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Question How to get a picture in my kitchen

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by Keiron, Apr 23, 2018.


    1. Keiron

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      We have Sky TV around our house. We have no regular roof aerial - only a Sky dish.

      I have a TV in the kitchen and I have tried everything to get a reliable picture. I have tried amplified indoor aerials (utterly useless), using Kodi with various add ons (hopelessly unreliable), and mega expensive signal senders, which only one wall and 10 feet away from the sender, is utter garbage.

      All we want is BBC1, BBC2, ITV and sky news.

      Save for getting an aerial man in and running wires all over the kitchen, is there any other way to get those channels?

      I had really hoped by now that some sort of wifi device would enable me to do that.

      Any suggestions would be most welcome!
       
    2. dr no

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      Upgrade to Sky Q
      The sky Q mini is wireless and you will have the channels
       
    3. Keiron

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      Thanks. I should have said I looked into that. I priced it up with Sky and it started to cost hundreds of pounds - which I would rather not spend!
       
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      Unfortunately expense is an issue
      There have been offers of no installation fees and almost everyone can get 50% discount on package price

      I have everything pay about £52 monthly
       
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      Try haggling with them - the quoted price should be the starting point. Pick your limit and go below that first off and then go from there.

      Or you could just say I want to spend x, and need multiroom - what can you do for me?

      How long you been with them?
       
    6. Keiron

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      Actually I just went on and chatted to them. They offered a 2TB Q box with 3 x minis ( I need them for lounges, conservatory, bedroom etc) for £218 fitted. Apparently the "full price" is about 490 or something.

      I have been with them for 20+ years, but that was the best they could do.

      The annoying thing is that I see absolutely no advantage with Sky Q for me, apart from the fact I can get a picture in the kitchen!

      But to be honest, I am so sick of messing around with flaky pictures, that I am quite tempted.
       
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      Play the loyalty card. Also, have you joined their VIP scheme? Might have a decent reward or two.
       
    8. Keiron

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      Yep, that's why they could do it at the price they offered. I laid it on thick bu they wouldn't budge any more.
       
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      Crikey. Threatening to leave probably won’t help...
       
    10. mushii

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      What TV is it and what is your maximum budget?
       
    11. Keiron

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      It's a little Panasonic. I was hoping to spend no more than about 50 quid. I actually thought that in 2018 we'd be able to stream the main free channels like BBC and ITV over the Internet. It seems crazy that you still have to have an aerial on the roof!
       
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      Option 1 , if you have a older sky box ? run a cable from "RF2" to the kitchen
      Option 2 , if you have a distribution system in the loft run a feed to the kitchen from this
      Option 3 , get a roof top aerial fitted , dead cheap and will solve all your problems and if its integrated to your sky distribution system it will give you a back up if the sky ever went down . Find a good aerial installer in your area - they do this all day long !

      PS if you want to stream ? just get a laptop with hdmi out and connect it to the TV
       
    13. mushii

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      You can stream them. Buy a £35 Android Box and install TV Catchup job done.
       
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      OP has tried that according to his first post , sounds like he just wants to catch up on the news over breakfast --- aerial is the answer .
       
    15. mushii

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      Actually he said he used Kodi with add ons. I never mentioned Kodi. I said use a cheap android box and load TV Catchup.
       
    16. HeavenlyWarrior

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      I use a Amazon Fire Stick which can be used for Freeview (TVPlayer) if that suggestion helps.
       
    17. busterbenny2001

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      As above works for me
       
    18. Keiron

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      Thanks for all the advice!

      I had no idea that TV Catchup was back. I remember it from back in the day but also recall it disappeared. I installed and tried it out - not too bad at all!

      Anyway, after a lot of head scratching, wiring diagrams and number crunching, I've decided to go for a 2TB Sky Q box and 2 x minis. £119 fitted.

      (Having researched Sky Q, I still don't see it as the quantum leap that many reviews claim it to be. It's still very limited if you want TV in more than a few rooms and, whilst it doesn't bother me at the moment, no 4k from the minis.)

      That caters for 3 rooms which, on careful consideration, is all we ever need to watch at one time. I already have some "HDMI over ethernet" adapters and connections going to other rooms, which have proven to be good quality and very reliable.

      It's being installed on Saturday.
       
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      i recently set up a small second bedroom tv using a sling box from ebay and sling player on amazon tv, works fairly well i think, currently i am using the video output from the sky box so its sd but is ok for a small tv. the remote side of it is a bit fiddly but if you have an ios device on the same network you can control the channels from that
       

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