Posted 22nd Dec 2022 (Posted 19 h, 2 m ago)
Looks like iplayer, All 4 , My 5 etc apps, now support live tv. does this means Arials are redundant
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    Using different apps is a hassle compared to just flicking through one channel to the next, all within a nice and easy TV Guide to see what's on if you are looking for a live show rather than watching on demand.

    Streaming would also require both broadband, and a smart device that's capable of streaming. Something that not all households currently have.

    Just like with mobile phones, a lot of people do still have a landline. Just like with internet streaming services, we still have traditional broadcasts of TV and radio stations. And that's not likely to change in the immediate future - And hopefully won't until some system is implemented that makes an alternative easily accessible to all.
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    I really hope so to be honest, ever since we moved to digital in the region our reception has been awful. And that's with switching to a ridiculously expensive coat hanger and changing the wet piece of string connecting it to the TV.

    At least with analogue it would just be a temporary winter scene, but with digital it's like we have a squirrel on a pogo stick jumping up and down on the pause button...
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    Top notch aerials cost around £20-30, unless you need something specialist. If you paid more than that then you bought from somewhere that had a big markup on them, and the aerial itself may not be that good.
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    The answer is clearly no.
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    Not all locations have internet or smart TV etc.
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    no all locations have good tv reception
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    You can still watch TV even if your internet is down or slow
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    true, but at what point do they decide it not worth have tv transmitters anymore
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    I'm gonna go with no. (edited)
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    There are plenty of channels that are on Freeview that don't have a digital streaming app. So therefore no, aeriels are not redundant.
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    i can only think of Quest, and you can watch the repeats online. and live Quest is almost all repeats anyway
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    When we had the house rewired, I had 6 aerial sockets added in, that go back to a distribution amp. Not as good a decision as getting Cat6 put throughout the place, as it turns out, as we seldom watch broadcast telly.

    Where it comes into its own, is watching live international football. We had the windows open last summer and you could tell the nearby pub was about 15 seconds behind on a stream.

    It always used to be much better quality as the streaming services would judder due to framerate mismatches, but when iPlayer runs at 4K UHD, they seem to have ironed that out.
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    You'd have been better running ethernet (like you said) and instead of aerial sockets run a central raspberry pi with 2-4 tuners connected. That way you'd have live freeview tv available to anything connected to your network (run a vpn on the pi and you have freeview anywhere in the world).
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    Soon they will be along with satellite dishes.
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    TV aerials will remain relevant for as long as there is a signal to receive. As soon as the transmissions stop aerials will cease to have a function. However it is very unlikely that transmission will cease as doing so with remove the blanket coverage of a TV license as TV will no longer be available to anyone. TV over the internet (subscription service, IPTV, etc) all require you to log on. Removing unrestricted access to a TV stream removes the need for a license. Perhaps they will make it illegal to share your account (wait, haven't they already tried to do this?).
    I live in a valley and have never been able to receive any broadcasted programmes via an aerial (analogue or digital - despite living less than 10 miles from the transmitter!), I still pay for a TV license though.
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    I think aerials of some sort (as well as 3G/4G/5G masts) will always be needed, to receive broadcasts from national emergency centres in the event of a national or regional emergency (when internet is down) or war.
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