I dont have a box or a Freeview TV, I am accessing channels as i always have ( apart from when i was with Virgin) by tuning the TV, as far as i was aware that restricts what i can get.
'what do you mean "this one only shows up on Freeview"? It's supposed to only show up on Freeview. What are you tuning in on? TV or a box?'
I meant on the Freeview website, its not on the other site that i was told was more up to date - COM 7 55
I still keep losing channels, and could do with an explanation as to why? BBC 1 and 2 are breaking up, after using the HDMI to stream last night i am back to 'no signal/weak signal' This is what is so annoying, there seems to be no definite reason why i keep dropping channels and that manual retune is unstable in what it gets and keeps?
I can't take a photo though if you know of a website that shows different aerials I can get someone to compare it?
Should i buy a new HDMI cable or anopther aerial cable? Or is this most likely the aerial?
If you bought your TV in the UK, it's from a known brand, and it's connected to an aerial and receiving any stations at all, then it's going to be a Freeview TV.
DVB-T/T2 are the two over-the-air digital TV standards that fully replaced analogue TV in the UK - when analogue was switched off in 2012 finally. DVB-T launched in 1998 and only carries SD services. DVB-T2 launched in 2009 and carries all the HD services, and a few additional SD services. The way DVB-T works all the BBC SD services are carried on one frequency (so if you get BBC One SD, you also get BBC Two SD, CBBC SD, CBeebies and BBC Four SD, BBC News SD, BBC Parliament SD and the BBC Radio services), ditto the main ITV and C4 services are carried on the same frequency (though not all the sub-variants may be) etc.
Unless your TV is from a no-name Chinese manufacturer bought via eBay or Amazon, then it's also likely to be a 'Freeview' TV (not all DVB-T/T2 TVs are - but almost all of them sold in the UK are). Freeview is the licensing used by all mainstream TV manufacturers (Sony, Philips, Panasonic, JVC, Hitachi, Sharp, Samsung, LG etc.) show sell TVs in the UK - and the reality is that most TVs sold in Europe are Freeview licensed (they may also be licensed for TNT in France, NorDig across the Nordic nations and Ireland etc. - selecting between the standards when you start up your TV for the first time and select your country)
Most TVs sold here also have DVB-C cable tuners - but they won't work on VirginMedia here. Some TVs have Freesat (and some Sony's have non-Freesat) satellite tuners - but if you don't have a dish then you won't be using that.
For a DVB-T/T2 Freeview TV :
1. You need an aerial - and it needs to be pointed at the right transmitter and be the right aerial for that transmitter (and be mounted the right way round). Some transmitters changed their frequency bands when they migrated from analogue to digital, or more recently when they cleared frequency bands to make way for 4G etc. If you have an old analogue aerial it may not be suitable for your current digital TV frequencies.
2. Your cable between the aerial and your TV needs to be in good order. It's common for water to get into these downloads on old installations, which can cause major issues.
3. If you have a marginal signal and poor cabling then you can get interference from sources like HDMI cables. (DECT phones can interfere with satellite LNB signals too ISTR)