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On 7 Oct 2009 at 12:21pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
Can anyone explain why we can no longer receive the freeview channels despite having a digital tv ? It was all fine in London, but down here we only get 4 channels and BBC1 reecption is dreadful. I understand the hills and transmittrers may be responsible but what is going to happen with the big digital switchover ? We retuned last week as advised and reception seems to be even worse now !! I'd really like to get BBC3 AND 4 again. Any advice gratefully received.
On 7 Oct 2009 at 12:36pm Merlin Milner wrote:
South Downs and signal strength are the main reasons. I have never seen Channel 5 nor any of the freeview channels. Despite being the County Town we will be one of the last to get proper reception. I tried to get a reduction in my licence fee but was told where to go. Also most parts of Lewes cannot DAB.
On 7 Oct 2009 at 1:37pm tv nerd wrote:
To receive digital TV in the Lewes area, you need to point your aerial at the Heathfield transmitter, that being the one over to the East of the town!
Nevill and most of Malling can do this, but most of the town centre is blind to this transmitter. It's no use pointing at either Newhaven or County Hall, as neither of these transmit the digital signal yet. All to do with a French TV station being on the same frequency as we will be on, merde!
On 7 Oct 2009 at 3:12pm jonnyboy wrote:
Check your postcode on the Freeview website. If it's available in your area make sure you have a digital aerial.
On 7 Oct 2009 at 4:10pm Fulham Fred wrote:
A dfl moaning about something? Never!
On 7 Oct 2009 at 5:03pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
Londoner and proud of it !
However asking for information is not the same as moaning, so maybe 'Fulham Fred' should check his basic literacy and understanding skills !
Thanks for the other advice.
On 7 Oct 2009 at 8:19pm Phishing Phil wrote:
Why'd ya leave then? I know brixton's one of the biggest sh1tholes in the smoke, but proud of it?
On 7 Oct 2009 at 11:32pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
Obviously Phil, I left to be near more enlightened Murdoch supporters such as yourself.
On 8 Oct 2009 at 10:13am Down and Out wrote:
As TV nerd wrote, it's to do with the hills and the fact that the signal strength from south east coastal transmitters has to be reduced so as not to annoy the cheese-eating surrender monkeys (which is remarkable - if you'd ever seen how bad French TV is you'd think they'd be grateful for an alternative).
Unfortunately you also need planning permission for a Sky dish anywhere near the town centre as it's nearly all conservation areas. Roll on the 2012 switchover.
On 8 Oct 2009 at 11:38am TimDog wrote:
Actually, the "reduced signal to not interfere with France" has been a highly successful cover story for the BBC. The truth as I understand it is as follows: It was thought that Lewes/Newhaven/ Ouse Valley would be covered either by the transmitters to the West and East so in the prep for Freeview money was saved by not transmitting in a full circle. Only after the introduction of digital was the error realised. Rather than spend more the decision was made not to upgrade the Heathfield transmitter until 2012, when the last areas are due to receive digital coverage. Urban myth or highly successful cover story that covers up the expensive cock-up? You choose. I know what I believe . . .
On 8 Oct 2009 at 11:59am Angry of Lewes (Retd) wrote:
Planning permission for a satellite dish!!!!!
How TF did that monstrous Printworms building get authorised then?
Which is LAREADY having the road dug up round it, what did they forget? foundations? are they underpinning already - what effect on the value of the houses in its shadow?
On 8 Oct 2009 at 1:07pm Easy wrote:
1. Get Sky;
2. Pay them the minimum charge for a couple of months;
3. Write them a nice letter saying unfortunately you are leaving the country;
4. They don't come to take the box away;
5. Voila! You have freeview and a load of other crap Sky channels for free.
On 8 Oct 2009 at 6:02pm Trevor wrote:
AS most of Lewes can't get Freeview what you need to do is get FREESAT, which means that you get a sky box and dish for a one off payment of around £60.00, then you can get all the Freeview channels but you don't have to pay the Murdoch scum empire any more money (no monthly payments) A bit like the above advise. look on the freesat website for what channels you can expect.
On 8 Oct 2009 at 8:29pm viewer wrote:
trevor you are not quite right.
There is freesat and then there is sky freesat be careful which one you choose.
On 9 Oct 2009 at 9:22am MC wrote:
I could be wrong about this (info for might be out of date)... but don't Sky supply their dishes for free? If so, sign up for the min Sky package. Get the arial fitted by them for free. The tell them you are leaving the country and cancel the contract. Get the BBCs Freesat box and use the free Sky arial they left behind.
On 9 Oct 2009 at 7:26pm Bongo wrote:
MC, there are plenty of companies that can supply the dish and a BBC Freesat box + free fitting for new customers. No need to ask Sky for anything.
On 9 Oct 2009 at 8:57pm Mystic Mog wrote:
However in the centre of town one needs conservation area consent for a dish. Shame they cannot make them out of mock flint, slate, string etc. I think that I will wait till 2012 and rely on iPlayer etc and watching less telly.
On 9 Oct 2009 at 9:07pm Tevor wrote:
Bongo...I think you have missed the point many of us in Lewes can't get Freeview, ( I think the Neville is OK but not down the hill). So the only way of getting some satellite channels is by subscribing monthly to Sky or the one off payment of a Sky box and Sky Freesat. Even in some conservation areas they don't seem to mind what happens at the back off you house
On 10 Oct 2009 at 12:13pm Easy wrote:
No-one listens to me.
On 10 Oct 2009 at 2:25pm Bongo wrote:
Trevor, I do get the point - I was merely pointing out that if anyone wanted a satellite dish to use a Freesat box they needn't bother to ask Sky to install if they dont have a dish already. Waste of time and money. Unless of course you are after Sky's version of Freeview or Freesat.
Most of Landport can get Freeview - I get mine (including C5) with my old aerial, pointing towards Heathfield. Don't bother changing your aerial to get Freeview, btw - not neccessary, and a total con. Even the BBC are telling people not to change aerials. Can't believe LDC spent so much money installing the things in their blocks of flats!
Maybe things will eventually improve for the rest of Lewes once the Heathfield switchover has happened. Who knows. I remember when I first moved to Lewes, we couldn't even pick up Radio 1 on the Malling Estate!
On 11 Oct 2009 at 10:25am The Peasant wrote:
You can only get Freeview if in direct line of sight to Heathfield or Brighton transmitter....
Otherwise its Freesat, get a dish installed by an aerial company then hit Argos for a cheap decoder....
And Freeview and Freesat do have different channels though that may be changing......I am missing Fiver and Five US....
On 11 Oct 2009 at 2:13pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
While you can get Freeview on the Nevill, it isn't that easy (Mr Curtin-Twitcher spent the best part of a day up a ladder, with a compass, aligning the aerial to the precise bearing of the Heathfield transmitter before we got a decent picture), and it's damn unreliable. We lose the signal several times some evenings and it's rare to get an evening of uninterrupted viewing.
We use a digital recorder as well, so taping anything is very hit and miss. Once you lose the signal, it stops recording and we rarely get to tape a whole movie. If I didn't loathe Murdoch with a vengeance, I'd have gone down the Sky route years ago.
I wish we had cable.
On 12 Oct 2009 at 9:59am wanderer wrote:
put up your own dish with a box from bootfair line up the dish an use the signal strenth meter in the menu and it should lock to 0002 if its any other number then its the wrong sat if you got a compass its 28.2 sse if i remember correctly.
got two boxs running get loads 1-5 itv2-3-4 bbc3-4 film4 + others
On 12 Oct 2009 at 10:09am wanderer wrote:
Briant Communications london rd sell dishs etc or maplins do a
hd freesat kit including dish for £160 product code 264418
or 129 for hd freesat kit with usb recording A31JQ
or standard kit 89.99 A91HA all kits include dishs (check instore or read small print )
if this helps anyone
On 13 Oct 2009 at 10:14am offhampike wrote:
I live in Offham both Freeview & Freesat are excellent might be because we sit on top of the hill and look down on Lewes
On 13 Oct 2009 at 11:06pm TDA wrote:
There's a gag here about Rod Hull but I can't be bothered

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