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    TV Aerial help please. Anyone know about Digital TV?

    I have just bought a new roof aerial to replace an old dead one and the kit includes a reel of 'Digital' Co-ax Cable. Do I need to replace all the existing cable as well that runs from roof aerial to a splitter in the loft and then to all the rooms in the house? Is digital co-ax cable necessary or can the existing ordinary co-ax be used?

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    its total rubbish, you will be fine with your old cable

    Depends how good ya existing cable is but I wouldn't bother replacing it unless you have to.

    I did use satilite double sheilded coax when I did mine but was replacing the cable anyway.

    Basically try it with the cable you have and if ya have problems then change.

    is ti air-flux or solid core digital cable that you have ?

    the solid core is much better than the old air-flux stuff ... if that's the case then i'd swap it out

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    arcangel111

    is ti air-flux or solid core digital cable that you have ? the solid core … is ti air-flux or solid core digital cable that you have ? the solid core is much better than the old air-flux stuff ... if that's the case then i'd swap it out


    Could you explain what that means in layman's terms?

    look at the end of "airflux" the inner core looks like an X with the copper wire down the middle ...

    the digital cable is a solid white plastic core
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f4/Coaxial_cable_cutaway.svg/300px-Coaxial_cable_cutaway.svg.png

    what it does "basically" is the keep all the signal going down the copper wire rather than with the airflux which lets the signal "bounce" around down the cable

    Copper stick or bendy wire, lol.

    Digital aerials aren't a scam but in most cases you can get a sufficient signal from a standard aerial. I managed to get 80% of the Freeview channels in my house on the top of a big hill with a portable loop aerial.

    In most cases a standard aerial will be fine but in some a better aerial may be needed thats all.
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