Going Digital

  Coffee Adict 18:23 06 Dec 2007

I was interested in this link on a previous thread
click here
I'm not digital but will be sometime in 2010. I don't watch a lot of TV, sometimes telly only goes on to catch the news headlines. So I just want something that will do the job, with the least amount of hassle. I have a VCR but can't remember when I last used it to record something.
I'm in an overlap area between Yorkshire and TyneTees although aerial is pointed to Yorkshire transmitter I can get all terrestrial channels from TyneTees with just a little bit of ghosting on BBC2 and CH5. Should I give it a try now, I know aerial may need an upgrade, but was also interested in the indoor ones also shown on same thread.

  100andthirty 19:32 06 Dec 2007

click here

go to this site. Enter your postcode and you'll see whether you're likely to be able to receive freeview.

if Ok, Tesco Direct will sell you a box for £15 or so. They'll also sell you a SCART lead for about £1. I assume your TV has a SCART socket.

read the instructions and you'll be "go"

  Coffee Adict 20:03 06 Dec 2007

I had checked previously and can get it, strangely they always assume I'm on the TyneTees transmitter and I have to correct them. Tesco Direct are not flavour of the month at the mo' having taken 3wks to get a game in stock that was only supposed to take 5 days, I think they wanted me to cancel, but I'm a stubborn old bird at times. Sorry gone off at a tanget there. Yes telly has a scart, may even have an old scart lead still kicking about from when I had VCR connected to old telly. I'll go and have a look at Tesco though. Thanks for your reply.

  100andthirty 21:04 06 Dec 2007

if you've got a store nearby that sells freeview boxes, and you don't like Tesco, then go there. The only box I've uesd was the cheapest Alba, which cost £20 and was very easy to set up; the instructions had a Crystal Mark from the Campaign for Plain English!

  v1asco 22:26 07 Dec 2007

Hate to dissapoint you, a lot of the extra channels are repeats.

A few new programmes are there, for instance Torchwood was, I have a feeling these are pilots though, or in the main not audience pullers.

The good news is some of the repeats are good, Dibley, open all hours, Sweeney. For me a bit like a time warp. Tales of the Unexpected even, not seen the Prisoner yet!

I know you don't use your vcr but if you upgrade consider getting a freeview twin tuner recorder. No tape required and very easy to use. Less than £100.

I now have the Hitachi, about £99 Argos. It is superb, no problems with reception and a remote that is chunky and will bounce off the walls. A lot of freeview boxes advertise credit card size remotes.I have found these to be lacking in range or angle. My Bush Freeview I had to be directly in front of the set. The USB plug in for my laptop is far better than the Bush, and a lot friendlier.

It may also be that as you are on the fringe reception may not be so good, so the aerial and/or quality of the Freeview box should be considered.

Whatever you choose, it can't be avoided and maybe a £30 set will suit you fine. If you only watch the News you can get BBC24 no problem.


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