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    • Grouchy
    • By Grouchy 14th Mar 17, 11:53 AM
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    TV Ariel cable
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    • 14th Mar 17, 11:53 AM
    TV Ariel cable 14th Mar 17 at 11:53 AM
    Hello

    Wondering if anyone has any ideas. Sitting room has TV socket on one side of the room and I want one on the opposite side and looking for sleek solutions.

    Room has solid wood floors and a skirting. Do not particularly want to lift the skirting as the walls and general decor are fresh.

    I've looked at a few alternatives.

    Trunking, do not want this.
    As mentioned, removing skirting and inserting, not keen on this.

    Is there an ultra thin TV ariel cable that could be attached in a nice way to the skirting (which has a semi-circular inward bevel at one point) and run round?

    Are there possible solutions I haven't thought of? Only want Freeview.


    Thanks.
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    • no1catman
    • By no1catman 14th Mar 17, 12:01 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 12:01 PM
    Nit-pick - don't know who makes 'aerial' - Unilever, or Proctor and Gamble but they have nothing to do with TV cables, only washing detergents!
    You are probably thinking of TV (co-axial) aerial cable.
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    • Itsgottabedone
    • By Itsgottabedone 14th Mar 17, 12:04 PM
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    You don't say how or where the cable enters the room from outside. Would it be possible to re-route it so that it enters on or near to the wall where you plan your TV to be?
    • Head The Ball
    • By Head The Ball 14th Mar 17, 12:10 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 12:10 PM
    ....Are there possible solutions I haven't thought of? Only want Freeview....
    Originally posted by Grouchy
    You have a number of options.

    You could reroute the cable externally. Beware of too long a run.

    You could reposition the aerial so that it is closer to the desired room entry point. (Or install a new aerial)

    You could install a satellite dish and watch Freesat rather than Freeview. Google for the difference in channel availability. Freesat installations are not particularly expensive
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    • Aylesbury Duck
    • By Aylesbury Duck 14th Mar 17, 12:10 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 12:10 PM
    You don't say how or where the cable enters the room from outside. Would it be possible to re-route it so that it enters on or near to the wall where you plan your TV to be?
    Originally posted by Itsgottabedone
    Exactly. The best solution I can see is an external re-routing. Otherwise, run the coax in the semi-circular hollow you mention and paint it to match the skirting (or buy white cable if the skirting is already white).

    In my experience, things like this become unnoticeable after a while, a bit like the spaghetti of cables I can see behind my glass TV stand. It bugged me for a few weeks but I don't notice it any more.
    • Grouchy
    • By Grouchy 14th Mar 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 1:24 PM
    Thanks for the helpful replies, perhaps I wasn't as clear as I should have been.

    Where the point comes into the flat is an external wall (it is communal so cannot be moved externally). Where I want the TV is on the opposite wall. I guess the cable run would be about 15-18 ft around the skirting.

    Is there a special thin or flat(ish) cable available for these type of workarounds running along the skirting in a discrete way? BTW the skirting is white and the walls off-white.

    As to Freesat, I don't watch much TV so Freeview is more than enough.

    Thanks.
    • nofoollikeold
    • By nofoollikeold 14th Mar 17, 2:50 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:50 PM
    I assume you've tried an indoor aerial without success?

    By its nature, coaxial cable must be round, so there's no flat, thin, coax.

    Have a look at http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/miniature-coax-cable-priced-per-metre-xr88v. I don't know if its high enough quality, but most "normal" coax is about 7mm in diameter. If you try it I'd suggest connecting it before fixing, so if it doesn't work you've done no damage to the d!cor.
    • marc81
    • By marc81 14th Mar 17, 3:00 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 3:00 PM
    A rounded trunking sat just above the skirting could look ok, would blend in with white skirting. Something like this...

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/d-line-mini-decorative-trunking-white-30-x-15mm-x-2m-pack-of-6/73287
    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 14th Mar 17, 3:12 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 3:12 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 3:12 PM
    Hi,

    have a look on ebay for 'white aerial extension cable', something like this, 5m for about £5,



    and tuck it in round the skirting, as already said, after a while it wont be noticed.
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    • Bob_Dean
    • By Bob_Dean 14th Mar 17, 5:16 PM
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    Try thinking outside the box
    How fast is your internet?

    If it is fast enough you could ditch the areiel cable alltogether and straem all your TV through the internet via a laptop, console or delicated device. You might need to use homeplugs to connec the divice to your router if you can not use WiFi
    • Grouchy
    • By Grouchy 14th Mar 17, 5:25 PM
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    Thanks again. I'm not sure about TV via internet but will look into that possibility.

    Although the trunking doesn't appeal, I shall look at that now as that link shows a fairly innocuous way of doing it, it will much depend on the trunking itself and how it will fit with/against the skirting and how much it will be visible (the room is a very modern sparce furnished type of look, so skirting is very visible and not hidden behind furniture etc).

    The other thing still is to try out the cable, with double sided sticky tape to attach, embedded slightly in the semi circle indent in the skirting carving, I shall have to buy a short length to see how neat it looks.

    So two options that are open to me to look at.

    Thanks
    • stator
    • By stator 14th Mar 17, 8:10 PM
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    This company make all sorts of trunking that is designed to blend with the skirting board. If that isn't good enough you'll have to remove the skirting and replace it with something hollow instead. No other options

    The floor trim probably looks best

    http://www.d-line-it.co.uk/in-the-home/products
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    • keith969
    • By keith969 14th Mar 17, 9:27 PM
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    You can buy skirting with a cable rebate so the cable is hidden, e.g.: http://www.skirtech.co.uk/Rebate_Option.html
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 14th Mar 17, 9:58 PM
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    Leave a Freeview box near the existing aerial socket and use a video sender to send the picture/sound wirelessly to the TV in the new location?
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    • Ainsley1
    • By Ainsley1 14th Mar 17, 11:44 PM
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    What you could use (though not really intended for the purpose) is rg174/u cable. It is really designed for miniature connectors type sma or smb or smc but if you can get some solderable standard antenna via connectors this might meet your need.
    Not located it tonight in a white sheeth (you might have to paint to match walls) but it is certainly thin. Widely available as an example see http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/coax-rg174-au-50andohm-cable-black-priced-per-metre-xs62s

    Now, not ideal as bending radius is not tiny but the cable is only just under 3mm diameter.
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