Hello all - for some reason my digital TV signal seems to be pretty poor, making the Channel 4 channels pretty much unwatchable. This is a fairly recent annoyance and I did wonder if it was to do with the high pressure, but it's all wet and warm again and the problem remains. The best signal strength I can get for the Crystal Palace transmitter seems to be 62 per cent. My old digibox - the Sony - had no problems at all but the Digifusion HDD twin tuner digibox has been struggling for the past couple of weeks.
Any suggestions as to how I can improve matters short of paying someone to scramble around on the roof? This is my third digibox since the launch of digital TV and the first time I've had unacceptable pictures.
You can buy a cheap TV aerial amplifier from Maplins, PCWorld, Woolies or any decent electrical dealer for around a tenner. Just plug the aerial in to the input and a lead to the TV from the output, might improve your reception. One thing to check on first, is to make sure all your plugs and sockets on the TV leads are nice and tight, no bad connections. These digiboxes are a law unto themselves, some will work quite happily on next to no signal, whilst others need a powerful signal. Price means nothing, the best one I have bought is a Matsui, cheap and nasty, but it works ! The more expensive Philips and Samsung models ( in different rooms) are c**p in comparison. It's all a case of suck-it-and-see. Good luck.
try to insert the amplifier as near as possible to the aerial. This will ensure you are amplifying the best signal and not a weaker one and an increase in noise. (Better signal to noise ratio). More noise could be introduced if the amplifier was connected at the end of a long cable run near the TV's input socket.