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Anyone else having problems?

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#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 HRH Countrymel

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 Beanbag Warrior

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 Psiren

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 FizzlingFireboxes

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!

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 Baroness Bubbles

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.

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