I've got a non digital TV in our bedroom and a year ago bought a cheap freeview box for it. Plugged it into the TV and we seemed to get most of the channels. This TV is plugged into the main ariel and also connected to a signal booster system. Not sure how this system works as it was in the house when we moved in but I think it amplifies the main ariel.
Over the last 2 months the number of channels we can get via the set top box has got less. I can't watch the main BBC1, etc through it anymore and have to turn the box off to watch the main channels. Lots of other channels I can hear but not see, others freeze and the sand cracks on and off making it unwatchable, others aren't there. I've tried retuning the digital box and sometimes that helps for a few hours, sometimes it makes no difference.
Are these problems down to a poor signal or down to a cheap box? I just find it odd that its worse than it was 12months ago. I wouldn't have expected either the box or the signal to decrease in 12 months. Any ideas?
We've had problems with BBC1,2, CBBC, News 24 etc(500-600mhz frequency) for last few weeks. Occasionally the signal is strong enough to show pic and sound, if slightly broken up, but more often not. Put it down to atmospheric interference and having switched to a cheaper box (Argos). Our aerial is in the roof but seems ok.
we bought a plug in booster it was around 10 pound but now i can get all channels in living room and bedroom all runs off same lead and our aerial is rubbish can be bit shaky at times but in general fab
there is a website where you can check what your coverage is (what channels you should get etc.)
Thing is, we are in a very good coverage area but can still only get digital tv via Sky. The layout of the house (narrow but long terrace) and the lack of an outdoor aerial means that we can't receive the signal by just plugging in the freeview box and an indoor booster. Even with our booster, I still can't receive most of the channels (can get the main ones but they break up a lot).
However, if you have an outdoor aerial, and your signal worked in the past, I suspect it might need adjusting. The best way to get a good signal is to get an aerial bloke out to fit an external aerial but just make sure you get a quote in advance because they can take the piss a bit with the cost.