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New Contributor Bobby216
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not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

just received the box last week and have attempted a few scans but cannot get free to air chnanels, the most would get is ABC and that's it...any ideas to fix it. I have read a few articles where rescanning has worked, but in our case, it is not doing anything, can somebody help or make some suggestions please.

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Re: not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

Safe to assume free to air works fine on your TV or other devices via the same cable from the same socket?

 

I've ready that most TV's and similar devices have a signal amplifier built in where as Fetch doesn't. As such, people can find the reception isn't as good via the Fetch box compared to the TV. Optus will normally recommend a better antenna cable which can help but I also suggest the external amplifier's that are available from most electronic stores for a pretty low cost (under $10 I think). 

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Re: not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

Hi,

 

1. Confirm only the Fetch box is plugged into the antenna cable (no splitters or serial chaining to say the TV)

2. As @SamSam says, presumably you can still get channels if you plug the antenna straight into the TV

3. Can you test the Fetch box on another TV in another room?

4. Can you test the Fetch box in a friends house?

 

Its possible the issue is in your setup / reception, but also possible the fetch tuners are faulty. 

 

1. Buy and external amplifier like this one (Kingray is a good brand)

2. Ring Optus and request a swap over of the box - its leased so they'll send out a new one and a courier pouch to return this one.

 

Either option may or may not work.

 

Regards

 

Peter Gllespie

 

 

 

 

Occasional Contributor eeycee
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Re: not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

I have the same problem.

The trouble with this answer is that I used to be able to watch TV & it was only toward the end of last year that it stopped working. I'm still wondering what to do about it.

Regards

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RetiredModerator Toomey
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Re: not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

Hey @eeycee, we'll need to raise the issue with our TV & Content team who can investigate and organise additional equipment to improve the FTA signal. Please use this online form to send through your details and someone will follow up asap.


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Occasional Contributor SCG
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Re: not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

None of this worked. Optus says all mighty boxes have the same problem. Time for class action? Or maybe the PM can ring Allen Lew again

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Re: not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

Heads up @SCG, I've replied back to your comment on  thread → https://yescrowd.optus.com.au/t5/Broadband-Telephony/Fetch-Box-and-Free-to-Air-Signal/m-p/443556#M52...

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New Contributor BJB68
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Re: not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

I am having the exact same issue. I am on my 2nd box and now have no free to air channels again.  5 phone calls over 2 days, no call backs when promised.  have been told its been a problem for months - why is the service still being sold then??  now have been told to buy a splitter and that will fix it.  how can it??

no refunds, no offer of fixing. nothing.

after being a customer of Optus for over 25 years and spending $400 a month for all my services I am now looking to change carriers for everything.

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Occasional Contributor SCG
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Re: not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

I ended up making a formal complaint to the Telecom Ombudsman who escalated it to Optus. They are going to refund me half the Fetch fees, and waive early termination costs so I can switch providers. I encourage you to do the same. And email CEO: *moderated*. 

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New Contributor BJB68
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Re: not getting free to air channels on fetch TV

Thanks. Will take your advice.  A company this size - not ok. But I guess a company this size - what do they care!

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