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Need help - options for a TV without aeriel or cable etc

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banned8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
I need to buy a small'ish TV to go into a room that will not have access to an external aeriel, or cable.
Is Freeview my only option?
If so, do I need a special device to enable me to receive the Freeview signals due to lack of external aeriel? or are there TVs that have the capacity to pickup Freeview signals regardless?

Is there some other option?
I have a cable box somewhere else in the house feeding into a TV. I am aware there are devices that duplicate the channel to other TVs in the house, but are limited to displaying whatever the cable box is tuned into - this is not suitable for me.

Thanks.
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banned8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Freeview requires an external aerial, You can get internal aerials but depends how good the reception is.
banned#2
Well, the purpose of that TV is to watch some basic TV channels.
The ones on Freeview seem suitable more or less.

What kind of device would I need to purchase in order to boost the signal, or indeed to obtain a signal in the first place, given the lack of connection to a proper external aeriel?
#3
An internal aerial might work, otherwise you need an external/loft aerial...
Or run the cable to your room.
#4
I tried one of those amplified aerials which claimed to work for Freeview and it was awful.
Took it back and paid an extra fiver per month to Virgin for a 2nd box.
banned#5
Bobbajob
I tried one of those amplified aerials which claimed to work for Freeview and it was awful.
Took it back and paid an extra fiver per month to Virgin for a 2nd box.

Hmmm... can you confirm it is only an extra £5 a month for an additional cable box?
Do they charge an install fee on top?
#6
When your area is switched over to digital, the freeview signal will be much stronger so most people will be able to get a decent signal with a small aerial :)

This one is supposed to be one of the best: http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5342000/Trail/searchtext%3EAERIAL.htm
banned#7
Spoke to Virgin Media twice in the past 12 hours and was quoted different prices.
Eventually someone confirmed that they can do the following -

£75 to take my existing set top box and cable it upstairs, and put a new V+ box in it's place downstairs.
I will have to pay an additional £5 per month for this.
Or -
£225 to install 1 new V+ box upstairs in the new location, and to replace the existing set top box downstairs with a new V+ box.
I will have to pay an additional £5 per month.

Seems to be quite a price difference.
I suppose since I won't be benefitting that much from HD sources in the new room upstairs, I may as well go with the cheaper option and have my old box cabled upstairs and get a new V+ downstairs.

I will have to get hold of an electrician to install a double power socket in the upstairs room - no idea how much that will cost me.
#8
I have a V+ box downstairs and the standard box upstairs and am paying £40 a month for XL Tv, Unlimited (off peak)phone and Medium broadband.

Its £35 if I get rid of the upstairs box.
#9
Coat Hanger outta window works :-D
#10
Robotochan
When your area is switched over to digital, the freeview signal will be much stronger so most people will be able to get a decent signal with a small aerial :)

This one is supposed to be one of the best: http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5342000/Trail/searchtext%3EAERIAL.htm

Thats the one that we've got in the bedroom. We've got VM downstairs but have never bothered to put it upstairs. I know it depends on where you live and the signal strength etc..but I've gotta say it does a top job - we have got loads of freeview channels with it even Sky News/Sports etc.. :thumbsup:
banned#11
Thanks guys.
Any suggestions for an appropriate 22" (or thereabouts) TV?
HD preferably.

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