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Topic # 98676 3-Mar-2012 21:57
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I just recently got rid of the MySky box and purchased a PlayTV box for DSE to replace it, I tried it out on the aerial that was on top of the house I rent (it looks like the http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/element-aerial-freeview-p-457.html , but the V-shaped end is oriented vertically), I'm guessing this is and old sky UHF aerial.  It give a signal strength of about 55%-60% when I scan channels.

My question is are the old Sky UHF aerials ok for use with FreeviewHD signals (I'm in the very good area of the Freeview signal strength map of Whangarei).  The signal has been dropping in and out the last week, but I'm assuming that has more to do with the Freeview outages reported on their website. (I have no TV3, FOUR, TV3 PLUS1 or C4 at the moment)

Or is the PlayTV just not that great? It seemed to work ok for the first week we had it, even better when I turned off the live buffer recording.

Any help or advice gratefully accepted.

Cheers

addon: would the old aerial, on the same roof mount, be causing any interference at all?

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  Reply # 590042 3-Mar-2012 22:22
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First up check the polarity for your location, make sure the old aerial is orientated the correct way for the new freeview UHF broadcasts.

My unsubstantiated rule of thumb is:
If you get break ups on PlayTV whilst just watching TV then you have a signal problem.
If normal watching TV works fine for hours on end, and it suddenly starts breaking up when you record something at the same time as watching something else, especially on the full HD channels 1, 2 and 3, then you've got a 'PlayTV' problem.

Check out the epic thread on it here on GZ. There was never a resolution to it to my knowledge, short of selling it and buying something that worked fine on the same signal.

(Just thinking about it though, I don't know that anyone experiencing this ever put a UHF/VHF diplexer on it to block out any VHF signal from the tuners, even if they did only have a UHF aerial....)



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  Reply # 590095 4-Mar-2012 09:05
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is the update, you pay approx. $15 at PlayStation store worth getting?

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