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I am not very expert in TV technology and i really need your advice. I have a Samsung Smart TV 7 series (bought in Dubai) and i am not able to get Free-to-Air Channels. I dont have any STB and no pay tv like Foxtel etc. I am not a big TV buff but want to watch free channels. I tried to setup using auto-tune and manual tune, but no luck. Also, there is something called "Area/Region" for setting channel in TV and i dont have "Australia" option in the list. I live in an apartment and each unit has a point to connect. Most of the people in my building are receving good signal and able to watch free channels.
I called Samsung support and they said my tv doesn't has/support Australia frequency. They advised me to check with local retail shops or buy new TV.
I dont want to buy new tv. does it work if i buy a Set up box such as Dick Smith HD Digital Set Top Box with USB PVR.
I really need your advice.
Thanks in advance.
recently moved to a new house in the eastern suburbs of melbourne. The house has an external antenna and I assume it was working for the previous owner. When I plug the TV directly to the wall socket, I get ~8-9% of signal strength on the TV (did I mentioned the antenna is on the roof?). When I plug the PVR to the wall socket (and then the TV through HDMI) I get no signal at all. The "passthrough" of the PVR also gives no signal to the TV. With the 8-9% I can watch some TV, but I get a lot of freezing. Interestingly, I plug an old "rabbit" antenna to the TV or the PVR and I get ~50% of signal strength.
I'm trying to sort out where the issue could be. I have:
confirmed that the wall socket is connected (behind the plate)
the cable runs to the roof
the cables in the roof are connected to the antenna.
I should give a bit more info:
there's one cable coming down from the antenna and then there's a splitter (a simple small one maybe 2cm x2cm): 1 in, 2 out.
one of those "out" goes into a room but I don't have a spare tv to test, and moving the large tv is not an option.
the other out goes to another splitter, but this has some sort of circuit board. there's no splitting happening as there's only one in and one out (but more out could be used). Then after this second splitter, there's a third one similar to the previous, a small box where one comes in and 2 comes out, also with some sort of electronics in there.
There's only 1 tv in all the house, if there are other TV sockets, they aren't used.
I've gone as far as I can understand, so I came here for help. Should I eliminate all the extra splitters? replace them with new ones (looks a bit old and dusty)? is it worth buying one of those antenna meters to test the signal strength?
(like this: http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=LT3332)
I haven't climbed to the roof yet. Is there some sort of connector at the roof that might be loose? I'm trying to figure out if the issue could be somewhere else before adventuring to the roof.
Any help or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
I have a TV antenna and above it is an old antenna that has broken and part is hanging down onto the other antenna. On a windy day they bang together and this causes dropouts.
I would like to also get two more tv points in two rooms that don't currently have TV points.
I have been using an indoor antenna in one room and it does not get channel 1, 10, etc. This is quite frustrating as I enjoy some of the shows on that channel.
I would apppreciate an indication of what the cost would be.
By Matthew Bongiolatti
After cancelling foxtel due to not really watching the channels apart from free to air, i found that i was missing having the ability to record tv, so being new to HDTV recorders i did alot of research into which system suited me best. I settled on a Topfield TRF7160 and bought one for a great price at JB HiFi.
Went to install the new PVR and this is when the strange issues occured. This is what i did:
Unplugged the coax from the tv and plugged into the antenna in port of the pvr.
Plugged in HDMI, TOSLINK, ethernet & power in. All Ok
Turned on tv & pvr, went through the setup scan of channels to which the unit found none. Puzzled, as my HD TV with in builtin HD tuner works perfectly fine, i started to fiddle with the cable. After no more luck, i came to the conclusion that somehow my existing cheap coax cable was faulty and bought a new $40 one from Jb HiFi. No luck.
I then plugged in a portable powered rabbits ears that i use in the spare room (which works ok), and ran the scan again. The toppy picked up SBS stations but nothing else, tested the channels to which were working. I then plugged the wall coax back in and found that is lost signal straight away. Plugged it directly back into the TV which worked fine on all channels.
Thinking that there may be something strange going on with the coax port on the toppy, i loosely plugged it back into the toppy and i started to get a picture.. I then ran the toppy through a channel scan again and it found all channels with 90+ reception.
At this point i settled on there must be something wrong with the unit and returned it to JB. Brought new one home today and same problem exists.. I have found that as long as the coax cable is loosely touching (or even not touching by around 2-3mm) the signal is perfect.
I have no idea why this is happening but was wondering whether anyone had any ideas, as the way it is set up now is not ideal?
Cheers in advance and apologies for the essay, but i thought as much info that i can give will help.
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