Originally Posted by chunkyduke
HELP> not just a virgin virgin but a cable virgin. Thinking of getting on cable and haven't a clue what happens. IF cable is run up path to house where does it go next, do I get multiple outlets (like old aeria
l sockets) and can then move box and tv to different rooms, or just single outlet? If single outlet, can I run my own extensions around later (and would these be pre v-box or from v-box?).
Generally they just install a single socket, but if you ask nicely.
If you want multiple sockets, there are two ways of doing it. Virgin can install extra sockets from the cable. You can then plug your STB into one of these. You can install these yourself, but you may cause problems for yourself and possibly your neighbours if it is done wrong, so it is best to let Virgin do this. This givens the advantage that if you want, you can have multiple boxes, and watch different channels on different TVs.
You can also use a wire, or wireless sender to send the RF or TV Scart output of the box around the house. This is cheaper, but has the disadvantage that all the TVs connected to the box can only display what channel the box is showing. You can still control the box remotely.
Also, many packages on offer talk about needing virgin phone line, does that mean actual phone line or phone service via cable? If via cable, would I need a separate extension wire around house to all existing phone sockets?
sorry to be so dumb, but still getting used to electricity out here in the sticks.
There is no technical reason that you need a phone line. Virgin just require you to take the phone line with some of their packages, presumably so you'll try it, like it and ditch BT. If you want the package, and are happy paying the line rental (which is included in the package price), then there is no reason you can't have the line. Just don't have it hooked up to anything.
Of course, if you do want to replace your BT line and want the extensions, you'll need to connect them up to the Virgin Media Phone socket.