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Quick q (cable guy here!), do you need an aerial in 2021?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema & Hi-Fi' started by Scam, 26 Aug 2021.

  1. Scam

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,628

    Location: London

    As above. I have a cable guy here replacing the BT box and removing all historical cabling. He's moved the BT socket and Sky cabling where I want into a neat faceplate/box but has elected to leave the aerial out.

    Should I get him to drill another hole and bring the aerial in for backup? Sky customer here (staff account through work actually) so we'll have that as long as I'm in my current job at least. He says obviously we can get a Freesat box if we ever replace Sky.

    Should I bother getting him to bring the aerial in through another hole? Likely the aerial can get pulled down when we do work on the roof/loft anyway :confused:
     
  2. lucid

    Soldato

    Joined: 29 May 2010

    Posts: 5,844

    Location: Cheshire

    You're paying for a TV licence anyway. All TVs have to have a Freeview tuner. So, if there's a working aerial currently on the property then why not at least have the facility to use it if ever the need arises?
     
  3. Scam

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,628

    Location: London

    To be honest we don't know if the aerial does work and given the state of alot of the things left here I'm thinking not! Ah we let it go without.. tbh you can watch most of the main channels live via streaming now anyway? iPlayer, All4.. ?
     
  4. lucid

    Soldato

    Joined: 29 May 2010

    Posts: 5,844

    Location: Cheshire

    Streaming is there, but it's very much the condensed version; just the "highlight" programmes. Not the entire output.
     
  5. Donnie Fisher

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Jun 2018

    Posts: 1,123

    Location: Doon the watah ... Scotland

    I would get it installed. You might not be with sky all the time in the future.

    whilst you can watch via streaming, it’s just a whole better a lot of the time through the aerial if it’s live.
     
  6. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Nov 2010

    Posts: 21,742

    Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
     
  7. RobTi

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 Jan 2005

    Posts: 761

    Always a back up if sky or internet goes down
     
  8. lltfdaniel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Feb 2009

    Posts: 2,320

    Location: Bournemouth

    This is a good indoor aerial > RGTech Monarch 50 Transparent Indoor Freeview HDTV Aerial costs about £25 and for me this is the best aerial i have had.

    Just in case you wanted an indoor aerial.
     
  9. TALON1973

    Mobster

    Joined: 28 Jul 2004

    Posts: 4,952

    Location: llanelli , south wales

    Also , it’s a plus point if ever selling property. It might seem like an insignificant detail, but it is a factor.