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  #2468621 23-Apr-2020 13:34
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Yeah with a new smart tv with built in Freeview she won’t need the Freeview box anymore. Most tvs can now record Freeview as well if you plug in a hard drive. That’s if she doesn’t want to use Freeview on demand to rewatch over internet.


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  #2468624 23-Apr-2020 13:39
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Lol - my sister is just in the same boat as her 20yr Lowery has died end of last week. Anyway she is looking around at the 43" range.

 

My Question is; are there any Smart TV's around that have already inbuilt WiFi for your home network ? As I do not think she wants to buy another box and her hubby does not want to run a ethernet cable up the office wall, across the ceiling space and down the lounge wall.

 

She has a Sky box but I do not know if it is WiFi capable. If it is then problems solved.





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  #2468627 23-Apr-2020 13:41
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That box is for UHF (terrestrial) meaning she has an antenna, not satellite. That is good news for her because the quality is better and any TV for sale here will have the inbuilt Freeview she wants. 

 

 





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  #2468628 23-Apr-2020 13:44
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FineWine:

 

Lol - my sister is just in the same boat as her 20yr Lowery has died end of last week. Anyway she is looking around at the 43" range.

 

My Question is; are there any Smart TV's around that have already inbuilt WiFi for your home network ? As I do not think she wants to buy another box and her hubby does not want to run a ethernet cable up the office wall, across the ceiling space and down the lounge wall.

 

She has a Sky box but I do not know if it is WiFi capable. If it is then problems solved.

 

 

 

 

The Panasonic would be a good option as it has in built wifi and most smart apps.

 

 

 

https://www.panasonic.com/nz/consumer/televisions/ultra-hd-tvs/th-43fx600z.html

 

 

 

otherwise if you want to go cheap a veon tv with a chrome cast would work.


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  #2468760 23-Apr-2020 16:27
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Just been chatting to my sister and she has decided to go for the:

 

Samsung 43" Series 7 Ultra Hd 4K Smart LED Television from Noel Lemming Cambridge for $846 where they buy all their electronics from. It looks like a good set. It gets good national and international reviews & ratings of 4 to 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Here is the Samsung web page site: https://www.samsung.com/nz/tvs/uhdtv-ru7100/UA43RU7100SXNZ/

 

It is also an APPROVED ESSENTIAL ITEM - WILL BE SHIPPED DURING LOCKDOWN PERIOD BY NOEL LEMMING

 

Though for plugging in DVD, SKY box, etc and for setting up for home WiFi etc, she will need to call in her son-n-law who lives 15min away, which they will be allowed to do in Level 3.

 

It has inbuilt WiFi (DLAN) to connect to their home network so they can get: FreeView OnDemand, TVNZ OnDemand, Netflix, YouTube, BBC News etc.The list here but there could be more. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page.

 

It also appears that it will effortlessly play videos, music, photos (grand children) and more from her; iPhone, iPad and iMac & Apple LapTop via AirPlay 2 on to the Samsung UHD TV. There is some proviso’s with that as it depends on the generation of Apple devices.

 

And when her hearing starts to go 🧏‍♀️ 😇 she can connect a Sound Bar to it.

 

It has the connections for connecting to their DVD player and SKY box.

 

So overall she is happy so far. I hope this info helps @Finch





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  #2468835 23-Apr-2020 18:32
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Who still uses DVD these days? It's now time for UHD Blu-ray, time to upgrade!

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  #2468838 23-Apr-2020 18:40
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sm1ff: Who still uses DVD these days? It's now time for UHD Blu-ray, time to upgrade!

 

Lots of people. Not everyone needs or wants the latest and greatest. 

 

 





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  #2468841 23-Apr-2020 18:56
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There is standard blu--ray which is a major improvement from DVDs its completely worth it! You never want DVD ever again after seeing blu-ray

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  #2468856 23-Apr-2020 19:19
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There is a testosterone factor in having the latest gimmicks and the purest full surround audio and the biggest screen and the blackest blacks and the loudest loud and so forth and so on. Not everyone cares about this. Not everyone is prepared to pay the excessive premium charged for bragging rights. Not everyone can even see the difference on a normal screen that isn't wall-size. What matters to OCD types doesn't necessarily matter to someone who just wants to watch telly. 

 

You would have been absolutely thrilled with DVD quality 20 years ago. Some people still are. It is all very much relative.

 

 





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  #2475892 3-May-2020 16:21
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Hey folks thanks for all the replies, have been passing on the messages/advice etc. Haven't made any decision yet, waiting for a sale. Another "Problem" is my mum is thinking about re arranging her lounge, so the TV will go on a different side. However, I'm not sure if this is possible. 

 

 

 

Her current setup includes the below picture. The "plugs/sockets" on the left, plus the general wall sockets on the right. On the top left of the left hand side there is a black cable which then joins up to the bottom left of the filter. On the right hand side of the filter, another cable joins up to the freeview box, I guess it acts as the "aerial"? I brought my TV over, and I plugged the cable on the right hand side (Which goes into her freeview box, yellow line below) into my TV, and got the FTA channels fine. 

 

 

 

However, where she wants to put her new TV on the other side of the room, there is no socket/holes/plugs like the one on the left where it currently sits, so I'm not even sure if she can put it there as there will be no way to get any signal or "aerial". Maybe there is something she can buy, some kind of extension cable or 5metre long cable (To get the signal from one side of the room to the other? 

 

 

 

Hopefully this all makes sense. Thanks heaps! (In the image below, the green line connects to each other, while the yellow goes into the freeview box)

 

 

 

 

 

 




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  #2475895 3-May-2020 16:30
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Just had a quick browse online and thinking she might need Something like this Satellite to UHF cable?


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  #2475921 3-May-2020 17:17
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So the aerial cable (fly lead) is going from the wall plug and into a surge protector - the aim is to help deal with lightning strikes to the aerial before they hit the TV...

 

 

 

And yes, you can buy a 5 - 10 meter aerial fly lead to connect to the wall, so moving the TV will be a piece of cake, as long as you have power. The other ports are for ethernet, that's the best way to connect a smart TV to the network, you just need to make sure those ports are patched at the router / comms cabinet in the house.


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  #2475963 3-May-2020 19:54
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I assume it’s just a surge protector and not a signal amplifier?
Some areas of Cambridge don’t get a strong signal from Te Aroha. The linked TV is DVB-T only so as long as the house has a UHF aerial you’ll be good, otherwise you will need to retain the Freeview box. Your check using your TV seems to indicate UHF, the socket on your TV was a ‘push-on’ UHF one (Belling-Lee) not a screw on one (satellite) wasn’t it?





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  #2476235 4-May-2020 12:09
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Sorry got my wording wrong, yes it's a signal amplifier not a surge protector (I know what that is :D )

 

 

 

Does that change things at all? I don't think we can make it work on the other side of the room (Unles extra long cable)?


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  #2476256 4-May-2020 13:07
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Finch:

 

Sorry got my wording wrong, yes it's a signal amplifier not a surge protector (I know what that is :D )

 

 

 

Does that change things at all? I don't think we can make it work on the other side of the room (Unles extra long cable)?

 

 

Not really. If the wall socket for the aerial is the only one in the room then you will need to use a cable from the amplifier to wherever you are putting the TV. The less cable between the amplifier and the aerial on the roof the better (IMO). So keep the amplifier where it is and the (green) cable connecting it to the wall, and then a long (yellow) cable to the tv from the amplifier.





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