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  #1842982 9-Aug-2017 18:28
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Think about it like this - if Mr Jo Bloggs was looking for a house, would they miss this feature and thus be turned off your house?


If yes - you're best to install it. 


I know many people don't/wouldn't use an antennae, however I daresay they'll be used for a few years yet, and you'd be foolish to turn away potential buyers over a simple/cheap decision now which would work out to be a very expensive one down the line to retrofit.




I know you're designing your house to be 'yours' but the simple fact of the issue is nothing stays the same and you have no idea if you receive an amazing work offer from overseas/elsewhere and need to sell/rent your house. 







Which is precisely why I've had the coax cables run as part of the first fix; it's cheap as chips to do it now, so no great effort needed if I ever decide to use it, or sell the house as you suggest.  I've taken that approach with a lot of things that would be really hard to do after linings go up. 

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  #1843012 9-Aug-2017 19:45
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Your plan to pre-wire sounds sensible. But, the other thing that might motivate me to do it now rather than later is if there is scaffolding or edge protection up during the build that would make the job easier and safer. If there is, I think you might as well just do it now - aerials are pretty cheap.

I've just attached a J mount to the fascia for ours. Saved having to mess around with the roof at all.


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  #1843023 9-Aug-2017 20:03
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could you mount something in the roof space and have reasonable line of sight through a gable/flat end?


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  #1843028 9-Aug-2017 20:13
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could you mount something in the roof space and have reasonable line of sight through a gable/flat end?



Yeah, that's the issue - I know reception is marginal in this area, so I couldn't predict exactly where the antenna would need to go.  For that reason, the coax runs the full length of the house back to the comms cupboard so I can pretty much re-run it to wherever it needs to go.

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  #1843373 10-Aug-2017 10:51
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I recently ditched Vodafone cable TV and now rely on Freeview for all TV (apart from from Youtube TV).


I had my UHF antenna upgraded about a year ago so that I could get good Freeview, mainly so that I could record TV shows outside of the Vodafone PVR (so can watch anywhere).


The post about Kodi and Freeview is interesting and I do have a working Kodi system but it has low WAF. This is mainly because for some reason the CEC pairing always fails on my setup so you can't use the TV remote and have to use a keyboard. That has very low WAF.

Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount


System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex




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  #1845381 11-Aug-2017 20:51
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Interesting - I've just set up Kodi on an R.Pi3 - what addon do you use for TV?  I've been so busy getting it to work with network shares etc that I haven't even looked into the TV aspect!!



Have a look at this post.





Thanks for the head-up mate, this is awesome!  Pro-tip for Kodi users on Linux distro's (I'm running Raspian) - the PVR back-end server isn't installed by default, so the all the PVR  options mentioned in the guide aren't available until you run: apt-get install kodi-pvr-iptvsimple




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  #1845563 12-Aug-2017 14:03
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You don't need TV your life will be better without it.



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