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Hi there,

Silly question....

I bought a TV with built in freeview. How do I get that to work?

Also the aerial at my new house has terrible reception, anyone know much about having a individual aerial inside by the TV, how does that work? Does it just take it's signal from the main aerial or does it get one of it's own? Really I mean how does it work?

Thanks.:confused:

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I bought a digibox for my old portable and used an indoor aerial. I needed to tune it in, but the picture quality is great. My son has a tv with a built in freeview, and he tuned it in using the remote control.

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Although the main changeover is in september (for Scotland) most people can recieve freeview now - lower signal strength for the time being. It might be worth checking if your ariel can recieve digital signals (not all can)

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Hi There is no "aerial" in the TV! Its a tuner that works with the digital signal put out from your transmitter. Indoor aerials don't often work with Freeview- due to the fact that the signal is transmitted at a low power. So as not to interfer with the analogue signal ( until switch over) when its power will be increased.

Have you checked the Freeview website?

If you outdoor aerial is bad - you need a new one.

Water can get in the down cable over the years and cause corrosion.

There is no such thing as a "digital" aerial despite what some may say. What you want is a wideband 12-18 element crossed Yagi group G.

Hope this helps.

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I have a skanky 25 year old small aerial on my roof and that picks it up fine.

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There are various websites ranging from simple 'you cant get it' to very technical ones regarding Freeview.

 

I live in Essex and they tell me I cant get Freeview but I can although the strength is low, it needs a good quality booster to get it to work, also use high quality cable and avoid splitters and joins and any other source of bad connection.

 

In a weak signal area, an indoor aerial is never going to work. You can always get a new aerial on your roof if all else fails, make sure its pointing to the right transmitter, most official guides claim that mine should be pointing to kent but I (and everyone I know) uses the London area Crystal Palace one which on paper is further away but gives a better signal (plus London based news, which is more relevant).

 

Andy

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Hi,

Thanks for the replies.

I only moved into the house a few months ago and the last owner said he had fitted a new top of the range aerial and was a bit miffed when I told him the TV reception wasn't very good.

I've tried and I can't even get a poor freeview signal, just nothing at all. the built in tuner won't pick anything up.:-( So just have to wait for September I guess!

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my all singing all dancing flatscreen also has built in freeview, but the signal is weak in my area (or my aerial is`nt up to scratch) all i did was buy a cheap freeview box for £9.99 and connected it to the tv ( like you would if your tv doesn`t have it built in. I recieve all freeview channels. I suggest you try that. You should be able to recieve freeview, its the digital side that changes in september as previously mentioned.

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My daughter just has a bit of wire hanging out of the aerial socket. Mind you, we are in line-of-sight of the transmitter mask with no obstructions.

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With digital signals the allignment of the aerial is important, and without a meter you will find this quite tricky to do unless you are right next to the transmitter, then you can just chuck the aerial on the floor and it will work more or less.

 

If you are a distance from the transmitter, then it is worth having the aerial installed professionally and they will allign it properly using a meter.

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