Aerial for freeview box?

  bluto1 21:52 03 May 07

I`ve just received my free freeview box from Virgin media. What sort of aerial is required to obtain an optimum signal? I have a Sky dish. The outside aerial is a broad band aerial. Any help most welcome.

  jack 08:34 04 May 07

If the aerial in use receives the normal current analogue signal for terrestrial stations -that's the one to use,
It rather depends on your local conditions/transmitter etc.
Anyway start with what you have and play from there.
For example I am 20 miles or so from Crystal Palace transmitter.
My old[30 yr] loft aerial works fine for the main TV.
My Freecom Digi USB thingy for the Computer works from the supplied stub aerial suckered on the the north facing window in the 'puter room- which makes it in the completely the wrong place- but it works fine.

  BT 08:39 04 May 07

In case anyone is wondering, Virgin will give you a Free Freeview box if you are taking their phone and broadband but are not able to get their cable services because youare not in a cabled area.

  bluto1 14:13 04 May 07

Thanks jack, I`m less than 15 miles from our local tx so should be OK, although we don`t get a good signal on channel 5. Resolved

  Stuartli 13:42 05 May 07

You may/will need to install a wideband aerial if your current one is fairly old (i.e. narrowband type).

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