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Extension coaxial cable

Hi all. First time posting in a few years following a fairly hectic time, please be gentle...

I need to temporarily extend my uncle's STB about 20 metres from its current location. He's got cancer and is only likely to be around for a short time. If he lasts until Saturday he'll want to watch MOTD and considering how painful it was too get him into the front room this weekend, I think the best solution is to install a TV next to his bed in the back room.

Is it just a case of buying a long coax cable and replacing the run from the splitter to the STB? I wouldn't need anything else like in-line filters or anything like that?

It's actually a lot closer than that but I'd need to run it around the walls because he's got so many health visitors and nurses passing through. He wouldn't trip over it, but they would

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No, its not that simple.

Virgin use specialised coax for the simple reason that Freeview TV & DAB radio services use the same frequency bands as Virgin. Its cables are specifically designed to keep these signals out of the network. Standard coax does the opposite. Ingress of these signals can track back to the local cabinet & cause noise issues for the entire street, disrupting TV & Broadband services to all your neighbours.

Also any extension of that length will disrupt your signal levels, which have to be adjusted in the street cabinet outside, or you lose services.

Virgin will charge you £99 for doing this as it is a non fault callout, plus you could be waiting a week for an appointment.

Alternative options are a long HDMI lead, or using the TV Go app on a mobile device temporarily.

If its BBC MOTD could you rig up a portable Freeview aerial on a TV rather than mess with Virgins infrastructure.

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The cruel irony is that the only reason he has Virgin TV is because Turf Moor blocks enough of the digital signal to prevent even his external aerial from picking up channels.

Thanks for the reply. I'll record it and take it to him on Sunday on a USB stick.

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Problem solved 😞

 

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