Frustration with digital tv

  • beaujangle

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    Mar 08, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    I just bought a digital tv over the weekend. I tried tuning to the channels but I could only get three channels and they are the ABC ones ie. ABC1, 2 and 3 (like BBC channel, they are of high quality but serious ones and they don't screen CSI and stuff like that on ABC)! I called the shop and they said it's the antenna (I don't have external antenna but I bought an internal antenna with the tv). I went to change for a higher quality antenna and when I installed it, guess what? This time is worse: no channels at all! I feel frustrated after those hours wasted on trying again and again.

    For those who own digital tv, any of you have issues with channel tuning? Sometimes I wonder whether Australia is high tech. Sigh ...
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    Mar 08, 2010 2:42 AM GMT
    Same here in the US. After the DTV switch, a handful of stations went dead. Apparently, stations only have a license to broadcast at XX power. Fox is just pathetic. I've read reports where people living directly near transmission towers can't even get good reception on Fox. I've missed an entire season of the Simpsons and some other shows.

    The rest of the stations come in ok. Sometimes if the weather is bad, the signal will be a little choppy. Before buying a new antenna, you should check to see if the TV stations in your area transmit at UHF or VHF. I'm thinking you bought the wrong antenna.

    I bought this antenna and I'm happy with it. It's suppose to be an outdoor antenna, but I have it propped up in a closet, hidden from view. It's pointed in the general direction of the transmission towers.

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    Mar 08, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    same.....
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    Mar 08, 2010 6:02 AM GMT
    I have a non-cable digital in the basement wkout room and the kitchen and same problems, no matter which antenna I use.
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    Mar 08, 2010 6:13 AM GMT
    I get all the channels here, you really need an external antenna for low digital transmission areas, if need by you can install a signal booster also, I've a few mates who have installed the antenna under the tiles and installed a really high powered booster.

    If you live in a built up area your really going to have difficulty unless you install an antenna, if you own the house it's worth getting, if you don't, contact your landlord and request they have one installed (they should agree to it since it should have been there in the first place)
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    Mar 08, 2010 2:04 PM GMT
    With an indoor antenna, I get only one station. Years ago, I used to have a wind generator on an 80' tilt-up tower out in the back 40 that kept getting zapped by lightning. So, I moved the tower down by the house and put a huge TV antenna on it. Now I get about two dozen stations.

    The only problem I'm having right now is that an ice storm broke off one element and bent a few others, which has degraded reception. When the weather gets better, I'll lower the tower and repair and reinforce the antenna.

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