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 Post subject: TV Advice Please
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:20 am 
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We have made a small room we have into a snug. I want to put a telly in there but there is no TV ariel point but the BB router is in there. I am not sure if I should buy a smart TV so I can just plug an Ethernet cable in (easy) but I am wondering if this will give me the basic terrestrial channels? The other option is a Firestick or similar with a less sophisticated TV.

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smart TV will give you on demand and catch up at best, plus some internet stuff but it won't get you the terrestrial channels, sadly. Also, if it was in use a lot, you'd find it would suck up a chunk of your bandwidth and be choppy when others are downloading or doing heavy stuff!

If it was me, I'd get the aerial cable in there AND the Ethernet cable.

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Okay Billy, thanks for that. It really is too difficult to run an aerial to the room. As it will really be an occasional use room it will probably not soak up too much bandwith if we use internet telly. As I often watch stuff on my laptop when Mrs D is watching her Housewives rubbish I have not noticed any lagues but that is because we tend to watch recorded stuff off satellite I guess.

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Do you have Sky?

Not sure how much you use it and how many rooms, but have a look at their new Sky Q system. You don't need cables to it (ethernet if you want) and you can watch what's been recorded or on your main box too. Even lets you watch stuff on tablets/phones.

http://www.sky.com/shop/tv/sky-q

They are doing some amazing deals too and even proactively RINGING people to discount their stuff (without long contracts) as they are loosing customers hand over fist.

Worth a look, if nothing else.

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Depends what the signal's like where you are, but we've got a little indoor aerial on our one telly that gets used occasionally. It's fine.
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Hello
just checked and found some freeview channels are live online now powered by Filmon so it should be possible to ethernet cable a smart tv and access the website. As already mentioned the speed of your broadband, and how much hammer you are giving your broadband from other sources at the same time might affect and HD is a bit greedier
http://www.watchfreeview.com/

Smart tvs here with 6 year warranty
http://www.richersounds.com/products/ho ... mart-tvs#1

A wireless or wired smartbox should work just as well you pay more for better quality but should work
nowtv, roku that type of thing
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-au ... teria.html
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-au ... 4-pdt.html

A roku attached to a dumb tv might give you more channels, there are other issues like connectivity to smartphones and 4k that might future proof your purchase



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This looks to be a decent price for the spec... https://accessories.sky.com/catalogue/p ... tegory=all

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Thanks for the advice chaps. We went into PC World and had a look at what was available. I naturally wanted a cheapo solution but I had Mrs D with me which is fatal. She put the arm on me and we ended up with a 32" curved screen Samsung. The smaller TVs look minute for some reason?? I had a chat with the TV guy who was a pretty decent bloke I have to say and he said in this particular case I would do better with a Firestick than a Smart TV and then he (quietly) told me how to go about loading Kodi on it.

I have it all set up and the Firestick is working okay and I will have a go at adding Kodi as a very helpful Youtube tutorial takes you through it step by step. As this is only an auxiliary TV, as we us our main TV with Sky mostly, it will be good when the grandchildren come as they tend to dominate the TV viewing :lol: Also I can drift off if Mrs D is watching her stuff :sleepy1:

I wil let you know how I get on with Kodi :thumbright:

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I don't think you can go wrong with the Firestick and Kodi. My lad has this set up and apart from the initial set up, it's works a treat :thumbright:

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Thanks Nick, I will get around to putting Kodi on the stick. I have been playing with the Firestick which I have a better idea about now as I really did not have a clue of how it worked until I started playing with it. I think it is fine for our TV needs in this additional snug room we have made. Mrs D went off in there the other night when I was watching the Walking Dead :lol:

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Well I might be asking you for help soon DWD, as I'm going to try to set one up this weekend and my lad is away :scratch:

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This is the video I will be following Nick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMtVm4yop9E

Seems fairly straight forward if I play and pause whilst I do it. I am still getting around to it though :lol:

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Thanks for the link DWD, I'll have a go at that tomorrow :thumbright:

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Kodi is brilliant if you can keep up to date with all the changes..

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