Saturday, 25 June 2011

New Rival For Freeview and Freesat, In ‘Real Digital’

The UK digital TV market is under pressure with the entering of ‘Real Digital’ a new digital TV service.

It is thought Real Digital aim to be in direct competition with the likes of Freeview and Freesat, launching later on this year with their brand new free satellite service.

Real Digital aims to be a TV solution for viewers wanting a selection of TV channels without having to pay subscription charges like with the Sky and Virgin Media packages.

Real Digital are aiming to launch the new digital TV service on the 1st September 2011, to directly rival those existing companies.

Real Digital will reportedly offer customers around 400 standard definition free to view channels and five HD options too, these will include BBC One HD, BBC HD, Channel 4 HD, ITV HD and NHK World.

The company are looking to offer what is described to be a 'top-up' package where additional channels such as Sky Sports can be viewed.

Real Digital has confirmed it will offer two digital boxes with a standardised remote control, they will be Internet-ready systems for future additional upgrades,  and be built with twin tuners.

As a customer the only thing which will be needed (other than a TV of course) is satellite dish to receive the signal!

For all your digital TV needs call Doddington Aerials & Satellites on 07794786718
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Sky Creates ‘Sky Go’, A New Web Player And Mobile TV Service

This week saw Sky announce plans to merge its web catch up TV  service named  ‘Sky Player’ with its mobile TV service ‘Sky Mobile TV’, to offer one single new service which will be titled ‘Sky Go’.
It is widely believed that the aim of the union is to make available one free and flexible service which gives everyone access to its services. Sky have said that  its’ existing Sky TV customers  will be given access to the new  TV service,  regardless of the technology they use, everything from Macs to PCs and Smart Phones will be compatible.
People who are not currently Sky customers will  also be able to benefit from the service, however it will not be as soon as Sky customers.
Sky’s Deputy Managing Director Stephen Van Rooyen, commented in an interview this week that the increase in popularity of Smart Phones has increased the demand for access to technology on the move.
With Sky reported to have recently bought ‘The Cloud’ a Wi-Fi operator, Sky is reported to now own around 4500 public wireless internet hubs which can be used for this service, helping to further their customer experience.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Solving Poor or Bad TV Reception

One of the services which we offer is solving the problem of poor or bad TV reception. Poor or bad television reception is an extremely common problem throughout the country. As a viewer there is nothing more irritating than trying to watch your favorite TV programme through bad TV reception!

It is difficult to diagnose the cause of the interference without visistng the property as there are a few things that can cause poor or bad TV reception. Anything from cable connections, loss of tuning and the weather can all cause poor or bad TV reception. One common cause bad of TV reception is your location and your remoteness from the local transmitter.  

As a rule of thumb the further you are from the transmitter, the more the quality of reception will lower. Living in a particular area can impact reception; areas such as Patcham and Hangelton, East Sussex, often suffer from poor TV reception due to being situated at the bottom of a valley. Doddington Aerials & Satellites can advise you on a TV solution to ensure you get the most dependable TV system according to your location, after all everyone’s needs are different.

Your local environment such as what is between your signal and the transmitter can also have an impact on TV reception, this includes large buildings and even tall trees, these are yet more examples of factors which can cause poor TV reception.

As you may have guessed the condition of your aerial can also influence the picture quality you receive on your TV.

In order to get the best quality picture it is important that your aerial is in good condition to receive optimum signal. 

Another widespread cause of reception problems is roof work. Often when people have work carried out on their roof TV aerials are knocked or moved accidently. A Television aerial located on the roof can be more difficult to correct as problems differ; from the connected cabling to aerial itself.

Due to the complexity of television reception issues it is always advisable that if you have problems with your TV reception you contact a reliable and trustworthy engineer. Doddington Aerials & Satellites has over six years experience in the industry and can therefore fix any aerial, TV reception or digital TV reception problems for you at an affordable price.

Some of the services we carryout to help with TV reception problems include:
  • TV Aerial Upgrades
  • Problem Solving For TV Reception Problems
  • Problem Solving For Digital TV Reception Problems
  • Problem Solving For Satellite TV Problems
  • TV Aerial Services
  • Help With The Digital Switchover
Contact Doddington Aerials & Satellites for your free quote!

We carry out work in: Worthing, Brighton, Hove, Shoreham, Hangleton, Portslade, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Lancing and more....

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Friday, 10 June 2011

Review Of The World’s Most Expensive TV!

Today the world’s most expensive television was revealed and is about to go on sale (if you are lucky enough to afford it!).

The TV is thought to be so enormous that many reporters are suggesting that an entire floor of a house (would would say mansion) needs to be dedicated to the TV, just to hold its weight! The TV weighs around half a ton and for this reason won’t be sold to you until your house has been visited by a representative, to ensure that your house is structurally sound to hold the TV!

This next generation 3D TV has an 85 inch screen and a motorised stand, and costs around 85,000 US Dollars! (Yes, you did read that number correctly!)

The TV is described by its developers to be a ‘smart’ TV, boasting a camera which calibrates the pixels after 100 hours of screening to simply guarantee perfect colour coordination!

If an 85 inch screen is just not big enough, then you won’t be disappointed as there is an even a larger edition, yes, really there is!  If you have a spare $113,000 (and a house the size of Buckingham Palace) then you can purchase the 103 inch screen!

It is believed that the 85 inch TV has been purchased, and get this; was airlifted down using a helicopter to the customer’s house, then the windows were remove to get it inside!

If you have the cash to purchase this TV you won’t be disappointed, the people lucky enough to have watched this TV describe the 3D capability as like being inside the TV! But do note that the TV doesn’t come with the 3D glasses you have to buy these separately at a cost of about $150 each (at $85,000 you would have thought they would throw a pair in for free!).

Top Three Tips When Buying A New TV - Doddington Aerials and Satellites

At Doddington Aerials & Satellites we realise that for most people purchasing a TV can be a complex task and for most is a large financial commitment. With this in mind we have put together, what we consider the three most important things to consider when purchasing a new TV.

We hope you find them useful!

Doddington Aerials & Satellites  Top Three Tips When Buying A New TV:

TV Specification
For most people purchasing a TV is a big financial commitment. Often when going into a high street store sales reps will try and persuade you to purchase one TV over another. Decide what specification you want your TV to have before you visit a store, and make sure when you do visit you go equipped with all the facts so you know what you are looking for!

Make sure you get a TV that fits in the room it will live in. By measuring up the space and room before you purchase, you’ll be able to choose a TV which is more suitable for the room and will feel part of the furniture, rather than looking like an afterthought!

By going online and checking what’s available on the market you will find where you can purchase the TV at the best available price. Why would you want to pay more for a product than you need to?

If you would like more help and advice about purchasing a new TV please do not hesitate in getting in touch!

If you have already bought your new TV and want help with additional services such as; TV wall mounting, installing Sky or setting up your home cinema system, contact Doddington Aerials & Satellites on:

Doddington Aerials & Satellites will wall mount your New TV for you!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Satellite System Install Using Rope Access/Abseiling

Doddington Aerials & Satellites Rope Access Installation

Here we have another project successfully completed by Doddington Aerials Rope Access department.  As you can see from the pictures it isn’t the tallest of buildings, but still had the same issues as many larger tower blocks, and that is access!  This building is situated in west London and is surrounded by a grass verge. Uneven ground like this grass verge does not match well with cherry pickers, so abseiling was used by Doddington Aerials & Satellites to solve this problem.

 It only took a day for us to: set up our ropes, to run the four catenary wires, pre-wire the top two flats and clear away all our rope access equipment.

Doddington Aerials & Satellites Rope Access Installation

Doddington Aerials & Satellites Rope Access Installation

What do we mean when we say “pre-wire” the top flats?  The system that was installed is a Sky/Freesat system, so only customers that want Sky will have the cables run to their lounge, unless they live above the second floor.  For these flats we “pre wire” them.  Running the two cables and coiling outside the flat window, this will allow any engineer to safely install Sky in future without the use of any extra equipment. For future installs any flats upto the second floor are easy to access from ladders, and because the catenary wire is already installed this makes running the cables nice and simple.  The idea behind this system design is to install all the infrastructure and equipment, but to keep the overall costs down by only installing cables to customers that want Sky. 

Another successful project completed by Rope Access department, enjoy our pictures and take note of the lack of holes in the grass ;)

For more information please contact us on: 07794786718,

Doddington Aerials & Satellites Rope Access Installation

Friday, 3 June 2011

What Is An Integrated Reception System & How Is Abseiling Used For An IRS Install?

If you enjoy and start to regularly read the Doddington Aerials & Satellites blog then you may find the term IRS crop up now and again, therefore we thought we best quickly explain to you what IRS is!

IRS stands for ‘Integrated Reception System’ and can be explained in brief as a system which provides broadcast signals from multiple sources to many outlets. These sources are generally; satellite and analogue TV, radio and DAB radio. The signal is sent via an aerial cluster and ‘booster-distributor’.
IRS systems are used as a solution for communal buildings such as flats and housing blocks. IRS is used because it allows for one aerial to service many individual needs (flats).  

IRS systems are increasing in popularity due to the digital switchover; this is because the IRS’s ancestor MATV (master aerial television) needs replacing. 

An IRS collects the broadcast signals and then distributes them to a new 3 or 4 socket wall outlet plate in each dwelling. This is screened from electrical interference to ensure the best available service is received by the resident. 

IRS is a fantastic solution for both landlords and residents alike. Installing an IRS enables the resident to choose their TV option; they can connect their TV to free to view services or to sign up for digital satellite, all at the most convenient time for them. 

An IRS provides each flat access to: digital satellite TV and Digital Terrestrial, Sky Plus, HD TV, FM and DAB. There are also possibilities for extending the system to enable access to foreign TV and radio channels too!

Installing IRS can be costly for landlord because of the amount of specialist equipment which is required to access areas of the building to complete an install. At Doddington Aerials & Satellites we have a solution to this cost!
We use our rope access and abseiling skills to access almost any building, we use the ropes to scale down the side of buildings thus giving us access to almost any property (one passing child said to his mother we look like spider man!). Using abseiling to install IRS is a cost effective, quick and safe method of installation. At Doddington Aerials and Satellites we appreciate economic times are tough and therefore really thrive on the fact our abseiling skills help to deliver projects frequently under budget! Not only that we love working on the ropes too!

Look out for our blog posts on Installing IRS using abseiling, if you haven’t read one yet you can read about a recent install in Bognor Regis (we had a lovely view of the seaside)!

If you would like more info on Installing IRS systems visit our website or call 07794786718

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

What Is The Difference Between An Analogue TV Aerial And Digital TV Aerial?

All around the world people watch TV and many people claim to be TV addicts! Even so there are many people who still are completely clueless as to how their TV works. 

Television is certainly not a new technology, in fact it’s been around for years and the interesting truth is the technology its self has by and large remained the same since its invention in the 1920s.

How does a TV work?

How a TV works is actually quite simple, essentially in order to be able to watch TV several components have to work together.
  • An image source- this is the actual feature you watch, so for example the documentary or film.
  • A sound source - this is generated through an audio signal.
  • A transmitter - this sends the image and the sounds source via the air waves and is received by the receiver (TV).
  • A receiver is basically your TV set receiving the signal via radio waves and converting it into your TV programmes.
  • A display device (TV screen) works together with a sound device (speakers) to enable you to watch TV. 

To be a little more technical a TV aerial is made of metal. Electromagnetic waves transport signals to the television, these make small electrical currents in the antenna. The TV set amplifies this signal and receives the information that carries vision and sound. So we can watch TV!

What is the difference between an analogue TV aerial and digital TV aerial?

There are a few differences between an analogue and digital aerial. Analogue TV signals transmit one channel onto one carrier, where as digital aerial transmissions can fit a lot more data into the one carrier.  Basically this means there is more available bandwidth and therefore more TV channels for us to watch!
Well, we hope this is helpful!

If you would like more information about digital TV or anything aerial and satellite related visit our website or call us on 07794786718