An old or incorrectly placed television antenna is one of the reasons nearly 5000 North Queenslanders have lodged calls to the Digital Switchover Taskforce. One in five complaining about picture freeze, no sound and blue screens.
Weather can be a factor with both analogue or digital TV reception, and North Queensland certainly gets it fair share of bad weather. However, if the skies are clear and they’ve still got a frozen screen then chances are high their antenna just isn’t up to snuff.
“People may also want to check their antenna and cabling are in good working order. A faulty or incorrectly placed antenna can cause reception issues, like pixellation or `blue screen’ when the signal cannot be received,” a Taskforce spokeswoman said.
Down here in Melbourne we also get our fair share of bad weather, but unless it’s torrential rain with thick cloud cover the weather shouldn’t stop you watching your favourite programs. So the Taskforce’s advice to check the quality and positioning of your antenna and cabling is relevant to us ‘southerners’ too.
So, here is a good way to know what the problem is: if you’ve gotten a nice new digital television and the weather is perfect outside but you’re still having picture problems, don’t blame the signal… blame the antenna.
Now one thing we would recommend here are New Image Antennas is not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Digital is coming whether we like it or not. There’s a few fixes for your antenna problems though. You might just need an antenna amplifier; Your existing aerial might need realignment; or, if your antenna is more than 10 years old you will likely be best served by having a new digital TV antenna installation.
Don’t worry, even if you do need a new antenna, an aerial installation doesn’t have to cost the earth. We have 18 year’s experience in giving you the most cost effective solution for your reception problems. Call us on 1800 351 121 and we will come around to have a look and we’ll advise you the best way to get your picture perfect.