Freeview HD reception.

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  1. JIT

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    Is there anyway i can test to find out if i can receive Freeview HD or not?

    Dont want buy a box to find out i need an aerial upgrade too.
     
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    See if you can borrow a box from a retailer
    Alternatively, buy one from Argos or Amazon, open very carefully, preserving all packaging so that it can be packed and returned as not suitable/will not work properly. Both are usually very understandable provided care is taken to preserve the as new quality of the item
     
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    If you can receive SD Freeview OK with the aerial then you should get the HD mux OK!
    Argos typically exclude such products from their 'no questions asked' returns policy.
    Borrowing a box from a friend or neighbour to check reception would be worthwhile.
     
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    An aerial upgrade is very unlikely to be needed if you can get SD Freeview. The system used, DVB-T2, I find is more robust than DVB-T, used by the SD services and most transmitter sites are broadcasting all the PSB muxes on the same power.

    Much of course will depend on the sensitivity of the box - if you just want an HD tuner that will access BBC iPlayer, look out for the refurbished Technika STBHDIS2010 from the Tesco Outlet on eBay. They often release a batch between 9 and 10 am on Mondays and are under £30 including p&p.

    One advantage of buying on line is that you are covered by the Distance Selling Regulations which entitles you to return the item for a full refund within 7 days for any reason (Argos's terms and conditions are illegal under this and they cannot refuse a refund for mail order items however they are one of the most expensive high street retailers - if you want anything other than a simple tuner + iPlayer, get it from Richer Sounds.)
     

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