Can You Use A Virgin Cable For TV Aerial? (Answered)

While the TV aerial is slowly going out of style and more people are moving toward cable television, many people still enjoy the free TV offered by the TV aerial. However, you would often need to have a TV aerial installed. One common question is can you use a Virgin cable for a TV aerial or as a substitute for the aerial?

The main difference between TV and cable is that the one would feed the signal through cable, whereas the aerial would pick up the broadcast signals and feed this back to your TV. With a few adjustments, you might be able to use your Virgin cable to pick up signals on your TV aerial.

To do this, you would need to make a few adjustments to the splitter box and try to bypass the cables, which would be your best bet. It might be better to simply install a TV aerial if you want to make sure that you can get an effective signal. This article aims to help you understand and find out whether it is possible.

How To Use Virgin Cable For TV Aerial?

In most cases, Virgin TV and free TV would often use different cables. The one would use a standard cable and the TV aerial requires a coaxial cable that you might want to invest in when looking to watch Freeview.

The problem with using the Virgin cable for your free TV is that you might not be able to pick up on all the signals. This means that some of the channels might not be available for viewing when you are only using your virgin cable. 

With the help of an F-plug/coax adapter, you should be able to make the conversion and this would allow you to modify the connection of your Virgin cable and make it functional for using it as a TV aerial. 

The new NOW TV smart box, which incorporates the DVB-T/T2 tuner is not the best option and you would find that various TV boxes would use different tuners and frequencies that would not be picked up by one cable. Without any modifications, your Virgin cable would block out some of the analog signals and this could frustrate you when you want to watch certain channels.

The best solution would be to buy a cheap aerial. Since the world is moving more towards cable television, these aerials are becoming increasingly cheaper. It is often plugged and play and you only need to find the ideal place in your home that would allow you to pick up the best possible signal for your display.


To have the optimal viewing experience on Freeview, we would recommend using an aerial. However, there are a few workarounds, which often yield mixed results. You could pick up a few channels due to the signals. However, some of the other channels might be blocked, which could reduce the efficiency of the unit. 

This article was last updated on November 30, 2022 .

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