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Any experiences good or bad?

Previously my son's telly has been exclusively for his xbox but he now wants to watch drivel too. running a cable is a massive PITA because I'll need to start afresh from the socket downstairs behind the telly and I'm really lazy. I'm too tight to pay for another external aerial so an internal one seems a good lazy option.
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They are generally crap. Instead perhaps consider getting a cheap laptop or streaming device that allows iPlayer etc. Live stuff is available. Her indoors watches live TV on her iPad when she is cooking. Other alternatives are HDMI senders.
How old is said child?

You may be able to get iPlayer etc on an Xbox.
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They are generally crap. Instead perhaps consider getting a cheap laptop or streaming device that allows iPlayer etc. Live stuff is available. Her indoors watches live TV on her iPad when she is cooking. Other alternatives are HDMI senders.
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Said child is 13.

I really need to not be bone idle I think.
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Used one of those powered flat style ones at work to watch sporting events
on the HD video projector.

Get one that is easily mounted on/near a window.

Or as BGZ says, just set him up with something that'll stream live TV.

Amazon FireTV stick, perhaps?
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I bought this some months ago for the TV in the garage, Mrs watches TV while on her treadmill.

Very impressed, its stuck to a window surround with a 3m sticky pad, it was about £18 when I bought it.

1byone 0.7 mm Paper Thin Digital TV Aerial with Excellent Performance for Digital Freeview and Analog TV Signals/VHF/UHF/FM/Soft Design/Window Aerial: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools
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I bought this some months ago for the TV in the garage, Mrs watches TV while on her treadmill.

Very impressed, its stuck to a window surround with a 3m sticky pad, it was about £18 when I bought it.

1byone 0.7 mm Paper Thin Digital TV Aerial with Excellent Performance for Digital Freeview and Analog TV Signals/VHF/UHF/FM/Soft Design/Window Aerial: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools
For the sake of £14 I reckon that's worth a punt.
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How big is it?
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Why not get a proper Yagi-type aerial and stick it in the loft? So long as it's not looking straight at a brick gable-end you'll probably get good reception.

If cabling internally down through the house would be a pain, you could exit the cable from the loft through a soffit, run down the outside of the house and re-enter an external wall near or at your existing RF socket?
 
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Cheap and good

Establish your nearest TV transmitter, locate it on Googlemaps and with a compass establish correct aerial orientation in the loft. Then hang it from rafters with string. You shouldn't need an amp, so this'll work out cheaper than a somewhat naff indoor aerial/amp combo.

An amplified indoor aerial at ground level would be rather prone to RF nasties floating around, and may give picture break-up/blocking/freezing. Basically, amplifying a weak signal will also amplify the nasties.

Best to get the best signal you can in the 1st place.
 
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KB, may I ask what TV you have at home? Sky, Virgin, whatever?

If you're begrudgingly paying a load of dosh for subscription-TV, it might even be the catalyst for you having Freeview in your gaff.


*Edit: ignore this, you already have a working aerial socket downstairs don't you, and the boy's TV is in his bedroom?

The above 2 posts could still apply though, and it'd be easy to neatly run an RF coax cable from the loft directly into the corner of his bedroom ceiling.
 
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