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VCR Retuning

April 5, 2018

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VCR Retuning

Why are some television services causing interference to TV reception through Video Cassette Recorders (VCRs)?

Many external antennas are directly connected to the VCR’s RF (Radio Frequency) input socket and then the VCR is connected to the television set via its RF input socket. The RF input socket on the television is where the antenna would otherwise be directly connected.

A large number of these VCRs have the output channel for RF connection tuned to occupy either of UHF channels 36, 37 or 38.

In some areas of Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) has planned UHF channels 36, 37 & 38 for new television and datacasting services.

Where and when are these new services likely to commence?

The likely timetable for services using these channels is as follows:

    Gippsland UHF Channel 37 – Commenced
    Bendigo UHF Channel 38 – Commenced
    Ballarat UHF Channel 36 – Commenced

    Brisbane UHF Channel 36 (SBS) – Commenced
    Brisbane UHF Channel 38 (Datacasting) – Allocation has been postponed

    Newcastle UHF Channel 36 (NBN), 37 (ABC) & 38 (SBS) – Early to Mid 2002

    Wollongong UHF Channel 36 (WIN), 37 (Ten) & 38 (Prime) – Early to Mid 2002

    Central Coast NSW UHF Channel 37 (ABC) & 38 (SBS) – to be advised

    Darwin UHF Channel 36 Darwin – to be advised

    Adelaide UHF Channel 36 (Datacasting) – Allocation has been postponed

    Perth UHF Channel 38 Perth (Datacasting) – Allocation has been postponed

    Note: Some of these channels may be used for testing purposes earlier than these dates.

Will everyone experience interference to TV reception through VCRs?

No. All of the following circumstances would need to apply before television services could possibly cause interference to your television reception through your VCR:

  1. You live in one of the above areas

  2. Your VCR is not connected to your TV set via the direct Audio-Video (AV) connections rather only the antenna lead (RF connection)

  3. Your VCR’s output channel is the same channel (or adjacent channel) being used for new television services in your area

Where can I get information on interference to TV reception through VCRs?

The television services in each of the affected markets are jointly preparing information for consumers on fixing interference of new services to VCRs. Click on the following link to view the Consumer Guide for Brisbane Area Viewers. Information for other markets will be published when available.