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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2005, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Does Freeview TV work in all of europe?

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Would a freeview box or digital TV work in all (or most) of Europe or do they use different systems like PAL/SECAM?
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Hi Hymaway

The simple answer is no.

You need a satellite dish with a free to air receiver. This will get most of the freeview channels across the near continent. As you get further away, the larger dish you need and the fewer channels you will receive.

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Hymaway,

I think the answer to your question is yes.

The standard used is DVB-T, and I believe this is adopted/being adopted throughout most of Europe (unlike the differing PAL and SECAM standards for Analogue TV). Its also used in Singapore and Australia.

So, I think you should be able to pick up digital terresstrial TV in most of Europe *where digital is being transmitted*.

This will, of course, be only local programming, not UK content.

See http://www.dvb.org/graphics/internal...-Map_DVB-T.jpg for standards.
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Dear Hymaway,

I agree with Robinhood, we were able to pick up Spanish Television through our UK purchased Digi box while touring Spain this summer.

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Ahh - sorry

I assumed that Hymaway wanted to pick up UK freeview broadcasts. If you want foreign language output then you're in with a fighting chance but, as with UK, digital signals are much more sensitive to signal strength than analogue so if you're camping in remote places you might be better off with good old analogue.

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We've watched TV in Belgium with a freeview box, but that is all.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-12-2005, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies.
I really wanted to cheque the local weather whilst in europe so it's the local stations I need. With analogue being pulled in 3 or so years it seems foolish to buy a portable TV without digital, but they are still rare. I have seen a Mustek DTV-408 Pro 8.4" Portable DVD Player on Amazon but it is an unknow make to me and I am thinking twice at £225.
Any thoughts?
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Hi Hymaway,

As stated in another thread, You can purchase a 12V freeview box for around £25.

They are 12V but come with a 240V adaptor. Purchase a small plug and connect up to your 12V system in your van.

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Hi Hymaway,

As stated in another thread, You can purchase a 12V freeview box for around £25.

They are 12V but come with a 240V adaptor. Purchase a small plug and connect up to your 12V system in your van.

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Hi Hymaway,

As stated in another thread, You can purchase a 12V freeview box for around £25.

They are 12V but come with a 240V adaptor. Purchase a small plug and connect up to your 12V system in your van.

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