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Media Center Fails to Play BBC (UK) TV Stations

  1. #1


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    Media Center Fails to Play BBC (UK) TV Stations


    I have a WinFast USB TV dongle which until last month played all TV stations fine using Windows 8 Media Center.

    For the past month, it has failed to display any BBC station. The dongle tunes to the correct station but I just get a black screen. I've retuned the stations several times to no avail.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem or knows how to fix it?

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  2. #2


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve C View Post
    I have a WinFast USB TV dongle which until last month played all TV stations fine using Windows 8 Media Center.

    For the past month, it has failed to display any BBC station. The dongle tunes to the correct station but I just get a black screen. I've retuned the stations several times to no avail.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem or knows how to fix it?
    Hi there

    If this is FREEVIEW (Digital Terrestial TV) all the channels (or at least a lot of them) changed YESTERDAY Wed 03 Sept.

    You might want to re-load / re-install and start the whole Channel tuning stuff again . For instance SKY NEWS is now on I think Channel 132 and not 82 like it used to be.

    Analog TV I don't think is available any more regions in the UK (and in a lot of Europe too) so if you were using that it might have been switched off in your region recently - I'm sure there aren't any Analog TV regions in UK any more.

    Another suggestion - if you want BBC TV why not use on the Internet the BBC iPlayer - if your broadband is fine you can get it at HD quality too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #3


    UK
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    Windows 8.1


    Do you get your channels from Hannington ?

    If you do, do you have any options for manually adding channels, the main BBC channels are on channel 45

    Not sure how media center works or if it has a manual tune option
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  4. #4


    UK
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    It's a Freeview tuner using Rowridge. It tunes to the station e.g. BBC News on 130 but the screen is black. No problems tuning to ITV and other independent stations. I've started using Internet TV but I'm curious why this problem has appeared.
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  5. #5


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    Might be the channel change isn't yet complete for your area. Does a "Physical Freeview" TV work for BBC .

    Can you tune Manually -- could be the WMC has the guide hosed up too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #6


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    If you can tune manually try tuning it to 24, this is the frequency for bbc channels from rowridge

    Can you do any type of signal information when watching itv or ch.4, does it give a frequency or channel no., should show C27 522MHz and also what is the signal strength/error levels

    Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) Full Freeview transmitter | ukfree.tv - 12 years of independent, free digital TV advice
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  7. #7


    UK
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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    The tuner has found all new stations e.g. BBC News on Channel 130 but the screen is blank for all BBC channels. I can't find any way of manually tuning Media Center to a particular frequency.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1


    Have a look to see if there is anyway to disable interactive features (red button), if there are problems with these it can give a blank screen (it might be trying to display a retune message which media center has issues with)

    I am not aware of any actual changes to the broadcasting of channels, just a change of numbers for the childrens/news channels

    last thought, do you have any of these channels duplicated higher up, at the end of the guide, it's 800+ on set top boxes/tvs but not sure for media center
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    Have a look to see if there is anyway to disable interactive features (red button), if there are problems with these it can give a blank screen (it might be trying to display a retune message which media center has issues with)

    I am not aware of any actual changes to the broadcasting of channels, just a change of numbers for the childrens/news channels

    last thought, do you have any of these channels duplicated higher up, at the end of the guide, it's 800+ on set top boxes/tvs but not sure for media center
    Hi there.

    There's a whole slew of new channels on FREEVIEW (UK) -- it's just possible that either the guide / channel info in WMC hasn't been updated yet - could take several weeks !!! or your hardware might not be able to handle some of the new frequencies.

    I believe including Radio the number of channels has increased from about 80 to around 150 - most of which are totally unscrambled -- only B.T Sport 1 and B.T Sport 2 are scrambled and need a decoder to unscramble their programs.

    Test with a "bog standard" terrestrial freeview TV or recorder -- use the same antenna - if you then can view the program on your TV then the hardware is not up to the job.

    The only channel I get problems with is the CBS ACTION channel (Ch 90) - it just displays a TEXT page but the rest of the stuff works just fine - and that's through a VM. !!!! Hardware is an old Hauppage DVB-T stick !! which I'll throw away soon - but it's good to test this stuff out at times.

    I'm currently on a contract in the UK in Manchester so using their channels -- no probs.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. #10


    UK
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    Windows 8.1


    I agree there are over 100 channels (a few new ones launching soon but not a huge number)

    CBS Action hasn't launched yet which is why it is not working, launches 1st October

    Frequencies have not changed for existing channels, the guide location numbers have changed

    I don't know enough about how Media Center works, but the BBC channels are all on the same frequency as they always have been, all that changed this week is the guide number for Childrens/News channels to make extra space in the guide

    BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC3, BBC4 have not changed at all
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