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Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 4,966
I’ve just moved into a new build house.
I appear to have reasonable 80 Mbps broadband (full fibre not available yet) and iplayer works fine through a wired connection. There won’t be competition from other streaming , video conferencing or gaming at the same time.

Is there any reason i need to bother getting an aerial installed?
Only reasons i can see are for channel hopping, or recording on the pvr. The latter definitely a plus for anything on ITV or C4.

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  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 10,980
    Not had a proper tv aerial for about 15 years. Never had any issues.
    Pinno, מלך אידיוט וחרא מכונאי
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 11,747
    If you've decent Internet you don't need an aerial. Sky no longer use a dish and virgin is cable. My eldest has recently moved out and the first thing he did was drag the dish and aerial down. He's just watching everything via Internet.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 25,897
    I got cable and I do like to be able to ffwd through the adverts rather than watching on all4 or itv+

    Other than that I could do without.
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 26,953 Lives Here
    Just had the email that Community Fibre is going live on our road so we're ditching Virgin. The wife still wants to be able to watch normal telly so might have to see if the aerial still works. Are there other options for normal telly that aren't subscription based? Freeview through the internet?
  • verylonglegsverylonglegs Posts: 3,924
    My aerial went faulty after high winds a few years ago and I couldn't be bothered to pay someone to sort it out. The only issue is live sport that can sometimes be up to two full minutes behind and that is down to the iplayer or similar regardless of the speed of your broadband. That in itself isn't a massive problem except during a football tournament I know England have scored well before I see it as I can hear the cheering in the neighbourhood.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 24,709

    Just had the email that Community Fibre is going live on our road so we're ditching Virgin. The wife still wants to be able to watch normal telly so might have to see if the aerial still works. Are there other options for normal telly that aren't subscription based? Freeview through the internet?

    I just conducted a test and everything worked as I suspected.
    Internet required for streaming and aerial required for Freeview.

    Apparently there is a limited Freeview available online. Not worth bothering with imo.
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  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 2,233
    Get a Freesat dish and receiver. Some tvs have this but in. There are quite a number of channels that are not online. It's free once installed.
  • ProssPross Posts: 39,329
    seanoconn said:

    Not had a proper tv aerial for about 15 years. Never had any issues.

    Same. Had to do some playing around originally to use our Sky box but with Sky Q and Smart TV / Fire TV stick we now manage fine. Sky Q does the live TV stuff though, I find live a bit annoying on Smart TVs, not sure if there is one single app that allows you to access them all.
  • ProssPross Posts: 39,329

    My aerial went faulty after high winds a few years ago and I couldn't be bothered to pay someone to sort it out. The only issue is live sport that can sometimes be up to two full minutes behind and that is down to the iplayer or similar regardless of the speed of your broadband. That in itself isn't a massive problem except during a football tournament I know England have scored well before I see it as I can hear the cheering in the neighbourhood.

    At least that is a highly infrequent event.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 11,747
    Spoke with the lad and he's using BBC Iplayer and ITVX plus various other subscription Apps he's got. He's not bothered about regional stuff. He did say jumping between Apps is a pain. He did mention about moody firesticks fully loaded with channels but hasn't bothered himself.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 4,966
    Thanks all, you have saved me a couple of hundred quid.
    Apart from the occasional national sporting event ;that i will still be able to catch) i very seldom switch on to watch live TV.
    Being a bit more difficult to watch things on apps means I won’t end up hopping onto some obscure late-night film or biopic that I don’t need to see.
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 10,980
    The only pita with relying on apps for live tv is there’s a slight delay, maybe 30 seconds. When you’re watching a major sporting event and you can hear cheering outside before you see a goal or in my case, my Father in law in Poland texts me to say England have scored while I’m watching a delayed screen, can be annoying.

    Does everyone have a delay with apps?
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  • ProssPross Posts: 39,329
    seanoconn said:

    The only pita with relying on apps for live tv is there’s a slight delay, maybe 30 seconds. When you’re watching a major sporting event and you can hear cheering outside before you see a goal or in my case, my Father in law in Poland texts me to say England have scored while I’m watching a delayed screen, can be annoying.

    Does everyone have a delay with apps?

    It got mentioned above as well, I'm lucky enough to not have any friends and live next door to an old woman so have never noticed.
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 4,966
    My Scottish heritage means this would not really be a problem, even if I didn't live in England.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 70,780 Lives Here
    FWIW Sky offer a TV broadband service which I use.

    Isn't flawless but does the job and is relatively cheap.
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