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Keep it simple for me...How to watch "normal" tv on my tv without wires connections

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LondonBuyer Wed 18-Nov-20 16:26:02

Hi everyone

I'm slightly embarrassed to ask but my current TV is from 2011...

I am now going to purchase a new up to date "smart" TV and hang this on the chimney breast. There is a power plug in place behind the TV but I have not accounted for any other connections...

I know Amazon and Netflix will be fine...but to watch normal TV, freeview style, can I do this via an ap? Or will I still need a cable connection to my ariel? I'm worried I've messed this up and there should be more cables being put where the tv will be :-/

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MarieG10 Wed 18-Nov-20 17:25:36

Totally depends on your set up

Ideally in case any services faiL, a standard arial and cable to the TV.
Sky TV I believe will work off wifi but would be better to have an IP6 cable run to the router. Virgin will only work off a cable wired to a box that can be placed behind the TV if desired

Blue5238 Wed 18-Nov-20 17:45:01

We have no aerial. BBC via iplayer app, itv via their app etc.
It is fine. But we don't watch much TV!

PamDemic Wed 18-Nov-20 18:00:51

I have a smart tv and no aerial. Mine is connected (somehow!) to the internet. (I assume a wireless connection).

I use TV Player to watch all of the terrestrial channels live. I can watch netflix through the tv. I also have an amazon firestick attached to it to watch amazon prime and apple tv to watch NOW tv and download movies.

It seems quite complicated but it means I don't have to subscribe to virgin or sky. That said, because it's reliant on a patchy internet connection, it isn't reliable, so I am actually going to sign up to Sky.

AmandaHugenkiss Wed 18-Nov-20 18:02:28

Another one with no aerial, we use the apps for iplayer Netflix etc and can cast anything from the iPad. But again, not massive TV watchers.

PigletJohn Wed 18-Nov-20 18:26:36

An aerial will give you Freeview with a lot of channels to start with.

If you have broadband into your home I expect you can register to the wifi or plug in a wire connection. The wire is faster and more reliable.

Smallgoon Wed 18-Nov-20 18:33:36

I have one of those LG OLED smart TVs. Like you I just wanted 'normal' tv but in order to access the freeview channels (even though the apps are all built in), I needed to purchase one of those coax aerial cables. I got mine from Toolstation, I think this is the one I purchased

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