Cannot get any Freeview channels in a hospital room?

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Hi, my missus had a massive bleed on the brain 3 weeks ago and is now trying to recover in a rehab centre, she has her own room not modern enough to have an ethernet point, usb ports, aerial or satellite socket on the wall, so all we have is mains plug sockets.
I bought a brand new LG 24TN520S Smart Tv with built in Freeview.
I also bought (just to try) an HDTV aerial with booster to plug in the aerial socket on the back and put by the window, but when it scans for channels it logs nothing?
We can stream from our phones and use the tv that way.
Am i trying to use the wrong type of aerial? She's on the lower ground floor but there is an outside space right outside her window.
Is there anything that you can recommend to do the job?
Or a live tv app for the basic channels anyone can recommend?
Thankyou for any expert knowlege.
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  • brightondavebrightondave Forumite
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    Just downloaded BBC iplayer and ITVX so probably covered for content now?
  • GrubbyGirl_2GrubbyGirl_2 Forumite
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    I could just be a poor signal area.  I moved house 2 years ago and when I rang around companies to get an aerial installed they all said there was no point as the signal was so bad in my area that I'd be better off with freesat instead.  When I spoke to my neighbours that had big aerials they agreed saying the aerial was OK as long as the weather was ok.  All were using satellite.  I should point out I live in a town not in the middle of nowhere.  If a big aerial is flakey I would imagine a portable aerial would likely not work.  You'd be better off using the streaming services
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    elsienelsien Forumite
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    edited 18 March at 8:50AM
    The Freeview app? 
    I hope your wife makes a good recovery. 
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • J_BJ_B Forumite
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    Just downloaded BBC iplayer and ITVX so probably covered for content now?

    It may not be relevant, but one of the hidden foibles of the LG TV is that you can't get live TV on ITVX :#
  • moleratmolerat Forumite
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    elsien said:
    The Freeview app? 
    I hope your wife makes a good recovery. 
    Freeview app is simply a TV guide which links to the other apps, it does not have any content.

  • Ayr_RageAyr_Rage Forumite
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    You need line of sight to the TV transmitter for any antenna to work and that's not easy from the ground floor.

    If you have a decent data allowance this could be suitable

    https://tvmucho.com/
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    I also bought (just to try) an HDTV aerial with booster to plug in the aerial socket on the back and put by the window, but when it scans for channels it logs nothing?
    We can stream from our phones and use the tv that way.
    Am i trying to use the wrong type of aerial? She's on the lower ground floor but there is an outside space right outside her window.

    Indoor aerials require a strong signal strength to work.  The one you pictured probably isn't a very good one either.  It is likely that you just can't pick up broadcast TV signals in the room with an indoor aerial.
  • Username03725Username03725 Forumite
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    Try taking the tv & aerial somewhere else and do the tuning & set-up there. You might be lucky that once it has stations to lock on to it can display them.

    It’s a long shot tbh that would have had more success with analogue tv, but it’s worth a go.
  • matelodavematelodave Forumite
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    You may have to accept that there isn't a useable signal, especially on the ground floor which may or may not be surrounded with buildings or your room could be on the opposite side of the building to where the TV transmitter is located.

    We go away a lot with our caravan which has a pretty good roof mounted antenna, which is both directional and amplified but there are many places where it just wont work. Most indoor antenna's are pretty useless unless you can see the TV transmitter or are very close.
    Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers
  • Neil49Neil49 Forumite
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    Just downloaded BBC iplayer and ITVX so probably covered for content now?
    You can also download players for channel 4 and 5 as well but with all of these you need a data connection. How are you connecting to the Internet in order to stream BBC iplayer for instance?

    Does the hospital have wifi for you to use and is the connection good enough to stream TV programmes?
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