Does anybody know if Freeview will become available via bradband over fibre in the near future?

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Hi John 

At this stage Freeview have no intentions on delivering TV via fibre/internet. Although that doesn't stop broadcasters, they can have a range of platforms running via Freeview HD but require internet access in order for them to work but its up to them to invest and deliver. 

If there are any new features/announcements about Freeview you guys will be in the know. 

Joshua

While not Freeviw over broadband, my house has some sort of Fox device that converts the fibre coming into the house to a F socket with modulated RF output that is then able to be distributed around the house with RG6.  TVs simply tune in like a standard UHF aerial.

My assumption is that this is using RF video overlay, but the device was already present when I moved in, so don't know much more about it. 

I am building a new house and would like to use a similar solution as it removes the need for a UHF aerial on the roof.

Does anyone know where these RF video overlay converters can be purchased?

It's called Cable TV.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_television

As far as I know it's only provided by Vodafone in certain areas in NZ.

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/tv/

Barry A said:

While not Freeviw over broadband, my house has some sort of Fox device that converts the fibre coming into the house to a F socket with modulated RF output that is then able to be distributed around the house with RG6.  TVs simply tune in like a standard UHF aerial.

My assumption is that this is using RF video overlay, but the device was already present when I moved in, so don't know much more about it. 

I am building a new house and would like to use a similar solution as it removes the need for a UHF aerial on the roof.

Does anyone know where these RF video overlay converters can be purchased?

Thanks for the reply Biggles.  Note however that  I am not using Vodafone so it is not ISP provided.  My understanding was that the RF overlay was provided by Chorus and was on the whole fibre network and that one just needs the receiver device to decode it.

Something like this that I found

http://www.foxcom.com/satellite-tv-distribution/bsmartv-receivers

OK. I know nothing about that. Sounds very interesting though. What's your location?

P.S. Just done some research and it seems it is only provided by Vodafone. Maybe the previous tenants had a Vodafone account and it just never got turned off and the decoder returned? Same sort of thing happens with SkyGo. I dumped Sky last year but my Sky Go still works. Seems they just never deactivate the service. I doubt that Vodafone would transmit the service over the whole network but just to their customers?
Barry A said:

Thanks for the reply Biggles.  Note however that  I am not using Vodafone so it is not ISP provided.  My understanding was that the RF overlay was provided by Chorus and was on the whole fibre network and that one just needs the receiver device to decode it.

Something like this that I found

http://www.foxcom.com/satellite-tv-distribution/bsmartv-receivers

Yes Biggles - that is a possibility that the previous owners had Vodafone.  I am in Orewa (Kennsington Park).  I know they made a big thing of this approach when they were building the subdivision, resulting in no one needing to put an aerial on their roof.

It is a fantastic solution with high signal strength and no impact from environmental conditions.  Pity it isn't more widespread.

It probably will be in the near future. I'm already able to stream hundreds of channels of worldwide TV plus TV Shows and Movies to my TV via my Android TV box and HTPC all for free.

Barry A said:

 Pity it isn't more widespread.

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