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    • pocketstrings
    • By pocketstrings 29th Oct 19, 6:27 PM
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    Do you need TV included in your bundle if only using Freeview
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    • 29th Oct 19, 6:27 PM
    Do you need TV included in your bundle if only using Freeview 29th Oct 19 at 6:27 PM
    Hallo

    I am sure this is a very clueless question, so please no trolling, but I genuinely don't know the answer as I've never owned a TV.

    I can see on this site a tool for finding the cheapest unbundled broadband, but do you need to add in TV if you are only going to use Freeview?

    Also, as I don't yet have a TV could I sign up for just wifi for phone and then add in TV if/when I ever get one?

    Best wishes and thanks for the advice.
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 29th Oct 19, 6:30 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 6:30 PM
    Nope. Paid for TV is for the extras.
    You just need an aerial or satellite dish for the free channels.
    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.
    • heatherw_01
    • By heatherw_01 29th Oct 19, 6:30 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 6:30 PM
    No you don't. Freeview is free. You just need a tv that has freeview which all modern ones do (some still have freesat which you need a dish for) and an aerial

    Signing up to TV is signing up for Virgin TV or Sky TV etc.
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    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 29th Oct 19, 6:31 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 6:31 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 6:31 PM
    Freeview you just buy a TV with Freeview in, connect the aerial up, scan for channels and there it is. No further action required, watch Judge Judy all day to your heart's content. Its the default way to watch TV these days so it is free save for the hardware.

    The packaged TV is the likes of Sky, Virgin and to a lesser extent BT, TalkTalk and NowTV. If you have no interest in these, just don't buy them.
    • pocketstrings
    • By pocketstrings 29th Oct 19, 6:45 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 6:45 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 6:45 PM
    Thanks to all of you, this is great news!

    So, just to double-check, I would sign up for wifi for my phone and laptop and then if I get a TV I just get one with Freeview (I don't watch much TV), get an aerial etc and nothing needs to change with my internet account?
    • heatherw_01
    • By heatherw_01 29th Oct 19, 6:49 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 6:49 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 6:49 PM
    Thanks to all of you, this is great news!

    So, just to double-check, I would sign up for wifi for my phone and laptop and then if I get a TV I just get one with Freeview (I don't watch much TV), get an aerial etc and nothing needs to change with my internet account?
    Originally posted by pocketstrings
    That's correct
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    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 29th Oct 19, 7:06 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 7:06 PM
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    • 29th Oct 19, 7:06 PM
    Thanks to all of you, this is great news!

    So, just to double-check, I would sign up for wifi for my phone and laptop and then if I get a TV I just get one with Freeview (I don't watch much TV), get an aerial etc and nothing needs to change with my internet account?
    Originally posted by pocketstrings
    You don't sign up for WiFi, you sign up for broadband. WiFi is accessed via the router.

    You are aware that you'll need a TV license to watch any live channels?
    • pocketstrings
    • By pocketstrings 30th Oct 19, 5:47 PM
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    • 30th Oct 19, 5:47 PM
    Yes, thanks. I rarely watch TV so I was thinking I'd see how I do without and if I find I want to watch it, either on a laptop or on a TV I'll of course get a license.
    • mobileron
    • By mobileron 5th Nov 19, 1:30 PM
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    • 5th Nov 19, 1:30 PM
    U could also buy a firestick and get even more legal channels.
    Plus all the catchups etc.
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