9 things you SHOULD NEVER DO to keep good TV reception


1. Don't USE chinese moulded flyleads

These cheap, chinese-made TV antenna cords are the most popular think behind a TV set. Unfortunately where the metal coupler and the plastic join in these cables, there is little support not to mention the guage inside the cord itself is very fragile and very tempermental. Stepping on, bending, pulling, tugging or any slight abuse can destroy the performance of these cords immediately. Heck! They sometimes even come faulty straight out of the $2 shop packet! 

These are the first thing to check for when you have bad Tv reception. We often, often, often (yes I said that 3 times to get your attention) go out to TV reception repair jobs and just replace these dodgy cables to fix the problem. 


2. DON'T kink/bend your TV cord at the wallplate 

TV Cabinets, beds, wardrobes and other furniture are responsible for damaging and kinking many, many TV cables causing signal deterioration. You won't be the first or the last that this happens to and that is why TV Magic regulary use these right angle TV cables: - especially made up to delivery outstanding service; making our customer's TV reception last longer. 


 3. Don't let your kids/husband/wife/D.I.Y 'so called expert' touch your cables

Can you see what's wrong with the connections/cables used below? Is there something missing? Something not right?

Something plugged in the wrong spot? Or perhaps the wrong cable used? Do you even know what all the connections are used for and what they do? If you didn't know immediately then you ought to not touch this stuff or you may effect the quality of your TV picture and sound. 

At TV Magic we get calls everyday from 'meaning well' relatives who try to setup or play with the cables themselves. Below is a tidy, in fact very-tidy minimalistic system. Times your cables by 10 and yeah.... you get the picture. 


4. Don't Move into an old unit with 'Daisy Chaining'!!

Okay so this one is a bit harsh. In the 50's older buildings were wired up in what's called a Daisy Chain fashion. The illustration below sort of explains how and what this is. Basically if your building has daisy chain wiring..your TV reception can be a luck of the draw since you could be at the start of the TV signal chain or at the end. The further you are along, in the chain the weaker your signal will be. To fix this; basically the building needs a digital upgrade which means new coax cable & installation. An Overhaul. Digital Upgrade. You should call 1800 TV Magic. 


5. Don't let your solar panel company relocate your TV antenna!

We're sure solar panel guys are great at what they do which is to save you $ on electricity and install solar panels. Unfortunately the TV antenna sometimes is in a position that interferes with optimal performance/positioning of the solar panels. All too many solar companies are moving the TV antenna or satellite dish as a service to their customers only to find out that a few months down the track they've done something and the customer ends up paying for it anyway. 

 6. DON'T get mad that birds are good for business! So what can you do about birds?

We've heard all the tricks and bought all the gadgets. The bird zappers, the bird whirley firleys, gadget this, gadget that, one million zip ties, plastic snakes, fake cats, fake eagles you name it. For most of these methods the birds are too smart; the others are just not cost effective. Birds will continue to roost where they want to roost. You either need to have no roost or supply 240 volts of electricity to your roof! (Which is illegal). 


You get a 'bird proof antenna'. Bird proof antennas are supplied by TV Magic. They elements are too thin for birds to sit on, meaning a roosting bird of significant size (such as the heaviest - the QLD cockatoo) can only sit on the shaft which will NEVER bend and not on the small elements that are crucial to your TV signal. The bird proof antennas cost as much as any other. They're also heavy duty and out-perform 99% of other TV antennas. We're the only guys in the industry saying we can fix your TV reception for the next 10-15 years! This is highly contributed to by our TV antennas! 

 7. Don't use long TV cords or join several TV cords together

When you don't have a TV point exactly where you want/need it - what do you do? You get a giant, great big long cheap cord from bunnings or dick smiths or dig up your ugly pile of spaghetti of cables from the garage and join a bunch together right? 

Here's what you should do. If you must insist on not getting a TV point installed where you want it to be; at least get yourself one, good quality TV antenna cable made up by us or bought online from our online store

Obviously, in all situations you ideally have a new TV point installed; have no cords running across the floor that you could trip on and everything looks neat & tidy. (Note to Tennants: if you are to have your landlord/real estate pay for this. This can be a little tricky. Give us a call. We have experience with getting these sorts of things acclomplished). 


If you live in regional areas (non-capital) chances are your TV antenna is picking up multiple TV signals from multiple transmitters. Doing a AUTO tune rather than a MANUAL Tune may cause your TV to 'tune into' the weaker signals as opposed to the strong signals. Have you got duplicate or triplicate channels of the same channel on your TV?? This may/may not be an indication of this scenario. In these regions techs expertly perform manual tunes only for peace of mind. 



We're  fixing TV reception for customers on a daily/every second day basis where they have already paid good money for another antenna service/inexperienced electrician to do the antenna installation/reception repair. Take our word for it! We've got all the stories, we get all the calls. 





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Having TV reception problems? Pixelation? One channel dropping out or freezing?  

Why does that happen? How is digital Tv different to analogue? Why do you only get problems on one TV point or only on one TV channel?

The following videos give you some answer to all of the above. These are very commonly asked questions. Basically, any problems you are experiencing will not fix themselves. They may come 'good again' however, this will be temporary. By Calling TV Magic we can ascertain by using our 'field strength meter' just how good or how bad your TV channels really are. When we test, we are looking to see if any channel is reaching minimum signal requirements. This will make sure there is enough 'head room' for fluctuation for bad weather, trees, a few broken elements and other factors that effect signal strength and signal quality. If these minimal requirements are not met, yes you may still have a 'perfect clear picture' however the BIG QUESTION is; for how long for? Yes your bald tyre does keep air in it and drives your car around, but obviously it's not going to take a nail or a bit of glass on the road as well as a brand new tyre.  


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How much will it cost to Fix my TV reception? Sometimes there is a cheap fix, other times there is a risk of doing it cheap and it will cost more in the long run. Sometimes it has been done that badly in the first place that it's going to cost more to erectify an old system than it's going to just install a brand new one from scratch. Sometimes, the old gear is that old that the whole lot just needs replacing. In the end, the tv reception signals need to comply to certain requirements or it's just not going to work. These requirements are described as per the requirements of Digital Broadcasting Australia (DBA) authorities. If these are not complied with - your tv reception will be no better off. Also, having too much signal can cause bad tv reception as well! 

So do not worry, about it costing too much! We do free quotes! We give you a guarantee! We aim to make any tv reception repair job last 10-15 years - on a year to year basis, servicing your antenna compared with servicing your car will cost you peanuts! So call us now! or make a booking online.

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