20:45
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If you can see the Sky Tower this one or similar should work for you.

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