Not that I'd advocate breaching the terms of your lease, but if it is already in place I think you have some scrope to say nothing and just leave it there, especially if the previous owner had it there for a while and it didn't cause any problems. Is it visible?
Cable could be an option, but your lease will probably prevent any cable company running new cables into the building (this was going to be a problem when I looked at buying a flat in the Alaska building).
Does anyone have any problems picking up the Channel 5 digital channels on Freeview? We have a communal aerial and not everyone has digital in the building so they aren't fussed and I have to say that all other non-channel 5 channels are fine. I tried to watch House and Shark on digital and it was dreadful although I could see it fairly well on analogue. I phoned Channel 5 and they said there could be some interference and to check with Ofcom as they may do a survey for a fee to see what was causing the interference. I phoned the local tv aerial place and they want to sell me a new independent aerial for which I'd need permission from the freeholder who will probably eventually need to replace the aerial with changeover coming up so I'm wondering if I should just put up with it for a couple of years. Apparently Channel 5 (and all those shopping channels) transmit from Croydon but all else from Crystal Palace. Does anyone understand about these things?
Hi Cathy - I had a problem with poor signal quality on some Freeview channels using the communal aerial feed in our flats. The poor signals manifest themselves as picture break up - usually small square boxes break up the picture, sometimes with loud squeaks as the sound breaks up to.
The amplifier is simply plugged into a mains socket using the built-in plug. The original aerial lead that goes to the Freeview box is plugged into the amplifier, and then a "fly-lead" is used to connect the amplifier to your Freeview box - takes 1 minute to install. The fly-lead is of the "male-to-male" type - if you don't have one then Maplin can also sell you one as well.