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i currently utilise a cable aerial connection, however having recently tuned in my new t.v. it has picked up a Virgin channel stating the analogue signal is to be switched off on 01/10/2009. I am in the Midlands. Can anyone confirm this? I do not have a roof aerial so if i subscribe to Virgin t.v. would i get freeview without a roof aerial, if i subscribe with sky would i get freeview via their dish without the need for a roof aerial?
Thanks in advance.

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You would get a TV service from both Sky and Virgin without the need for a roof aerial mate.

Virgin would use the coaxial cable you are currently using into a set top box and sky would use coaxial from the satellite dish.

Virgin Media are currently switching off most analogue signals so if you see this then yes you will lose them.
I assume by what you have said, you have cable coming into your place? If so then Give Virgin a ring and upgrade your account to digital if you are willing to pay a monthly fee oh and all signals would come in via the cable, just like you have now.

If all you are wanting is Freeview i.e no monthly costs, then you have two choices.
1: Have a arieal installed and by freeview box. All you would pay for then is the install and thats it.
2: Freesat: Like Sky but pay for the install of a dish on the side of the house and then you have access to free channels.

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Virgin Media are currently switching off most analogue signals so if you … Virgin Media are currently switching off most analogue signals so if you see this then yes you will lose them.I assume by what you have said, you have cable coming into your place? If so then Give Virgin a ring and upgrade your account to digital if you are willing to pay a monthly fee oh and all signals would come in via the cable, just like you have now.If all you are wanting is Freeview i.e no monthly costs, then you have two choices.1: Have a arieal installed and by freeview box. All you would pay for then is the install and thats it.2: Freesat: Like Sky but pay for the install of a dish on the side of the house and then you have access to free channels.



Yes, i have cable to the house from an old NTL service, Virgin fibre optic is in my street but not yet to my house.
I have previously installed a loft aerial for a freeview box in a spare bedroom.
My new t.v. has built in freeview.
I don't understand how i will get freeview channels with Virgin via the same coax cable i am currently using, i thought all freeview channels required either roof aerial or dish, i.e. sky or freesat, free to air, etc.

To answer your last question, once they switch off the analogue signal, you will not get any free to air channels, so that connection will be dead. You are correct in the fact that Freeview or Freesat signals will require either a ariel or Sat dish to get these channels.

If you have an old NTL connection then Virgin should be able to upgrade your service as long as you take out a subscription with them. The fibre optics they use will only run to there green street boxes and then copper coaxial from cabinet to home so you should get Virgin services.

I'm currently with Virgin for all there services, Phone, TV and broadband abd I'm very happy. I used to have Sky and BT but there services where lacking compared to cable but of course that's just me!
HTH
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