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Looking to buy a 'smart' tv but live in woodland area. Poor signal. Advice please

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I wondered if anyone is technically minded to answer a question my mum has. She is looking to buy a smart TV in the sales. She understands this TV runs via broadband. She has a problem in he…
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
I wondered if anyone is technically minded to answer a question my mum has.

She is looking to buy a smart TV in the sales.

She understands this TV runs via broadband.
She has a problem in her area whereas talktalk, her provider, will not provide with youview as there the reception is not good enough.

Her signal strength is "3" on her wireless router.

She is struggling with her tv channels at moment and can't afford sky etc so is looking to buy a smart TV.

She is now wondered if this would work in her area.
Would anybody be able to offer any advice for her. Would the TV work ok. She doesn't really know who to ask for advice.
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
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#1
we have poor broadband signal under 2mb but still can watch iplayer,Netflix fine as long as 3 people don't go on the internet at the same time. ethernet cable from router to tv might be better if wireless is poor due to internal brick walls.
#2
Freesat might be an option;

http://www.freesat.co.uk/
#3
Your mum could try Now Tv 30 day free trial on her pc before she commits to buying a smart tele = £0 against £xxx?
Just in case her broadband is rubbish.

Edited By: Flynn Jack on Jan 05, 2015 15:15
#4
Inactive
Freesat might be an option;http://www.freesat.co.uk/

You should be able to get this installed cheap enough, good selection of channels..
#5
There seems to be two separate issues here, the main issue is that she's struggling with tv signal and the second is that her broadband (via the phone line) is also sluggish.

A smart tv will still show standard freeview channels through the aerial connection, its the additional features such as Netflix, iPlayer, Youtube etc that use the internet. Modern tvs (smart or not) might be able to cope better with a low signal from the aerial on the roof, however a cheaper alternative might be a mains powered signal booster or a new freeview box.

I'm not sure what a strength of '3' actually means, so perhaps you could ask her to carry out a speed test at speedtest.net and let us know what her broadband speed is approximately. You could also perhaps take round a tv/freeview box that you know is working to test whether its the tv signal thats the problem or the tv itself

In summary a smart tv might make no difference at to the tv channels. Could you give us more detail about the issues with tv channels?


Edited By: sunspear on Jan 05, 2015 15:26
#6
sunspear
There seems to be two separate issues here, the main issue is that she's struggling with tv signal and the second is that her broadband (via the phone line) is also sluggish.

A smart tv will still show standard freeview channels through the aerial connection, its the additional features such as Netflix, iPlayer, Youtube etc that use the internet. Modern tvs (smart or not) might be able to cope better with a low signal from the aerial on the roof, however a cheaper alternative might be a mains powered signal booster or a new freeview box.

I'm not sure what a strength of '3' actually means, so perhaps you could ask her to carry out a speed test at speedtest.net and let us know what her broadband speed is approximately. You could also perhaps take round a tv/freeview box that you know is working to test whether its the tv signal thats the problem or the tv itself

In summary a smart tv might make no difference at to the tv channels. Could you give us more detail about the issues with tv channels?

I've read this to her and she says she did a speed test and it was 3. Not signal strength 3. Sorry we worded it wrong. Speed test is definately 3.

Edited By: nb1 on Jan 05, 2015 15:35
#7
Thank you for all your replys we really appreciate any advice

I would love to sort out her TV problem. She doesn't go out much and relies on the TV.

I look forward to reading any other advice.
#8
nb1
sunspear
There seems to be two separate issues here, the main issue is that she's struggling with tv signal and the second is that her broadband (via the phone line) is also sluggish.

A smart tv will still show standard freeview channels through the aerial connection, its the additional features such as Netflix, iPlayer, Youtube etc that use the internet. Modern tvs (smart or not) might be able to cope better with a low signal from the aerial on the roof, however a cheaper alternative might be a mains powered signal booster or a new freeview box.

I'm not sure what a strength of '3' actually means, so perhaps you could ask her to carry out a speed test at speedtest.net and let us know what her broadband speed is approximately. You could also perhaps take round a tv/freeview box that you know is working to test whether its the tv signal thats the problem or the tv itself

In summary a smart tv might make no difference at to the tv channels. Could you give us more detail about the issues with tv channels?

I've read this to her and she says she did a speed test and it was 3

Just to weigh in.. It would appear that the speed is 3mb, which is likely quick enough for reasonable streaming.. It might be better to use the wired connection as opposed to wifi which might make a little difference.

Consider popping to her place and seeing whether your laptop (or similar) can stream efficiently. If yours can use netflix (for eg) then she could probably just pick up a similar streaming device.

Hope that helps a little :)
#9
Freesat is the way to go, u can buy the receivers at the likes of tesco and I think some of them come with free installation of the dish.
#10
talk talk aw crap im on sky and get bout 13 and some one in same street on talk talk gets 5 max
#11
kevlfc
talk talk aw crap im on sky and get bout 13 and some one in same street on talk talk gets 5 max

I've just mentioned this to her. Contract finishes feb so will def change to another provider we think.
#12
RxTx
Freesat is the way to go, u can buy the receivers at the likes of tesco and I think some of them come with free installation of the dish.

She is old and doesn't want a dish on her house so think we have to rule out free sat. Looks good though - I might consider it my self though thanks.

Edited By: nb1 on Jan 05, 2015 18:35
#13
If she has a current freeview enabled tv, receives all terrestrial channels and has over 2mb broadband it shouldn't be an issue really.

You can check freeview coverage here as a guide not a guarantee

And check internet speed here

I've got a youview box, For freeview it's quite sensitive and better than the cheap freeview boxes.

Another option would be to have a streaming box, Now TV Box or similar streaming box.

Smart tv's become outdated and they often stop supporting them and in lot's of cases remove apps like iplayer etc...

You could buy a youview box but it's a gamble.
#14
i have to agree with freesat been the best option, having a smart tv only gives you access to catch up like iplayer and itvplayer and its very limited what you can view on them you will get netflix too but again its limited sluggish to use on a slow connection and if your not tech savvie your mum may find it hard to use all these players plus she would be jumping from bbc to itv player back to 4od player just to watch catch up tv. my advise go with freesat its just one box that connects to almost any tv & dish with just a remote for easy use and all plus more channels than freeview.
#15
Was the 3mb download speed test done over a lan cable (dodgy wireless can significantly lower this figure)
There is a thing called freesky too, nearly all the freeview channels are on there
http://www.sky.com/shop/freesat/home/faq/#3
A card (puts channel list in correct order) costs £25
A sky box can be had for £20 on ebay
Satellite dish install (shop around) or get a kit off Amazon and do it yourself
check you can see enough sky above the trees and in what direction using
http://www.uksatellitehelp.co.uk/2007/08/12/satellite-alignment-calculator-v2/
the dish can go on a retaining wall if suitable
#16
esar
Was the 3mb download speed test done over a lan cable (dodgy wireless can significantly lower this figure)
There is a thing called freesky too, nearly all the freeview channels are on there
http://www.sky.com/shop/freesat/home/faq/#3
A card (puts channel list in correct order) costs £25
A sky box can be had for £20 on ebay
Satellite dish install (shop around) or get a kit off Amazon and do it yourself
check you can see enough sky above the trees and in what direction using
http://www.uksatellitehelp.co.uk/2007/08/12/satellite-alignment-calculator-v2/
the dish can go on a retaining wall if suitable
thanks but she wouldn't want a dish on the house unfortunately
#17
Well without a dish or a decent TV aerial, she is only left with an inferior broadband service, and if she doesn't have unlimited BB, that will cost a fortune.
#18
chuck it on a pole in the garden?
#19
When did this woman become old,and not want a satellite dish. If her bb is poor smart tv will not work for catch up tv as good as it should.
#20
She became old at 18:35. Old people don't like satellite dishes despite it being a good option for tv channels.
#21
looser
She became old at 18:35. Old people don't like satellite dishes despite it being a good option for tv channels.



That is a very untrue ageist remark.
#22
1. smart TV is a waste of money
#23
looser
She became old at 18:35. Old people don't like satellite dishes despite it being a good option for tv channels.

No that's correct.

Thank you every one else for your constructive ideas. You have all been so helpful.
#24
I have a bunch of mature trees in a neighbours garden that interfere with the freeview signal and make it unwatchable. My nearby neighbours have no trees intercepting the freeview signal and get good reliable pictures. I got a sky dish in and that resolved the problem, and shortly after moved over to freesat using a humax recorder in place of the sky box. The sky dish is on a garden wall, out of sight (I'm in a conservation area where they won't permit the dish if visible).
#25
Is there any chance there's another tv transmitter in another direction?
#26
Thanks for all you replies

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