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Topic # 80236 29-Mar-2011 10:41
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Ok, first of all excuse my ignorance in this matter, but I'm not really a huge TV watcher - never have been. I have a new (ish) TV that has been used pretty much solely for Xbox, movies and a second monitor for the laptop.

As I continue to read about everything going digital TV-wise, it has got me wondering more about what this will entail. I get reasonable reception in my house with my bunny ears aerial (provided I only want to watch one channel at a time, and don't mind wiggling them a bit if I want to change channels, and don't mind not watching TV when its raining...)

Our flat, (like most I would assume) only has one room that has a direct cable from the aerial on the roof. I guess this is the traditional "lounge". Not only have we converted it into a third bedroom, but now all three rooms have people in it that want to watch TV, but the bunny ears won't pick up the digital channels.

I have the opportunity now to buy a pretty cheap second hand Tivo unit so I guess I am just wondering how much it would cost (roughly) to get the other rooms hooked up with the outdoor antenna - the one TV that is hooked up to it gets freeview perfectly fine. Just wondering if it is worth it costwise as I probably wont watch an awful lot of telly anyway, and the landlord almost certainly wont come to the party on this one (if other far more important things are anything to go by).

Any input much appreciated :) 

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  Reply # 453064 29-Mar-2011 10:48
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Where in NZ are you located?

Are you in a freeview HD terrestrial area?

With a rental, are you allowed to drill/cut holes in the walls etc to allow cables to be run throughout the house, even if the landlord won't pay for anything?

Do the TV's all have freeview built in, or are there freeview set top boxes available for them etc?

How many TV's all up are you talking about connecting?

-Perhaps amplified flat panel type aerials are an option instead, if signal strength is sufficient.



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  Reply # 453068 29-Mar-2011 10:53
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Jaxson: Where in NZ are you located? Wellington

Are you in a freeview HD terrestrial area? Yes I believe so, the freeview box currently set up receives perfectly well.

With a rental, are you allowed to drill/cut holes in the walls etc to allow cables to be run throughout the house, even if the landlord won't pay for anything? provided it's not <me> doing it, yes :)

Do the TV's all have freeview built in, or are there freeview set top boxes available for them etc? the one currently setup is a freeview box, my TV has builtin but im going to (possibly) get a Tivo as well. the other has freeview built in.

How many TV's all up are you talking about connecting? three, one in each bedroom.

-Perhaps amplified flat panel type aerials are an option instead, if signal strength is sufficient. Do tell me more? are they indoor aerials? I don't get great reception with my bunny ears, but they aren't great I know. would there be any way of knowing how good these might be before I shelled out for one - any guidelines on just what they can pick up?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 453076 29-Mar-2011 11:03
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revolushn:
Jaxson: Where in NZ are you located? Wellington

Are you in a freeview HD terrestrial area? Yes I believe so, the freeview box currently set up receives perfectly well.

With a rental, are you allowed to drill/cut holes in the walls etc to allow cables to be run throughout the house, even if the landlord won't pay for anything? provided it's not doing it, yes :)

Do the TV's all have freeview built in, or are there freeview set top boxes available for them etc? the one currently setup is a freeview box, my TV has builtin but im going to (possibly) get a Tivo as well. the other has freeview built in.

How many TV's all up are you talking about connecting? three, one in each bedroom.

-Perhaps amplified flat panel type aerials are an option instead, if signal strength is sufficient. Do tell me more? are they indoor aerials? I don't get great reception with my bunny ears, but they aren't great I know. would there be any way of knowing how good these might be before I shelled out for one - any guidelines on just what they can pick up?



What is the "Freeview Box" that you have?  is it HD UHF or simply Satellite Freeview ( Standard Def)

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  Reply # 453078 29-Mar-2011 11:08
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I guess the other thing is probably they want to be able to watch different shows? Ie not just piping the output from one freeview box to all TV's?

What type of house do you have?
ie, concrete floor, old character house, one level of a multi storied building etc?

How does the existing freeview box get it's signal?

Can this be split to feed multiple TV's instead of installing a new aerial etc?



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  Reply # 453079 29-Mar-2011 11:10
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wellygary: 

What is the "Freeview Box" that you have?  is it HD UHF or simply Satellite Freeview ( Standard Def)


Not sure, It isn't mine, but I don't think it's a particularly good one - was fairly cheap at the time and isn't running on an HD TV at the moment. Will find out for sure.

Should say that with my tv/aerial I can pick up the occasional HD channel, but very flickery ie: not actually watchable at all.  

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  Reply # 453084 29-Mar-2011 11:20
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Can you just get a 3 way plitter and split the signal off the one working cable to the other two?

Can you get under the floor to run the cables tidily or run them round the skirting boards or something?

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  Reply # 453086 29-Mar-2011 11:26
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trig42: Can you just get a 3 way plitter and split the signal off the one working cable to the other two?

Can you get under the floor to run the cables tidily or run them round the skirting boards or something?


Only if it is connected to a UHF aerial,I am beginning to suspect it is a regular Sat freeview setup



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  Reply # 453094 29-Mar-2011 11:39
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This is the box:

Homecast ht9200dtr

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=494189

it's plugged into the UHF aerial though (well the same one that the TV was plugged into when the room was a lounge and not a bedroom).

Under the floor is not a possibility (it's concrete), will splitting it up lessen the signal?

Like i said, it's really not my area of expertise sorry :) 

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  Reply # 453106 29-Mar-2011 11:53
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revolushn: This is the box:

Homecast ht9200dtr

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=494189

it's plugged into the UHF aerial though (well the same one that the TV was plugged into when the room was a lounge and not a bedroom).


Sweet, sounds like you have a working HD setup,

Splitting the signal should be OK with off the shelf gear,

But given you appear to want to get it to various parts of the house, you probably want to split it in the ceiling space ( where the feed comes in off the roof) and then run drops to the other bedrooms, ( dropping down in the back of wardrobes is a good trick)



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  Reply # 453110 29-Mar-2011 12:04
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ok, so I am reading through this:

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.filereader?4d91129003c085442741c0a87f3b06f8+EN/catalogs/LRN0002171
So do I just cut the antenna cable near where it comes into the ceiling space, and run my three cables from there to the three rooms?  

If I didn't want to make any holes in the walls, am I able to put some sort of splitter on the cable currently coming out of the wall in bedroom one, that then splits it three ways (although a bunch of cables running through the house isn't ideal either), and if so, will this diminish signal strength at all or won't it matter?

Exactly what cable do I need to buy to run from whatever splitter I get to the other TVs?

many thanks again :) 

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