At the moment I have no TV aerial or cable TV - manage quite happily
without until now.
Is it possible to take a Freeview aerial feed, say, and connect it to a
home network (CAT6/NAS/8 port switch), and have the TV signal at each
ethernet point throughout the house?
On Thursday 06 February 2014 11:22 RJH wrote in uk.d-i-y:
No, not directly.
Indirectly you could use MythTV - one server with TV cards connected to
the aerial. The viewing ends - a MythTV client plugged into the net.
Or just subscribe to various Internet delivery systems and/or use
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On Thursday, February 6, 2014 11:22:52 AM UTC, RJH wrote:
I think the closest you would get to that is a MythTV Linux box running a backend at the aerial location and a MythTV Linux box running a frontend at each TV. A very nice solution albeit complicated to set up and expensive!
Probably easier to put tv points where you need them
Yes, but it doesn't look very cheap...
(and probably others - that was the first likely result from googling "tv
aerial over ethernet")
It's not that simple. You can connect a device that takes a RF TV feed
(Freeview or Freesat) and digitises the signal and then distributes the
digital signal to computers over the network. You can't feed an RF
signal into the network and just plug an ordinary TV into another port.
A linux box with MythTV and an adapter card is one way to do it. There
are other ways too. A Raspberry Pi has just about enough horsepower to
handle the digitisation job.
7 in many places now, 8 soon. The principle still stands you can have
multiple cards to get even more tuners, diminishing returns, and the
interrupt rate gets quite scary, especially for tuners without hardware
On Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:18:26 +0000, Andy Burns wrote:
And many places just 3.
I suspect the OP might be happy with a single card and stream over
the LAN, retuning the card as required rather than trying to make all
the channels available (most of which are a waste of didgits).
Sounding complicated. So, I could take one of these:
and plug the aerial in. I don't see how that could then 'serve' to the
Another option I'd thought about was cable TV. I don't have cable ATM,
but Virgin and BT is available in my street. Save on the aerial, but I
didn't really want to get into a contract and pay for something that's free.
Yes, that would receive TV onto that PC (SD but not HD with that
That's where the mythTV* software comes in, it has a server back-end and
a client front-end which can run on different PC(s) dotted around the
house, it's not entirely straightforward ... choice of PC, tuners
graphics card is important, some Linux knowledge required.
*other software available, some for windows obviously.
I tried MythTV, but it was too much of a palaver to set it up for me.
I ended up using Argus TV
Though actually, in the end I've not really bothered with the TV across
the network thing. No one really watches TV as broadcast in this house
anymore. Except on the odd occasion it happens to be on just as we want
to watch the program. It just gets used to record some things.
We'd all much rather watch something we choose at the time we want to.
So it's iplayer/4OD etc. or downloads/recordings or DVD's.
The kids fail to see the attraction in a service where you have to watch
what someone else has decided to broadcast at a particular time. They
prefer to choose their dross :-)
Yes, that would be much simpler.
Thing is, every living room has an ethernet point, but no aerial. So I
was wondering if one aerial feed could be piped into the ethernet
network, and somehow magically be available at each point - thereby
allowing TV in each room, with the ease of routing the cable into the
cellar (where the network switch is).
Not that I have much/any interest in TV. But I'm told it's not all about
If you are asking whether a UHF signal will physically travel over one
of the twisted pairs in a cat 6 cable then yes it will. You need a good
signal though. I achieved it over cat 5e cable a few years ago when I
wanted to send the tv signal to my computer in the study without having
to run additional cables. The tv signal was already in the cellar and
there were already spare cat5 cables going to the study an I did not
want to affect decoration.
Will not successfully traverse a network switch though!
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