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Living right under the transmitter - good or bad?

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by Nello, Jan 7, 2003.

  1. Nello

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    although i've not bought the tv yet i am looking to get an IDTV soon. i live right next to (well, 500 yards from) tv transmitter at crystal palace. currently have a battered old tv with an indoor aerial (am not sure how easy it would be to get an external aerial setup on the block of flats i live in) and can't get very good analogue reception for channel 5.

    this is probably an impossible question to answer but, am i more likely to get better digital reception through an aerial because i live so close to transmitter or could this cause me problems? also do i HAVE to invest in an external aerial, etc to get the free digital channels?

    i don't want to spend £700 on a tv to find it doesn't pick up any signal.

    cheers
    Neil :confused:
     
  2. rct

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    Why not buy a Freeview box from Argos to test and then return it under the 16-day money back guarantee if you don't need it ;)
     
  3. Garrett

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    I moved into a house and the aerial was the wrong one for the transmitter also the aerial cable was thin, like three strands of hair. I replaced them with the correct aerial and very good cable but the picture was worse. I contacted the shop I was told I was probably receiving too strong a signal, and would have to fit an attenuator. I tried one and it did not work so I set the TV back up with the ropy old cable and the wrong aerial. It works fine now. Only thing if that old aerial perishes I’m in trouble.
     
  4. MonkeyDonkey

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    Because they're excluded from the guarantee to stop people from doing this.
     
  5. rct

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    That's a shame! How can people rely on those computer "predictions"!

    Another way to circumvent the system is to order a Freeview Box online. You then have 7 days from the delivery of the goods to send them back under distance selling regulations. You'll have to bear the cost of return carriage though.
     
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    If you can get reasonable analogue reception - ie a watchable picture, then there's every chance you'll get DTT.

    In my experience, if you buy a bit of kit from a good supplier and it doesn't work, they'll take it back if you keep all the packaging...

    You'll be pleased with the pictures if it works!
     

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