Digital TV on the Cheap

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  1. Edgie

    Edgie Read Only Funster

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    Being a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to TV in the RV (rarely watch it) I have a 15" Matsui flatscreen with built in DVD and Digital.

    My existing indoor aerial no longer picks up any digital signal in the Westcountry as digital switchover has already happened, so I need a Sat Dish, only thing is I want one that I can bolt to a mast on my rear ladder, and feed a cable when I occasionaly use the TV... not interested in expensive sat dishes or ones that require a hole in my roof....

    Any thoughts or advice?

    Thanks

    Edgie :thumb:
     
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    Greetings Edgie,

    If your televion is already a digital receiver, why dont you just buy an outside arial and put it as you were suggesting re a satellite dish (or better on the side of your outfit near to where you watch the set.
    You can then put the aerial lead through a convenient window and plug it into the back of the set.
    This would be far cheaper than investing in a sat dish.

    By the way, your digital tv will also, when in foreign countries, pick up their signals. Once upon a time the various countries had different v receivers but with the advent of Digital TV no longer. We are all singing off the same hymn sheet.
    All right, you won't understand their soaps but you will understand the wether forecasts.:thumb:
     
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    you are one confused cookie, with the digital switchover you can ONLY get a digital signal in the west county. If your set was analogue then get a digi box around £10, job done failing that get a proper ant that is suitable for a digital signal around £20 including a pre amp from Ebay, No sat dish needed.
    Any Sat dish is directional so just bolting to the rear ladder wont work unless you are prepared to drive in circles looking for a signal. A terrestrial ant will do the job with a digibox if you have an analogue TV or without if you have a digital TV, have you actually set it to scan for digital signals, (you will need to do so at every location).
     
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    sounds like your aerial isnt digital compatable for the true digital signal now being transmitted in your area.
    just buy a compatable aerial, stick it on a pole and fix it to your ladder but you will need to retune the tv every time you move to a different site..

    if you want a sat dish you will also need a sat receiver as that bit isnt in your tv unlike the digital terrestrial receiver which is.
    you dont need to retune with a dish, just point it at the satellite and thats it.

     
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    LOL Thanks everyone, and yes you are correct confusion reigns here when it comes to TV :Rofl1:
     
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    Just got back from 2 weeks at Newquay, found that our cheap (couple a quid a few years ago) aerial would pick up the digital TV through a set top box we had given us. I was getting a signal strength of 84% with the aerial just stuck on the shelf over the cab, putting it on the roof didn't give me any extra. A couple parked next to us had problems getting their TV tuned in. I helped them out & with his expensive camping aerial fixed to his ladder rack I could only get about 75% signal strength using my set top box to get his aerial pointing the right way before I got his tv to scan for the channels.
    I was considering a new aerial for home as our digital signal sometimes breaks up, talking to a guy at Maplins he said if I am getting any sort of signal now then when we switch over to digital later in the year then I should be fine as the digital will be boosted when they turn the analouge off which they can't do at the moment as one interferes with the other.
     
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