Silvercrest Digital Satellite Receiver at Lidl £29.99 from Thursday 2 Sept - HotUKDeals
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Be considerate please, my 1st post!
Seems a good deal for a satellite settop box. I'm not the most technologically wised-up with satellite
boxes and don't know the quality etc. But, you get a 3 year warranty and it's under £30.
Also I'm sure the more technologically wised up amongst us here may enlighten us whether these are easy to set up. Of course you need a satellite dish installed, as there is no satellite dish included with this box - for anybody who might wonder.

-Available from 2nd September-

Below extracted from Lidl site.
Increase your television viewing choice with a wide range of digital free-to-air satellite channels
Features include:
- HDMI connection
- 4500 programme memory
- 800 pages of videotext
- Electronic programme guide with multifunction timer
Connections: 1 x HDMI, 2 x SCART, 1 x F-connector, 1 x RCA, 1 x COAXIAL and 1 x RS-232
Size approx. (cm): 4.5 x 28 x 17
Includes remote control with batteries
3 year manufacturer’s warranty
(The description above quoted from Lidl website)
-I searched, but could not find this posted here- apologies if already posted
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#1
seems like a cheap little box to me,plus 3 years warranty.does anyone know if you can use the magic eye with this?
#2
good price :)
#3
crgglerock
seems like a cheap little box to me,plus 3 years warranty.does anyone know if you can use the magic eye with this?


No, the " Magic Eye " is specific to Sky Receivers.
#4
Seems a good deal for a freeview satellite settop box


Just a note of caution here. This is not Freeview and it is not Freesat. It is a free-to-air satellite receiver. That means it will pick up any digital channels on whatever satellite it is pointed out as long as they are not encrypted. It will work fine for receiving the Freesat channels from Astra but won't have the proper Freesat EPG or regional filtering for ITV channels (it just shows all of them).

As long as you know what you're doing it's a reasonable but not special price.
#5
Krosus
Seems a good deal for a freeview satellite settop box
Just a note of caution here. This is not Freeview and it is not Freesat. It is a free-to-air satellite receiver. That means it will pick up any digital channels on whatever satellite it is pointed out as long as they are not encrypted. It will work fine for receiving the Freesat channels from Astra but won't have the proper Freesat EPG or regional filtering for ITV channels (it just shows all of them).As long as you know what you're doing it's a reasonable but not special price.

Thanks, I've removed freeview from the description.
Am I right to think from what you said that this shows british channels, but you just channel-hop (by numbers) rather than use the EPG?
Is it complicated to set up?

Edited By: Muffinsrevenge on Aug 30, 2010 14:37: added to question
#6
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crgglerock
seems like a cheap little box to me,plus 3 years warranty.does anyone know if you can use the magic eye with this?


No, the " Magic Eye " is specific to Sky Receivers.


thanks for the advice :D
#7
" So does it show any british channels at all?"


Yes - more than freesat
#8
spakkker
" So does it show any british channels at all?"Yes - more than freesat
Thanks
#9
Krosus
Seems a good deal for a freeview satellite settop box


Just a note of caution here. This is not Freeview and it is not Freesat. It is a free-to-air satellite receiver. That means it will pick up any digital channels on whatever satellite it is pointed out as long as they are not encrypted. It will work fine for receiving the Freesat channels from Astra but won't have the proper Freesat EPG or regional filtering for ITV channels (it just shows all of them).

As long as you know what you're doing it's a reasonable but not special price.


Good information listed to any potential buyer, would just like to add myself that for those thinking it having a HDMI connection it will broadcast HD Channels, it won't it just has a SD tuner in the unit. This unit is a Comag/Silvercrest SL45 receiver.
#10
spakkker
" So does it show any british channels at all?"


Yes - more than freesat


Not necessarily so, most freesat receivers have a non-freesat mode which enables them to pick up any additional channels on astra 28E.

The advantage this receiver has is the ability to receive providing you have a motorised dish/monoblock etc etc other satellites, which most Freesat receivers don't. Humax and Technisat Freesat receivers however can be put into none Freesat mode without the EPG and can be used as regular satellite receivers.
#11
My question to the experts here on this forum:
Will this receive C5, C5-US, Fiver? (These are scrambled on my Skybox freesat.)

If I plug this in instead of my Sky receiver, will I receive all Freesat channels, including C5, without having to plug-in an phone line (as I have to do now with my Sky box).

Any advice appreciated :)

Edited By: pet2000 on Aug 30, 2010 16:29: add
#12
You will get Ch5 but not the others,you can get Ch5 free on a sky digibox,just google channel 5 freesat frequencies and use "other channels" to load this channel.
#13
The silvercrest receiver is a better built machine but you can buy a genuine "freesat" reciever from Argos at the same price and it will be SO much easier to use....and a 3 year Gtee for only £9 more.
#14
antenna
The silvercrest receiver is a better built machine but you can buy a genuine "freesat" reciever from Argos at the same price and it will be SO much easier to use....and a 3 year Gtee for only £9 more.


Yep, however the Silvercrest/Comag receiver would be better for those that want to receive free to air channels from other satellites, particularly Astra 19E. Anybody interested in just British channels as you say it would be far more convenient just to buy a SD Freesat Receiver instead of this.
#15
Thanks for all your kind replies :)
#16
pet2000
My question to the experts here on this forum:
Will this receive C5, C5-US, Fiver? (These are scrambled on my Skybox freesat.)

If I plug this in instead of my Sky receiver, will I receive all Freesat channels, including C5, without having to plug-in an phone line (as I have to do now with my Sky box).

Any advice appreciated :)


No it will not receive those channels as they are part of the Sky package and are scrambled (even though they are available on Freeview). This is because of a contract between the channel providers and Sky. They may go free-to-air in the future when that contract runs out.

You will get all the freesat channels without a phone line plugged in. In fact this receiver doesn't have a phone socket.

BTW Check your Sky contract. I am no longer a Sky customer but IIRC the phone only had to be connected fo rthe first year of the contract.
#17
cicobuff
antenna
The silvercrest receiver is a better built machine but you can buy a genuine "freesat" reciever from Argos at the same price and it will be SO much easier to use....and a 3 year Gtee for only £9 more.
Yep, however the Silvercrest/Comag receiver would be better for those that want to receive free to air channels from other satellites, particularly Astra 19E. Anybody interested in just British channels as you say it would be far more convenient just to buy a SD Freesat Receiver instead of this.


Do you have a motorised dish ?
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copystuff
cicobuff
antenna
The silvercrest receiver is a better built machine but you can buy a genuine "freesat" reciever from Argos at the same price and it will be SO much easier to use....and a 3 year Gtee for only £9 more.
Yep, however the Silvercrest/Comag receiver would be better for those that want to receive free to air channels from other satellites, particularly Astra 19E. Anybody interested in just British channels as you say it would be far more convenient just to buy a SD Freesat Receiver instead of this.



Do you have a motorised dish ?


I do yes, I have a 90cm Motorised Dish for the football as well as a fixed dish for Astra 28E with a quad LNB for Freesat HD reception feeding a twin tuner recorder in the lounge, a box in the bedroom and a box in the kitchen, as I cannot get freeview reception.
#19
Sold out in Blackwater...........sadly I was too late.
#20
i bought my silvercrest box and it works just fine ,east instal and setup cheers. ps its better that paying ever increasing payments to sky .

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