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    I need help.. the switch to digital tv is immenent

    Hi all,just wondering if anyone of u HUKD's has any idea how much it will cost roughly for me to get a freeview digital tv aerial,supply and fit?
    I'd rather do the freeview as i dont really want to sign up to a monthly contract and the tv's in the house are built in freeview.
    Any help and/or advice will be gratefully recieved.
    Thanks

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    Have you checked your reception? You don't always need a special aerial. Do you have a neighbour with Freeview you can ask what they did?

    I just used the same arial I had and pointed it in a different direction. Most Freeview tuners have a built in option that shows signal strength. You can use this to position your arial. You should also check which way other arials in your street are pointing.

    Agreed, there is no such thing as a " digital aerial ", any aerial that functions properly will suffice.

    The cost of a suitable TV Aerial will vary and depend on your location and property type.

    Contact a local CAI Approved TV Aerial Contractor, they will quote you.

    We paid £175 for ours, it will depend on the distance from the main satellite and the number of boosters needed.

    What I did was ring 3/4 local companies and get a quote on the phone, most will be able to give an estimate but they would come out and do a full quote before installation.

    Inactive

    Agreed, there is no such thing as a " digital aerial ", any aerial that … Agreed, there is no such thing as a " digital aerial ", any aerial that functions properly will suffice.The cost of a suitable TV Aerial will vary and depend on your location and property type.Contact a local CAI Approved TV Aerial Contractor, they will quote you.



    While you are correct, not any aerial will do depending on where you live. I have to have a wide band aerial and it has to be pretty big as the retransmitter is low powered.

    If you have good reception now then you should be ok after the switch,so do not waste your money.Totally agree with the above comments there is no such thing as a " digital aerial ".

    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    While you are correct, not any aerial will do depending on where you … While you are correct, not any aerial will do depending on where you live. I have to have a wide band aerial and it has to be pretty big as the retransmitter is low powered.



    I didn't say any " aerial will do ", I said " any aerial that functions properly " which I stand by.



    Edited by: "Inactive" 24th Oct 2010

    Inactive

    I didn't say any " aerial will do ", I said " any aerial that functions … I didn't say any " aerial will do ", I said " any aerial that functions properly " which I stand by.



    Well unless the aerial is broken then it will function properly, but may not pick up the digital signal if it's not within the same banding or have enough gain. My old 8 element aerial picked up 5 analogue channels no problem but no digital signal.

    I think this page should explain what you need to know.

    Also there is a scheme whereby the elderly and people on certain disability related benefits get everything they need for £40. Anyone who qualifys should be getting info throu the post although the is a number to call if i can find it.........

    Edit: Found it: switchhelp.co.uk/faq…tml
    Alternatively, you can get advice on the scheme by calling 0800 408 5900
    Edited by: "Unhinged" 24th Oct 2010

    Op- at the moment are you just watching the 5 terrestrial channels? How is that even possible!

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    sancho1983

    Op- at the moment are you just watching the 5 terrestrial channels? How … Op- at the moment are you just watching the 5 terrestrial channels? How is that even possible!


    Lol,yep only 5 channnels!!! all I can say is that Im glad I have my t'internet .
    And to all other posters,I am currently using a virginmedia aerial which i can just plug in to the back of my tv,but it only gives me the 5 terrestial channels.
    Thanks for your replies everyone,think I will ring round for a few quotes,try and find the cheapest

    vix_xx

    Lol,yep only 5 channnels!!! all I can say is that Im glad I have my … Lol,yep only 5 channnels!!! all I can say is that Im glad I have my t'internet . And to all other posters,I am currently using a virginmedia aerial which i can just plug in to the back of my tv,but it only gives me the 5 terrestial channels.Thanks for your replies everyone,think I will ring round for a few quotes,try and find the cheapest



    I wasn't even aware that VirginMedia supplied TV Aerials.

    Have you tried a Freeview Receiver with a portable TV Aerial, it may, or may not work.

    Check with your neighbours to see what their reception is like via a TV Aerial.

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    Inactive

    I wasn't even aware that VirginMedia supplied TV Aerials.Have you tried a … I wasn't even aware that VirginMedia supplied TV Aerials.Have you tried a Freeview Receiver with a portable TV Aerial, it may, or may not work.Check with your neighbours to see what their reception is like via a TV Aerial.


    they dont! oO

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    vix_xx

    Lol,yep only 5 channnels!!! all I can say is that Im glad I have my … Lol,yep only 5 channnels!!! all I can say is that Im glad I have my t'internet . And to all other posters,I am currently using a virginmedia aerial which i can just plug in to the back of my tv,but it only gives me the 5 terrestial channels.Thanks for your replies everyone,think I will ring round for a few quotes,try and find the cheapest


    just get a freeview box from tescos for about £15-£20

    this is probably all you need.

    or buy my spare one for £10
    Edited by: "csiman" 24th Oct 2010

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    The only channels you need are BBC1, BBC2 and Channel 4. Everything else is absolute rubbish on Sky/ Freesat / Freeview

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    DJ1

    The only channels you need are BBC1, BBC2 and Channel 4. Everything else … The only channels you need are BBC1, BBC2 and Channel 4. Everything else is absolute rubbish on Sky/ Freesat / Freeview


    lol, channel snob - Five US is a great channel as is Dave.

    Original Poster

    csiman

    they dont! oO



    no they dont,but I just use the aerial that used to plug in2 my virgin box. its not like I get any paid for channels,just 1 to 5

    Plum

    I think this page should explain what you need to know.


    The wolbane website link on here is great for transmitter & suggested aerial type, just key in the height to install the aerial & your postcode (os grid ref is more accurate). A masthead amp (attached below the aerial) is a good way of boosting the signal if in a weak reception area (+ good quality cable).
    I've bought an amp for £20 & looks like a suitable aerial will cost about the same, add cable & connectors, hoping that I can setup for around £50 all in.(Want to try & get freeview HD eventually)

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    vix_xx

    no they dont,but I just use the aerial that used to plug in2 my virgin … no they dont,but I just use the aerial that used to plug in2 my virgin box. its not like I get any paid for channels,just 1 to 5


    thats your aeriel lol, nothing to do with VM

    VM cable would not fit in the back of your TV

    all you need is a freeview box!

    I would seriously think about buying a cheap freeview box and trying it before you get quotes for a new aerial. My aerial looks like it was on the ark but we get all freeview channels, and freeview.co.UK says we should only get about half
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