TV to use UK,France, Italy and Spain

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Could anyone please advise me of a suitable TV for use in the above areas. Last year we found that are current TV could no longer tune in abroad to pick up that countries TV channels
Ideally we would like a 22ins Screen but do not want to go to the expense of an Avtex TV and do not want a satelite dish
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As far as I am aware, a modern digital receiver should work anywhere in Western Europe. You just need to re-tune it whenever you move.

However I've never bothered with ours so I might be wrong.

If you're thinking of using a satellite dish, that's a whole different question.

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Doubt you will get many English language channels using a non satellite kit. My sister lives in the south of France and with a terrestrial aerial can only pick up free to air french channels
She has 2 Samsung digital tv’s. Any tv with a digital tuner will work.
 
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I assume you are using an aerial not a satellite dish. In France you will need a digital TV with an HD (high definition) tuner, not an SD (standard definition) one. All digital broadcasts in France went over to HD a couple of years ago and the SD tuner in older digital TVs will not work. I bought a Cello 19" digital TV a couple of years ago off Ebay which came with 12V and 230V adaptors. It was sold to us by Cello who assemble them in the North East of England. Search Ebay for "Cello traveller". But make sure you get one with an HD tuner.
 
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I assume you are using an aerial not a satellite dish. In France you will need a digital TV with an HD (high definition) tuner, not an SD (standard definition) one. All digital broadcasts in France went over to HD a couple of years ago and the SD tuner is older digital TVs will not work. I bought a Cello 19" digital TV a couple of years ago off Ebay which came with 12V and 230V adaptors. It was sold to us by Cello who assemble them in the North East of England. Search Ebay for "Cello traveller". But make sure you get one with an HD tuner.
Second that !!

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We bought ours from Aldi last year after our previous tv (Avtex) wasn't able to pick up channels in France due to them changing to HD.
Decided not to get another Avtex because they were completely dismissive of the changeover saying we'd have to upgrade. They didn't say anything about a HD receiver box (which would have worked), so I took the suggestion and did upgrade but not with an Avtex
 

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Out of UK watch UK TV over internet (BBC iPlayer, ITV IPlayer Hub etc etc) with VPN and cable from laptop to TV. Cheapest and easiest!

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Not sure which of the 4 similar posts I should answer. :D2

That assumes that you will be able to get a fast enough connection. Can't see how it can be the cheapest, terrestrial TV is free to view, whereas, one way or another, you are going to have to pay quite a bit to use that sort of data.
 
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Thank you to everyone for your replies, problem should now be solved.
We are not worried about UK channels whilst away.
best regards

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I assume you are using an aerial not a satellite dish. In France you will need a digital TV with an HD (high definition) tuner, not an SD (standard definition) one. All digital broadcasts in France went over to HD a couple of years ago and the SD tuner in older digital TVs will not work. I bought a Cello 19" digital TV a couple of years ago off Ebay which came with 12V and 230V adaptors. It was sold to us by Cello who assemble them in the North East of England. Search Ebay for "Cello traveller". But make sure you get one with an HD tuner.

Thank you very much PE
 
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Have spoken direct with Cello who inform me the only way to receive HD channels in France is to purchase a HD receiver in France as either of their 22in HD models will not pick up signals. Also in Spain they tell me satelite is the only way to receive local channels, If I understood them correctly!
 
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Have spoken direct with Cello who inform me the only way to receive HD channels in France is to purchase a HD receiver in France as either of their 22in models will not pick up signals. Also in Spain they tell me satelite is the only way to receive local channels, If I understood them correctly!
Nonsense. Last autumn we picked up local channels in both France and Spain using our Cello TV with its inbuilt HD receiver. However we have always had difficulty picking up anything in Portugal with either the Cello or the previous Avtex we had.

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Absolutely free when staying on a campsite with free wifi!
There is no such thing as a free lunch. You pay for it through your campsite fees. We tend not to use campsites so we pay a lot less than you (or nothing at all), but if we want data we have to pay for it. So either way you are paying for it, directly or indirectly.

And the few times I have used a campsite's wifi, both in the Uk and Europe, it is slow and turns to glacially slow in the evening when lots of people start trying to stream their TV.
 
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