Google Reviews

If you are happy with my services, I appreciate good feedback and the best way you can help me with that is with a GOOD Google Review.

CLICK HERE to go to my Google Reviews.

If you are not happy with my services, I would appreciate it if you would call me on 0422869464 as you may have another issue in your TV Antenna System that was not able to be fixed when I was there.
If I did not do any work at all, do not leave any feedback, as I have had somebody do this in the past.

Thank You Very Much.

Regards,
George.

10

04 2020

TV is not working, Perhaps It’s Dead Jim!

I am happy to come and remove any Flat Panel TVs that have blown up as part of the services I offer.

If you have an old FLAT SCREEN TV that is dead or otherwise, give me a call and I will take it away and recycle it.

I also collect remote controls for people who need replacements, so if you need a replacement remote control or would like to give me one, please give me a call.

My phone number is 0422 869 464 if you have any unwanted Flat Panel TVs, Remotes or Computer Screens.

George Smith

25

01 2020

TIVO is ALIVE again.

Yep, that’s right. The Mod-Chip has been perfected, and I can confirm that it works like a dream.

I just had my own TIVO chipped and software patched and it works exactly the same as it did before.

If you’d like your TIVO to be modified, give me a call on 0422 869 464 and I will arrange to collect it from you, Chip it and get it back to you. The cost is $180 in total and your TIVO will be cleaned, refurbished and de-dustified so that it will give you years more service.

If your Tivo has a clicky hard drive that’s dying I can also get the hard drive replaced.

If you have a TIVO that you simply don’t want any more, I would be happy to take it off your hands and re-home it.

Call me on 0422 869 464.

George Smith.

02

07 2018

TIVO – Not Quite the end of the road for the Almighty TIVO just yet!

If you are a fellow TIVO owner and reluctant to Trade-In your Old-Faithful for the (Ever So Generous) $100 discount on a replacement Fetch TV.
It is NOT the end of the road for all of us Australian Spec TIVO Hold-Outs just yet.

There is currently a Mod-Chip available for your TIVO that will keep your TIVO alive and kicking for as long as your box hardware is able to continue working. Once the Mod-Chip is installed, a simple Software Patch is available that will modify your TIVOs regular “Dial-In” to the Tivo Server Mothership for it’s weekly TV Guide EPG data, and re-direct it to a EPG Data server that is run by the small community of Dedicated TIVO Mod-Tweakers, and Fetch (you like that pun?) the TV guide Data from the alternate server instead of the now dead and defunct TIVO EPG Server.

 

Here is the Culprit, The big Square chip labelled CBOM or SST is the TIVO “E.T. Phone Home” Chip.

 

 


 

This is the replacement Chip that tells your Tivo not to bother phoning home and that it should use the Software on the Hard Drive to find the EPG Data every week,

Testing of the “Alternate” server is in it’s final stages right now and should be available to Modified TIVOs in the very near future.

As you can see, The Replacement chip is Socketed so that the modification can be reversed in the future, or if a newer version of the firmware on the chip becomes available, it can simply be swapped back to the original, the current Mod Chip or any Future Mod-Chip that might become available at a later date.

If you would like me to perform the Mod-Chip operation on your TIVO, Please call me on 0422 869 464 or drop me a message using the contact form below.

 

Your Name:

Phone Number:

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06

11 2017

Are you Building a New House, Renovating, Owner Builder? – Please Read This…

If you are Building a New House, Renovating, Owner Builder or Re-Building after the 2013 Bushfire, Please take note of the following information regarding your TV Antenna and Cabling requirements. This could potentially save you from some major headaches, hair loss & expense.

  1. If you are wiring your own house for TV, Smart TV and / or Foxtel. The best, General Advice I can give you is to use RG6 Quad Shield Co-ax cable to each Television outlet. You will need a minimum of 1x RG6Q cable run for Free-To-Air Television as it is rather difficult to add this later if you do not make allowance for it.
  2. For Smart TV, I advise that you run a minimum of Cat5e or Cat6 data cable from the TV outlet, to the location where you plan to install your Internet modem / Router.
  3. For Foxtel, install an additional 2x RG6 Quad Shield cables from the TV outlet, to a central location in your ceiling.
  4. Leave at least 0.5m – 2m of cable coiled up at each junction point so that there is enough length to attach plugs and allow for any un-forseen situations.
  5. If you are not sure whether you want a TV there in future, run a cable anyway. Just because there is a cable there, does not mean you have to use it.
  6. You will need a telephone outlet in the same location as your internet modem. Please allow for this.
  7. It is becoming increasingly common for new houses to install a communications & data cabinet. I am happy to help you with the design, installation and configuration of this if you need help.

Installation.

  1. Timing is everything! If you would like me to help you plan your cabling, I am more than happy to make myself available for an on-site consultation to help you plan where, and how to run your cabling. This includes TV, Foxtel, Phones, Data, Smart TVs and TV wall mountings.
  2. The best time to do this is when your house framing is complete and before you Gyprock the walls or install the roof. Once the walls go on, it is almost impossible to add wiring to your house.
  3. PLEASE, Please please…. Call me and arrange to have the TV Antenna installed **BEFORE** you remove the scaffolding. My safety is kind of important to me. Brand New metal roofs are slippery because they are coated with a kind of laminate to protect the paint and make them look nice and shiny & also for the *WOW* factor of having a nice shiny roof. This laminate is quite safe to walk on the day it is installed, but after about a week, a layer of dust will settle on it and it can often be like trying to walk up a slippery-slide covered in marbles. By leaving the scaffolding in place, it gives me a solid anchor point to attach a safety harness and a way to climb up your new roof without me “moon-walking” off your roof rapidly. This is a serious OH&S factor and will quite likely save you money if I do not have to install & remove the extra safety equipment required to do your installation safely. Tiled roofs can be just as dangerous, but for various different reasons.
  4. I can not fly.
  5. If you are not sure what timing is involved, please call me to discuss what stages of construction I need to come in and install each section of your TV Antenna & associated cabling.
  6. Quite often, TV is the last thing to be considered during construction, and that is understandable since there are a bazillion other things going on simultaneously. I have experienced pretty much every situation you could think of, so PLEASE read this list carefully, and do not hesitate to call me if you would to meet up and discuss your requirements.

My phone number is 0422 869 464 – Please call me if you would like to discuss your needs, meet up on-site & give you a quote.

 

George Smith
Blue Mountains TV Antennas
0422 869 464

25

04 2017

Do you have a TIVO that is playing up, randomly rebooting, making funny noises, etc?

Australian TIVO Repairs, Re-Furbishment, and Trade-Ins

I am now able to offer repairs to the Australian TIVO Digital TV Recorder.

 

TIVO

This model: TCD-663160 (160gb HD) or the TCD-663320 (320gb)

 

If your Tivo is randomly resetting, always seems full, The dog ate the remote control, or you simply don’t use it any more, I can help.
I can refurbish your old Tivo and freshen it up, better than new with a 1-Terabyte Hard Drive, Tivo Operating System installed.

OR

If you have a TIVO that is no longer working, and you wish to dispose of it, Please do not throw it away as I can use it for parts as these are no longer being made.
Give me a call and I will take it off your hands, Pick-up anywhere in The Blue Mountains and Sydney area.

Sometimes I am able to offer you a trade-in price on a Brand New replacement Digital Video Recorder, depending on condition of your Trade-In.

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, Please call during office hours 0422 869 464 and I will do my best to help you.

05

01 2017

NetFlix

Netflix is all the rage at the moment, and it is understandable why.

You can stream ANYTHING your heart desires, straight from your internet, to your TV for the crazy price of $10 a month.

HOW Could ANYONE resist that. All you need is a Smart TV (Hopefully a decent one, the more you pay, the better you’ll get) which can add several HUNDRED $$$$ to the price of your TV.

What was that? – You don’t own a Smart TV? You bought a crappy one from KogAldi TV that doesn’t quite meet your expectations.

Wow, I have exactly what you need. A plug-in NETFLIX box that will work on ANY TV.

 

Strong-MPT Netflix and Media Player with built-in DVB Set Top Box

Front View

Strong-MPT Back Panel

Back View

 

STRONG’s High Definition Dual Core Media Player and Digital Set Top Box with Record function gives any TV, even older analogue TV access to Digital TV and the Internet. Get access to all the latest Digital channels, along with access to 1000’s of movies and additional TV Content online* with this easy to install Box. You can record TV directly to a USB Hard Drive and never miss your favorite show again. Play your own movies, music and photos on your TV via USB or Micro SD Card Reader. Access Google Playstore for games, apps and more. Now you can REALLY turn your TV into an all-in-one Media Centre.

  •     Play HD Movies, music and photos on your HD TV
  •     Dual Core, Android™ Operating system(4.2.2), Full Web Browser*
  •     AM Logic 8726-MX 1.5Ghz Chipset, MALI-400MP
  •     Access HD Movie content through Netflix, Hulu+ & More ^*
  •     Watch Multimedia files via USB or Micro SD Card Reader; plays virtually any file format
  •     1GB RAM, 8GB Storage, Built in Wi-Fi and LAN (RJ45)
  •     Access Google Play Store for Apps, Games, movies and more *
  •     High Definition Digital TV Tuner with Record function
  •     Record to USB – up to 500 hours of recording on a 1TB HDD (via External USB Hard Drive – not supplied). Record 1 program while watching another from same network.
  •     Access the latest Digital Channels
  •     Pause & Rewind Live TV
  •     Electronic Program Guide – EPG
  •     Multiple Outputs; HDMI & Composite
  •     Digital Audio Output
  •     Multimedia Playback: MKV, DivX, AVI, VOB, MP3, WMV, JPEG & more (Movies, Music & Photos)[Even more available via 3rd party Apps]
  •     USB 2.0 Host for Firmware Update, Closed Captions, Auto & Manual Channel Search, Favorite Channel List, MEPS Compliant, Parental Lock, 3D Compatible with 3D TVs

* Internet is required, data and usage charges may apply
^ US VPN is required, subscription charges may apply

What’s in the Box?
1 X SRT MPT
1 X Remote Control & batteries
1 X Users Manual
1 x Set (Red, White, Yellow) AV Leads

Audio/Video IN/OUTPUT
Audio L/R RCA/Cinch, Volume and Mute control. Coaxial Digital Audio Output.
RF Input IEC-type female, with loop through
Video RCA/Cinch, Video Outputs (CVBS). HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface).
Data Port
Ethernet 1 x port RJ45, 10/100MB-Tx (for data transfer and internet access)
HDD Type Powered or single USB connection type External Hard drive, Fat32 or NTFS up to 3TB, suitable for NAS (Hard Drive not supplied)
USB 2 x USB 2.0 Host (rear panel), A-type
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Module, supports DNLA
General Data
CPU AM Logic 8726-MX 1.5Ghjz
Dimensions 155 x 115 x 30mm (WxDxH)
GPU Mali-400 MP
Operating System Android 4.2.2, Full Open VG v1.1 & Full Open GL ES c2.0, v1.x Support
Storage 1GB RAM, 8GB Built in storage
Weight <1 kg
MPEG Transport Stream & AV Decoding
Audio Codecs MPEG1/2/3 (MP3), Dolby Digital, WMV
Audio Decoding Digital MPEG-1 (layer 1& 2)
Audio Mode Stereo/Joint Stereo/Mono Sampling Rate : 32KHz, 44.1KHz and 48KHz
Photo bmp, jpeg, png
Video Codecs MPEG, MPEG4, HD Divx3.11/4.11/5x/6x, AVI, MKV, Xvid, Divx
Video Resolution 576i/p/720p/1080i/1080P Pal & NTSC
Power Supply
Input voltage AC100~240V, 50~60Hz
Power Consumption Standby <1W, on mode Max 8W
Tuner
Carrier Mode 2k and 8k mode
Frequency Range 177.5 ~ 226.5 MHz (VHF) 474 ~ 866MHz(UHF)
Guard Interval Modes 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 Code
IF Bandwidth 7/8 MHz Waveform. COFDM.
Input Level -25~82dBm
Modulation QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM
Rate 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8

 

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Audio/Video IN/OUTPUT
Audio L/R RCA/Cinch, Volume and Mute control. Coaxial Digital Audio Output.
RF Input IEC-type female, with loop through
Video RCA/Cinch, Video Outputs (CVBS). HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface).
Data Port
Ethernet 1 x port RJ45, 10/100MB-Tx (for data transfer and internet access)
USB USB 2.0 Host (USB Port x 1 side panel & 1 rear panel), A-type
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Module, supports DNLA
General Data
Dimensions 120 x 100 x 28mm (WxDxH)
Operating System Android 4.0, Full Open VG v1.1 & Full Open GL ES c2.0, v1.x Support
Weight 1 kg
MPEG Transport Stream & AV Decoding
Audio Codecs MPEG1/2/3 (MP3), Dolby Digital, WMV
Audio Decoding Digital MPEG-1 (layer 1& 2)
Audio Mode Stereo/Joint Stereo/Mono
Photo bmp, jpeg, png
Sampling Rate 32KHz, 44.1KHz and 48KHz
Video Codecs MPEG, MPEG4, HD Divx3.11/4.11/5x/6x, AVI, MKV, Xvid, divx
Video Resolution 576i/p/720p/1080i/1080P Pal & NTSC
Power Supply
Input voltage AC100~240V, 50~60Hz
Power Consumption Standby <1W, on mode Max 8W

 

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16

12 2016

Would you like to Record Digital TV?

strong-srt-7014 Front

logo-grayTWIN TUNER DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER
500GB HARD DRIVE
SMART PHONE CONNECTIVITY


Features:

STRONG’s DVRs have changed the world of TV with the SRT7000. Now we have re-released this ever popular model, along with a few changes. The NEW SRT 7014 offers the usual STRONG DVR features; 500GB Hard Drive, Twin Tuners, Multimedia playback, PLUS it also supports a Component & Composite AV Input to record from external devices; such as Camcorder, CD, DVD, Pay TV and game consoles. With access to the internet; you can enjoy full web browsing, use social media and live video streaming. This model also features Smart Phone connectivity – so you can turn your smart phone into an intelligent remote so you can share photos, video and music between your phone, iPad(or other tablet), PC and DVR. It also offers streaming to DLNA enabled devices. It comes with a wireless dongle so you can connect to your home WiFi connection or you can connect it directly to your modem using an ethernet cable. You can even add a USB wireless keyboard and mouse (not supplied).
The SRT 7014 features Smart Series Record, so you can record every episode of your favourite TV program in 2 simple steps, you don’t even need an internet connection for this feature. The Twin Tuners allow you to record up to 3 programs simultaneously while watching a 4th (from 2 networks) or you can watch a program you have previously recorded.

 

  •     MPEG4 Compliant, access the latest Digital Channels
  •     Live video streaming with iPhone/iPod/iPad & Android Devices, check out out YouTube channel for more info
  •     Record up to 250 hours of content
  •     Record three, while watching a fourth
  •     Smart Series Record
  •     Internet Browser and Social Media
  •     Smart Phone Connectivity & Streaming to DLNA devices
  •     Pause & Rewind Live TV
  •     Access all available Digital Channels
  •     7 Day Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
  •     Chase Play, Editing, Book Marks and Ad skipping options
  •     Multiple Outputs; HDMI, Component & Composite
  •     Digital Audio Output
  •     Multimedia Playback – File types include; MP3, JPEG, MKV, WMV, VOB, MOV, AVI, DivX and many more.
  •     Picture in Picture Mode (PIP)
  •     RS-232
  •     Closed Captions text for the hearing impaired, Record & Playback
  •     AV Input – to record from external devices such as; VHS, Camcorder, Game Consoles, CD/DVD and music. Please note files are recorded as .TS Format as Digital files in Standard Definition. Visit the Product Tutorial for more information.
  •     NEW – signal strength meter on info bar
  •     NEW – Delete multiple files from file list

 

Plugs on the back.

If it’s not there, you probably don’t need it.

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The Remote

strong-srt-7014-Remote

Technical Specs for Geeks

Audio/Video IN/OUTPUT
Audio L/R RCA/Cinch, Volume and Mute control
Audio/Video Input RCA/Cinch A/V Input x1 & Component Input (YCbCr) x 1 – via External devices, 576i input only
S/PDIF Optical digital audio output
Video RCA/Cinch, Video Outputs (CVBS). Component output (YPbPr). HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface). S- Video
Data Port
Ethernet 1 x port RJ45, 10/100MB-Tx (for data transfer and internet access)
RS-232 Serial 9pin D-sub male, Max 115K bps
SD Card Slot Support SD card slot on front panel
USB USB 2.0 Host (USB Port x 1 front panel & 1 rear panel), A-type
General Data
Dimensions 335 x 247 x 58.5mm (WxDxH)
Weight 3kg
MPEG Transport Stream & AV Decoding
Audio Codecs MPEG1/2/3 (MP3), Digital Dolby, Digital Dolby Plus, Window Media & Media Pro Audio
Audio Decoding Digital Dolby Plus
Audio Mode Stereo/Joint Stereo/Mono
Profile Level MPEG-II MP@ML, MPEG-IIMP@HL, MPEG-IV AVC.H.264 HP@L4.0
Sampling Rate 32KHz, 44.1KHz and 48KHz
Transport Stream MPEG-II ISO/OEC 13818-1
Video Codecs MPEG, MPEG4, HD Divx3.11/4.11/5x/6x, Home Theatre
Video Resolution 720 x 576, 1280 x 720P, 1920 x 1080i, 1080P
Power Supply
Input voltage AC100~240V, 50~60Hz
Power Consumption Standby <1.21 GigaWatts, on mode Max 50W
System Resources
DDR SDRAM 128Mbyte x 2
EEPROM 256Kbit
FLASH 8Mbyte
Inbuilt Hard Disk Drive 500GB Warp Drive
Processor 32bit processor (450MHz)
Tuner
Carrier Mode 2k and 8k mode
Code Rate 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8
Frequency Range 170 ~ 230 MHz (VHF) 470 ~ 862MHz(UHF)
Guard Interval Modes 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32
IF Bandwidth 7.8 MHz
Input Impedance 75 d
Waveform COFDM

Unit Price $499

Call George on 0422 869 464 to order one, or two…
OR You can Place your Order now via Paypal
Unit Price is $499
Delivery and Installation in Blue Mountains $50
Optional HDMI Cable $25 (if you need one)

Paypal Payments Accepted Here

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04

12 2016

iPhone Stuck in Restore Mode

If your iPhone is stuck in “RESTORE MODE” (Possibly after trying to do a software upgrade)

iPhone in Restore Mode

Most often you can get it out of this mode by Holding Both: The Power Button + The Home Button
However, if this does not work, and your phone reboots back to this screen and asks you to plug your phone into iTunes, and you have tried this & iTunes won’t even see your phone.

There is a piece of software that will force your phone to unlock for you so that you can use it again. You should not lose any of your data,

paypal

To download the unlock software for only $10, use the Paypal link below.





20

11 2016

How Australian TV Channel Numbering Works

Have you ever wondered how Australia ended up with our TV Channel numbering System?

It can be a little baffling when you think about it, especially when there seems to be gaps between groups of channels, our TV Guide can often look as comprehensive as the instruction manual for a Space Shuttle. But believe it not, there is madness to the method, so I have posted some of the most sensible information I can find on the subject below.

It is considerably more relevant now, than it has been in the past because The Blue Mountains is smack bang on the edge of 4 TV Transmitters, so different suburbs, even adjacent streets can pick up some unusual channel numbering and it doesn’t always make sense.

If you are having issues with channels doubling up, while other channels seem to be missing, then it is probably a good idea to give me a call and have it sorted out professionally. My number is 0422 869 464.

Australia

In Australia, allocation of logical channel numbers is governed by guidelines set by the commercial broadcasters’ association, Free TV Australia.

These are defined within the terrestrial broadcast stream using the NorDig descriptor format within the DVB “Network Information Table.”

LCNs in Australia may have one, two or three digits. Each network is allocated LCNs starting with a certain prefix – for instance, all metropolitan Nine Network services use LCNs beginning with the digit ‘9’. Generally, but not always, the single-digit LCN is allocated to the primary SD service (Network Ten’s HD sub-channel One being the main exception). LCNs need not be contiguous, and a channel may be identified by more than one LCN. For instance, ABC Television’s primary ABC1 service is allocated LCNs 2 and 21; the latter allows it to be easily accessed amongst other ABC services which lie in the 21–24 range.

Regional affiliates of the three metropolitan networks are provided with a different LCN prefix. For instance, channels owned by affiliates of the Nine Network (in this case, WIN Television and NBN Television) are prefixed with the digit ‘8’ rather than ‘9’. This allows areas that are part of both a metropolitan market and a regional market, such as the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Central Coast, to receive all local commercial services. The ABC and SBS use the same prefix in all areas.

Prefixes for remote-area services are intended to be overlaid over this model. When digital transmission starts in these areas, services licensed for the Remote Central and Eastern Australia licence area (Imparja and Southern Cross Central) have been reserved the “metropolitan” prefixes corresponding to their affiliation; those in Remote Western Australia (GWN and WIN WA) the “regional” prefixes.

A number of LCNs are reserved for various reasons:

  • LCN 4 was originally intended for a free-to-air video program guide. In practice, the LCN 4 prefix has for most of its life been largely unused, except in Sydney (where it was used by the Digital Forty Four trial datacasting service from 2004 to 2010). Since 2010, capital city community television stations (or “Channel 31” stations, after their typical analogue channel position) use LCN 44.
  • The LCN range 350-399 is intended to be allocated by receivers to channels which either duplicate a stronger signal’s LCN, or are transmitted without an LCN. For instance, if two broadcasts of LCN 2 were found, one signal (generally the stronger) will be allocated to LCN 2, and the weaker should be allocated to, say, LCN 350.
  • The LCN range 450-499 is intended for use by trial services by non-broadcasters.

Usage examples

The order for Freeview (aka FreeTV) is defined by broadcaster transport:[4]

  1. Ten network metropolitan HD channel is on channel 1
  2. ABC primary SD channel is on channel 2
  3. SBS primary SD channel is on channel 3
  4. VAST regional news guide
  5. Ten regional primary SD channel is on channel 5
  6. 7 regional primary SD channel is on channel 6
  7. 7 network metropolitan primary SD channel is on channel 7
  8. 9 regional primary SD channel is on channel 8
  9. 9 network metropolitan primary SD channel is on channel 9
  • Ten network metropolitan other TV channels are from 10 to 19
  1. ABC HD channel is on channel 20
  • ABC other TV channels are from 21 to 29
  1. SBS HD channel is on channel 30
  • SBS other channels are from 31 to 39
  • local public service is 44
  • Miscellaneous/Government-owned channels are from 40 to 43 and 45 to 49
  1. Ten Network HD channel is on channel 50
  • Ten regional other TV channels are from 51 to 59
  1. 7 Network regional HD channel is on channel 60
  • 7 regional other TV channels are from 61 to 69
  1. 7 network metropolitan HD channel is on channel 70
  • 7 network metropolitan other TV channels are from 71 to 79
  1. 9 Network regional HD channel is on channel 80
  • 9 regional other TV channels are from 81 to 89
  1. 9 network metropolitan HD channel is on channel 90
  • 9 network metropolitan other TV channels are from 91 to 99
  • Ten Network extended other TV channels are from 100 to 199
  • ABC Audio Only channels are from 200 to 219
  • ABC out of region/extended channels are from 220 to 299
  • SBS out of region/extended channels are from 300 to 349
  • Any out of region channels are from 350 to 399
  • Regional VAST news channels are from 400 to 499
  • VAST community channels are from 600 to 699
  • 7 network extended other TV channels are from 700 to 799
  • VAST informational channels are from 800 to 899
  • 9 network extended other TV channels are from 900 to 999

The order for Foxtel (who wholesale to Austar and Optus) is largely based on the channel’s content:

  • System Services from 1 to 99 and above 989
  • General Entertainment from 100 to 149
  • Time-shifted from 150 to 169
  • Specialist from 170 to 179
  • Community from 180 to 199
  • High Definition from 200 to 299
  • Interactive/Miscellaneous from 300 to 399
  • Movies from 400 to 499
  • Sport from 500 to 599
  • News/Informational from 600 to 699
  • Young Children from 700 to 799
  • Music from 800 to 829
  • Music Audio Only from 830 to 849
  • Free to Air Audio Only from 850 to 899
  • Pay Per View from 900 to 939
  • European from 940 to 959
  • Adult Pay Per View from 960 to 989

07

06 2016

Why Channel 76 – 7Flix may not work on your TV

More MPEG4 HD On Air

Seven Network has announced the upgrade of their main program stream to MPEG4 High Definition.

Originally Seven transmitted HD on LCN70 in MPEG2 picture with Dolby AC3 sound.  When 7mate HD was introduced, LCN70 was reserved for a future HD service.
Standard Australian Digital TV Transmission has, up until recently, been using MPEG2 digital compression. Which has proven reliable, but not so efficient in terms of the amount of data that needs to be streamed to produce a picture. While the computer world (Internet, YouTube, etc…) has moved on over the past few years to the sleeker, less data-gobbling, streamlined MPEG4 system, the tv networks have stuck it out with OLD-FAITHFUL MPEG2 in order to retain compatibility with ALL digital televisions.
There have been some cheaper, budget TVs on the market that never received the chips that can decode MPEG4 (to save money, of course) and therefore will not receive any channels being broadcast in MPEG4 format, such as 7Flix on 76, (Yeah it rhymes!! 🙂

The good news, is that it gets worse from here…….
Now Seven have changed LCN70 back to HD, this time in more efficient MPEG4 (H.264) compression, with Dolby AC3.

To optimize available bitrate, 7mate on LCN73 will change from MPEG2 HD with Dolby AC3 to MPEG2 SD with MPEG 1 Layer 2 sound.

In anticipation of these changes, all Seven Service Names have been revised to remove the word “digital” and add the market name
e.g. in Sydney, “7 Digital” has become “7 Sydney”.

No PIDs will change,
however some receivers will need a re-scan to pick up the changes.

·         Melbourne changes were made at 10:00am Tuesday May 10th.
·         Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast, Adelaide & Perth changes should be completed Tuesday afternoon.

Initially, 7HD will carry an MPEG 2 simulcast of the main 7 service in Melbourne & Adelaide, and a simulcast of 7mate in Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast & Perth.
If you would like me to come and re-tune your Television, please call me on 0422 869 464 and I can come to your house (in the Blue Mountains area) and re-tune your TVs for a nominal service call charge.

Should you wish to direct your gripes towards Channel 7, please contact:

Seven Network (Operations) Limited
160 Harbour Esplanade  |  Docklands VIC 3008 Australia
Postal Address: GPO Box 4477  |  Melbourne VIC 3001 Australia
Telephone +61  3 9697 7768  |  Facsimile +61 3 9697 7779

Viewers with original MPEG 2 ONLY receiving equipment will be unable to receive the primary Commercial broadcast programs and an increasing number of secondary programs, once simulcast ceases.

The good news is that you can get around this issue by purchasing a set-top-box that has MPEG 4 Compatibility. If you would like to purchase one and have it installed, please call me on 0422 869 464 and I can bring one to you and install it.
I also have available, several Digital TV Recorders with built-in Hard Disk Drive, that are MPEG 4 compatible so this is a great opportunity to upgrade and get yourself a good Digital TV Recorder.

Alternatively, you can buy a new TV if your TV does not have MPEG 4 functionality.
Blue Mountains now offers E-Recycling of old Flat-Panel TV and Computer Screens (Plasma, LCD, LED) for proper disposal and recycling.

Blue Mountains TV Antennas offer 2 Options regarding Unwanted Flat Screen disposal:
1. Call me, 0422 869 464 and I will come and collect your flat panel LCD, Plasma or LED TV screen at no charge.
2. Call me, 0422 869 464, and I will give you $50 trade-in for your old flat panel LCD, Plasma or LED TV screen, and charge $50 to transport it to the E-Waste recyclers.

A good STB can be a better choice than some of the less expensive TV’s available, some of which feature receivers of poor sensitivity that can work unreliably unless signal quality is high.
My top 10 recommendations regarding excellent quality TV brands are as follows:
1. Panasonic
2. Samsung
3. LG
4. Sony
………
Everything else apparently comes from a TV re-badging company in China who will slap your brand on their product if you buy enough of them.

 

11

05 2016

New TV Repeater in Kurrajong

If you have been suffering from bad TV reception from Sydney, There is now a new TV Transmitter installed at Kurrajong Heights that re-transmits the Sydney TV Channels, It was switched on in March 2013 and is available to you NOW. The new Transmitters were installed to be approximately 20km to the north of Springwood to help alleviate the black-spots in the Blue Mountains area.

Perhaps in the past you have been told that your TV reception cannot get any better at that time, or you are using Foxtel and paying every month just so that you get the basic TV channels, I can now offer you a better solution.

The Kurrajong TV Repeater must be tuned into your aerial using a digital spectrum analyzer to find the correct signal. Blue Mountains TV Antennas can do this for you and re-tune your Televisions to suit the new channel arrangement.

 

Give us a call on 0422 869 464 to book an appointment.

Regards,

 

George .

Blue Mountains TV Antennas

Tower 3 on Burralow Road Kurrajong 12882138

Location of Kurrajong Repeaters from the Blue Mountains Area

Kurrajong Towers Location

 

06

05 2016

Disposal and Recycling old and broken Electronics, TVs and computers

We now offer E-Recycling services to help you dispose of old Flat Screen TVs, Computers, laptops and other electronic equipment

E-Waste Logo

For a small fee, we will pick up all FLAT SCREEN TVs, Computers, Laptops and electronics. Dead or alive.

And dispose of them in an environmentally responsible manner via an electronics recycling agent.

LCD LED Plasma TV

If your flat-screen TV is kaput, or has let the magic smoke escape from the internal electronics, call us for environmentally responsible disposal.

 

 

Apple Laptop

Laptops recycled, Dead or alive, via our recycling service

 

iPad iPhone

Some items can also be repaired if they are too good to throw away. We can repair Broken iPads and iPhones at very competitive rates, or if your item is beyond repair, we will dispose of them in an environmentally responsible manner.

 

 

HOW TO RECYCLE A LCD, LED or PLASMA TVs

It sometimes seems hard to know what to do with electronic waste. In this day and age, most people have quite a few electronic items to dispose of every year. Plasma and LCD TVs are among the most challenging and the most abundantly disposed of electronic items. The reason for this is that television technology keeps improving by leaps and bounds and sometimes break or stop working. All the while, prices of the latest and greatest TVs keep dropping. That’s why you’ll sometimes see TVs sitting beside recycling bins and by the side of the road just after Christmas every year. It goes without saying that this is not a good way to dispose of your old, Dead TVs As it is like placing a sign out on your front lawn telling the neighbourhood that you have just bought a nice new TVv. The best thing to do with this or any kind of e-waste is to recycle it as quickly and quietly as possible.
It’s important to recycle plasma TVs because e-waste, generally speaking, is full of heavy metals such as lead and cadmium. These wreak havoc in terms of soil and groundwater contamination when these items are simply thrown out with the trash. Overall, about 4% of municipal waste is made up of electronic items. This small percent of waste is the culprit responsible for approximately 70% of the heavy metals that are found in our landfills. This includes about 40% of all the lead found in landfills.

If you’re planning to replace a flat screen TV of any kind, it’s always best to find a way to recycle it. If your television is beyond repair, we can help you dispose if it in an environmentally responsible way using our e-waste recycling service. We offer pickup of your old plasma and LCD TVs and guarantee that they will be processed and recycled responsibly. It will be taken for proper recycling, often at no cost to you. We never send potentially hazardous materials overseas to clutter up landfills in undeveloped countries (as do some unethical e-waste processing companies).

When it is time to recycle your LCD, LED or plasma TV, Computers or other e-waste, we will make sure that re-usable components are reused. If your old TV cannot be repaired, we will be certain that usable parts are salvaged and recyclable materials such as precious and dangerous metals are removed.

Call 0422 869 464 for pickup of your broken or obsolete Flat Screen TV’s, Monitors and Laptops. Disposal costs for electronics are approximately $10-15 per kilo, however heavy, high percentage Metal (such as Refrigerators, Hot Water Systems and Air Conditioner Units,) will be picked up for free at no inconvenience to you.
Some items can be disposed of at no charge to you… Others cost a small fee to send for re-cycling due to environmental levies and other costs.

Please call me for more info, 0422 869 464.

 

* If you are disposing of a TV and it has a remote control and / or power cables, please tape them to the back of the screen so that they can be recycled with the screen, even if they don’t work. Thank You!

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We can Fix your Smashed iScreen to Brand New

This Mac is Shot

This Mac is Shot

Screen Replacements Available for all models of Tablets, iPad/Pod/Phone iThingys.

Screen Replacements Available for all models of Tablets, iPad/Pod/Phone iThingys.

Macbook Air Screen Replacements are Available

Macbook Air Screen Replacements are Available

 

iPhone 3 & 4 Screen Replacements are afvailable

iPhone 3 & 4 Screen Replacements are afvailable

 

 

 

We can even repair bullet holes in your IOS device.

We can even repair bullet holes in your IOS device.

 

We can Fix your Smashed iScreen to Brand New

We can Fix your Smashed iScreen to Brand New Condition

iPhone-4-Screen-Replacements Available

iPhone-4-Screen-Replacements Available

iPhone with iShagged touch Glass, fixable!

iPhone with iShagged touch Glass, fixable!

 

iPhone Busted Screen - If your phone looks like this, we can fix it,

iPhone Busted Screen – If your phone looks like this, we can fix it,

 

We can even glue the screen back together, just like new!

We can even glue the screen back together, just like new!

We can even fix this.

We can even fix this.

ipad overheated - Do not overcharge your ipad or attempt to use it as a cooking surface.

ipad overheated – (Spontaneous iThing Combustion?)       Do not overcharge your ipad or attempt to use it as a cooking surface.

 

 

 

Apple iWatch, Stop.. Hammer Time

Apple iWatch, Stop.. Hammer Time

We can even upgrade your 1996 Apple Newton to run iOS 9.31, convert it to colour screen and emulate iPhone 5 & 6 apps for as little as $600.

We can even upgrade your 1996 Apple Newton to run iOS 9.31, convert it to colour screen and emulate iPhone 5 & 6 apps for as little as $600.

 

This is how we fix it, we bash away at it with a bl;ue plastic screwdriver until the iThing submits to it's inevitable screen replacement, and then we slap a new screen in, good as new.

This is how we fix it, we bash away at it with a bl;ue plastic screwdriver until the iThing submits to it’s inevitable screen replacement, and then we slap a new screen in, good as new.

LCD LED Plasma TV Repairs, Trade-Ins and E-Waste Recycling

Flat Screen TV Trade-ins welcome, Repairs and E-Waste Recycling of TV’s that are too broken to fix.
LCD LED PLASMA TV Recycled. Free drop off at our depot in Springwood, or we will come to you.

We will trade in your old Apple Laptop and upgrade you to the latest and fastest on the market. Even if they don't work!

This is a laptop we traded in for the latest model.
Apple Laptops Wanted Dead or Alive

Broken iPad, Air-Pad and iPhone - We can fix this.

Broken iPad, Air-Pad and iPhone – We can fix this.

This Macbook Pro was repaired with new case, screen, keyboard, Motherboard, Hard drive, Battery, Touch Pad, Charging Circuit and some other small miscellaneous parts. Now working as good as new.

This Macbook Pro was repaired with new case, screen, keyboard, Motherboard, Hard drive, Battery, Touch Pad, Charging Circuit and some other small miscellaneous parts. Now working as good as new.

This iPhone was repaired with a new case, chasis, motherboard, battery, touch sensor, LCD screen, home and volume buttons, and Sim card Tray. Now working good as newl.

This iPhone was repaired with a new case, chasis, motherboard, battery, touch sensor, LCD screen, home and volume buttons, and Sim card Tray. Now working good as new.

 

 

E-Waste Logo

YES!!!! We accept all E-Waste, Computers, TVs, Small electronics, DVD Recorderws, DVRs, Just Ask!

Call George on 0422 869 464 for more information, Questions such as  –          “Can you fix this?”

01

05 2016

Power Surges vs your TV & Antenna

With all the recent thunder storms we have been having lately, I have received a lot of calls related to Storm Damage. Power Surge Damage and Lightning Damage.

When there are thunder storms approaching the area, the possibility of a power-outage is higher than usual, and because of the more “computerized” nature of modern LCD/LED TVs, they are far more prone to becoming damaged if there is a lightning strike nearby, or a power outage. When the power goes off, there are systems in place to try and return power back to the affected area by re-routing power through the electricity grid, this can be observed when your appliances switch off momentarily, then switch back on, and either stay off or cut out again and stay off. THIS is when the damage occurs and I have seen many perfectly good TVs lately, become landfill simply because they are not built to take this kind of abuse. Often, the TV will not even switch back on, but I have also seen several cases where the tuner in the TV has been destroyed, so even though the TV will power up, it will not receive any channels.

As for the TV Antenna, generally these are a Solid-State device, meaning that there is very little within them to blow up, however there are often several components between the antenna and the cable that plugs into your TV. Items such as MastHead Amplifiers, signal splitters, Power supplies, etc are all prone to failure when storms and lightning are around.

If you have encountered any of the above scenarios, please give us a call for a free quote, and we will come and diagnose the problem, and give you some options as to how to best go about getting things fixed and back to normal.

 

07

04 2015

Storm Damage, TV Repairs and Insurance Quotes

Recently, The Blue Mountains area has experienced a large number of very damaging electrical storms, power surges and lightning strikes that render TVs, TV Antennas, Boosters, Amplifiers, Internet Routers, Modems and other sensitive equipment, in-operable, dead, kaput…

If you require a quote for your insurance company, I am able to come and assess your equipment, diagnose it, repair if possible and provide you with a written assessment and quote to give to your insurance company to help you with your insurance claims on your household equipment.

Please phone me on 0422 869 464 if you require any assistance in regards to these problems and I will do my best to help you to get your insurance claim underway so that you can have your equipment repaired or replaced in a timely manner.

I am here to help you, so give us a call.

22

03 2015

Re-tuning

Why retune?

The final step in Australia’s move to digital television will involve a number of television services changing their broadcast frequencies. This process is referred to as the ‘restack’ within the broadcasting industry, and will affect most television viewers at different times (and in different regions) from now until the end of 2014.

The restack is making way for new communications services that will commence in 2015.

As a result of the restack, some viewers may need to retune their digital televisions, set top boxes or recorders on their designated retune day to continue to receive all television channels.

More information about restack will be available soon.

 

Retuning in 2013

Viewers in some regional South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia communities will need to retune their digital televisions, set top boxes or recorders in late 2012 to continue to receive ABC, and in some cases SBS, digital television services. The table below identifies these communities and their relevant retune dates.

It is not possible to retune before the date specified as the ABC and SBS will not move frequencies until that day. So if you need to retune, do so on or after the restack date.

 

If you are having any trouble tuning your TV, Set-Top Box or your digital TV reception is abnormal,
give us a call on 0422 869 464 to arrange a free, no obligation signal test and quote.

20

03 2013

MEPS – Minimum Energy Performance Standards

MEPS – Minimum Energy Performance Standards

MEPS is a regulatory standard for power usage of a product while in Standby mode. As a commitment to environmental responsibility all Strong Australia Product are MEPS Compliant.

From 1st December 2008 in Australia and from the 9th of June 2011, Set Top Boxes manufactured or imported for sale in Australia are required to meet minimum energy performance requirements (MEPS). It is likely that from April 2011 these will also be regulated in New Zealand.

Registration is now available (see making an application for MEPS for details).

The STB must be measured in accordance with the test standard AS/NZS 62087.1:2010. Measurements of the passive standby, active standby and on mode power use are required, depending on the type of STB. To comply with MEPS, a STB must not exceed the power limits specified in the standard AS/NZS 62087.2.1:2008 as set out below.

MEPS is defined in terms of a Maximum Platform Allowance (MPA) power level for active standby and on mode that is dependent on the type of STB and what MEPS option is chosen. The MPA is essentially the maximum power requirements for a basic STB, described in the standard. If a STB has features in addition to those shown in the standard, an additional features allowance (AFA) is added to the MPA, up to a maximum power limit (MPL) that must not be exceeded. The measured power consumption of the STB must not exceed the MPA + AFA (for applicable features); and it must not exceed the MPL regardless of how many features are available in the STB. The formula to determine the applicable MEPS level for a particular STB is MPA + AFA < MPL.

The standard also specifies a maximum passive standby power level, if relevant, for that type of STB.

A summary of these power limits is shown in Table 1 for Free To Air DTV STB and in Table 2 for Subscription TV DTV STB.

Table 1: Maximum Power Levels for FTA DTV STB (from AC supply)

Product Type Passive Standby –  Max Power (W) Active Standby – Max Power (W) On Mode – Max Power (W)
MPA MPL MPA MPL
Standard Definition Option 1 1.0 8 15 8 15
Option 2 2.0 7 15 7 15
High Definition Option 1 1.0 12 19 15 22
Option 2 2.0 11 19 14 22

Table 2: Maximum Power Levels for STV DTV STB (from AC supply)

Product Type Passive Standby –  Max Power (W) Active Standby – Max Power (W) On Mode – Max Power (W)
MPA MPL MPA MPL
STV DTV STB Not used 9 15 Not Specified

High Efficiency Level Requirements

A DTV STB may be designated as ‘high efficiency’ and marked as such in product literature if it meets the following requirements:

  • Complies with the applicable MEPS levels
  • Has a maximum passive standby power of 1 W
  • Also meets the requirements either of the Automatic Standby OR High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) standby specified in AS/NZS 62087.2.1:2008.

These features ensure that the STB is able to automatically switch itself into passive standby mode after a period of inactivity or in conjunction with the users switching other audio visual devices connected to the STB into passive standby.


“The Ministerial Council on Energy (MCE) has resolved that Australia will expand its commitment to reducing excessive standby by formulating coordinated product-specific plans to address excessive standby over ten years, 2002 – 2012, within the umbrella of the IEA “One Watt” initiative. Within this timeframe, specific product types may be identified as “at risk” of using excessive standby and will therefore be targeted for specific action. Each product will then be dealt with in potentially a two-stage action plan designed to reduce standby to levels acceptable for that product as quickly as economically viable. The first stage is development of product profiles for each major product group. Details of the strategy
are outlined in the Ministerial Council on Energy strategy on standby titled “Money isn’t all you’re saving”.”

For more information on MEPS please visit their website

www.energyrating.gov.au

12

03 2012

Smart Series Recording

STRONG Announces Smart Series Record Feature for DVR

18th November, 2011

Want to be able to record every episode of your favorite TV Programs with just the click of a button? Now you can – STRONG introduces SSR for Digital Video Recorders.

Smart Series Record Logo

STRONG announces Smart Series Record

So what is SSR? When you bring up the EPG (Electronic Program Guide) on your DVR and select the program you wish to record, you then select the SSR option and your DVR will search the EPG for the program title and automatically record it. The Program Title is embedded in the EPG text broadcasted by the Networks. So if your ‘Show’ is on channel 2 at 8:30 pm every Monday night and suddenly changes to 7:30pm on Wednesday night, your DVR will record it for you. Add to that if the program on before the one you wish to record is running late your DVR will adjust the record time so you don’t miss the end of your show; like that NEVER happens right?

SRT 7000 EPG

Smart Series recording available from DVR EPG

Smart Series recording available from DVR EPG

Initially launched on the SRT 7000, it is now available on most STRONG DVRs; SRT 5495T, SRT 5498, SRT 5495/5492 etc. A simple update of software will bring this feature to life on your current DVR. Visit http://www.Strong.com.au/Software.html for the latest software update for your model.

12

03 2012

VAST – Satellite Digital TV for Digital Antenna Blackspots

If you are in a Digital TV Blackspot where your Digital reception is pixellated, poor quality or just plain un-watchable, There is now a solution available for residents in the Blue Mountains.

 

Introducing VAST or Viewer Access Satellite Television.
One of the Australian Government’s objectives in the switch to digital TV is to address, as much as possible, long-standing issues in regional and remote areas of Australia where residents have poor, or in some cases, no access to terrestrially broadcast TV services.

The VAST service is a first class direct-to-home digital TV satellite service which covers all of Australia. For the first time, viewers who cannot receive digital services from the terrestrial transmitters that serve their area will have access to a reliable free-to-air satellite TV service which delivers a range of digital channels.

The majority of Australians receive their TV services from the network of broadcaster-owned transmission towers. However, for those who live outside the coverage of this terrestrial network, a new satellite TV service is available to ensure that they are able to enjoy the same benefits of digital television as other Australians.

The Australian Government is investing $375.4 million to provide transmission of digital free-to-air TV services from the new satellite platform known as the VAST service. The establishment of the VAST service aims to ensure that anyone in Australia that cannot receive digital terrestrial services has immediate access to a reliable and professionally operated free-to-air service now and into the future.

The VAST service will also be available to people who currently rely on community-run ‘self-help’ transmitters that are not being converted to digital by commercial broadcasters and who are not able to receive an adequate digital signal from another transmitter site serving their area. Some households that rely on these services, and are not being converted, may be eligible for the Satellite Subsidy Scheme. For more information about the subsidy refer to the Satellite Subsidy Scheme link under ‘related information’.

The VAST service commenced on 15 December 2010 and will be progressively made available in all parts of Australia as they switch to digital TV. Viewers will be able to access the commercial channels of the VAST service about six months before the switch to digital TV in their area. The channels of the national broadcasters, ABC and SBS, are available without restriction. Regional areas that have already switched to digital-only TV and remote areas of Australia have access to the VAST service now.

It is difficult to estimate exactly how many viewers will need to receive the new satellite service, but it may potentially benefit up to 247,000 households across Australia. Many of these households already rely on satellite reception for their TV, such as the Aurora service, and for the first time, all Australians will have access to the same number of channels that are available in capital cities.

 

About The VAST Set-Top-Box

As of August 2011, there is only one VAST certified set-top box available in the market. This is manufactured by Altech UEC and is available to buy from Blue Mountains TV Antennas.

Once you purchase your Satellite Set-Top-Box, You own it. There is no monthly cost, no subscription fee, renewal fee, or any other hidden costs. It is a one-off purchase and installation cost.

Altec UEC DSD-4121 Satellite Box for VAST

The DSD4121 high-definition set-top box is specifically designed for the Australian VAST service delivering industry leading quality and performance at market leading pricing.
The DSD4121 employs a new generation STi7111 microprocessor incorporating the latest secure processor technology, and is equipped with an HDMI interface, component video, stereo audio outputs with digital audio S/PDIF, and a USB 2.0 port.

Key Features

STi7111 Secure Processor Core
MPEG-2/4 HD compliant
DVB-S2 Front end
F-Type Satellite input
IRDETO secure silicon conditional access
450 MHz core processor
Over-the-Air secure software download
HDMI output
Component video output
Coaxial S/PDIF digital audio output
Optical digital audio output
Dolby digital audio
Subtitles
Stereo audio outputs
USB 2.0 interface
8 Day electronic program guide
Compliant with Australian VAST services

Rear view of the Altec UEC DSD 4121 Digital High Definition Satellite Box

Technical Features

Frequency range
DVB- Standard
Symbol Rate ( DVB-S2 )
Symbol Rate ( DVB-S )
950 – 2150 Mhz
DVB-S2 QPSK Demodulator , 8 PSK
2 Msym/sec to 30 Msym/sec
2 Msym/sec to 45 Msym/sec

Processor Core

Host Processor
Flash Memory
RAM
STi 7111, 450 Mhz core processor
16 MBytes
128 MBytes

Video

Video Decoder
Video Format
Video Outputs
MPEG-4 (H.264), MPEG-2 MP@HL
PAL
1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i

Audio

Audio Decoder
Dolby audio support
Mpeg 2 layer 1&2 ( Musicam ), MPEG4 AAC/AAC+
Downmix and pass through via HDMI, optical and coaxial Connectors

Connectors

RF in
HD video
SD Video
Digital Audio
Analogue Audio
USB
Serial Connector
Smart Card
Ethernet
Power Supply
F- Type
HDMI
Composite video and Component video
Optical , Coaxial and HDMI
RCA Left & Right
USB 2.0
9 pin D-type for software upgrades
ISO 7818
RJ45
Detachable fig 8 cable

 

You can download a brochure for this unit HERE

 

More information is available on the Government Digital Ready Website or by phoning Blue Mountains TV Antennas on (Mobile) 0422 869 464 or 4702 0580 (for Local Call cost to call my mobile phone)

20

12 2011

Digital ABC Reception Problems, Pixelation or picture breaking up

A lot of people ask me why Channel ABC used to work fine on Analog and when they get their new Digital box or Digital TV, they suddenly begin having trouble watching ABC.

The reason is very simple.

The Analog Channels are:

  • 2 for ABC
  • 7 for Channel 7
  • 9 for Channel 9
  • 10 for Channel 10
  • and then 28 for SBS

Analog TV Antenna


When Digital TV came along, they had to put the each channel somewhere else so they did not clash, the Digital channels are arranged as follows:

  • 6 for Channel 7
  • 8 for Channel 9
  • 11 for Channel 10
  • 12 for ABC
  • and 34 for SBS

Digital TV Antenna

An older TV antenna was designed to receive Channels 1 through to 10, and channels 11 through to 27 are “tuned out” of the antenna’s reception capability so that you do not get interference from radios such as Police, Fire, Ambulances, CB Radio, etc. which operate in the frequencies between channel 11 and 27.

Some re-arranging was done and what you have is a nice neat TV spectrum of Channels 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and then way out there is SBS on channel 34.

What this means for you is that your antenna is the wrong physical shape to receive digital TV…. and, you may need a replacement. Sometimes, the problem may be caused by other components in your TV system such as the wrong type of cable, splitters, dis-combobulators or other such gadgets. Our test equipment has the capability to identify which part of your antenna system is not compatible with Digital TV reception and we will give you all the options available to get you up and running.

If you would like us to come and test your old antenna for free, give us a call on 0422 869 464 and mention this web page. There is no obligation and we will show you the actual signal levels being received by your antenna, and provide a written report if you wish.

27

01 2010

Digital Ready

Are you “Digital Ready”?

You may have seen the latest advertising campaign from the Government about this, but how do you know if your Antenna is “Digital Ready”?

If you are buying a new TV or set top box, the Australian Government has developed labels to help you choose the option that is right for you. Look out for these labels at your local electronics retailer.

Digital TV Capable only with a set top box

Digital TV - Capable Only

This label indicates that the TV is an analog TV and is capable of receiving digital free-to-air shows only when you attach it to a set top box. The set top box you choose will come in either standard definition or high definition format. The labels below (which appear on TVs and set top boxes in electronics retailers) will help you choose the option that is right for you.

Digital TV Ready Standard Definition

Digital TV - Standard Definition

This label indicates that the TV or set top box can receive Standard Definition digital free-to-air shows. With Standard Definition, you will receive the same free-to-air shows you currently receive on analog TV. Digital TV is currently available in the Blue Mountains.

Digital TV Ready High Definition

Digital TV - High Definition

This label indicates that the TV or set top box can receive High Definition digital TV. With High Definition broadcasts, you are able to receive the full range of channels, including those that are unavailable in Standard Definition. Digital TV is currently available in the Blue Mountains.

Click here to check whether your TV, set top box or digital TV recorder is digital ready.


Ring us on 0422 869 464 to find out whether your TV Antenna is Digital Ready.

We will come and perform a test on your antenna for FREE and offer you our professional advice on whether an upgrade is required or not.

07

01 2010

SRT 5406 Strong, Unable to scan

Recently somebody asked me why their Strong SRT 5406 HD Set Top Box was unable to scan in the channels.

This is usually a signal problem which can be caused by a number of things, the most common being:

  • A bad flylead from the wall socket to the TV (You need an RG6 Quad Flylead for digital TV, check our Online Store
  • No signal getting from the antenna to the wall plate, waterlogged cable or bad connections
  • Rusty connections on the antenna or bad antenna alignment will also prevent any signal getting through.

Digital TV requires PERFECT cabling, connections and signal. Analog tv was very forgiving when you had bad cabling due to the RF signals being able to jump across any bad connections and still give a picture, even if it was really bad quality.

Digital TV sends it’s signal along the outer metal surface of the cable, where rust builds up. It is a digital signal so it cannot electromagnetically jump across any bad connections. In other words, the metal has to touch or you won’t get a signal.

We have the equipment to test this exact kind of problem. A faulty cable that could take you HOURS to find, literally takes us a few seconds with the proper gear.

Give us a call on 0422 869 464 and book in a FREE test

30

12 2009

SBS Reception in the Blue Mountains

SBS is broadcast on Analog channel 28 & Digital channel 34 in Sydney.

Some possible causes for bad SBS reception are:

  • Having an antenna with no UHF compatibility, ie. Too old, or VHF only.
  • Masthead amplifier UHF section has stopped working, blown up.
  • Rusted or waterlogged connections
  • Interference

If you would like us to come and check these issues out, and give you a written signal test report, this is completely and 100% free

Please call us on 0422 869 464 to book in a signal test and get your SBS signal working correctly.

30

12 2009

Our Online Store is now available

You can now buy all your TV Antenna gear right here, and get FREE DELIVERY!

You can now buy the same Professional Quality products that we use ourselves, from our website and we will deliver it to you for free within the Mountains.

If you would like to compare the price to your local hardware store before purchasing, you are welcome. BUT, you will not be able to purchase the same quality.
If you have ever bought the cheap chinese tools from the local hardware superstore, you will know the way they operate. They sell you rubbish and hope that you come back to buy another one when it breaks.

We do not sell junk! If you want professional quality antenna gear and professional results, visit our store.

It’s YOUR house, Your TV reception.

Don’t buy CRAP or you will buy it twice!

Visit our online store, and we will deliver your items FREE in the Blue Mountains area.

27

12 2009

High Definition Digital Upgrade Special

This is THE BEST High Definition Digital Set Top Box I have seen so far.

Upgrade to High Definition Digital TV with a Strong HD Set Top Box for just $129

Strong SRT-5406 HD Digital Set Top Box

Strong SRT-5406 HD Digital Set Top Box

Strong are one of the best brands of Digital Set-Top Boxes available on the market today.

I have seen them all, and you really do get what you pay for. If you want a cheap crappy one, you are welcome to go and buy it.

If you want the best, then the Strong SRT-5406 is the king of High Definition set top boxes.

We have negotiated a fantastic deal on these boxes with Strong, Australia and we can now supply you with one of these wonderful High Definition Digital Boxes for just $129.

PLUS!!!!

For $20 extra, We will deliver it to your door, Install it to your TV, Replace your TV Fly-lead with a High Quality, custom made and bulletproof RG6 Quad Shield Cable up to 4 metres long. Throw away the horrible old tv cable you used to use (because it probably wont work with digital TV)…..

And……

I will take the time to show you how to use your new box with a 15 minute, one-to-one tutorial on the functions of Digital TV.

AND………

I will leave you a great little Cheat-Sheet that you can refer back to, while you get used to using Digital TV.

Strong Boxes come with 12 months warranty and a picture of me on the carton ;):

Strong SRT-5406 HD Set Top Box

Strong SRT-5406 HD Set Top Box

This box is also available as a Digital HD Recorder for a few bucks more.

Phone 0422 869 464 for more information.

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