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How does one retune for the new digital tv signal

How does one retune the recorder for the new digital tv signal in UK

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  • eddie_obrien May 24, 2010

    thanks for the positive approach to the solution

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Hi,

You did not specify the exact make and model for your receiver so I am going to direct you to where you can input this information for specific instructions related to your model/. A retune is achieved by going into the menu on your receiver using your remote control.

As there are some variations between models please view this very handy guide (see link below) where you can input the exact make and model of your receiver and get the exact instructions to retune your particular receiver.
http://www.tvretune.co.uk/productmanuals/

ADDITIONAL: Please be aware there are are a number of unscrupulous dealers and aerial installers in the UK at the moment taking advantage of the recent realignment of digital frequencies. This does not apply to all TV and aerial repair shops - the majority of which are very honest.

However, a significant number of these shops will try to sell you 'digital antenna' and imply that your old antenna is causing the problem. This is complete misinformation as any ordinary wideband antenna is entirely compatible with receiving the freeview digital signal.

Freeview has recently undergone a number of frequency changes which mean that all users have to do is re-tune their TVs or digital boxes in order to pick up the new signal. Do not be taken in by misinformation causing you extreme expense. At most - a simple signal booster may be required to assist reception of the signal on your ordinary aerial if you experience problems after a retune of your receiver.

Hope this helps. Please do leave a vote for the solution. Many thanks.

Posted on May 18, 2010

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  • Radio Code Pro
    Radio Code Pro May 18, 2010

    I have just noticed tha t you posted under the Sharp DVHR350H model section!



    I have made this particular manual available to you - please click here to download and view it on your computer.



    Full tuning instructions for this particular model are outlined on Page 28.



    Many thanks.

  • eddie_obrien May 18, 2010

    I have the paper version of this manual. its the same !
    Does not seem to help a lot !! .............................
    Since digital changeover of the TV - the Sharp recorder only records a speckled picture whatever I do.
    In the Preset menu - BBC1 does not appear in the list. But none of the other channels record a picture either. Could you you also confirm which of the SCART sockets on the recorder should be connected to the TV - I have it in the TV line
    thanks for help so far.

  • Radio Code Pro
    Radio Code Pro May 18, 2010

    Hi,



    Yes - agreed - the manual is not very easy to decipher!



    As regards the SCART this should be in TV (line 1) at the back of the recorder. Also be very sure that your antenna lead is making a secure connection to 'antenna in' on the recorder. Check the connector itself is tight and the lead is not damaged or loose on the cable itself.



    Doublecheck the 'patch lead' that goes from 'antenna out' on the recorder to the TV is also secure. Digital signals are particularly susceptible to bad connections so be sure that these are not causing the problem - particularly your 'antenna in' connection.



    It may be that your recorder has actually retuned the channels but these need to be reordered in the preset channels list. Try flicking through all 84 stored channels to see if you can find a strong signal for BBC 1 on one of them which instead of being channel 1 in the list is now stored under a different number. You may also need to use the 'Rename' function to rename BBC1 and work through each of the channels in this way.



    The reason for this is that currently when you tell the recorder to record BBC1 it is recording the channel that BBC1 was last stored on which might be channel 6 in the list. However channel 6 only contains 'snow' now because BBC1 is now found at channel 23. (Number used for illustration only but this is a common cause of this behaviour).



    If you find this to be the case e.g BBC1 is now stored under channel 23 - use the 'Move' function to reorder the channels into their proper order. Use the delete function to get rid of any channels containing 'snow'.



    Do let me know how you get on.



  • Radio Code Pro
    Radio Code Pro May 18, 2010

    Additionally - one more tip to try



    Unplug the aerial and then try a re-scan for channels with no aerial inserted. As there's no signal, this should clear your list of channels.



    Then when you scan again with the aerial inserted the list will be rebuilt from scratch.

  • Radio Code Pro
    Radio Code Pro May 18, 2010

    OK - Having looked over the specification of your recorder I think we finally have the answer.



    This recorder is an analogue signal receiver only. In other words it is simply not capable of receiving digital signals on its own.



    This is unusual for a HDD recorder but was the case with some of the very first models produced. Unfortunately this means that when the UK turns off Analogue signals the recorder is no longer able to receive any signal as the broadcast has been replaced with Freeview which is digital signal only.



    It is likely that you are in an area where Analogue signal has been phased out hence no reception on the recorder.



    There is one way around this but it will involve the purchase of a Freeview Box. Thankfully you can purchase these cheaply from the likes of Argos. If you wish to keep using this particular recorder you will have to purchase and connect your Freeview box to it using another scart lead plugged into Line 2/Decoder at the back of the recorder.



    You must then select the option as described on Page 28 of the manual for 'Decoder On'.



    There is a bit more involved obviously in connecting your Freeview box which itself will have to be tuned into receive the digital signals. Once you have done this your recorder should be able to record directly from the Freeview receiver.



    However, with this type of set up there are certain drawbacks. It is not always easy to set up a timed recording for example. It is likely you will have to physically start and stop the recording or at the very least leave the freeview box turned on all the time to allow a timed recording to take place.



    If these aspects are important to you you may need to consider purchasing a new recorder with Freeview built in. If you decide to go this route it is important to consider a high definition capable freeview recorder in any purchase as freeview itself will be moving to high definition signals in a short time.



    The goalposts keep moving!



    Hope this helps.

  • eddie_obrien May 23, 2010

    Could you confirm with more certainty that the DV-HR350H only records to HDD from analogue signal.


    I have it plugged into a Samsung L26A456/7 TV which has a built in Free View facility. - does this have an analogue output as well that I could use. ?


    Eddie

  • Radio Code Pro
    Radio Code Pro May 23, 2010

    Yes Eddie. I can confirm one hundred percent that the DV-HR350H only records to HDD from analogue signal. In fact what it actually does is converts that analogue signal into a digital format that can then be stored on the HDD. Unfortunately, it does not have the ability to receive a raw digital broadcast because it is the receiver inside the recorder itself that is analogue.



    This unit does not have a digital tuner and therefore cannot receive digital signal on its own. To be clear - the LINE2/Decoder input at the back of your recorder will take in a digital signal not an analogue signal so technically if your digital TV is capable of outputting a digital signal from one of its SCARTS the recorder should recognise this ok.



    Effectively the digital signal must be supplied by an external receiver - whether this is a Freeview box or TV is immaterial as the recorder will see it as a digital receiver.



    However, one problem here is that you are requiring the TV to act both as a receiver to feed a signal into the recorder and also as a monitor to display the output of the recording from the recorder.



    Most TVs (even those with several SCARTS) are designed to take a signal as an input only. This means you can have several accessories feeding INPUTS on the TV which acts effectively as a monitor.



    Some TVs do have the ability to designate one of the SCARTS as an OUTPUT via the internal menu. If you find this to be the case with the Samsung it is technically possible to have a signal sent to the recorder by using this method.



    However as previously stated there will be some major limitations such as - if you want to set the recorder to record a program at a certain time;



    1) The TV will have to be left turned on all the time.

    2) It will have to be pretuned to the channel of program you want to record.

    3) The recorder will only record whatever channel the TV is 'seeing'. Therefore during ordinary viewing if you switch channels whilst viewing the TV then the recording will follow what the TV is displaying at that time.



    In other words you will only be able to record whatever it is you are viewing at the time which kind of defeats the purpose somewhat.



    The only other option is a cheap freeview box connected to Line2/Decoder. At least in this situation you could have the freeview box supplying the signal to the recorder whilst you watch something else altogether on the TV.

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