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ABC TV Channels disappeared

By ex-vectis - 9 June 2010 21

Woke this morning and turned on the TV to watch ABC2 Breakfast.  But no ABC Channels!!  My TV is a VISTA HTPC box receiving digital broadcasts, but nothing has changed since last night when all was hunky dory (IE. No updates etc….).

I’ve checked the aerial/cable and all looks fine.

Anyone else having any problems with ABC?  I’m in Isaacs and think I use the syringe for all channels.

Mat

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ABC TV Channels disappeared
ex-vectis 9:22 pm 09 Jun 10

georgesgenitals said :

ex-vectis said :

Update – just got a call from home that more channels have gone missing.

Which makes me think ‘what does she do all day, watch TV!!!’. Should be ironing or cleaning or making my dinner!!! (Is that a ‘troll’ lol?)

Calling the missus a troll? Niiiiiiiice.

Yeah, you havent seen her! Found her while clipcloppingover over her bridge….

On the TV side of things – I’m down to SBS and SC10! The troll (who never reads RA, as you may guess!) loves Neighbours and Masterchef so she’s happy but i’m very confused!

Just checked aerial and the TV cable from aerial to PC and that is fine. Checked event logs, updates etc. and again nothing. However, the lack of millions of posts saying ‘the channels have disappeared!’ still seems to suggest the problem is at my end…. Hmmm…

Blingerific 7:58 pm 09 Jun 10

I have issues with reception all the time, some say that it is being too close to the transmitter is bad (too much power is as bad as not enough in digital TV apparently). But the ABC also appears to be having issues due weather, bogans drag racing up Macpherson St, granny needing a nap or some other random process…

georgesgenitals 6:41 pm 09 Jun 10

ex-vectis said :

Update – just got a call from home that more channels have gone missing.

Which makes me think ‘what does she do all day, watch TV!!!’. Should be ironing or cleaning or making my dinner!!! (Is that a ‘troll’ lol?)

Calling the missus a troll? Niiiiiiiice.

ex-vectis 6:11 pm 09 Jun 10

Hahaha! ROFL. Good point, hadn’t thought of it that way….

BimboGeek 3:09 pm 09 Jun 10

ex-vectis said :

Update – just got a call from home that more channels have gone missing.

Which makes me think ‘what does she do all day, watch TV!!!’. Should be ironing or cleaning or making my dinner!!! (Is that a ‘troll’ lol?)

Sounds like she should be fixing it. What does she expect you to do about it?

ex-vectis 2:21 pm 09 Jun 10

Update – just got a call from home that more channels have gone missing.

Which makes me think ‘what does she do all day, watch TV!!!’. Should be ironing or cleaning or making my dinner!!! (Is that a ‘troll’ lol?)

ex-vectis 2:11 pm 09 Jun 10

OK, just got this in from ABC:-

“At the moment there are some works being carried out on the digital services in Canberra to change the way we broadcast. These works may have impacted on your reception. These works are scheduled to be complete tomorrow.”

I asked why the transmitter status pages had no mention of the work and the problems it may cause and got this:-

“…the reason it’s not in the database is because all we have done is change the feed to the transmitter which is not classified as maintenance, and normally doesn’t have any impact.”

Pray contrare… We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

troll-sniffer 11:56 am 09 Jun 10

There’s an anomaly, or at least there was an anomaly last time I tried tuning my STB in the ABC Canberra signals. The software in the box couldn’t find the ABC channels, so I went onto the Whirlpool forums and found an article about the frequency being slightly different to what is published. I can’t remember the exact details but the upshot was that the broadcast channel was .025 MHz different ot what the STB expected. I went into the manual channel tuning and with the different value all the ABC stuff popped up.

Might be an idea to google the problem if a rescan doesn’t pull in the channels.

(Note this was only for a second hand set top box purchased via eBay, so the software may have been old. My current STB and TV all tune in perfectly.)

ConanOfCooma 10:37 am 09 Jun 10

Technical nudge.

Hells_Bells74 9:58 am 09 Jun 10

Oh I reread that first part and it didn’t make sense. I mean to say at times, in the lounge a set of channels won’t work, but when I go down to the one in the room, they will work fine, but another set of channels may not work on it.

Hells_Bells74 9:56 am 09 Jun 10

Oh yes, my lounge STB won’t show either ABC’s or Prime/72 or Win/GO and mine is the same in my room, except they do it completely opposite of each other at the same time.

If I stand there and toggle the aerial for ten minutes sometimes it will come back or briefly. It has two different messages at any given time, no signal and no service. I used to be able to just turn it off and it would come back, but not anymore.

I might add, this is pretty recent in the last few weeks. Just started happening lots. This time, I was sure it was just my insanity surfacing.

Lazy I 9:31 am 09 Jun 10

In before “I have Transact, I don’t have any reception problems”

ex-vectis 9:10 am 09 Jun 10

MrPC – Ah, missed those. I dived straight onto the ABC transmitter status site and saw nothing there. Probably left-hands not telling right-hands etc…. It is a Vista PC (Vista Media Center) rather than an STB.

CoC – Yes. I even did a full rescan of the frequencies (after a reboot) but it still couldn’t the ABC stuff.

I also checked the event logs (and file changes etc) to see if anything at all had happened or changed since 11pm last night (IE. It worked last night, but not now; so something has changed), but no as far as I can tell nothing has changed since 11pm last night when the world was good and ABC viewable 🙂

MrPC – I’ll start working along those lines. It did actually happen to me (but only ABC was not viewable, ABC2 was fine) a couple of years ago and a registry hack was needed to enable the tuner to scan the side-bands (or whatever they are called). I’m wondering if the change you mention may have shifted something that may need another tweak.

Thanks folks – but be good to hear if anyone else has _any_ issues with ABC TV channels in ACT as of last night….

ConanOfCooma 8:40 am 09 Jun 10

Did you try turning it off and back on again?

Conan

MrPC 8:31 am 09 Jun 10

For the last week or so they were running ads warning people this would happen as they have to reallocate their spectrum usage to squeeze in ABC News 24×7.

You probably just need to set your STB to rescan, and they’ll come back.

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