I have been researching Freeview and have decided to give it a try. Now I'm trying to figure out what equipment I need. Don't know much about this subject so am floundering a bit and would welcome any advice.
I have decided I do want to try a UHF receiver for the high definition though we are in a marginal area. Transmitter is actually not too far away and there is line-of-sight to the hill behind our house but the house itself is in a dip with another hilltop in the way. Coverage maps say we might or might not get reception. I'm prepared to risk it and hope the signal bends enough or bounces to us but to improve our chances I think we do need a good high-gain aerial. Most of what I see on Trade Me is described as 'medium' (around 16db or less). Is this the best I can do or should I look for something else?
I would also appreciate any decoder tips. From the things I have been reading here, it sounds like I would actually be better off with a 'non-compliant' STB. Looking to the future, I would want something that would allow me maximum flexibility for later HD recording and archiving. Again, any suggestions would be much appreciated.