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    Hi ,i have just purchased a 7 series 4.4ltr of which i love to bits, i do however have a small problem ,it concerns the very poor tv reception i am getting, now i know that when we go totally digital, i won't be able to receive any signal ,but where i live the changeover is not for some time and my picture is crap, it is in black and white and only buzzes when you turn up the volume, i have tried searching through the full frequency and can pick up all 5 terrestrial channels but they are only very poor, the rest of the functions work as they should , its just the tv ,any help would be grateful,thanks ---Karl
     
     

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    I don't know about oem equipment but on my aftermarket tv in the car you can change between PAL I, PAL II, NTSC and that affects sounds and picture. But the antenna is probably your problem. Do a search to see where its located and check the condition, or if you leave near a mast drive near that and re-tune or find the highest place possible and re-tune

    And go to this link to re-title your thread, you'll get alot more help http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...-title-t50493/
     
     

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    As shamm3 says about trying on a hill. I get a good signal in the city on mine.
     
     

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    Went to the top of a hill and pictures much better , saved them in the memory and when i got home the pictures were back to very poor---Karl
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jks View Post
    Went to the top of a hill and pictures much better , saved them in the memory and when i got home the pictures were back to very poor---Karl
    No worries, aleast it shows there is nothing wrong. You just live in a poor signal area. You need to keep re tuning depending on where you go in the country.
     
     

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    i have to drive 80 miles if i want to watch tv in mine now thinking of getting a digital one if such thing is available spend so long sat in mine whilst my kids have footy practice
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanelf View Post
    i have to drive 80 miles if i want to watch tv in mine now thinking of getting a digital one if such thing is available spend so long sat in mine whilst my kids have footy practice
    you can get a DVB freeview box off ebay for around £40, buy now before theres a silly price hike when the analogue masts are turned off
     
     

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    how would you wire the freeview box into the cars electrics is it just a plug and play or is there all kinds of wire swapping and what about Ariel--thanks Karl
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jks View Post
    how would you wire the freeview box into the cars electrics is it just a plug and play or is there all kinds of wire swapping and what about Ariel--thanks Karl
    You would need an antenna like any setup, they're powered so give abit better reception as we all know with freeview you get something or nothing, so a good signal is still paramount.

    Its all plug and play, i'll be buying one nearer the end off the year. Beacuse i've only got 1 video-in its a choice between freeview going in or the xbox coming out
     
     

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    Looks like it is sorted , in the menu, it has a load of countries that is specified in one of the lists ,mine was set to Afghanistan, strange but true , it is now on Great Britain, job done ,well happy, thanks for the comments and help ---Karl
     
     

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