Satellite TV Package - Dish, LNB, receiver, £70 was £160, Maplin - HotUKDeals
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Free To Air Digital TV Satellite Package

Manufacturer: Fortec Star

• Includes dish, LNB and free-to-air box
• Everything you need to receive 1000s of extra TV channels
• Preloaded with 250 channels for UK television
• Receiver with powerscan; 4,9,16 multi-screen; zoom; on-screen programmable favourites and SPDIF
• FSKU-v (0.3NF) low noise LNB
• Top 50 UK channels preloaded for ease of setup
• Fixings and instructions included

It’s showing as Free postage for me and if you sign up for their email newsletter you get an instant £3 off voucher. Plus there’s Quidco at 3% which would bring the price closer to £65.
I doubt it was worth £160 but at £65 it might be a deal!

Sorry about the formatting mess, my browser (Opera) does that sometimes.
- Agharta
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#1
I think I saw someone a Sky offer on here somewhere (shame HUKD search makes me want to pull my hair out), 6months 2mixes, free install and digibox, for £75, if that's still around that would be the one to go for of course, otherwise this isn't bad.
#2
schizoboy
I think I saw someone a Sky offer on here somewhere (shame HUKD search makes me want to pull my hair out), 6months 2mixes, free install and digibox, for £75, if that's still around that would be the one to go for of course, otherwise this isn't bad.

I've gone for the sky offer, worth every penny.

The offer was from Dixons and it's still available: http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/editorial/skytv/?int=Sky%20Pay%20Once%20Watch%20Forever

I've had this installed last week. The installer was quite professional and flexible. He drilled through walls, tidied up the wires,...etc. He used at least £20 worth of satellite and phone cables. They give you a 25m phone-line extension so that you plug the sky box to the phone line. I've unplugged it immediately after he left and now I have a 25 metres extension for free ;-)

Voted this offer hot though. I would have gone for it if the sky offer wasn't available.
#3
Tweaks? What?

And 2mixes of subscription channels, all the freesat ones are there too.

The Sky 6month offer is still better.
#4
guv
Depends on the "tweaks" this one can do!

Why limit to 2 mixes - when you can get a couple of hundred plus all the Football and films you can eat!:whistling:


You don't get the 2 mixes only, you also get nearly 200 free-to-air channels.

The receive from Maplin may be able to store thousands of channels but with the small dish included you will hardly get anything more than these 200 free-to-air channels anyway; plus you won't get any interactive services (red button,...etc).
#5
guv
They will do ping checks on your box to phone in. If its connected after the first one, you're in the clear. If not, they will keep trying and eventually you'll probably get a phone call - or a card switch off. It does happen! I would have left it for a month - then you would be certain it'll be fine.


Thanks for the advice but I don't care, I bought this for the free-to-air channels. If they switch the card off that means I won't be "trying" their channels and will definitely not subscribe at the end of the six-months trial so I'm sure they'll try their best to keep me happy during these six months ;-)
#6
You get the British coverage with that maplin setup do you? or some other countries?

I have 3 Sky Freesat digiboxes setup here along with my cable, none of my housemates have asked for ****** football coverage :)
#7
After 6months, or whenever the subscription expires/is cancelled you just continue with freesat channels only, which is fine really, those that want more, pay for more.
#8
guv
Great if you like shopping channels!:giggle:



Er. You are talking BS.

You did know there's more than one satellite up there didnt you?


Other than a core of approx 20-30 freesat channels, what else is there on sat really worth bothering with? I'm yet to see it.
#9
guv
If they want to switch off the card - that means you wont get anything. Try viewing those free channels without the card in the box.


Never heard of them immediately switching off the card, afaik cards seem to "die" without a time alive signal from the Sky sats after a long time, so the viewing card post subs will continue to work on Freesat so long as it is used.

Yet to see any real benefit of a non Sky Freesat Satellite setup
#10
guv
If they want to switch off the card - that means you wont get anything. Try viewing those free channels without the card in the box.


They all work fine without the card.
#11
refaey
They all work fine without the card.


A viewing card not active on Skys freesat signal list means unencrypted channels only, bbc, cnn, sky news and some others, no ch4/5 and some others.

But that doesn't happen, any card that was on subscription then cancelled/expiring turns into a Freesat card anyways getting all the Freesat channels:

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/satellite/freesatepg/
#12
A list of these channels, and their scheduling would be nice, all english? no subs?

Any premier match with english commentary?

Got a link with all this info?
#13
guv


Er. You are talking BS.

You did know there's more than one satellite up there didnt you?


Yes there is so many satellites up there but the dish included in this deal is a static dish, it can only receive from one satellite at a time, and it's not easy to move from one satellite to another, unless you're a satellite expert.

I do have a motorised dish by the way and through a Humax receiver I can receive thousands of channels. Also, I used to watch all these hacked channels few years ago, for educational purposes only of course :giggle:

I only took the sky offer because I wanted a smaller setup in a 2nd reception so that the kids can sit there and watch their CBeebies in peace, while I'm watching or doing what I want in the living area.

For what you want to do, you will be better off buying a dreambox or one of the old Hummies, if you know what I mean.
#14
schizoboy
A viewing card not active on Skys freesat signal list means unencrypted channels only, bbc, cnn, sky news and some others, no ch4/5 and some others.

But that doesn't happen, any card that was on subscription then cancelled/expiring turns into a Freesat card anyways getting all the Freesat channels:

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/satellite/freesatepg/


That what I meant, all the unencrypted channels - sorry!

I did have the sky box without a card for few days (the card was stuck in the postal strike) and all the free channels worked fine with no card in the box.
#15
refaey
I've gone for the sky offer, worth every penny.

The offer was from Dixons and it's still available: http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/editorial/skytv/?int=Sky%20Pay%20Once%20Watch%20Forever

I've had this installed last week. The installer was quite professional and flexible. He drilled through walls, tidied up the wires,...etc. He used at least £20 worth of satellite and phone cables. They give you a 25m phone-line extension so that you plug the sky box to the phone line. I've unplugged it immediately after he left and now I have a 25 metres extension for free ;-)

Voted this offer hot though. I would have gone for it if the sky offer wasn't available.

dont forget quidco
#16
They can, doesn't mean they do so for no reason, yes Sky are greedy, name me a large corporation that isn't.

Guv, you mention all these free channels, but provide sweet fa info on what they are, what they show, how to get them without expensive, pain in the **** motorised systems or non minidish satellites pointing at seperate satellite clusters, more effort as most people will have a minidish of sorts on their property anyways, meaning my original statement for the average joe and the 20-30 core freesat chans are enough for those who don't line murdochs pockets is fine, no?

Any, as yet real unmentioned advantage with the maplin set doesn't seem to exist and the £75 Sky offer = nice free installation, saving the massive pain of alignment, cable installation etc.
#17
Nothing wrong with being aware, just your comments unjustifyably demean the Sky option and do not justify the effort and expense of non Sky options imho which tends to be nice and simple.

I've been tempted myself to try it, but to experiment with such large and bulky equipment, the money to be spent, there is no real benefit for me, football fans, possibly, all these films you mention, I don't need it and doubt it's worth it.

I'm sceptical is all :)
#18
I think I'm just spoilt buy schedules, I've had digiguide for many years now, if I was going to invest in such a setup without the niceties of Sky EPG, auto reminder/auto switch etc, I'd want to know what's on etc.
#19
Apart from everything else that has been said, ( much of it illegal activity ), the Fortec Receivers are the worst receivers ever made, ( IMO ) they are very complicated to use, have a very poor support structure and the menu system is dire.

The offer can be easily beaten by shopping around, the Silvercrest / Comag Receivers from Lidl are far better.

My advice, look elsewhere.
#20
It's always been that price.
#21
Good price, but I would go for the sky box for the free install.

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