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The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmitter
Tuesday 15 March 2011 7:39PM
Bridgnorth

At present we have pixalated freeview channels. Well this change when the wrekin switches over? We have a new rooftop aerial and new wiring.

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Freesat reception - all about dishes | Free satellite - general
Wednesday 23 March 2011 7:27AM
Bridgnorth

£5.00 on ebay to buy a quad LNB.

Depends on what you want to do. You can connect from your existing digi box aerial output to a TV in your bedroom and watch the programs shown on your main TV, The main tv has to be on the channel that you want to watch in the bedroom. You can switch the main tv off but leave the digi box on.

Alternatively you can install a second aerial lead to your bedroom from a twin LNB to a second digi box in your bedroom to watch programs independantly from your other TV.

There are other alternatives but I choose to explain the easiest.....IANAAT

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I thought others would like to hear of my experience with Digital TV.

With a neighbour we had a qualified aerial fitter install rooftop aerials to be ready for digital TV. We have always had a bad reception from the Wrekin transmitter resulting in poor pictures on our TV's. We were hoping for a better signal when the area went digital in April. My neighbour had a better picture but only recieved about 30 channels I recieved about 40 freeview channels most of them breaking up. I tried a new cheap rooftop aerial aerial which made no difference. Apperently our signals are being blocked by 40+ ft high Conifer tries about 100ft away along with other close buildings. Another neighbour moved his aerial to recieve Sutton Coldfield transmitter signals and managed to get 90+ signals whilst when I tried the same could not get any signals whatever. I had previously asked in retail electical shops about an aerial amplifier and was told that if a weak signal went in I could only expect a weak signal out. As a last resort I bought a more expensive rooftop wideband aerial (the other aerials were wideband as well) tuned it into sutton coldfield and recieved a signal with about 50 channels some not very good pictures. As a last resort I bought a masthead amplifier for £25 and now recieve 92 freeview signals from Sutton Coldfield most of them watchable and 30 odd radio stations. Cracked it.

Moral - not all experts are experts. I was told more than once that an amplifier would not help if I only recieved a poor reception.

As luck would have it I live in a bungalow so getting on the roof was not a difficult job

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I use my old sky+ box for just that. No problems but as stated no record or playback features. You need a card to get some programmes mine cost £20. as a one of payment

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