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Television/broadband options

On 23 Apr 2011 at 8:31pm Richlewes wrote:
hi moving to lewes soon and wondered what was the best option for television service (plus broadband etc).
I know i would need planning permission for a satalite dish, which could take some time, so i was knocking sky out of the equation.
Anyone have experience of BT Vision? Do you get freeview reception in lewes?
On 23 Apr 2011 at 8:53pm denmans wrote:
I've just moved to Lewes. i understood there to be patches of poor reception due to its geographical position and was advised to get satellite. Didn't need planning permission. Bought a freesat box, didn't bother with sky. Reception is great and a huge number of free channels. really getting in to al jazeera.
On 23 Apr 2011 at 8:54pm Twinky wrote:
Don't get too excited. Plain TV and Freeview are both terrible, though it depends on where in the town you are. There seems to be no Virgin cable service. I can't speak for BT vision.
On 23 Apr 2011 at 9:30pm denmans wrote:
re satellite dishes
No planning permission required in National Parks as long as the following points are complied with:
there will not be more than one dish on the building or in the garden;
the dish does not exceed 90cm in size;
The installation is not on a chimney stack, nor on the wall or roofslope fronting the road or public footpath.
On 24 Apr 2011 at 8:49am Vesbod wrote:
I just use an ordinary ariel pointing north and have plugged it straight into my digital recorder (Topfield), and everything works fine. I have about 50 channels free (Freeview plus some others), and lots of subscriber ones, which I don't bother with, including Sky.
On 24 Apr 2011 at 9:49am Alex wrote:
It all depends on your location. If it's a listed building you're moving into forget about a satellite dish, unless you can figure out a way to hide it from view and don't tell anyone. Whether you can get freeview depends on if the Heathfield transmitter is blocked by the edge of the downs from your house, which seems to be the case for about half of Lewes homes. Look to see which direction your neighbours aerials are pointing. If they're pointing at the ESCC building then you probably can't get freeview. And if you can't get freeview there's no point in BT Vision as that's what it uses for live TV. Until the digital switchover next year you're stuck with 4 channels plus things like iPlayer if you want more choice. For broadband, Bethere is pretty good.
On 24 Apr 2011 at 5:38pm supporter wrote:
Malling area has no problems with freeview,at least the part I live in.
On 24 Apr 2011 at 6:26pm Twinky wrote:
I see the following from the switchover 2012 site
"The Lewes VP transmitter in the Meridian TV region is your most likely transmitter. It's a relay transmitter and it's part of the Heathfield transmitter group."
Does that mean the ESCC transmitter will switch to digital, or will we still have to point to Heathfield?
On 26 Apr 2011 at 9:49am Ed Can Do wrote:
You aonly need planning permission for a dish on a listed building and even then you can generally hide it at the back of the house or even install it in the loft with a signal booster.

We have Freesat through an old Sky dish and I'm perfectly happy with it. The only noticable missing channels are Fiver and Five USA and the only thing I'd actually watch on those would be Polce Interceptors.
On 26 Apr 2011 at 11:18am Mystic Mog wrote:
At the last try I cannot get digital in Cliffe. BT Vision uses Freeview and therefore a digital signal is required. Their advertising is very poor and the implicatio is that all the data coem via the phone line, which it does not.
I tried to get my licence fee reduced isnce, despite being the county town, much of Lewes cannot get Freeview. However my request was given a short rude responce.

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