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    • Haventgotaclue
    • By Haventgotaclue 9th Oct 17, 2:48 PM
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    BT TV with no aerial?
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    • 9th Oct 17, 2:48 PM
    BT TV with no aerial? 9th Oct 17 at 2:48 PM
    Hi

    My Sky subscription ends on Thursday and I'm looking for a cheaper alternative. I'm looking at taking BT TV however, we don't have an outdoor aerial.

    Can we get away with an indoor one?
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 9th Oct 17, 3:15 PM
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    How long is a piece of string?

    We don't know where you live or where the your nearest TV transmitter is.

    Why don't you use your Sky box for Freesat from Sky? That is probably the cheapest MSE way.

    And or use Wolfbane or one or the many other TV signal predictors to find out the Freeview signals in your locality. And even then you may just actually have to just try it and see.
    Last edited by Inner Zone; 09-10-2017 at 3:17 PM.
    • cajef
    • By cajef 9th Oct 17, 3:18 PM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 3:18 PM
    Can we get away with an indoor one?
    Originally posted by Haventgotaclue
    How long is a piece of string?

    Depends how far you are from your local transmitter and whether there are any obstructions in the way that may reduce the signal strength, the greater the distance the less likely to be able to use an indoor aerial.

    My local TV transmitter is slightly less than two miles away and is in direct line of sight, I have an aerial in my loft but still need an attenuator in the line otherwise the signal is so strong it overloads the TV input.
    Last edited by cajef; 09-10-2017 at 3:32 PM.
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    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 9th Oct 17, 3:24 PM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 3:24 PM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 3:24 PM
    BT TV box has two inputs .
    One aerial for standard Freeview .
    Two Ethernet Internet connection for the BT TV non Freeview Channels and BT Sport .
    • iniltous
    • By iniltous 9th Oct 17, 7:39 PM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 7:39 PM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 7:39 PM
    Hi

    My Sky subscription ends on Thursday and I'm looking for a cheaper alternative. I'm looking at taking BT TV however, we don't have an outdoor aerial.

    Can we get away with an indoor one?
    Originally posted by Haventgotaclue
    Have you already got got an internal aerial, and a TV with a 'freeview' tuner ?, if so , plug the aerial into the TV aerial socket and a do a rescan, or initial scan, if the TV detects the freeview channels , it's a fair bet that the BT Youview box will pick up the same broadcast channels, the channels delivered over the internet obviously don't care what type of aerial is being used
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 9th Oct 17, 8:50 PM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 8:50 PM
    How long is a piece of string?

    We don't know where you live or where the your nearest TV transmitter is.

    Why don't you use your Sky box for Freesat from Sky? That is probably the cheapest MSE way.

    And or use Wolfbane or one or the many other TV signal predictors to find out the Freeview signals in your locality. And even then you may just actually have to just try it and see.
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    How long is a piece of string?

    Depends how far you are from your local transmitter and whether there are any obstructions in the way that may reduce the signal strength, the greater the distance the less likely to be able to use an indoor aerial.

    My local TV transmitter is slightly less than two miles away and is in direct line of sight, I have an aerial in my loft but still need an attenuator in the line otherwise the signal is so strong it overloads the TV input.
    Originally posted by cajef
    Are you two related
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 10th Oct 17, 9:01 AM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 9:01 AM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 9:01 AM
    Are you two related
    Originally posted by Colin_Maybe
    No and I posted 3 minutes earlier.
    • Haventgotaclue
    • By Haventgotaclue 10th Oct 17, 7:36 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 7:36 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 7:36 PM
    Thank you for the replies, we're going for it, even if we only get the internet channels it'll be fine until we can afford an aerial.
    • VisionMan
    • By VisionMan 10th Oct 17, 11:39 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 11:39 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 11:39 PM
    Ummm... I'd think carefully about that before you do, if I were you.

    A YouView is whats known as a hybrid platform, which means it uses two inputs and these are an aerial and an internet connection to fully work.
    Without one you will find you won't be able to access the ITV Hub and ALL4 on demand Players, as they are geographical in nature.

    On sign up, BT actually ask a user "Do you have an aerial?" and if one says 'no' they won't sign you up.
    • fryster2006
    • By fryster2006 12th Oct 17, 8:16 AM
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    I was looking into BT broadband and internet, i think it gave an option to have an aerial installed for £60. Reason i was tenpted was price and the fact you can still pause and record with the youview box even if you dont subscribe. In the end we used BT as a bargaining tool with sky and virgin.
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