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I have a TV in the kitchen that is not receiving Freeview verey well. I am in a poor reception area and I don't want to have a new aerial instalation as I don't want to add any cables. I have Virgin WiFi. Should I be looking at things like Firestick as a way forward? The TV is really mainly used by my wife for what I would call traditional channels. The TV has a HDMI and a USB socket.
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DerbyBorn used his keyboard to write :

Describe your antenna system installation, do other TV's in the house work OK on Freeview?
Firestick are great for catchup, providing they have a good strong wifi signal - but not sure they even offer live TV.
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On Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:09:47 GMT, Harry Bloomfield

+1, although I find the Amazon one a pain to navigate, and although it's got Alexa, I've not got to grips with it yet. As a result I don't use it a lot, preferring to record on the PVR if I can't watch something straight away.
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Aerial directed at Waltham. Aerial engineer recently checked signal stength (did he say 57db?). We are in a hollow. Aerial is on pole on T& K brackets on wall. Aerial fed a splitter - to main TV and to kitchen TV. Splitter removed as main TV is usually using Virgin. That was also suffering.
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On 26/11/2017 14:37, DerbyBorn wrote:

57dBuV is actually a very strong signal. Did he measure it after a masthead amp? Have you got a masthead amp?
Bill
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No amp. The signal can seem reasonable (as seen on TV) and then it suddenly drops and the picture breaks up
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DerbyBorn expressed precisely :

Wet trees or similar blowing into the signal path?
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On 26/11/2017 18:34, DerbyBorn wrote:

You are experiencing the Digital Cliff. A half decent aerial installer should be able to fix that. If not, use Freesat.
Bill
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Well a lot of tv channels will be changing next year, so its hard to advise now. I would suggest though that you get a second set amplifier to test to see if you can get a reliable signal to both. Otherwise you might need to do something radical like fint a freesat box and get a dish, and pipe that around the house or get Virgins tv offering or maybe improve the freeview aerial, but check the new channels after the next upheaval first. Yes I know we only just did a retune in august but the government has flogged another section of the Review band off to the telecom companies for mobile data use and they have to cram the tv transmitters into an even smaller bit of space than before. Brian
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Interesting to hear about a shuffle of channels Brian. I have Virgin box on my main TV which allowed me to abandon my splitter. The TV with the problem is in the kitchen and I really don't want to run any cables or have any new boxes on show. A Firestick looked feasable and I am hoping a mate will come and give me a go with his. Hopefully me WiFi will be good enough.
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On Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:04:33 +0000, DerbyBorn wrote:

A more expensive option is to put op a satellite dish.
The dish is usually cheaper than the satellite decoder but the whole shooting match can get round problems with terrestrial signals.
However you don't want any extra cables. Hmm...replace the aerial cable with another co-ax?
Nope, not convincing myself, let alone you.
As already noted, your main problem will be watching live TV, although you could look at the Virgin service which as far as I know lets you watch live TV on a tablet or PC - which in turn may support an HDMI lead.
Cheers
Dave R
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