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How can i get internet based TV in my house?

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im currently with virgin for tv and broadband, trying to cut costs atm and decided i didnt really need TV as only use it for a few tv shows which i could watch live on the smart TV apps or get on catch up such as ITVX but i find its helpful if im watching it live to be able to have it recorded so i can pause it or fastforward the adverts etc. i tried multiple different freeview aerials and nothing would give me a decent picture and signal was rubbish.

Ive been looking at getting toob broadband with a sky stream puck so i can watch freeview over an internet connection however it seems a bit silly paying £26 a month for sky just so i can watch free to view channels.

then i saw BT have a BT TV pro box which streams freeview channels over the internet and it can record them too! but looking into it i would need to get a BT Tv subscription to be able to have one but they dont have a tv only package and their internet in my area is shockingly slow at 50mb, whereas im used to having 500mbps with virgin.

i researched it and if i bought a BT TV pro box by itself it apparently wouldnt work for streaming internet based freeview? is there any other alternatives i havent explored, ive been looking at different IPTV providers but they seem to be american based channels or they wont let me record anything


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You should consider cancelling your current TV product from Virgin Media and taking the Virgin Media Stream product, which is what you need, although it doesn’t allow recording.

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Do you have a satellite dish? If so it may be worthwhile looking at buying a recordable freesat box

If you have a satellite dish and a TV with a built in satellite tuner (many LG' s have this) then you could use that  to watch the free to air channels and record programs on a usb stick or hard drive.

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