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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
I am looking to get a freesat satellite dish installed so that I can get digital tv in 2 rooms in my house. I understand that I may need a satellite dish with the a few tuners or something like that, and that I will need 2 set top boxes. I would like the boxes to have the facility to pause, rewind and record (like Sky+). In my previous house I had Sky+, and it was really expensive, so would prefer to pay a one off cost. I have also heard of motorised dishes that mean you can get more channels, so if you are a satellite expert I would love to hear your suggestions on this.

Please can you recommend the most cost effecticve way to get a good quality installation, and what equipment I should be looking to order (again at a good price). Thank you.
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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banned#1
As you previously had sky, do you still have a dish on the wall? If so you may find that is suitable, or you mar just have to upgrade the LNB for a quad one. As far as i know, a motorised dish wont give you more channels, they are more suited for caravans etc wher the dish moves a lot


As for boxes, you will need freesat+ boxes, they have some reasonably priced ones in argos, but you will probably find cheaper if you shop around.

Edit: Do you need two PVR Boxes or could you manage with with a standard box and one recorder, as i've just had a quick look and the pvr recorders are over £200 each ;-(
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I have moved house and this has no dish.

A question for you - if I have a box that allows me to watch a program on one channel whilst recording on another channel, would this mean that I need a dish with a dual tuner / dual lnb. Therefore, if I get a freesat installation in 2 rooms both having the facility to watch one channel whilst recording another, then would this mean I need a 4 tuners / quad lnb?

Edit: When you say PVR box, is this a special box that lets you watch one program whilst recording another (like a Sky+ box)? If it is, then yes I would like 2 of these boxes and would not want to go for standard boxes.
banned#3
vishy01234
I have moved house and this has no dish.

A question for you - if I have a box that allows me to watch a program on one channel whilst recording on another channel, would this mean that I need a dish with a dual tuner / dual lnb. Therefore, if I get a freesat installation in 2 rooms both having the facility to watch one channel whilst recording another, then would this mean I need a 4 tuners / quad lnb?

Edit: When you say PVR box, is this a special box that lets you watch one program whilst recording another (like a Sky+ box)? If it is, then yes I would like 2 of these boxes and would not want to go for standard boxes.


Pvr box = freesat version of a sky+ box, And yes you would need 2 outputs from the tuner / LNB for each box
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lottysdad08
Pvr box = freesat version of a sky+ box, And yes you would need 2 outputs from the tuner / LNB for each box


So theoretically, if I got this setup installed in 3 rooms, with each room having the ability to watch one channel whilst recording another, would I need a special 6-tuner/lnb, or does this not exist? Or would I need another sattelite dish?

Also, would one box need 2 cables running into them from 2 tuner/lnbs on the satellite dish?

P.S. Thanks for your help and patience in answering my q's!
#5
Just in case anyone else read this thread and has the same questions as me, I did some web research and it seems what I am looking for is a freesat PVR installation for each room, which would require a 2 lnbs for each PVR (personal video recorder) box. So 2 rooms with PVR boxes = a satellite dish with a quad lnb.

More than anything I think PVR seems to be the future and even if I decide to just use standard satellute boxes for now, I want to make sure that when PVR boxes drop in price that I have the necessary cabling all done to just switch boxes.

Now, what I am really interested in are suggestion for motorised satellite dishes hooked up to a PVR box, and the required equipment involved!

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