Freesat reception

Discussion in 'Hardware - PCs, Consoles, Gadgets' started by Litotes, Jun 9, 2011.

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  1. Because Cheltenham has "gone digital", my landlord has installed Freesat. It provides me with a better signal (and more channels) than I received using the terrestrial aerial but the picture sometimes freezes, jumps or deteriorates to the extent that it makes viewing impossible.

    As far as I can see, the dish is correctly aligned with a clear view of the sky and the receiver tells me that it is receiving 100% of the signal. I have retuned the receiver and automatic updates are enabled.

    Is my intermittent poor reception caused by a mis-alignment of the dish or could it be that my cheapskate landlord has bought the cheapest receiver possible? It is a Manhattan Plaza DS-100. No, I've never heard of the company either!

    I would be grateful for the advice of clued-up Arrsers!

  2. It's the guys from the Doughnut tapping into your living room, since you've been watching kiddie porn on t'internet.
  3. Do you still have a connection to your old aerial? If so pop down road to Curry's on Tewks road, they do a freeview box for £15 quid, and tell your landlord to sort the sat out.

    Although my Sky box out in Cleeve has periods of jumping and freezing, dependant on the weather, it seems.
  4. Dwarf porn sounds a little better, Smudge, when you are explaining the situation to the nice constable!

    And I wear a double layer of tinfoil at all times...

  5. There is a local problem with Freeview in that all the aerials have to be mounted very high up. Even with a high-mounted aerial, Freeview was pretty rotten before digital conversion and the landlord has removed the box so I cannot test it. The aerial is still there, and I might take your advice. Thank you.

    However, I note that you wrote that your Sky box suffers from similar problems, so it might just be part of the "viewing experience"...

    Cleeve? That's the posh bit... how dare Sky not deliver a wonderful service to you!!!! I'd complain!!

  6. That 'box is about £40 on a good day. I'd recommend a more expensive one. Make sure to check out web reviews about any prospective purchase, looking in particular for any issues with reception of "28 degrees E"
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