Question about Televison & Video
I have an indoor antenna hooked up to my 19" LCD HD TV, and the HD signal is excellent (HD & SD). However, the signal only lasts for 16 minutes -- always 16 minutes, whenever I initally turn the set on. After a while I might get a signal that lasts much longer, but the first time is always 16 minutes. Is this significant? Is the problem with my TV or the signal transmission?
I have used a specially designed HD antenna and an old rabbit ears antenna. Both work equally well (actually, the rabbit ears work a bit better).
Unfortunately, I'm in Australia and not familiar with New York TV transmissions, however, the reception principals are the same.
Your signals are most likely bouncing off walls etc in your apartment with several 'reflections' being picked up by your indoor antenna.
This 'multipath' reception causes errors in the digital signals.
Your receiver can correct a certain amount of errors, but if there are too many, your picture will pixelate and the sound will make loud noises and then you will lose reception altogether.
The fix for this problem is connecting to a roof-mounted antenna and signal distribution system. Most apartment buildings have one, however some only distribute cable channels.
There is a possibility of a fault with your TV, but from what you describe, it sounds like a signal issue.
Have a chat to your building manager and ask what system they use for FTA reception in your building.. perhaps there's a fault that they are not aware of.
Sorry I can't be of more help.
Posted on Apr 26, 2008
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