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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
I have a Sky Dish all setup but dont have sky anymore

so cani just get a freesat box and plug in the lnb to the Freesat box and gett all the channels eg. BBC HD

if can get sky surely i can recive Freesat correct
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
You should be fine plugging the free sat box into your dish and it working but Aren't the HD channels subscription dependant?
#2
I prefer freeview Because you can get E4 and Dave and a couple other channels you can't get on satelite
#3
On Freesat the HD channels are Free like BBCHD, Luxe HD & ITV HD

but on sky u have to pay for them with makes FS better

the TV i will use it on has Freeview Built-In so i can watch channels that are not on freesat


also E4 and C4 are now on Freesat
#4
badgerrules
You should be fine plugging the free sat box into your dish and it working but Aren't the HD channels subscription dependant?


The HD channels on freesat are subscription free, that's one of the main selling points of their service.

http://www.freesat.co.uk/
#5
Freesat is pants - theres one hd channel which just shows re-runs of pants shows
and its not even full high def just like 720p
#6
dandoc2
Freesat is pants - theres one hd channel which just shows re-runs of pants shows
and its not even full high def just like 720p



hat fine for me as i dont have 1080p TV also


i hear they will be showing Euro08 & Oympics in HD

and the FA Cup Final will be shown in HD
#7
Embers
hat fine for me as i dont have 1080p TV also


i hear they will be showing Euro08 & Oympics in HD

and the FA Cup Final will be shown in HD


YES but you need to buy a freesat hd box and have it installed so your looking on spending in excess of £150

why not just get sky basic and then pay £10 a month for the hd
#8
If you get a Sky HD box, the the HD channels that are available on freesat are freely available with a Sky HD box. This doesn't include ITV HD as of yet, but thats apparently in the pipeline.

Personally I think that £150+ for currently 2 HD channels is not really free!. 1 with nothing really worth watching, but has a good picture. (Luxe TV) and BBC HD wich has some very good stuff but is only on for 4 hours a day and it's repeats repeats, occasional new programme, repeats etc.
#9
dandoc2
Freesat is pants - theres one hd channel which just shows re-runs of pants shows
and its not even full high def just like 720p


In case you didn't know, thats all you are ever going to get in the UK. We are not building a system capable of true HD.
#10
KDH001
In case you didn't know, thats all you are ever going to get in the UK. We are not building a system capable of true HD.


i know but still as the guy above says its a hell of a lot of money for 2 hd channels that show junk

Plus its not freesat whn you have to pay for installation
#11
dandoc2
YES but you need to buy a freesat hd box and have it installed so your looking on spending in excess of £150

why not just get sky basic and then pay £10 a month for the hd


it more expensive that way because you

pay one £30

then £16 Monthly Sky TV cost:

and then £10 for HD with = at £26 a month for sky

plus u need a HD Sky Box
#12
Embers
it more expensive that way because you

pay one £30

then £16 Monthly Sky TV cost:

and then £10 for HD with = at £26 a month for sky

plus u need a HD Sky Box


freesat will be like top up tv - it will die within 2 months and only have like 1000 customers
FACT

Everyone has freeview boxes why would you waste your money again buying freesat
#13
I agree, I don't think at this time HD is worth the money.
#14
dandoc2
freesat will be like top up tv - it will die within 2 months and only have like 1000 customers
FACT

Everyone has freeview boxes why would you waste your money again buying freesat

how that possible when FreeSat is for everyone when Freeview cant be accessed in some Areas of the UK
#15
dandoc2;2079682
freesat will be like top up tv - it will die within 2 months and only have like 1000 customers
FACT

If you can see into the future would you mind telling me the weekend's lottery numbers?
#16
Embers
how that possible when FreeSat is for everyone when Freeview cant be accessed in some Areas of the UK


freesat doesnt cover everywhere in th uk but more than freeview - most people who cant get freeview have sky
#17
erics
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#18
dandoc2;2079805
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#19
dandoc2
freesat will be like top up tv - it will die within 2 months and only have like 1000 customers
FACT

Everyone has freeview boxes why would you waste your money again buying freesat


You are WRONG.

Freesat has the capability to get far more cannels than Freeview ever can (over 200), so that is a bonus.

Freesat has HD channels which Freeview doesnt have, and wont have for years, so that is a bonus.

ITV have already said that ITV HD will be available on Freesat only, not Sky.

Currenlty both ITV and BBC have to *PAY* Sky to take their channels. In the long term I think the BBC and ITV will put all their efforts into their Freesat system and will tell Sky to go stuff it.

This is the start of a big battle between Sky in one corner and BBC/ITV with Freesat in the other.

I hope Sky get a kicking and they will stop ripping eveyone off.
#20
Although Freesat aren't offering many channels at the moment, they are planning a big expansion later this year.

Speaking for myself, I would rather pay a 'one-off' to watch telly rather than pay Sky every month for the privilege. I can't get Freeview where I live (can anyone get it???), so it's either Sky or FreeSat when the terrestrial service goes.

I know Sky do a 'one-off' payment service as well, but the choice & number of channels is going to have to improve dramatically if they're hoping to take on FreeSat.
#21
guilbert53

ITV have already said that ITV HD will be available on Freesat only, not Sky.





ITV HD is scheduled to begin broadcasting its regular schedule on Freesat, accessible solely via ITV's red button interactive services, in "a few weeks", it was confirmed today.

Freesat managing director Emma Scott said ITV would be releasing further details of its high definition channel, and commence full broadcasting, in "hopefully a few weeks time".

She confirmed it would be accessible via the red button rather than given an individual EPG slot and that it would initially be viewable exclusively on Freesat equipment.

ITV executive chairman Michael Grade said: "We will launch our HD service with an unrivalled line up of premium football including the FA Cup, England internationals and UEFA Champions League from next season."

Grade did not rule out negotiations for carriage on Sky in the future, however, and said: "We are a commercial organisation and won't give it to Sky for nothing."

Humax, whose Freesat personal video recorder is expected to be the first available when it is released some time in the summer, said it would be able to record ITV HD.

Since last week, Digital Spy forum members have been able to view test transmissions for the service using personal computer-based digital satellite receivers
#22
guilbert53
You are WRONG.

Freesat has the capability to get far more cannels than Freeview ever can (over 200), so that is a bonus.

Freesat has HD channels which Freeview doesnt have, and wont have for years, so that is a bonus.

ITV have already said that ITV HD will be available on Freesat only, not Sky.

Currenlty both ITV and BBC have to *PAY* Sky to take their channels. In the long term I think the BBC and ITV will put all their efforts into their Freesat system and will tell Sky to go stuff it.

This is the start of a big battle between Sky in one corner and BBC/ITV with Freesat in the other.

I hope Sky get a kicking and they will stop ripping eveyone off.


It has 1 hd channel atm - itv hd will not take off if its exclusive to freesat causing then to break contract and allow other companies to use it

Start of a big battle are you taking the pee - sky is a giant and monopolises the market alongside freeview - there is no way freesat will become big

God why do you care so much do you work for them or something
#23
To answer the OP's original Q. Yes you can buy a box and use the existing dish. It is the same satellite so will not even need moving.
#24
dandoc2
freesat will be like top up tv - it will die within 2 months and only have like 1000 customers
FACT

Everyone has freeview boxes why would you waste your money again buying freesat


Funny that, but they have sold well in excess of the 1000 boxes already. Infact there is now a shortage and freesat have had to put a message on their website saying so!

Well if anybody is looking to spend a little more on a box amazon.de have the Humax icordHD box twin tuner pvr on for about £380.
#25
GAVINLEWISHUKD;2082840
Funny that, but they have sold well in excess of the 1000 boxes already. Infact there is now a shortage and freesat have had to put a message on their website saying so!

Well if anybody is looking to spend a little more on a box amazon.de have the Humax icordHD box twin tuner pvr on for about £380.


Does this require a freesat firmware flash or similar to get the EPG?
Danoc make that 1001 - i'll be buying one shortly!
banned#26
can you not use a sky box for freesat?
1 Like #27
colinsunderland;2083096
can you not use a sky box for freesat?


For the freesatfromsky version, yes. Its basically a big advert for their pay service, as you can't get rid of the channels you aren't paying for (Sky One, etc) from the EPG. It does have a lot of channels, but most will eventually move on the real freesat after their contractual obligations are expired.
If you want freesat a new box is required as it is a completely different service.
banned#28
thanks, my mam has a caravan and the reception on tv is rubbish, so was going to buy her a sky set up (a guy on the boot sale does brand new dish/lnb & second hand sky box for £30-45 depending on box) then get a freesat card. Would only be for a couple of years max, so looks like that option will probably be cheapest for her. Rep given
#29
MoneySavingG;2083066
Does this require a freesat firmware flash or similar to get the EPG?
Danoc make that 1001 - i'll be buying one shortly!

No it just reads the EPG stream that is being transmited, you can use any satellite receiver as long as its not a sky box.
#30
Right imstill a tad confused.

Is the HD channels FTA or FTV.

And does the Freesat come with a Card or does it decrypt FTV transmissions.

If the HD channels were FTA, wouldnt it be better to buy a 2nd hand SKY-HD box?

Mr Pink
banned#31
You do not need a card for freesat. Its a non subscription service and boxes do not have a card slot.

Just got me new HD receiver today (not a freesat one) and have to admit, the line up looks quite good. 3 HD channels so far - with another very shortly - and more to come. Wont be long before $ky realise they need to drop their rediculous £10pm charge for HD!
#32
I think there needs to be a huge clarification on what FREESAT is. Specifically, FREESAT from bbc/itv and FREESAT from Sky.

They are 2 very different things. I do not believe that you can simply use a FREESAT box from bbc/itv with a dish already installed from sky. Or am I wrong on that?

The advantage of FREESAT from bbc/itv is not only the increased coverage, but the better coverage in terms of signal strebgth in existing areas. Freeview HD is also pretty much non existent at the moment as well.
#33
banned#34
ghost101;2270289
I think there needs to be a huge clarification on what FREESAT is. Specifically, FREESAT from bbc/itv and FREESAT from Sky.


The only clarification that is needed is the fact Freesat broadcasts in HD for free!

They are 2 very different things. I do not believe that you can simply use a FREESAT box from bbc/itv with a dish already installed from sky. Or am I wrong on that?


Yup, you are wrong on that!!!:p If you are still using your dish from sky, the only extra thing you may need is an LNB to carry the additional signal. If you have sky plus, you wont need anything apart from cable and 2 f-plugs. If you are no longer using sky, everything is all wired and ready to use.

The advantage of FREESAT from bbc/itv is not only the increased coverage, but the better coverage in terms of signal strebgth in existing areas. Freeview HD is also pretty much non existent at the moment as well.


Freeview HD is non existant period (at the mo). They did run tests last year from Crystal Palace. Very good it was too! (While it lasted!)

Hopefully this new service will knock quite a few dents in sky's monopoly.
#35


I think anyone that is willing to pay £100+ to receive an hd signal is mad

£50 maybe but not £100
banned#36
dandoc2;2270340
I think anyone that is willing to pay £100+ to receive an hd signal is mad

£50 maybe but not £100


I just paid £300 for my HD receiver!!!

But then, these channels are just chicken feed in the bigger picture of channels I can get!

Anyone paying the full £45 subs to sky are the barking mad ones IMHO!

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