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    So I haven't been living in London for too long...the horrid flat I've moved into doesn't have a TV. Which means I have to start this from scratch.
    What are the best packages to choose for TV? Is there someone who can just provide everything for me and fix it?
    I have bad experiences with internet, phone contract etc. I imagine days going by before the TV can be delivered, installation people telling me there is something wrong, me ending up with having to fix something myself which I am incapable of (I cannot set up stuff like that myself).

    So what do you recommend..easiest solution, not super expensive..

    (And btw I might not stay at that apartment for too long, so if the contract can be transferred or whatever would be great...)
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    ill do it for a small fee?
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    (Original post by AwsomePossum)
    ill do it for a small fee?


    Seriously, I'm completely at scratch here. I've never had to buy this for myself as my last flat had a tv.
    Do I buy tv and program package separately? How do I know if it's easy to install and do I need to register with some sort of authority about paying license?
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    You want a TV package, like Sky? Or an actual TV? Or... both? All you need to do is buy a TV from Amazon or Argos or something, plug it in, and order Sky online. They'll come and set it all up. What's so confusing? Idgi.
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    (Original post by Addzter)
    You want a TV package, like Sky? Or an actual TV? Or... both? All you need to do is buy a TV from Amazon or Argos or something, plug it in, and order Sky online. They'll come and set it all up. What's so confusing? Idgi.
    Both a TV package and an actual TV, yes.
    I considered Sky because it's what I've heard others use, it is reckoned to be the best?
    Are there other places than Argos which are good for electronics?
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    (Original post by Aconcernedparent)
    Both a TV package and an actual TV, yes.
    I considered Sky because it's what I've heard others use, it is reckoned to be the best?
    Are there other places than Argos which are good for electronics?
    Yeah, Sky's pretty good. You could order the television online or go to Curry's or Comet or something, idk.
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    Why on earth do you want an idiot box?
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    (Original post by Addzter)
    Yeah, Sky's pretty good. You could order the television online or go to Curry's or Comet or something, idk.
    I go to Argos and it says by "PC input socket" or "component video socket". ??
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    (Original post by Aconcernedparent)


    Seriously, I'm completely at scratch here. I've never had to buy this for myself as my last flat had a tv.
    Do I buy tv and program package separately? How do I know if it's easy to install and do I need to register with some sort of authority about paying license?
    Yes, you go into a shop like comet or Argos. One that sells a large variety of electrical products. This is where you buy your TV, some stores do have a delivery and installation service, but I have no experience with this.

    You have to contact companies like Virgin or Sky for TV packages, if you are a new customer installation is often free of charge and they will do that for you.

    And yes you will need to pay TV license (unless your landlord has done it all ready?)

    That link will take you to their website.

    Hope I helped.
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    (Original post by dean01234)
    Yes, you go into a shop like comet or Argos. One that sells a large variety of electrical products. This is where you buy your TV, some stores do have a delivery and installation service, but I have no experience with this.

    You have to contact companies like Virgin or Sky for TV packages, if you are a new customer installation is often free of charge and they will do that for you.

    And yes you will need to pay TV license (unless your landlord has done it all ready?)

    That link will take you to their website.

    Hope I helped.
    Thanks so much!

    I'm looking at Argos...why are there so many options! I have no clue about what to choose. 3D, LED LCD?
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    (Original post by Aconcernedparent)
    Thanks so much!

    I'm looking at Argos...why are there so many options! I have no clue about what to choose. 3D, LED LCD?
    It depends on how much you want to spend...

    Read some reviews online and if you possibly can go to a shop where they have some on display that you can see for yourself.
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    (Original post by dean01234)
    It depends on how much you want to spend...

    Read some reviews online and if you possibly can go to a shop where they have some on display that you can see for yourself.
    Thing is I don't know what those things mean

    I want a quite large TV (not one to hang on the wall) with a high quality screen but not one of those most expensive. I don't know what 'expensive' is though, as I've never bought one before.
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    (Original post by Aconcernedparent)
    Thanks so much!

    I'm looking at Argos...why are there so many options! I have no clue about what to choose. 3D, LED LCD?
    LCD is usually the way to go for the best quality/price balance. 3D is still really expensive and I personally find it gimmicky.

    You'll want to make sure it's HD or HD Ready though. 1080p is what you should look for, you can get 720p screens too which are not as good (and therefore should be cheaper)
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    (Original post by Manitude)
    LCD is usually the way to go for the best quality/price balance. 3D is still really expensive and I personally find it gimmicky.

    You'll want to make sure it's HD or HD Ready though. 1080p is what you should look for, you can get 720p screens too which are not as good (and therefore should be cheaper)
    Thanks! I hope Argos installs it as well.
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    (Original post by dean01234)
    Yes, you go into a shop like comet or Argos. One that sells a large variety of electrical products. This is where you buy your TV, some stores do have a delivery and installation service, but I have no experience with this.

    You have to contact companies like Virgin or Sky for TV packages, if you are a new customer installation is often free of charge and they will do that for you.

    And yes you will need to pay TV license (unless your landlord has done it all ready?)

    That link will take you to their website.

    Hope I helped.
    I have to give up on the Sky project.. It said I needed a landline, I said I did not have one, then it said there is registered a landline on my address and asked for the landline number which I don't have... I thought there was no landline, I don't have internet (only the type ou pay for by the minute. When BT came to my house they said the wire had been cut). Sigh I knew I wouldn't be able to fix this fuss-free.
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    (Original post by Aconcernedparent)
    I have to give up on the Sky project.. It said I needed a landline, I said I did not have one, then it said there is registered a landline on my address and asked for the landline number which I don't have... I thought there was no landline, I don't have internet (only the type ou pay for by the minute. When BT came to my house they said the wire had been cut). Sigh I knew I wouldn't be able to fix this fuss-free.
    In the meantime you might want to get a digibox. You can get them for less than £20 these days. And they really don't require much setting up (maybe are as simple as plugging it in scanning for channels then watching TV) and it's just a one off fee. You'll still need a TV licence though.
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    (Original post by Manitude)
    In the meantime you might want to get a digibox. You can get them for less than £20 these days. And they really don't require much setting up (maybe are as simple as plugging it in scanning for channels then watching TV) and it's just a one off fee. You'll still need a TV licence though.
    To be honest, I don't know if the TV license has been paid, but since there is no TV at the property, I assume not. If I try to pay, maybe they will tell me if it has been paid on my address?
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    (Original post by Aconcernedparent)
    To be honest, I don't know if the TV license has been paid, but since there is no TV at the property, I assume not. If I try to pay, maybe they will tell me if it has been paid on my address?
    They will almost certainly tell you if it has been paid if you go on the website and try to pay, if for some reason this is not the case then you ought to be able to apply for a refund. If it hasn't then they will send you many MANY letters! Currently they're trying to scare me with legal action. Unfortunately for them I'm perfectly within the law in not needing a TV licence.
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    (Original post by Manitude)
    They will almost certainly tell you if it has been paid if you go on the website and try to pay, if for some reason this is not the case then you ought to be able to apply for a refund. If it hasn't then they will send you many MANY letters! Currently they're trying to scare me with legal action. Unfortunately for them I'm perfectly within the law in not needing a TV licence.
    Is there some kind of discount for student? I choose the option saying I was a student. It came to 145 for a little under a year.
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    (Original post by Aconcernedparent)
    Is there some kind of discount for student? I choose the option saying I was a student. It came to 145 for a little under a year.
    They've not told me about any kind of discount except for the over 75s.

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