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French tv reception without sat dish.

Post by Gillyhar on Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:00 pm

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Our old Avtex 12v tv no longer picks up French broadcasts, since they went all HD last year, and cannot be upgraded internally.  We don’t have a sat dish, just the digital aerial which came with the van. 
 
I have found out that the new set needs to have a DVB-T tuner and am looking at one of the Cello Traveller TVs.  Cello have confirmed this will work in France, but say to plug it through a sat dish, which we don’t have!
 
I have read the existing thread on French TV reception, but everyone commenting either seems to have a sat dish or plans to get one. 
 
I don’t need to pick up any UK tv while in France.  When we pitch up somewhere, I like to tune to the local broadcaster for local weather & news (and MotoGP and F1, if lucky!)
 
So I guess my question is if I buy a new tv with the correct tuner, can I view French tv channels through our existing digital aerial?
 
I would appreciate your experience of this, before I spend a lot of cash on something that won’t work.
 
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Post by inspiredron on Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:02 pm

You actually need a DVB -T2 tuner or a DVB - S2 tuner for HD.  The 2 means HD compatible and the T or S is Terrestrial (an aerial) or Satelllite (a dish).  You sem to have been misinformed.  I know nothing about the Cello Traveller.  You can use the old Avtex and your areial if you buy a new DVB T2 tuner box and plug that into the back of the Avtex but its a faff.  I had the same problem and Avtex gave me an £80 allowance against buying a new Avtex set.  Since then Avtex prices have reduced. I got the 188DRS which does Terrestrial and Satellite as an upgrade but have noit yet bought a dish.

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Re: French tv reception without sat dish.

Post by Gillyhar on Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:44 am

Thanks for the info. 
I did mean DVB T2, typing not as precise as it used to be!  Also been told MPEG-4, whatever that it.  The tuner box has been suggested, but as space is limited in our Warwick we would prefer a tv with all the necessary gubbins built in.  
Decisions, decisions.  

I appreciate your input.

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Post by Peter Brown on Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:41 pm

inspiredron wrote:You actually need a DVB -T2 tuner or a DVB - S2 tuner for HD.  The 2 means HD compatible and the T or S is Terrestrial (an aerial) or Satelllite (a dish).  You sem to have been misinformed.  I know nothing about the Cello Traveller.  You can use the old Avtex and your areial if you buy a new DVB T2 tuner box and plug that into the back of the Avtex but its a faff.  I had the same problem and Avtex gave me an £80 allowance against buying a new Avtex set.  Since then Avtex prices have reduced. I got the 188DRS which does Terrestrial and Satellite as an upgrade but have noit yet bought a dish.

I adopted the same solution as Ron (and I think we both got sets from the first batch that arrived in the UK). Super TV in all respects.

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Post by inspiredron on Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:01 pm

Peter Brown wrote:
inspiredron wrote:You actually need a DVB -T2 tuner or a DVB - S2 tuner for HD.  The 2 means HD compatible and the T or S is Terrestrial (an aerial) or Satelllite (a dish).  You sem to have been misinformed.  I know nothing about the Cello Traveller.  You can use the old Avtex and your areial if you buy a new DVB T2 tuner box and plug that into the back of the Avtex but its a faff.  I had the same problem and Avtex gave me an £80 allowance against buying a new Avtex set.  Since then Avtex prices have reduced. I got the 188DRS which does Terrestrial and Satellite as an upgrade but have noit yet bought a dish.

I adopted the same solution as Ron (and I think we both got sets from the first batch that arrived in the UK).  Super TV in all respects.
That's right, Peter, we did.  And it is a great set - used most of the year in our kitchen.
I think it is probably better value now because I saw it in Feb's CC Magazine at £300 for the 188DRS including an 8Gb stick as well.  I rejected the tuner idea for the same reason as Gill as well as the faff.

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Re: French tv reception without sat dish.

Post by Gillyhar on Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:59 pm

Thank you all.  I did a bit more research and, after reading other online reviews, I decided on the Avtex L188DRS.  Ordered.  Job done!
Thank you all for your input.
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