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Thought it may help someone: - Avoid rip off from local installers.

Before buying from Argos, I had called at least 5 or 6 local aerial installer guys and the minimum quote I get was £185 +VAT and highest was £350+VAT

**Argos charges only £102 (incl. VAT) for professional installation services from a reputable company. Make sure you ask in-store about this service before making payment for installation**

I had bought a 48 element digital TV aerial from Argos for £40, which comes with complete installation kit. I had also paid for Argos TV installation services package. The total should have been £140 but...................I have paid a TOTAL of £102 cuz Argos gave £40 off on installation service. In a way TV aerial came free :)

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For outdoor installation Argos contracted party is hydeparkcorner.net. I am convinced with hydeparkcorner's service as well. Once you buy the product, Argos give 0845 number to call hydeparkcorner installation company but you call this number instead: - Tel: 0161 368 6999. You can do it online as well. Your Argos purchase bill comes with information you require to log on to hydeparkcorner's website.

Give your purchase details to Hydeparkcorner company (keep Argos bill with you when you call cuz they would ask for TX Number). These guys send you a confirmation SMS. You can choose the day and time that suits you for the installation. Their vans have on-board items like wiring,clamps and brackets etc. you can buy it from them but they are bit dear. (in case you may run out of it)

**48 element high gain aerial can support 2 TVs with Freeview and you may need a booster if you need to run more than 2 TV's or better buy 78 element aerial from Maplin [was on half price (£29.99) sale 10 days ago, not sure if that was nationwide]

If you may need to buy a straight Mast for outdoor fittings then get one from Maplin or B&Q.
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#1
i used these and they are very good and wont leave untill its working properly
#2
True, don't understand why cold....I never get quote less than £185+VAT and I wasn't sure about their service. Some of them was just charging £65 call out charges. Perfectly OK if you can install on your own in the loft or outdoor but how about single mothers, old or disabled persons. Moreover you get service from professional installers.
#3
Why cold ? £120 where I live and thats cash in hand. Heat added from me .oO
#4
probably people voting cold to get a badge on there profile. dont even read the info, just vote cold because others have
#5
So did you pay £60 or £102?
#6
so if i am correct, it is 10 including the arial and installation, is that correct??
#7
cchrysos
so if i am correct, it is 10 including the arial and installation, is that correct??


LOL no wonder people are voting this cold..clear as mud :)
1 Like #8
I think what the OP is saying is that he paid £62 fitting (title should say this not £60)it is usually £102 but minus the £40 offer, then he bought an aerial on top of this for £40 which took it back up to £102 which is what he paid in total, hope this makes a bit more sense lol :D.




Edited By: dc7911 on Jan 24, 2011 20:55: update
#9
very good price for instalation - I got a quote for over £200 !

There will be more demand for this service with the digital switchover and turning off the analogue signal - some of the analogue aeriels do not work with freeview.

Elderly will be the most affected - if anyone has an elderly neighbour, relative or friend please advise them of this service (if needed) - I would rather go with Argos then someone who is likely to rip people off.
#10
Hi - thanks for posting deal and does indeed sound a great offer. I too am having problems picking up all FreeViews channels i.e. music ones and Film Four etc so looking to upgrade as aerial that I have is well old.
Can you advise whether this aerial will be strong enough to pick up FreeView HD channels also as with current aerial just does not acknowledge that these channels exist even though it states that I should have them in my area?? Many thanks.
#11
Just had an aerial fitted by Argos and they were brilliant. The chap fitted the new one and put the old one, which only works the upstairs tellys, back in the bracket for us. He made sure all freeview channels were being received. I would use them again and recommend them. I had a couple of quotes from local firms, quoting from £180 for a very low cost aerial and upto £340 for the same aerial argos have just fitted.
It cost us just £132 with Argos, that was for the aerial and the fitting.
#12
Bully
So did you pay £60 or £102?


I paid a Total of £102 for installation and for 48 element digital TV Aerial.
#13
cchrysos
so if i am correct, it is 10 including the arial and installation, is that correct??


Yes you are correct £102.16.
1 Like #14
dc7911
I think what the OP is saying is that he paid £62 fitting (title should say this not £60)it is usually £102 but minus the £40 offer, then he bought an aerial on top of this for £40 which took it back up to £102 which is what he paid in total, hope this makes a bit more sense lol :D.

Spot on!! I bought it before VAT increase. so for me it was actually £99.99. I will change the price to 62. thanks!!


1 Like #15
Bluescott27
Hi - thanks for posting deal and does indeed sound a great offer. I too am having problems picking up all FreeViews channels i.e. music ones and Film Four etc so looking to upgrade as aerial that I have is well old.
Can you advise whether this aerial will be strong enough to pick up FreeView HD channels also as with current aerial just does not acknowledge that these channels exist even though it states that I should have them in my area?? Many thanks.


I am not sure about HD channels but the guy who came to install had told me that it depends on area where you live in. I live in west London and for me its fine. You may call the hydeparkcorner's customer service team on 0161 368 6999 ask em to put you through someone in technical team. You may check out Maplin cuz I saw they were doin a half price deal for 78 element digital TV aerial for £29.99 but you won't get installation service from Argos then.

Or its naughty but you can buy low priced TV aerial from Argos and get another aerial from Maplin which the installation team would fit (don't tell them). Once done, get refund from Argos by returning that aerial. but it would be cheating the system. not appreciable but in case you won't find 73 element from argos then this is the option.
#16
dlratt
Just had an aerial fitted by Argos and they were brilliant. The chap fitted the new one and put the old one, which only works the upstairs tellys, back in the bracket for us. He made sure all freeview channels were being received. I would use them again and recommend them. I had a couple of quotes from local firms, quoting from £180 for a very low cost aerial and upto £340 for the same aerial argos have just fitted.
It cost us just £132 with Argos, that was for the aerial and the fitting.


:) I did buy a booster, a 10 feet straight Mast and brackets but the bloke who came for installation said that old Mast is perfectly fine. I returned those items and got refund.
#17
Hey Mate, thanks very much for responding back, will get Maplin Aerial today see that they are still on offer and should be able to pick one up this afternoon, will go down route with buying the Argos Aerial also to take advantage of half price offer - thanks so much for advice will let you know how I get on - thanks agai. :D
LondonFarmer
Bluescott27
Hi - thanks for posting deal and does indeed sound a great offer. I too am having problems picking up all FreeViews channels i.e. music ones and Film Four etc so looking to upgrade as aerial that I have is well old. Can you advise whether this aerial will be strong enough to pick up FreeView HD channels also as with current aerial just does not acknowledge that these channels exist even though it states that I should have them in my area?? Many thanks.
I am not sure about HD channels but the guy who came to install had told me that it depends on area where you live in. I live in west London and for me its fine. You may call the hydeparkcorner's customer service team on 0161 368 6999 ask em to put you through someone in technical team. You may check out Maplin cuz I saw they were doin a half price deal for 78 element digital TV aerial for £29.99 but you won't get installation service from Argos then. Or its naughty but you can buy low priced TV aerial from Argos and get another aerial from Maplin which the installation team would fit (don't tell them). Once done, get refund from Argos by returning that aerial. but it would be cheating the system. not appreciable but in case you won't find 73 element from argos then this is the option.
#18
Be careful !! Ordered this before xmas - install date was 4 weeks from purchase that was earliest. Took day off for install appointment and arranged for BT install same day . 10am on day of appointment received phone call from them cant make it today next appointment is a week away - not impressed. Then on install day fitted aerial but then advised 10m cable supplied by Argos is not enough , so you have to pay for additional cable at £3 per metre - bear this in mind if the run is longer than cable supplied with aerial you buy
#19
Just what I need as also been quoted in excess of £200 to put up an aerial!
#20
I got ripped off when I had my ariel fitted I don't get certain channels do you think I could buy the cheapest one and pay for instalation That way they could just fix my old one to recieve all the channels properly!!!
#21
been looking at getting this ,hot deal i think,
#22
Just wondering if you went through Quidco would you get something back? Anyway hot from me!!
#23
Seems a good price for a roof fitting.

Does depend on what the aerial is required for. Lots of aerials work fine in lofts so if its to be used for a bedroom than the Maplin aerial for £30 and put in the loft SHOULD suffice.

Edited By: gulphisload on Jan 25, 2011 08:00
#24
When I first got the freeview my standard aerial was clearly not up to it.
The cheapest £20 one out of Argos worked perfectly. I don't live in a massively built up area though.

FWIW, Bestbuy do a Freesat dish for £80 installed. Ok you will need the box so would be dearer, but I mentioned it so show how much of a rip off the aerial installation seems to be still.
#25
Link takes you to a 15dB aerial costing £42.99.

Why not buy this 16.5dB one from Screwix for under £20?..

Screwfix £19.99 aerial

You can fit these yourself, or pay a handyman, it should take less than an hour, and should work out costing less than this deal I'd imagine.
#26
dcx_badass
If only Digital aerials actually existed.....

Anyway, don't do the stupid maplin one and then take the Argos one back, do you not think Argos will notice that the fitting has been used but you are returning the aerial.


No wonder why people here gets charge so much...... talking about digital aerials... PEOPLE... THEY DONT EXIST! :-)
PLUS you are all upset when Installers charge you their price... but you more than keen to try to cheat the system by swapping aerials....

Edited By: dtackle72 on Jan 25, 2011 09:10
[helper] 2 Likes #27
If you look on the digital switch over site it gives this advice

Do you need a new TV aerial?
If you choose a digital TV service like Freeview, BT Vision or Top-up TV you will need to consider your aerial. If you have a satellite or cable service on all your TVs, you don't need an aerial. Most people with a good aerial now will not need a new aerial for switchover. There is no such thing as a 'digital aerial'

If you already have a Freeview service and have poor reception, it is likely to improve at switchover when the power of the digital signal will be increased.
If you currently have poor reception on your analogue TV, then you may need to replace your aerial at switchover.

http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/how_do_i_switch/your_aerial
#28
So if you buy the £49.99 aerial with half price installation HERE it will cost about the same as buying the £42.99 aerial with £40 off installation?
#29
Bluescott27
Hey Mate, thanks very much for responding back, will get Maplin Aerial today see that they are still on offer and should be able to pick one up this afternoon, will go down route with buying the Argos Aerial also to take advantage of half price offer - thanks so much for advice will let you know how I get on - thanks agai. :D


Why do people think such dishonest behaviour is acceptable?
#30
gari189
If you look on the digital switch over site it gives this advice

Do you need a new TV aerial?
If you choose a digital TV service like Freeview, BT Vision or Top-up TV you will need to consider your aerial. If you have a satellite or cable service on all your TVs, you don't need an aerial. Most people with a good aerial now will not need a new aerial for switchover. There is no such thing as a 'digital aerial'

If you already have a Freeview service and have poor reception, it is likely to improve at switchover when the power of the digital signal will be increased.
If you currently have poor reception on your analogue TV, then you may need to replace your aerial at switchover.


http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/how_do_i_switch/your_aerial


VERY sensible advice, I'm not sure why so many people are keen to rush out and buy new aerials they might well not need - i'm not just talking about this thread either.
#31
For the elderly and dissabled there is the switchover help scheme, when the switch over is going to happen in that area about 6 months before, eligible customers will recieve a letter in the post, for most eligible customers it costs £40, that includes the freeview box, and the engineer checking the ariel, if the ariel needs replacing they will do that free of charge, so £40 for the lot.

But in some cases, for example if the eligible person is in reciept of pension credits or income support than the basic £40 package is free.

so if your area hasn't switched yet, and you are over 75 or on dla, registerd blind or partialy sighted, or in reciept of a war pension or mobility suplements, could be worth waiting for that
#32
camlen79
I got ripped off when I had my ariel fitted I don't get certain channels do you think I could buy the cheapest one and pay for instalation That way they could just fix my old one to recieve all the channels properly!!!


It depends on where you are and where you get your TV signals from, not all transmitters broadcast all channels.
#33
the governmen
spamcan61
camlen79
I got ripped off when I had my ariel fitted I don't get certain channels do you think I could buy the cheapest one and pay for instalation That way they could just fix my old one to recieve all the channels properly!!!


It depends on where you are and where you get your TV signals from, not all transmitters broadcast all channels.


It depends on where your signal comes from, as if it is a relay transmitter, then you are only guaranteed to get channels, 1,2,3,4,5 as that is all the government will guarantee with the switchover.
#34
One more thing; Argos or Maplin will flog you a wideband aerial, which is unlikely to be the best choice for most installations. This service might work out fine for some people but doesn't seem so hot to me. It would be interesting to know the price of the extra bits they try and flog you for starters. Given that aerial installation is something you only want to have done once I'd be wanting to use decent quality cable, I very much doubt if Argos are supplying stuff that will last.
#35
Kitten13
the governmen
spamcan61
camlen79
I got ripped off when I had my ariel fitted I don't get certain channels do you think I could buy the cheapest one and pay for instalation That way they could just fix my old one to recieve all the channels properly!!!


It depends on where you are and where you get your TV signals from, not all transmitters broadcast all channels.


It depends on where your signal comes from, as if it is a relay transmitter, then you are only guaranteed to get channels, 1,2,3,4,5 as that is all the government will guarantee with the switchover.


Yeah. my mum lives in Weymouth and actually had a better selection of channels before DSO, now she only gets half the muxes as she's on a relay.
#36
spamcan61
One more thing; Argos or Maplin will flog you a wideband aerial, which is unlikely to be the best choice for most installations. This service might work out fine for some people but doesn't seem so hot to me. It would be interesting to know the price of the extra bits they try and flog you for starters. Given that aerial installation is something you only want to have done once I'd be wanting to use decent quality cable, I very much doubt if Argos are supplying stuff that will last.


Wideband is the best choice as it covers all transmitted frequency ranges.The cable should be fine it's only single core and earth but would be cheaper from somewhere like wicks i would have thought.
#37
spamcan61
Kitten13
the governmen
spamcan61
camlen79
I got ripped off when I had my ariel fitted I don't get certain channels do you think I could buy the cheapest one and pay for instalation That way they could just fix my old one to recieve all the channels properly!!!


It depends on where you are and where you get your TV signals from, not all transmitters broadcast all channels.


It depends on where your signal comes from, as if it is a relay transmitter, then you are only guaranteed to get channels, 1,2,3,4,5 as that is all the government will guarantee with the switchover.


Yeah. my mum lives in Weymouth and actually had a better selection of channels before DSO, now she only gets half the muxes as she's on a relay.


I heard that from alot of people when I worked on the switchover help scheme, I had also worked for digital uk for the wales and granada dso's. The signal may improove in 2013 when they boost the signal again for the final switchover.

I am however still amazed at the amount of people who think they need a digital ariel, as they don't exist. If you get a good signal before DSO then you more likely than not will get a good signal after it, lol
#38
time4usall
spamcan61
One more thing; Argos or Maplin will flog you a wideband aerial, which is unlikely to be the best choice for most installations. This service might work out fine for some people but doesn't seem so hot to me. It would be interesting to know the price of the extra bits they try and flog you for starters. Given that aerial installation is something you only want to have done once I'd be wanting to use decent quality cable, I very much doubt if Argos are supplying stuff that will last.


Wideband is the best choice as it covers all transmitted frequency ranges.The cable should be fine it's only single core and earth but would be cheaper from somewhere like wicks i would have thought.


Wideband is the best choice for Argos/Maplin as it reduces their logistics costs but is unlikely to be the best choice for many people, where all digital muxes will be in one group, at least post DSO. Indeed pulling in muxes from different transmitters, which is more likely with a wideband, might well cause interference or messy channel listings, as many boxes don't cope with multiple transitters well.

Cheap cable may well have poor screening performance and higher loss, too much of a gamble IMHO on a job you only want to have done once.

Edited By: spamcan61 on Jan 25, 2011 09:51
#39
Aerials are defined by group ie group A, Group B, Group C/D Group K, Group E and Wideband.
They all work on different frequency ranges
Group A 471 mhz to 599 mh
Group B 583 mhz to 787 mhz
Group C/D 687 mhz to847 mhz
Group K 471 mhz to 687 mhz
Group E 583 mhz to 847 mhz
Wideband 471 mhz to 847 mhz All transmitted ranges
It depends on what area you live in as an aerial that worked before may not work on digital due to it needing a wide range of frequency's to receive digital signals.
1 Like #40
Nothing personal... but there is no such thing as a digital aerial.

Also please check out the BBC Switchover Help Scheme.
This is set up to provide elderly and disabled people with getting digital equipment and aerial upgrades.
There is a £40 contribution for those eligible to receive installation of a freeview box and aerial upgrade if needed
Or it is FREE for those eligible in receipt of means tested benefits.
There is other equipment available through the scheme such as freesat, recording equipment, HD and Tv's

And... http://www.digitaluk.co.uk can give information on what your signal strength will be after they boost the digital signal (meaning you might not need an arial upgrade) and certified local installers who wont rip you off if you do!

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