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Forum: Freesat 22-12-2010, 20:29
Replies: 13
Views: 2,240
Posted By SimonBlackham
It would have been helpful if there was a note on...

It would have been helpful if there was a note on the 'Red Button' to tell us so - I have just wasted 1/2 hour trying to get iPlayer on the red button as 'usual' and only found out by looking here to...
Forum: Technical 21-12-2010, 21:24
Replies: 22
Views: 3,482
Posted By SimonBlackham
...it works both ways - the digilogic has a good...

...it works both ways - the digilogic has a good 14:9 setting (my daughter has/had one) for use with 4:3 displays - our Panasonic TV has a 14:9 setting on its WS display which is better than the 4:3...
Forum: Technical 14-12-2010, 19:55
Replies: 13
Views: 1,990
Posted By SimonBlackham
I don't think people realise how much variation...

I don't think people realise how much variation there is between receivers - both in terms of reception and in quality of the picture produced.

We originally had a philips and a Nokia ONdigial box -...
Forum: Technical 09-12-2010, 21:34
Replies: 13
Views: 1,990
Posted By SimonBlackham
Try using an amplified log periodic as an indoor...

Try using an amplified log periodic as an indoor aerial if you have to! They are relatively small and flat and can be taped to the ceiling or put on top of a cupboard etc.
Forum: Freeview 09-12-2010, 21:27
Replies: 9
Views: 1,389
Posted By SimonBlackham
My experience is that if you can get SD MUXes...

My experience is that if you can get SD MUXes from an HD capable transmitter then HD will be a stronger signal. I can get HD from two transmitters 50 and 60 miles away and it is the strongest MUX on...
Forum: Freeview 09-12-2010, 21:20
Replies: 24
Views: 3,275
Posted By SimonBlackham
... also on Freesat BTW at the weekends they...

... also on Freesat BTW at the weekends they show sport.
Forum: Freeview 09-12-2010, 20:54
Replies: 68
Views: 7,674
Posted By SimonBlackham
Not likely because DVB-T2 is so close to the...

Not likely because DVB-T2 is so close to the theoretical limits that the returns for a change will be marginal. We watch HD at 50 miles range and DVB-T2 is rock solid at full quality. The other...
Forum: Technical 22-11-2010, 19:18
Replies: 26
Views: 3,450
Posted By SimonBlackham
Look at the Digital-UK postcode checker (set to...

Look at the Digital-UK postcode checker (set to 'Trade') and you will see that Stockland Hill will have no change in frequencies for the foreseeable future.

Click this, enter your postcode and tick...
Forum: Technical 16-11-2010, 20:13
Replies: 13
Views: 1,034
Posted By SimonBlackham
Why worry now - it will be a simple problem to...

Why worry now - it will be a simple problem to solve when and if it arises.
Forum: Technical 04-11-2010, 19:46
Replies: 19
Views: 4,133
Posted By SimonBlackham
My favourite was the Canadian short of a woman...

My favourite was the Canadian short of a woman hanging out washing in Nova Scotia (??) - "Gerome!"
Forum: Freeview 04-11-2010, 19:18
Replies: 28
Views: 7,301
Posted By SimonBlackham
None of the technology sky used/uses came from...

None of the technology sky used/uses came from them - even the example you gave came from elsewhere!
Sky are the masters of using others technology and tying it up to screw the marketplace to their...
Forum: Freeview 03-11-2010, 18:25
Replies: 309
Views: 47,832
Posted By SimonBlackham
I have set... 301 on 998 BBC HD on 999 BBC 1 HD...

I have set...
301 on 998
BBC HD on 999
BBC 1 HD on 1
:
ITV 1 HD on 3
Channel4 HD on 4

I have put the orphans.. (no particular reason for the choice of numbers)
BBC 1 on 984
Forum: Freeview 02-11-2010, 21:34
Replies: 28
Views: 7,301
Posted By SimonBlackham
My experience of amplification... The use of a...

My experience of amplification...

The use of a masthead amp (wherever it actually is) requires a feed from an aerial with a high signal to noise ratio for the required transmissions. This includes...
Forum: Freeview 02-11-2010, 20:42
Replies: 28
Views: 7,301
Posted By SimonBlackham
Could you explain how the system could be made...

Could you explain how the system could be made 'fit for purpose'?
Forum: Freeview 02-11-2010, 18:51
Replies: 309
Views: 47,832
Posted By SimonBlackham
No EPG data Mendip (58) and Stockland Hill (29)...

No EPG data

Mendip (58) and Stockland Hill (29) both get all 4 HD channels.
TV said new channels found on start-up at about 18:40 and found the 'new' HD channels by pressing 'OK' (about 1...
Forum: Technical 01-11-2010, 18:40
Replies: 118
Views: 10,269
Posted By SimonBlackham
I first saw colour TV in the window of the...

I first saw colour TV in the window of the electrical shop below my father's office
before anyone (??) had got a set (must have been test transmissions in early 1967(??))

It was Wimbledon - and the...
Forum: Freeview 28-10-2010, 19:21
Replies: 309
Views: 47,832
Posted By SimonBlackham
... at least the BBC HD ones are semi-transparent...

... at least the BBC HD ones are semi-transparent like American ones - eg the CBS 'eye' - perhaps the BBC could move them to the bottom right too! The worst are the very colourful ITV ones - again...
Forum: Freeview 28-10-2010, 18:45
Replies: 309
Views: 47,832
Posted By SimonBlackham
I know I may be flamed but there are two 'FTA'...

I know I may be flamed but there are two 'FTA' channels on Satellite - ITV Preview 1 and ITV Preview 2. One was showing a static picture with an ITV3 HD logo for some time last night (after I retuned...
Forum: Freesat 11-10-2010, 19:48
Replies: 15
Views: 3,906
Posted By SimonBlackham
Why is there still no News Multiscreen on...

Why is there still no News Multiscreen on Freesat?
...and what about the screens other than Sport Multiscreen?
Forum: Technical 11-10-2010, 19:23
Replies: 5
Views: 875
Posted By SimonBlackham
We have a 'cheap' 22" WS iDTV in the kitchen and...

We have a 'cheap' 22" WS iDTV in the kitchen and the Freeview picture is bad (reception is good) - OK from the other end of the kitchen. This compares very unfavourably with the old Matsui box on the...
Forum: Technical 05-10-2010, 19:53
Replies: 21
Views: 2,494
Posted By SimonBlackham
See my post #7 that describes the region selector...

See my post #7 that describes the region selector on our Panasonic TV.

I have tried combining the Rowridge and Mendip signals - but the Mendip signal is too low - the 'Quality' value drops to...
Forum: Freeview 01-10-2010, 03:07
Replies: 207
Views: 45,857
Posted By SimonBlackham
Where did I mention Chuck? Anyway - never say...

Where did I mention Chuck?

Anyway - never say never.
Forum: Freeview 01-10-2010, 02:54
Replies: 309
Views: 47,832
Posted By SimonBlackham
Not really what? They are about to launch a...

Not really what?

They are about to launch a second HD channel on Freeview regardless of what you think is enough space - the BBC will also launch it on Freesat/Sky to retain platform...
Forum: Freeview 29-09-2010, 18:30
Replies: 309
Views: 47,832
Posted By SimonBlackham
Which is why I wrote my post! Possibility is not...

Which is why I wrote my post!

Possibility is not the same as practicality - of course it is possible.
Forum: Technical 25-09-2010, 17:51
Replies: 17
Views: 1,604
Posted By SimonBlackham
My experience of using passive splitters as...

My experience of using passive splitters as combiners has been good ... and they are cheap enough to chuck if they don't work for you. If your signals are strong and balanced* then it will work.

We...
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