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I want a tv but don't have broadband or sky and can't get either as council flat.

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myoriginal3 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:18:59

Can I buy a tv and an indoor aerial?
Are there other options like freeview?
My wifi is through my phone and is too slow to even show youtube videos half the time.

Sorry for possibly the stupidest question of all time, but back in the 60's you could watch a blooming tv without the internet so why now do I apparently need broadband?

RJnomore1 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:21:06

Why can't you get broadband? You must be able to get a phone line?

ShowMePotatoSalad Sat 01-Apr-17 16:21:37

You don't need the internet for freeview. Analogue TV doesn't exist anymore so an indoor TV aerial will not work.

If you want a freeview TV the property needs to have an outdoor aerial which it most likely will do. You can then buy a TV with either freeview already installed on it, or a TV and a freeview box.

Itaintme Sat 01-Apr-17 16:22:11

You can get broadband through a phone line.

TheNewSchmoo Sat 01-Apr-17 16:22:19

Having a council flat doesn't mean you can't have broadband?

ShowMePotatoSalad Sat 01-Apr-17 16:22:36

And also there is no reason you can't have a phone line installed if not already. Then you can get broadband.

BigBrownSofa123 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:22:43

Free view would be ideal. Invest in a good box that you can record on and you will soon get your money's worth.

Itaintme Sat 01-Apr-17 16:23:13

Is there aerial point in the flat?

Rossigigi Sat 01-Apr-17 16:23:13

You don't need broadband get free view with an outdoor aerial....

kimlo Sat 01-Apr-17 16:24:13

dd1s tv has inbuilt freeview and uses an indoor aerial. I got it from argos.

Why can't you get sky?

Gillian1980 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:27:10

You can use an indoor digital aerial and freeview.

myoriginal3 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:28:19

This is temporary accommodation so is essentially seen as 'hostel' accommodation, though it's a studio flat. We can't get phone lines in. We also can't get sky.
No point getting a tv then is there?

Itaintme Sat 01-Apr-17 16:29:56

Is there an aerial on the roof? Can you ask the other residents if there is an outdoor aerial?

BendingSpoons Sat 01-Apr-17 16:30:30

I'm confused. I just bought a TV. It has no aerial, is is not plugged into an aerial, it is not a smart TV so doesn't need internet, it just shows a picture!

myoriginal3 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:30:38

I've hope - there is what looks like an aerial point here. So a tv with freeview on it and what else would I need?

kimlo Sat 01-Apr-17 16:30:59

yes there is you just need a decent indoor aerial, and you will be able to take them with you when you move.

myoriginal3 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:31:54

I don't know any of the others here well enough though I think I've heard a tv before (though maybe watching through their wifi).

Bending spoons - what have you got? It sounds like just what I need!

Catgotyourbrain Sat 01-Apr-17 16:33:37

Freeview works on an indoor aerial! Look for a digital one - we use a tiny one that attaches to the window with suckers and it's fine.

myoriginal3 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:33:52

I can't get an outdoor aerial. I don't know if there is one outside, I certainly haven't seen one. We're not allowed to install anything here. Which completely sucks, but such is life.

BillSykesDog Sat 01-Apr-17 16:34:28

Could you get mobile internet access? I think Virgin do a good deal, they target students near me. Good luck, temp accommodation is miserable enough without a bit of entertainment.

Itaintme Sat 01-Apr-17 16:34:44

Is there a cable coming out of the aerial point? You just plug that into the back of a tv if there's an outdoor aerial already there.

LauraGashley Sat 01-Apr-17 16:35:13

Most new TVs will have built in free view, you just need a digital aerial. If there is an aerial point that's a good start, but if it's an old building, then it may be an analogue aerial. Can you check with the owners/neighbours?

Itaintme Sat 01-Apr-17 16:36:13

Look for a good indoor aerial.I've had freeveiw working on an indoor aerial.

myoriginal3 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:39:37

I have wifi on my phone but it's so slow it certainly wouldn't stream live tv.

There is no cable coming out of the tv point thing. It's just a round hole?

Can't check with neighbours as they don't speak English (the ones next to me) and I don't know the other ones to say hello to.

Thanks all - I'll see about getting a digital indoor aerial and pray that it works!

BendingSpoons Sat 01-Apr-17 16:41:16

My TV was just a fairly basic one from Argos with built in freebie. It is a few years old (ambiguous use of the word 'just' in my last post. I do live in an urban area, no idea if that affects the signal quality. My old flat had a round aerial socket. I never needed to use it but that's a good sign if you have one. When did TVs become so complicated?!

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