with digital tv aust wide is a top set box still required

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With the advent of Australian wide digital television is a top set box still required for receiving free to air tv stations whilst travelling remote country areas?
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Reply By: Notso - Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 17:50

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 17:50
If you have a digital Telly you don't need a set top box. Unless of course you want to use satellite telly, then you do, along with a sat dish etc.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:11

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:11
Notso is correct, if your TV is digital already you do not need a set top box.

As you have a set top box it very likely means your telly does not have a digital tuner built in. You will still need to use the set top box if your telly only received the old analogue signal.

If however you have upgraded your telly recently then you should not need the set top box once the new telly is tuned in properly.

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Reply By: Member - Nanna Jan - Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:16

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:16
Thanks members - my caravan internal TV is digital however whilst at Tambo last year we were only able to receive restricted free to air mainly Channel 2 and Southern Cross 7 - we are off again in late March via the same inland route and just wondered whether to take another electrical item. The hubby watches on another digital TV in the annexe however that is connected to the satellite dish so he can watch his beloved rugby on Friday, Sat and Sunday nights.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:52

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:52
im not sure what your asking?

if you have a digital TV it will pick up all the digital chanels available

if you could only get ch2 and 7 it would either have been because thats all that was available or towers for other channels were out of range of smaller ariels

im not familiure with tambo but possibally thats all it gets

back in analogue days many small places didnt get all the chanels
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:58

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:58
OK google is your friend

tambo is serviced by 2 towers

one is ABC tcallsighn 7 which has a 65w omnidirectional broadcast

the

7, 10, imparja and SBS operate of a directional broadcast 55w

if you want more chanels in Tambo - get a bigger ariel or stay in a caravan park more in line with town
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 08:37

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 08:37
Go to the Myswitch site MYSWITCH Enter Tambo in the address line, drag the icon to the address you want and all will be revealed.

It says Tambo has good coverage on all digital channels. When did you last try to get TV at Tambo? The switchover was 10 Dec 2013.
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:17

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 18:17
In remote country areas you will be out of range of TV stations.
For coverage in these areas a set top box won’t achieve anything.
You will need a Satellite disk and a decoder box (not to be confused with a set top box).
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 08:10

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 08:10
Just a caveat, When we were at Weipa the local TV was analogue as it was a rebroadcast of digital presumabley satellite ABC.
I don't know for sure but maybe there are still some aboriginal communities that rebroadcast digital satellite as analogue.
This doesn't really solve anything re set top boxes as AFAIK nearly all TVs sold these days are only digital. in these places if there are still any left A STB would not receive unless it had an analogue tuner.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 08:50

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 08:50
Check the Myswitch site I posted above. There have been changes late last year and it says Weipa is digital. I'm not sure about other places but when analogue was switched off VAST is the go and there is/was a government subsidy to get the satellite gear.
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Reply By: Member - Nanna Jan - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 13:52

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 13:52
Thanks all once again - we were at Tambo early March 2013 so acknowledge that full coverage now available.
We will be passing thru yet again early April 2014 so will let you know if we were successful.
I may have confused use of top-set box with vast system which we use with the satellite dish - I may have to invest in a splitter system so hubby can continue to watch his rugby and I can watch what I want. I will post if successful - thanks again
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 14:03

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 14:03
Not cheap but they are available – a decoder box with twin tuners and a twin LNB to suit.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 16:58

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 16:58
Just twigged: your cheapest option would be to buy another single tuner decoder.
Then run both decoders off a twin LNB – Check with your Sat TV equipment supplier to make sure the units are compatible.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 17:14

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 17:14
This link will give you all terrestrial broadcasting services in Oz. Extract the .ZIP file and open it in a spreadsheet. You will see tabs at the bottom for each class of service, click on the one you want.

You can sort the data by state and extract each state separately by copying and pasting into new documents. I then sort the data by the Northings column so the sort order is from the south of the state to the north.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 17:19

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 17:19
You may just have to re-tune the channels in, when travelling through different parts of the country.

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