Tele for cheapskates

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  1. Globalempire

    Globalempire Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    We are off for another trip in the van this weekend but I have been getting grief from my beloved who wants to watch 'Strictly' on saturday evening.

    Rather than having to buy a proper tele I bought a DVB-T tuner from ebay:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280683781062&ssPageName=ADME:X:AAQ:GB:1123

    to use with my laptop.

    Needing a better aerial than the one supplied I bought this one from Amazon:

    [ame]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Caravan-Camping-Overlander-Portable-Digital/dp/B000NVR7ZM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1324030076&sr=8-2[/ame]

    Although I haven't tried all the channels yet I can report that BBC1 at least works a treat and thats with no adjustment needed to the aerial.

    Total cost - about £30, not bad.

    Paul
     
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    I bought one of those tuners a few years ago, the signal and supplied antenna were crap. My home set could receive even ch5 without an antenna plugged in as we can see the transmitter mast from the window but even with the dongle thingy plugged in and main ant attached could not get a single program. I sold it on and the buyer said it worked on his fine so do beware.
     
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    I've done a bit more testing now and so far I haven't found a channel that doesn't work perfectly. This is only at home mind you (south Norfolk) , things might change in a poorer signal area and in the van.

    For the price (£9.49 including post) the tuner is obviously not a quality item and the software is a bit clunky but it works fine for me so far.

    Paul
     
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    Better makes sure it works.....I can imagine the grief I would get if the picture went wonky halfway though Harry's show dance !!!

    Life as we know it would not continue!!!

    barry:Smile:
     
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    Just looked at that.. Got a big union jack on the picture but when you click on the contact details it is all in chinese and the fone number is in canton !!
     
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    Remember that once an area moves over fully to digital only signal they increase the power a LOT..!! They use to have to keep it low power while the existing Analogue was still running, so small aerials were never very good but may now be better in stronger signal or digital only areas..

    But a proper TV aerial outdoors will always perform better than those little "twig" things..
     
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    This is the same piece of kit I've been using on my boat for six years now.

    I only use the small antenna supplied but of course it is almost 30ft up, close to the top of the mast so superb reception.

    Works a treat, but on each re-tune I pick up about 300 channels most of which are rubbish.

    BBC ITV/Ch4/5 are all there along with Radio as well.

    Griff
     
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