Arrrr Freeview Dont work.....Nor does t.v.... :P

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Found 8th Sep 2008
i have just got a new tv, and i know therz no picture in my room. i got the best inddor aerial and booster there was, thinking this would work....but
NOTHING...
i have gathered i need a new aerial on the roof (or my mum does) but what do i need....wheres the cheapest place? considering it will be needed to work for 3rooms..........
any info would be gr8 :):):)

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mine cost £95 for a new aeriel

Original Poster

The yellow finger huh?
e.t?
im lost.....

Original Poster

oo and also did that go into any other rooms? had quote for over 150

Original Poster

oh lol thank u, il have a look

We've just had ours done - our aerial is in the loft. We only had an analogue aerial before which is why we couldn't get freeview. We had to get a digital aerial with a 4 way booster. Cost £70 for all the parts. The aerial we got can also be fitted onto the outside of the house. Our friend did it for us as that's his job - I can ask him if you like about where the best place is etc ? Hope that helps !

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oh yes please, that would be great, as you might be able to tell, i know nothing!
thanks very much

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Cheaper to buy an aerial or aerials yourself as long as you know someone than can install it for you. My aerial is the size of a small pylon but only cost £30.00 on fleabay (i'm in a non freeview area but pick it up ok with this thing!). If you're in a strong freeview area a 10 quid aerial will be ok. My sister has each of her tv's working off small indoor aerials but she's in a very strong pick up area.

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*katie*;2923551

oh yes please, that would be great, as you might be able to tell, i know … oh yes please, that would be great, as you might be able to tell, i know nothing!thanks very much



No probs........prob won't be able to get back you tonight as I think he's gigging ! As soon as I've spoke to him I'll let you know. Whereabouts are you ? He might know some places locally then. Do you happen to know if you have an analogue or digital aerial at the mo ?? :whistling:

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erm... a rubbish aerial lol, we have it going into two rooms, and the picture is still bad... we had the wire split into two, which might be why its terrible. i think its analogue. im in warwickshire.
great if you can help me, rang around a few call out places, but they just dont turn up

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huh?

churchy2704;2923570

Cheaper to buy an aerial or aerials yourself as long as you know someone … Cheaper to buy an aerial or aerials yourself as long as you know someone than can install it for you. My aerial is the size of a small pylon but only cost £30.00 on fleabay (i'm in a non freeview area but pick it up ok with this thing!). If you're in a strong freeview area a 10 quid aerial will be ok. My sister has each of her tv's working off small indoor aerials but she's in a very strong pick up area.



That's true - but not all the cheaper aerial's are approved by the CAI - which means they may work but don't pass the CAI tests on the best available aerials.

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ooo am really confused now, if i buy one, would the ppl who put them up with there stock, do it for me? or do i have to use theirs?

You could get a sky satellite and 3 boxes \ viewing cards and use that to get the freeview channels. I don't know anything about sky tho so i'm just suggesting from what i've seen other ppl on here do... I don't know how much that all would cost and you would need somebody to fit it etc but just throwing the idea in the pot
Somebody correct me if I am wrong please as this is what i've come to understand you with sky equipment and not need to be a sky member?

Looks like it will be DVD's for you for a while Katie, wanna borrow some?

*katie*;2923600

erm... a rubbish aerial lol, we have it going into two rooms, and the … erm... a rubbish aerial lol, we have it going into two rooms, and the picture is still bad... we had the wire split into two, which might be why its terrible. i think its analogue. im in warwickshire.great if you can help me, rang around a few call out places, but they just dont turn up



Okay, I'll have a word and get back to you...........he does have a website that you can contact him through but I don't think he'll be able to go all the way over to where you live. :thinking:

*katie*;2923630

ooo am really confused now, if i buy one, would the ppl who put them up … ooo am really confused now, if i buy one, would the ppl who put them up with there stock, do it for me? or do i have to use theirs?



If you're having to get an installer in they'll probably charge you nearly as much to install kit you supply as to provide it all themselves.

I presume your mum doesn't receive freeview currently and if you plug your telly into the main aerial you get no picture? If so she probably needs an upgrade. It might be best ask around your neighbours / friends and find out what sort of setup they have and whether they have any recomendations on installers. If you can use an aerial in the loft it's relatively cheap simple to do yourself - but roof top aerial installs are not for the faint-hearted!!

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lol haha!!! oh yesh :P
erm...... thought bout sky 2bh but for all the channels i want is another £50 a month, and with my contract phone, dont want another bill lol!
rle good idea though, and if it comes to it, i will def have it, just want the aerial sorted arrr.
and btw i have been watchin dvds! my tele has one built in...perfect picture hehe

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hmm yes the neighbours......might be good idea
wow u ppl know loadsssssss

Have you got the means to watch TV on your PC?

You can make sure you don't miss your fave shows

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yeaaa but hurts my eyes lol ....actually they are hurting now....:P

How good a signal are you likely to have. You can get a guide here (analogue):
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or digital:
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That'll give you an idea of how good an aerial you will need, and whether an amplifier is likely to be any help.

Remember, an amplifier will amplify **** as well as signal, so have it as close to the aerial as possible so you are not amplifying stray pickup. An inside aerial is not likely to be much good. Low signal almost lost in noise. Put that through an amplifier and you get a big signal almost lost in noise.

Use decent, fully screened cable. I can confirm that it DOES make a difference!

There's no such thing as a digital or analogue aerial. The digital signal is transmitted in the same bands as analogue. It's just usually at a lower power and it tends to be an all-or-nothing signal so quality of equipment and installation is important.

I'm in an awful area and I use a Televes DAT75 with an integral amplifier right at the aerial termination, and a distribution amp in the loft, with all the leads replaced using fully screened cable (Braid AND foil) but that's a bit extreme.

Of course you COULD sport out on a Freesat box (No, the BBC one, not the FreeSatfromSky) and an ebay Sky dish or wait till the Humax Freesat PVR hits the shelves. That would give you a decent DTV signal and one or two HD channels, with more to come.
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