Direct Tuning Freeview Recorder

  morddwyd 21:28 22 Jul 2011

I need to record a fringe Freeview transmitter. I used to be able to get it OK with my existing recorder, but since the changeover the more local transmitter swamps the signal from the distant one.

I can still get the signal by direct tuning (Channel 53) on the tv, so I know it's there, but the recorder doesn't have the direct tuning facility.

Any suggestions?

Nothing too fancy, no blu-ray or anything like that, just want to record a local news bulletin every evening.

  anchor 08:58 23 Jul 2011

Freeview channel 53 is the HD channel for S4C; called S4C Clirlun.

At a guess, your TV is equipped to receive HD broadcasts, but your recorder is not.

  dms_05 09:22 23 Jul 2011

Channel 53 is used by 89 digital transmitters spread across the UK. Many are local relays but at least one (Pontop Pike) is a main transmitter. You can see a map of post DSO here

  woodchip 14:57 23 Jul 2011

Have you checked the Recorder Setup page as most let you tune manual channels

  morddwyd 15:28 23 Jul 2011

Thanks for the responses.

The Tx I am trying to pull in is the Angus one, and it's being swamped by Durris.


Tried all combinations, but my recorder (a Digifusion 95, long since discontinued - haven't even been able to update the software for about two years or more) - simply doesn't have anything other that "Autotune - Replace" and "Autotune - Add".

A new one is definitely on the cards, just how confident are you that "most" of them have direct tuning? :-)

  woodchip 17:10 23 Jul 2011

Mine as it, a Dawoo Hard Disc Recorder with Freeview

  woodchip 17:10 23 Jul 2011

Think its about four years old may be older

  anchor 13:37 24 Jul 2011

Your forum name of morddwyd led me to think you may be Welsh, or in Wales. Hence my reply above.

  morddwyd 15:08 24 Jul 2011


I am Welsh, but an ex-pat living with the other Celtic branch, north of Hadrian's Wall.

Latest - I downloaded some manuals and had a look through and as a result I have ordered a Humax PVR-9150T.

I will update success or otherwise when installed.

  morddwyd 08:29 31 Jul 2011

Final update.

The Humax does the job and I can now get some local news again.

Wouldn't generally recommend the Humax though.

Very poor manual, and a clunky interface.

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