Jump to content

Our digital TV signal is crap!
Anyone else having problems?


  • Please log in to reply
23 replies to this topic

#1 LifesGood

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:28 AM

A few weeks ago out of the blue, our TV signals started to play up, the picture and sound breaking up, the 'poor signal quality' message popping up, and sometimes no signal at all, just a black screen. This is happening on both of our Sony Bravia TVs.

Has anyone else experienced this and if so what did you do about it?

#2 paddyboo

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:34 AM

not happened to me, but first thing I would be doing was getting someone to check my aerial. Have you had a storm lately?

#3 Feraldadathome

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:38 AM

Good question re. possible storm damage. But knowing which part of which location you're in may also help with advice.

#4 Fossy

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:38 AM

We had it and we had to get an antenna guy out to do something (I have no idea what!!) to our antenna.  It works perfectly now.

He told us you can buy a signal strengthening device from electrical shops, but sometimes they don't work. So we just ot him to fix it.  We have a signal strengthening thing at our holiday house and it works beautifully, it's a little box between the tv and aerial point.  We got it from retravision.

We found the tv furtherest away from our antenna was the worst.



#5 Mrs_BG

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:41 AM

This happened to us in Melbourne recently.  DH replaced the aerial and cable and it has been perfect ever since.


#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:45 AM

We are based on the gold coast & have had the exact same problem.

We got the antenna man out & found out that our antenna was not actually a digital one (there is a difference - i know he wasn't taking us for a ride) & we also had a signal strengther put on.

In QLD, whilst we still have digital & analogue signals, ABC digital is still only operating at a 25% signal strength, whereas the others are closer to 75%.

Also we find when there is a lightening storm we loose some of our digital channels, though only temporarily.

#7 LifesGood

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:48 AM

We are in northern Sydney - storms have been a feature this summer. I'm debating whether to wait for DH to get around to looking at it or just calling someone to come and fix it.

Might give DH the Easter break to look at the cables and aerial and if it's still a problem after that I'll call someone.

This morning the DVD player packed up and now DD can't even watch her movies/DVDs! Argh!

ETA: ABC and channel 9 have been the worst affected with 7 and 10 not too bad. I think SBS has been on the blink as well.

Edited by LifesGood, 05 April 2012 - 10:49 AM.


#8 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:29 AM

Happened here too, we are thinking of calling an antenna guy, we had Sony look at our Bravia and we actually had a blown tuner{?} - it was under warranty so they replaced it free but it still happens so I think we need a signal strengthener.

#9 CountryFeral

Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:39 AM

You can buy those signal strengthener thingies from the supermarket even.. they are only about $20... Best.Thing.Ever!

If it has suddenly gone bad - and there isn't weird weather happening, it does sound as if your antenna has been knocked about.

#10 JustBeige

Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:43 AM

We had the same.  We are north of you and after weeks of stuffing around and watching DH nearly bust a poofle value in frustration, we coughed up the dollars to get an antenna guy out and found that we had to get 2 aerials.  One for sydney and one for newcastle.  The problem we have here is the signal from both were competing against each other.  Also the ABC uses the same signal from Newie as it does from Sydney.   Also we had some houses etc being built around us and we had to go higher to get the signal clearer.

So 2 proper digital aerials (not the ones from Bunnings as they dont work they way they are supposed to) later,  Its all perfect *touch wood, *touch wood,*touch wood

#11 Phoenix Blue

Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:48 AM

When we had this problem it was our aerial. Guy who came out said he was surprised we could pick up anything at all. We ended up getting a brand new aerial and the old one he brought down was just a mangled mess of wire! laughing2.gif

#12 Feraldadathome

Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:15 PM

The potential problem with a signal amplifier is that if you have poor signal quality (rather than strength) you may just be making a stronger poor signal. A few years ago now, but we had the antenna replaced, and found we didn't need the amplifier at all for the TV, whereas it had been essential to get anything prior to that.

And now with digital radio I don't even need it ot boost the FM signal!

#13 LifesGood

Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:56 PM

QUOTE (dadathome @ 05/04/2012, 12:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The potential problem with a signal amplifier is that if you have poor signal quality (rather than strength) you may just be making a stronger poor signal. A few years ago now, but we had the antenna replaced, and found we didn't need the amplifier at all for the TV, whereas it had been essential to get anything prior to that.

And now with digital radio I don't even need it ot boost the FM signal!

Yes, I agree dadathome, our problem is quality not strength, it sounds like an aerial issue.

Also, we have two brand new McMansions just built a couple of doors down, could be something to do with that given the timing of the problems.

Thanks for all the replies, at least it isn't an 'unknown' problem. I think I'll contact some antenna services in our area.

Can anyone recommend one in Sydney north/Ryde area?


#14 B.feral3

Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

We were having problems. Analogue was switched off on the 3rd of December 2011 and from then til about 2 weeks ago we could only get channel 10 some times. No other channels at all whatsoever.

2 weeks ago we spent $440 on a new aerial and installation and now we have TV. Honestly, I prefer analogue. I should not have had to spend that kind of money IMO. I'm not happy at all.

#15 laridae

Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

QUOTE (LifesGood @ 05/04/2012, 02:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for all the replies, at least it isn't an 'unknown' problem. I think I'll contact some antenna services in our area.

Can anyone recommend one in Sydney north/Ryde area?


If you can get on the roof its not that hard to adjust it yourself - just look at where everyone else has theirs pointed and make slight adjustments while someone else watches the tv.

#16 Feraldadathome

Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:11 PM

QUOTE (laridae @ 05/04/2012, 03:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you can get on the roof its not that hard to adjust it yourself - just look at where everyone else has theirs pointed and make slight adjustments while someone else watches the tv.

Whilst ensuring the correct orientation can improve things, a DTV antenna will also have its elements optimised for the frequencies on which DTV is transmitted. For most people their current antenna is fine, but marginal areas may need replacement.

The only area where digital is not better than analogue is in marginal reception areas - analogue peters out to a very snowy picture, whereas digital is pretty much there or not.

But how often do you check or replace your TV aerial anyway?

#17 d├ęsir d'amour

Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:23 PM

Our landlord just replaced our aerial and inside reception plate bit for us because the NYE winds knocked our aerial about.  the fact tht it was as old as the hills certainly didn't help.

#18 strawberrycakes

Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:58 PM

yes, it happens to us every now & then if there is alot of wind or alot of rain.  We have had a new antenna installed too & the guy thinks it is because our booster is too weak.  We can't afford a new one so Dh does his best to fix it when it happens.

#19 wallofdodo

Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:21 PM

I have had this on and off. Two different issues.

The house next to us blocked the signal so we moved the antenna, no problems.

Second problem, everynow and then we have problems with ABC and Ten in particular. I have worked out it is usually after a rather vigorous vaccuum from the other half. I usually take the antenna out of the wall and back in and voila!!


#20 Ruby'sMum

Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:30 PM

We have heaps of trouble with ours when there's any kind of interesting weather pattern happening (wind, rain, storms, high pressure system, low pressure system...).  It mostly effects ABC but also sometimes SBS and very occasionally the commercial channels.  I'm sure we need a new antenna and will get around to it eventually!

#21 mummy.to.one

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

We always have problems, we never get ch10 digital, and abc comes and goes when it pleases.

Think we need a new antenna for digital but it's not urgent.

We are also in Sydney.

#22 LifesGood

Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:21 AM

QUOTE (TammIam @ 05/04/2012, 07:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Like SO many other "Improvements" of the modern age....it's debateable for teh average person if there are any benefits at all? All those silly digital channels with reruns of 40 yr old shows...don't care adn never watch themv rolleyes.gif

If I wanted to watch reruns of MASH, I'd just buy the boxset!
Tamm

I can't tell you how much I agree with this comment. The other day I was flicking through all the digital channels thinking how it feels like I am in the USA watching absolute rubbish on one channel after another.

The only digital channels we are interested in are the new ABC ones - ABC24 for the news and ABC22 for the kids.

And we have the MASH box set!

Anyway, I have phoned an antenna service who will come after Easter.

In one way it is great as we hardly ever have the TV on at the moment, so we are doing lots of other things at home and out and about original.gif

#23 Feral_Bubble

Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:45 AM

I have that issue with channel 10 mostly. If it not clear, sunny and NOT windy, cloudy or raining I get a picture. If the weather isn't 'perfect', I get nothing.

And I can't do anything about it, I rent in a unit block :-(

#24 --binda--

Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

I had problems iwth getting some channels (after previously getting them), and I use an indoor arial...

I retuned the TV, and it fixed the problems.







1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

Misery loves Facebook

Facebook users are often criticised for only showing the positive, fun parts of their lives. But what about when it swings the other way, when someone uses it for the purposes of ranting about their children all the time, never posting anything positive?

Toddler's adorable impersonation of pregnant mum

Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

Ten things I've learned about motherhood

Never take a good night's sleep for granted. There is no logic like toddler logic. Standing on Lego hurts every time. These are the truths of parenthood.

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.

21 things I love about newborns

There?s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can?t be fun?

I?ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children ? you name it, they?ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what?s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can?t help feeling I?ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I?ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.