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Been in B & Q today and noticed a satellite setup comprising of dish, receiver and remote all for £39.98. Just checked online but not listed on website. Full listing of channels on the back of the box.
Receive free-to-air digital TV 60cm dish ensures reception anywhere in the UK and Eire.
Over 220 TV, plus over 100 radio stations available, with more coming all the time - many more than free-to-view set top boxes.
Option to receive 1000s of free foreign language stations.
Complete kit - everything you will need.
No monthly subscription.
Sport - Music - Entertaintment - Quiz - Shopping - DAB Radio.
Parental Control.
Kit Includes:

Digital Satellite Receiver with automatic tuning.
Remote Control.
60cm Satellite Dish.
Digital LNB with mount.
Tilting dish bracket.
Wall bracket.
Right angled pole.
10m digital coax cable.
2 x F type connectors.
Weather Boot.
Cables clips.
Full instructions.

Managed to find an advert posted about it.
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#1
Was just about to post this, saw it in today's Sun newspaper....

Not sure what channels you would get on it but seems a great price.

M
#2
Sound like a good deal. Any more info such as channels?:)
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lm280904
Sound like a good deal. Any more info such as channels?:)


Give this a try :thumbsup:
http://www.vowles-home.demon.co.uk/Sat/SkyFTA.htm
#4
Thanks kramvic.
#5
How hard would this be to install?, also what about a viewing card?
#6
jebervic
How hard would this be to install?, also what about a viewing card?


Relatively easy I would have thought, basic diy kit, they are also selling a signal strength meter for a tenner. You don't use a viewing card with this, they are all free.
#7
kramvic
Relatively easy I would have thought, basic diy kit, they are also selling a signal strength meter for a tenner. You don't use a viewing card with this, they are all free.


Thanks:-D
#8
Of course you could get all freesat channels with this, but also (depending on location and sat strength) get loads of other different satellites and thereby channels.
#9
kramvic


Does that mean you dont get sky3, dave, virgin1 etc? (or is that only on sky you dont get them?
#10
jamhops
Does that mean you dont get sky3, dave, virgin1 etc? (or is that only on sky you dont get them?


No you don't get them on this fta but you do on sky & freeview
#11
Fixed dish is relatively easy to set up as long as you have a southerly outlook from property. May need to be higher on your building if there are obstructions. Its then a matter of minor movements in dish both horizontal and vertical until strongest signal recieved. The reciever and telly will indicate when you've got it right . Satellites are a long way off and you only need a touch or a smidgen to miss its signal and it can take bit of time to get it set up properly. But quite possible. This looks like a very good deal.

I have a 'motorised' dish which moves from east to west picking up many different satellites. This is a real pig to set up though.
#12
So as i see it the gains dont get better then the loss compared to freeview as dont seem like that many extra channels? or this especially for areas without digital?
#13
Would you be able to swap the box with one already setup for sky and receive channels with the dish as it is or would the dish need to be repositioned
#14
Nice find, would definately buy if it worked in the loft. :(
#15
[SIZE="2"]Anyone who needs information on how to set-up such a kit or indeed any kit might want to go check out the site that hosts this URL.

http://www.satelliteforcaravans.co.uk/equipment.htm

This link tells you about the bits, scroll to the bottom of that page to find the link to take you to the main page. The site is full of all sorts of satellite information and is a fascinating read.[/SIZE]
#16
markao
Would you be able to swap the box with one already setup for sky and receive channels with the dish as it is or would the dish need to be repositioned


You should be able to use your existing dish, the satellite it's pointed at carries most of the mainstream FTA channels AFIK.
#17
markao;3289246
Would you be able to swap the box with one already setup for sky and receive channels with the dish as it is or would the dish need to be repositioned


That should work fine, no need to reposition the dish - you'd still only get the same "free to air" channels as you did with the Sky box.
#18
Satellite dish in the loft .. FFS.
#19
possible, if it's still in the box :D
#20
You shouldnt need to. If you are out of contract with Sky, you can disconnecty and insist they give you a Freesat card to view all the FTA channels nayway. No need in your case to buy this kit.
#21
msharif911
You shouldnt need to. If you are out of contract with Sky, you can disconnecty and insist they give you a Freesat card to view all the FTA channels nayway. No need in your case to buy this kit.


I have a sky+ box but am out of contract and want to cancel. Do they have to give me a Freesat card? I can't imagine them being very co-operative when I've just phoned to say I want to cancel. Also, once I've cancelled can I disconnect my box from the phone line? I'm sure it interferes with my broadband
#22
Is it possible to use this pointing at a different satellite? - hotbird for example
What spec does the box have? What connections?
#23
If you have freeview I can't see the point in this as all the better channels are the same.

'Is it possible to use this pointing at a different satellite? - hotbird for example'

You could do this but if you want to do sat tv have a look here

http://www.alsat.co.uk/forum/index.php

There is a great amount of tv available but it will cost you more than this and some of it's legality is a grey area but if you don't care for Sky and the way they operate this is a way to go.
#24
:thumbsup:Seems like a good deal
#25
What would happen if used in spain? would it pick anything up at all??
#26
TTheHornster
What would happen if used in spain? would it pick anything up at all??


"used in spain" covers a lot of territory, so to speak. You should probably refine that a little further.

A lot will depend on Dish size too. Here's a guide.

http://www.digitalsat.co.uk/images/astra2dfootprint.gif
#27
You could point this at any satellite in the arc (depending on your location) and receive the FTA channels.

Hotbird 13 deg east and astra 19.2 deg east are the typical ones, these will give you various european tv channels and radio stations.

I would advise visiting http://www.techwatch.co.uk/forums/#satellite-help for info.

I don't think this is a bad price for a complete setup, though it can't be patched afaik.

If you already have a sky dish in place and just need a receiver, go to maplin, they do one for £20* that will get you the same channels.

*I can't see this on their website but they had piles of them in my local branch a few months ago.( Metronic Touchbox 2 or 3 )

hth :thumbsup:
#28
mmm can someone who is technically minded advise me on what I need to do to have satelite channels to a second tv

here is my situation, I have a sky sat dish with sky +, I have this so it runs into the main tv and can also be viewed by all the TV's in the house.

I would like to keep this arrangement, but would like to have a second box so that I can watch the satelite free to view channels independantly of the sky + box

Do I need a second satelite dish? or can I use the current dish to run 2 satelite receivers from the same dish?

Thanks for any help offered and sorry if it doesn't make any sense.
#29
You'd need a twin lnb, being an lnb with two outputs, two pieces of cable from the dish to two separate receivers.

Actually, not being familiar with sky +, I think you might need a quad lnb as sky + allows 2 inputs to back of box?
#30
stinkybeard
You'd need a twin lnb, being an lnb with two outputs, two pieces of cable from the dish to two separate receivers.


Thanks, so not straight forward then:x
#31
Could you get the FreeSat HD channels with this?

Also, I bought a cheap Sky Digital box in the bootsale as the previous owners of our house had Sky, but took the box and left the dish. It came with an old card, but Dave, TMF etc that I got on Freeview won't show up even with the card in. Would Sky give me a FreeSat card if I phoned up?

Is this dish the same size as the Sky Digital dishes or bigger? If bigger does that mean it could pick up more?

The Sky Digital box doesn't seem to have any function to program in other channels - my wife is German and we would like to point it at a Sat that broadcasts German channels, but even if we did, I don't think the SkyDigital box would be any good. Would this allow us to tune in to them?
#32
jebervic
Thanks, so not straight forward then:x


If you have sky+ then you already have at least a twin lnb because sky+ has twin tuners and two cables from the lnb to the sky box.

Have a look and see if you actually have a quad lnb - if you do then its a matter of running extra cables from the lnb to the new location. otherwise you need to replace a twin lnb with a quad.
#33
You won't currently get Dave/TMF etc as Sky are scumbags.

There is of course freesat and freesat and freesat (independent eg with the B&Q dish and receiver or the lidl receiver or the metronic receiver.

Main difference being the EPG
#34
stphnstevey
Could you get the FreeSat HD channels with this?
[COLOR="Red"]No this isnt an hd receiver[/COLOR]

Also, I bought a cheap Sky Digital box in the bootsale as the previous owners of our house had Sky, but took the box and left the dish. It came with an old card, but Dave, TMF etc that I got on Freeview won't show up even with the card in. Would Sky give me a FreeSat card if I phoned up?
[COLOR="Red"might charge £20[/COLOR]

Is this dish the same size as the Sky Digital dishes or bigger? If bigger does that mean it could pick up more?

The Sky Digital box doesn't seem to have any function to program in other channels - my wife is German and we would like to point it at a Sat that broadcasts German channels, but even if we did, I don't think the SkyDigital box would be any good. Would this allow us to tune in to them?


You are right that the sky box will be no good for most other sats. For germany you want to point at 19E and you would be much better to spend more and get a box which can be patched. look at things like the technomates.
#35
OK, nieve question - whats patched?

I meant the Freesat that BBC and ITV are doing with HD channels
#36
mas99
If you have sky+ then you already have at least a twin lnb because sky+ has twin tuners and two cables from the lnb to the sky box.

Have a look and see if you actually have a quad lnb - if you do then its a matter of running extra cables from the lnb to the new location. otherwise you need to replace a twin lnb with a quad.


I think this is a job for a trained installer, im rubbish at DIY and technical things, I would just ruin the existing set up and face the wrath of the family and most likely end up costing more money to pay someone to put it right.

But thanks
#37
1. A sky freeview card only gives you 2 extra channel Sky 3 and channel 5
2. When you cancel Sly* you should be left with the card to give you these extra channels.
3 Proof/test remove your card and see what happens.
4 A freeview card can be purchased by anyone with a UK address from Sly* £20 see website.
5 That's why they end up on eBay people living abroad.
6Your viewing card is automatically reactivated every 4 weeks or so over the air therefore you do not need a telephone line connected.
7 If you miss a reactivation because the digibox has not been switch on. You need to leave the box switched on in standy for anything up to 3 days the card will eventually reactivate.
8 To set a system up yourself yourself is DIY most caravanner's do not use a signal strength meter. However they have the advantage of being able to see the TV whilst setting up.
Choose a text page to fine tune, a digibox strength meter has a 1 second delay therefore has it's limitations.
[url]www.dishpointer.com[/url] will give you the exact dish settings for you house you may need to scroll the map to find the location pointer. Skew is critical not a problem with an original Sly* dish and LNB as Skew is already built in, however none standard dishes/ LNB's it is not.

9 Sly* installer menu for anyone that wants/ needs it is, services key 401 select .
Anyone using Sly* abroad will need this to change the default frequency to be able to receive programming.
Robert
#38
rfa
1. A sky freeview card only gives you 2 extra channel Sky 3 and channel 5

Robert


Not quite correct, Sky is nothing to do with Freeview, the Sky Card is known as FresatfromSky.

This card will give 3 x Channel 5 programmes, as well as Sky 3 and Channel 4.
#39
stinkybeard
You won't currently get Dave/TMF etc as Sky are scumbags.

Careful.

Dave is a UKTV channel, TMF is a part of MTV Networks. Both these channels are encrypted on satellite. This is a decision of the people who own these channels, not of Sky.
#40
stphnstevey
Could you get the FreeSat HD channels with this?
Afraid not.

Also, I bought a cheap Sky Digital box in the bootsale as the previous owners of our house had Sky, but took the box and left the dish. It came with an old card, but Dave, TMF etc that I got on Freeview won't show up even with the card in. Would Sky give me a FreeSat card if I phoned up?
The channels are encrypted on satellite and are both part of Sky's pay-for package. Even with a FreesatfromSky card, or a Freesat system, these channels would remain unavailable. However, if you are interested in music channels, there are plenty available on satellite without subscribing: NME TV, Scuzz, Bliss, Chart Show TV, etc.

Is this dish the same size as the Sky Digital dishes or bigger? If bigger does that mean it could pick up more?
It doesn't quite work like that. Without a complicated setup, a single dish can only go for one set of signals at once. The bigger the dish, the more gain it has - which means that the signal you go for will stand up better to heavy rain/snow/etc. But, no, it won't allow you to receive more channels per say.

The Sky Digital box doesn't seem to have any function to program in other channels - my wife is German and we would like to point it at a Sat that broadcasts German channels, but even if we did, I don't think the SkyDigital box would be any good. Would this allow us to tune in to them?

The German TV channels are broadcast from a different part of the sky than the UK channels' signals. The good news is that the signals are every bit as strong as those intended for the UK and can be received on a compact dish, just as Sky can be. The bad news is that you'll need to re-point your existing dish to face 19.2 degrees east rather than 28.2 degrees east. Back to good news: this is a simple DIY job that can be accomplished with a compass, spanner, and the £10 signal strength meter available from B&Q.


Although the Sky Digital box can accept other channels, it's not to be recommended*. The system highlighted in this thread would be ideal for receiving German channels, though. They'll probably be already programmed in and in a vaguely sensible order, as will hundreds of European radio stations. All but the premium channels are freely available; all the regional ARD member tv stations, as well as the generally available commercial channels (including DSF - plenty of live football). You won't get a full EPG, though - just now and next information.

* strike up the Services menu and go to Option 4. Put in the details for the channels as shown on http://www.lyngsat.com/

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