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A question about TV/aerials

Discussion in 'Golden Eagles 50+' started by rebornfree, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. rebornfree

    rebornfree Senior Veteran Supporter

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    Could someone help me please?

    My TV aerial has always been a bit dodgy, with pictures on some channels breaking up, but I can get the channels I want so I haven't been bothered about it. Today I watched my TV|DVD combo perfectly well, but later I switched on and only got sound: no picture, no TV listings, text or anything else, but I could change channels. Later still I got nothing except the "on" light -no picture, no sound. The TV seemed to click as if it was about to produce a channel but it just went blank - nothing at all. Can anyone advise me if this is more likely to be a TV problem than an aerial one?

    Another question. It looks like I need to get a new TV (this one is 12 years old). I don't want a Smart one. Do the non-Smart TV/DVD combos simply connect to the power supply and the aerial, and are they easy to set up? You've probably guessed - I'm really low-tech! :D

    Many thanks for reading this. :) I'm in the UK, and we're digital, in case that's relevant.
     
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  2. JustRachel

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    It is most likely the TV. I think you're right about the power supply and aerial hookup. If you don't have other components, it should be that easy. I don't know what kind of hookups there are for aerials on the TVs these days, however. It's been a lot of years since we didn't have satellite. I want you to know how hard it is for this American to call an antenna an aerial. :D
     
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  3. ilovejcsog

    ilovejcsog I am a Christian mutt. You can call me Rox

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    If the screen is black it wouldn't be the antenna. It is the tv. When it is your antenna the screen would be snowy without it. Most are smart tv's and you have to be like the name, lol. Just don't buy a haier, the remote is the craziest remote I have ever had. You have to be a genius to use it. I am sure you can buy a very simple tv. That requires minimal hookup. Spend as little money as you can and then you will know it will have few frills.
    Good luck:)
    PS I've been known as a last ditch effort to whack a tv on its side because things get dusty or loose and a whack has worked. If you are concerned about doing that wait til you are sure you can't do anything with it before you hit is. Try when it is off first.
     
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  4. Messerve

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    If you're tuned in to CBS channels, they're down right now due to something or other. But it's temporary.
     
  5. Sabertooth

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    If you don't even have channel numbers showing, it's your TV.
     
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  6. ilovejcsog

    ilovejcsog I am a Christian mutt. You can call me Rox

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    That reminds me that CBS has been advertising that cable is not going to renew their contract maybe so some programs won't show. Are you losing other channels other than CBS? My tv turns black if the station is not on. It is new and that is the way it handles a station that is no longer broadcasting. But with the age of your tv that should not be true..
     
  7. actionsub

    actionsub Mike, he's just this guy, you know?

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    Seeing as how the OP is in the United Kingdom, CBS is probably not the issue here. The TV, most likely the screen, is malfunctioning. If the OP doesn't get a smart TV/DVD combo (which is a good idea actually), the TV will probably have a place in the back to put in a coaxial cable ending (which is standard for aerials these days). Shouldn't have any trouble at all.
     
  8. ~Anastasia~

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    I would look at the thing your TV uses to connect to your aeriel (my phone won't even let me use that word lol) ... if possible take a good picture of it. And make sure whatever tv you buy has that input. Other advice here is probably the best - to buy the cheapest/bottom of the line. But make sure it has that kind of input hookup. The salesperson I hope can help?
     
  9. rebornfree

    rebornfree Senior Veteran Supporter

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    Thank you very much everyone for your help and responding so quickly. :) I'm convinced now that it is the TV, and am going for a fairly straightforward non-smart one. It's funny I don't watch a great deal, but I missed picking up on the news, checking the weather and just seeing a few familiar faces on the screen, let alone not being able to play my Gaither Vocal Band DVDs. :D

    Good idea - I gave it a few wacks but to no avail! :D

    Thank you - I'm hoping that the coaxial cable will be fine - one of the reasons I don't want a smart TV. :)

    I had very good help when purchasing a computer recently, but the same shop doesn't have the type of TV I want, so I'm buying online. A good idea though - an informed sales person is worth their weight in gold. :)
     
  10. rebornfree

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    LOL!
     
  11. Messerve

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    Oops... Didn't notice that. Yeah, probably not CBS. ^_^
     
  12. rebornfree

    rebornfree Senior Veteran Supporter

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    Thanks everyone. :) I thought I'd just let you know that I bought a Smart one but I'm using it in non-Smart mode at the moment. In the end I went to a shop and the sales person was very helpful.
     
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