Freeview Boxes : Classic or Dud?

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Somebody told me that I should "empty" the box first by unplugging it from the aerial so you that when you retune you get nothing and then turning it off for 15 seconds and then plugging it all back in to re-tune again. Do you think he was having a laugh?

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:17 (twelve years ago) link

I mean - how would that help?

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:18 (twelve years ago) link

I dunno, but there is a 'replace all' option that's best. I tried "add new ones only" once but it ended up a complete mess (BBC4 was actually ITV3 and loads of other type mixups)

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:19 (twelve years ago) link

Looking at to-days listings I can see that would be disastrous - sitting down to enjoy Masterpieces of Vienna and being confronted with The Two Ronnies. For shame.

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:29 (twelve years ago) link

You'd only know which one you were watching when the fat lady started to sing! (maybe)

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:30 (twelve years ago) link

Miss Elaine Paige is not fat.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:31 (twelve years ago) link

She's not as thin as she was.

Alba, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:43 (twelve years ago) link

Rear of the Year 1984.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:44 (twelve years ago) link

Weren't we all.

Alba, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:47 (twelve years ago) link

I'm getting really pissed off with freeview. The reception has been terrible recently and half the channels have gone including C4. Someone down my road reckons it's because they've changed transmitters or something - could that be true? If so does that mean I need a new arial or can I just get on the roof and point it in another direction. I emailed the freeview website and (quelle fckng surprise) no answr. If this is still the case when they switch of analogue I am not going to be happy.

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:38 (twelve years ago) link

Some of the channels are reasonable. Some go into pixel meltdown every 15 seconds or so.

What to do about it? I used to have a standalone Freeview box, now it's internal to the TV, which is a drag for reasons probably mentioned above. (quick check, nope: Basically, I can't record off the freeview channels unless TV is switched on and showing *that* channel)

Mark G, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:11 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

Well, those channels have had a big shift-around.

The one that had grrls in not much, 'vibrating' while shaking mobile phones has gone.

And "Russia Today" has begun, a news programme that's on 2 hours each day, around 07:00

There's one called QUEST that's starting in May.

Still, I'd scrap the whole thing if it wasn't for BBC4.

Official.

Mark G, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 13:16 (eleven years ago) link

http://zattoo.com/

Jarlrmai, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 13:47 (eleven years ago) link

^ Shit, that's quite neat. Never bothered to check it out before. It's also a way of catching the Gaelic sitcom my mate wrote for BBC Alba (no, really) ... assuming they show it again. (If BBC Alba is anything like BBC3, I imagine it's on a constant loop).

Obviously, I won't understand a word of it, but hey.

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 13:52 (eleven years ago) link

Mine are all working really well now. I watch BBC4, E4 and More4 and a surprising number of films on Film4. What the hell is on 5 these days?

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 15:30 (eleven years ago) link

30 Rock! or maybe it stopped again

using Zattoo more and more lately

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 15:34 (eleven years ago) link

What the hell is on 5 these days?

FUCK ALL. One of the things I occasionally have to do at work is write little extended captions for the TV page -- ie pick something and knock together four lines about it for any given night on each of the terrestrial channels. The only thing that stops it being anything other than a one-minute job is the fact there is never a fucking THING worth writing about on Five. Once you've done CSI a few times, you're on to plums.

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 15:39 (eleven years ago) link

Peppa Pig getting short shrift here

also The Shield (i still haven't seen it but i'm sure it's lovely)

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 15:42 (eleven years ago) link

Five shows a lot of Segal/Van Damme movies.

a turducken of Hindu deities (gnarly sceptre), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:01 (eleven years ago) link

Dudes, Neighbours is on Five!

(also Highland Emergency, which no-one except my mum watches)

ailsa, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:10 (eleven years ago) link

And also THE MENTALIST which is OK, if you like watching Cracker reimagined as glossy American drama.

ailsa, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:12 (eleven years ago) link

Zattoo doesn't appear to have any of the additional ITV or Channel 4 channels, which is a bit crap. You're probably better off forking out £20 or so for a USB TV stick or something.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:23 (eleven years ago) link

Dudes, Neighbours is on Five!

Thus my point is made. (I've always hated Neighbours. Even when I was a kid. Mind, I also hate fun.)

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:24 (eleven years ago) link

Don't think the 2 are connected.

Straight from the Top of My Dom (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:27 (eleven years ago) link

Rejected Neighbour spin-offs:

Bouncer's Nightmare
Bertha Goes Bananas
The Mangles Christmas Carol

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:29 (eleven years ago) link

and not forgetting "Hello again, we bludgeon"

Mark G, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:31 (eleven years ago) link

> 30 Rock! or maybe it stopped again

last 2 of season 2 are on friday night.

five.tv seems to be of the same opinion as grimly, the listings link keeps giving me:

"The system cannot find the path specified."

anyway, gadget show (increasingly terrible), NCIS (increasingly terrible) and Numb3rs (increasingly terrible) are all on 5. as are L&O:* (although despite being 4 or 5 years behind on L&O:SVU they keep showing only repeats)

koogs, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:45 (eleven years ago) link

five.tv is one of the worst web sites ever made, and it hasn't changed in fucking years. Just try to find information about the baseball games they show. I dare you! They show two games a week. What teams will be playing? Who knows!

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 16:49 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

apparently HD is coming to freeview on or around nov. 1! hotcha

Tracer Hand, Friday, 21 August 2009 21:54 (eleven years ago) link

that's BBC HD, mind you - which i believe currently has about five shows on repeat and a test card

Tracer Hand, Friday, 21 August 2009 21:56 (eleven years ago) link

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3166/3098983708_59d3a0f7c9_b.jpg

the "x" on the tic-tac-toe board marks the exact center of the screen, fact fans

Tracer Hand, Friday, 21 August 2009 21:58 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Remember to retune your boxes if you want more TJ Hooker and Ironside repeats.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 07:42 (eleven years ago) link

Channel 4 HD coming soon too, apparently. Course, existing freeview receivers (including lots of those built into HD tellies) won't actually be able to decode HD channels, we'll need new boxes for that. (although apparently the USB DVT jobbie I've got for my PC will be able to cope with it)

JimD, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 08:19 (eleven years ago) link

You need really good reception for the HD channels. If you have problems picking up the regular channels, you'll be out of luck.

Unless this is what the whole retuning thing is meant to solve, who knows?

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 08:32 (eleven years ago) link

Doesn't digital reception become less of an issue when analogue gets switched off? Because then they can turn the power up without worrying about disrupting the old system, or something.

JimD, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 08:36 (eleven years ago) link

Remember to retune your boxes if you want more TJ Hooker and Ironside repeats

What channel shows TJ Hooker repeats?

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:07 (eleven years ago) link

still not got a humax

cozwn, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:10 (eleven years ago) link

xp the new Quest channel.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:16 (eleven years ago) link

I was hoping it was 24 hour repeats of old Richard Quest shows.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:16 (eleven years ago) link

Is that up and running? It's been on there for ages as "Coming Soon"

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:18 (eleven years ago) link

Launches tomorrow with the retuning, though it was meant to launch in May.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:20 (eleven years ago) link

i was misinformed about BBC HD on freeview.. if you're in london you won't get it til 2011 or something. they figured there would be all kinds of problems rolling it out so they wanted to do london last, so they'd have gotten good at it, but apparently it's been dead easy so far so they could have done london first. oh well. i am told you won't need a new decoder..

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 09:42 (eleven years ago) link

18:00 Weird Connections Locust That Watched Star Wars, The Locusts are amazing at avoiding obstacles. Biologist Claire Rind shows a locust Star Wars and observes it neural responses to find out how.

butchered in the spooky twilight (stevie), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 10:18 (eleven years ago) link

Anybody re-tuned yet? Any difference? (I still can't get C5)

Ned Trifle (Notinmyname), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:40 (eleven years ago) link

Channel 5 is surely just an urban myth yes?

Peinlich Manoeuvre (NickB), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:42 (eleven years ago) link

I have retuned.

That was exciting!

Mark G, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:53 (eleven years ago) link

I'm waiting for the phone call from my mum in about about a week asking me what colour buttons to press and in what order.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 15:24 (eleven years ago) link

i am told you won't need a new decoder.

Well you were told wrong if you are refering to the HD channels. They require decoding of a completely different transmission protocol and codec. Almost every Freeview box currently out there will need to be replaced to get these channels.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 15:33 (eleven years ago) link

If anything it now seems worse.

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 18:10 (eleven years ago) link

i rescanned only to get five and a n other channel replaced with 'five has moved, please rescan' messages. swizz.

koogs, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 18:59 (eleven years ago) link

I thought 'Danny Dyer on Harold Pinter' on Sky Arts was some kind of pisstake, but apparently Dyer worked with Pinter and is a big fan, so fair dos.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:00 (one month ago) link

I watched a thing about John Belushi which was quite poor (and had an odd, stilted, machine-translated-back-and-forth voiceover), and "Rankin's 2020", which obviously fulfilled my long-held wish for EXIF data to pop up onscreen when showing pro-grade photographs, but was still unsatisfying. Still, it beats Border Patrol on ch11.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:32 (one month ago) link


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