New flat... Got tv.... But no serial socket!!

Bainster1 Posts: 7 Forumite
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edited 24 October 2018 at 5:52AM in TV MoneySaving
Hi folks, daft question maybe but I'm clueless about these things.
Moved into new flat, hunted high and low, no aerial socket..... Landlord later tells me there's never been a socket in there but he could perhaps run a cable from elsewhere ( it's one huge house separated into flats really).

I've got a tv with freeview but don't really watch it much anyway so I said not to bother, plus I might only stay a few months, but then I thought my daughter will need tv when she stays over.
Should I get the landlord to run the cable or does anybody know a set top box or something I can get that would at least give her something to watch.

Thought about sky but they'll want a contract and my situation might change so I'm not wanting landed with that.

Any suggestions welcome,..... Before I find myself on the roof with the old school wire aerial just so she can watch Hollyoaks :j


PS sorry if this kinda thing has been posted before, not very good at navigating the forum.


  • buglawton
    buglawton Posts: 9,235 Forumite
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    DS had same problem when he rented a room in a HMO.
    I lashed an indoor Freeview aerial up for him.

    If you've good broadband consider a Roku streaming stick, the + version is excellent. You can put apps on it for all main channels live TV and catchup.

    If the wifi is shared across the house and not superfast, a streaming stick may not be too great though.
  • PasturesNew
    PasturesNew Posts: 70,698 Forumite
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    My house was a new build 8 years ago; the original owners didn't put an aerial in, they fitted Sky/dish. I have never had/used Sky, so I've no idea what all that's about or the sockets....

    I wasn't sure if the TV sockets were dead for "regular TV", so simply plugged in an indoor aerial and use that.

    I've since asked a neighbour, who bought his from new - and he said I needed to get an aerial fitted for my built-in sockets to work .... which sounded a faff, so I've continued to use the indoor aerial ... well, until the telly packed up.

    I now go without - and load up iplayer/similar late in the evening to scan through what I've missed/could watch.
  • mobileron
    mobileron Posts: 1,218 Forumite
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    Firestick will meet all your requirements.
  • Cornucopia
    Cornucopia Posts: 16,188 Forumite
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    Now TV box/stick from £14.99 to buy outright - you can then use iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, Demand5, UKTV Player, and Youtube for free. Also has Netflix access.
  • mgfvvc
    mgfvvc Posts: 1,191 Forumite
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    My house was a new build 8 years ago; the original owners didn't put an aerial in, they fitted Sky/dish. I have never had/used Sky, so I've no idea what all that's about or the sockets....

    You should be able to plug in a cheap (or expensive, if you prefer) FreeSat (not FreeView) box or Freesat enabled telly. When I moved to a house with a Sky dish, but no aerial I plugged in a FreeSat box and it just worked.
  • Bainster1
    Thanks for all the replies guys, unfortunately there's no Internet either lol. I would have got it but they all ask for 12 or 18 months contract and I'm unsure if I'll be here that long ( Now Tv offer monthly Internet but money's tight and I think there setup fee was £60).
    I'm just terrible with these things, switched the freeview tv on and just expected it to work haha.
    Could use my one as a 'hotspot' or tether, whatever its called, but I've only 30gb and id imagine tv or netflix would eat that up in no time.
  • coffeehound
    coffeehound Posts: 5,696 Forumite
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    If you are in a strong reception area an indoor aerial might work. But if the LL has offered to run an aerial cable to your flat at least that wont cost you anything (?)
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