225°
EXPIRED
Metronic HD freesat Digital Set-Top Box - £79 @ John Lewis
Metronic HD freesat Digital Set-Top Box - £79 @ John Lewis

Metronic HD freesat Digital Set-Top Box - £79 @ John Lewis

Buy forBuy forBuy for£79
GETGet dealVisit site and get deal
Enjoy high definition channels from the BBC and ITV with the Metronic HD freesat receiver theres even a Quick Start guide and HDMI cable included to get you up-and-running the moment you get the unit out of the box.

This great value compact set-top box lets you receive over 80 digital channels without ever paying a subscription, and you can plan your viewing with an 8-day electronic programme guide.

68 Comments

Original Poster

Original Poster

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/1900al/HDfreeview.jpg

Original Poster

Been searching for a freeview HD box for a while ready for the World Cup and this is the cheapest I can find apart from a Bush model in Argos which although it is £10 cheaper is completely out of stock at present.

This looks like a bargain.
Bear in mind though that its freesat and not freeview (don't let the post above confuse you).

All you need is a length of coax to connect it to a spare output on an existing Sky dish.

You get HD BBC1 and ITV1 with no monthly charge.

I got a Bush HD box in December and its good for getting the basic hd channels without paying sky subscription.

The best bit is that freesat is also rolling out BBC iPlayer to all freesat HD boxes during 2010 (you connect the ethernet port to your broadband router).
Its already on my Bush box and its great just to use the normal tv remote to browse and select iPlayer porgramming to watch directly on the TV.

Better than humax? Great price though!:thumbsup:

B&Q are selling a Ross branded Dish and HD reciever for £80 for anyone that doesnt have a dish.

1900al;8525537

Been searching for a freeview HD box for a while ready for the World Cup … Been searching for a freeview HD box for a while ready for the World Cup and this is the cheapest I can find apart from a Bush model in Argos which although it is £10 cheaper is completely out of stock at present.


This is a Freesat box - you'll need a dish

It was amazing how much people got confused before between Freeview and Freesat, seems to be worse now that Freeview HD has been launched.

Lets put it in simple terms for the muppets.....

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/64/208522118_079e955505.jpg

You need the above and a Freeview or Freeview HD Box and to check with your local TV transmitters signal for compatibility.

http://www.mediacenterhouse.com/images/blog/satellite.JPG

You need the above and a Freesat or Freesat HD Box aligned to Astra 28E ideal for those that struggle with a weak aerial signal.

Not that hard to understand really, the clue is in the Sat bit.

Original Poster

alanrowell;8525941

This is a Freesat box - you'll need a dish



I have a dish :thumbsup:

you'll also need a HD recorder (or an extra 30 years of spare life).

so you can fast forward / skip all the ;
adverts,
coming up,
previously on,
introducing,
2 min applause, bow - another 2 min applause, ect,,,,,,,,,,,,

:roll:

cicobuff;8526511

It was amazing how much people got confused before between Freeview and … It was amazing how much people got confused before between Freeview and Freesat, seems to be worse now that Freeview HD has been launched.Lets put it in simple terms for the muppets.....You need the above and a Freeview or Freeview HD Box and to check with your local TV transmitters signal for compatibility.You need the above and a Freesat or Freesat HD Box aligned to Astra 28E ideal for those that struggle with a weak aerial signal.Not that hard to understand really, the clue is in the Sat bit.



Excellent post....LOL

alfiejts;8525677

All you need is a length of coax to connect it to a spare output on an … All you need is a length of coax to connect it to a spare output on an existing Sky dish..



Not " coax " ...you need good quality satellite cable.;-)

steer clear buy a proper unrestricted box from a satellite shop like alsat or similar there are loads of hd channels around europe you could get access to for not much more money.. in comparison thse boxes are worth about 35 quid tops

cicobuff;8526511

It was amazing how much people got confused before between Freeview and … It was amazing how much people got confused before between Freeview and Freesat, seems to be worse now that Freeview HD has been launched.Lets put it in simple terms for the muppets.....You need the above and a Freeview or Freeview HD Box and to check with your local TV transmitters signal for compatibility.You need the above and a Freesat or Freesat HD Box aligned to Astra 28E ideal for those that struggle with a weak aerial signal.Not that hard to understand really, the clue is in the Sat bit.



No, no sign of any muppets here, so far. Just the usual high and mighty residents of Sesame Street....

rowlystravel;8529126

steer clear buy a proper unrestricted box from a satellite shop like … steer clear buy a proper unrestricted box from a satellite shop like alsat or similar there are loads of hd channels around europe you could get access to for not much more money.. in comparison thse boxes are worth about 35 quid tops



Cabn you give us some online examples?? cheers!

tightpants;8529162

No, no sign of any muppets here, so far. Just the usual high and mighty … No, no sign of any muppets here, so far. Just the usual high and mighty residents of Sesame Street....



:thumbsup:
:w00t:
:w00t:
:w00t:
:w00t:

cicobuff;8526511

It was amazing how much people got confused before between Freeview and … It was amazing how much people got confused before between Freeview and Freesat, seems to be worse now that Freeview HD has been launched.Lets put it in simple terms for the muppets.....You need the above and a Freeview or Freeview HD Box and to check with your local TV transmitters signal for compatibility.You need the above and a Freesat or Freesat HD Box aligned to Astra 28E ideal for those that struggle with a weak aerial signal.Not that hard to understand really, the clue is in the Sat bit.





Sorry I still don't get it?

just to confirm - the standard sky install wont leave any spare outputs will it?
2 wires both into back of skybox iirc?
this would be for someone with eg multiroom nio longer in use or blagged the extras as 'were thinking about multiroom'?

edit: or could share the cables and lose a recording channel off sky?

brilly;8529323

just to confirm - the standard sky install wont leave any spare outputs … just to confirm - the standard sky install wont leave any spare outputs will it? 2 wires both into back of skybox iirc?this would be for someone with eg multiroom nio longer in use or blagged the extras as 'were thinking about multiroom'?edit: or could share the cables and lose a recording channel off sky?



Replace the LNB in the Satellite Dish arm to one that has quad (four) inputs. That way you have two feeds for your twin tuner option of your sky box, a feed for freesat and then a spare.

vuittion;8529235

Sorry I still don't get it?



Then either read up more or pay through the nose for such an installation of either, your choice!

It cannot be any simpler, if you have a rooftop aerial that has a good signal for digital and your local transmitter (which you can check) is broadcasting in HD then you can buy a FreeView HD box. (Not many transmitters currently are rolling out HD as yet)

If you have, or plan to put a satellite dish on your house, you align it to 28E (thats 28 degrees East, Astra Satellite, same as which Sky broadcasts on), hook that up to a FreeSat HD box to be be able to receive free HD channels on FreeSat.

Both FreeView (relying on your rooftop aerial) and Freesat (relying on your Satellite Dish) provide you with free to air channels, there are some differences in what channels are available, but the majority are the same.

If you don't understand now, then its time to learn with the digital switchover, or pay someone that does know, because it is hitting all of us.

brilly;8529323

just to confirm - the standard sky install wont leave any spare outputs … just to confirm - the standard sky install wont leave any spare outputs will it? 2 wires both into back of skybox iirc?this would be for someone with eg multiroom nio longer in use or blagged the extras as 'were thinking about multiroom'?edit: or could share the cables and lose a recording channel off sky?



Almost all Sky Installations have a quad LNB fitted these days.

If not just change the single LNB for a Quad LNB, cost under a tenner on eBay.

So i've put this up and I still can't get freesat.

http://www.treehugger.com/hang-dry-dishes-cuelgame3.jpg

Inactive;8529022

Not " coax " ...you need good quality satellite cable.;-)




Satellite cable is 75 ohm Coax cable, the same as aerial coax but it has a much thicker screened brade and an extra foil screen to help stop interferance :thumbsup: . You are bang on right that you don't want to use standard 75 ohm aerial cable for a satellite install . I tried it years ago because i had run out of the good stuff and just ended up back on the customers roof again changing it to double screened coax :oops: . In truth with the lengh of the run on cables in peoples homes + all the wires running near peoples T.V's causing Interference these days it is best to use satellite style coax for all your coax cables .

mikeyb;8529637

So i've put this up and I still can't get freesat.



It's not pointing in the right direction you idiot!!:whistling:

cicobuff;8529369

Then either read up more or pay through the nose for such an installation … Then either read up more or pay through the nose for such an installation of either, your choice!It cannot be any simpler, if you have a rooftop aerial that has a good signal for digital and your local transmitter (which you can check) is broadcasting in HD then you can buy a FreeView HD box. (Not many transmitters currently are rolling out HD as yet)If you have, or plan to put a satellite dish on your house, you align it to 28E (thats 28 degrees East, Astra Satellite, same as which Sky broadcasts on), hook that up to a FreeSat HD box to be be able to receive free HD channels on FreeSat.Both FreeView (relying on your rooftop aerial) and Freesat (relying on your Satellite Dish) provide you with free to air channels, there are some differences in what channels are available, but the majority are the same.If you don't understand now, then its time to learn with the digital switchover, or pay someone that does know, because it is hitting all of us.



no, i STILL don't understand, as well...
could you help me out with my an*l-ogue picture, first, please?;-)

cicobuff+inactive thanks,
was installed a couple of years ago as a sky+ install so will check whats on my dish - certainly only 2 wires to the house though.
not looked anywhere really but since i was looking at something on amazon anyway they have this:
amazon.co.uk/Sky…g_b which gets decent reviews

brilly;8529915

cicobuff+inactive thanks,was installed a couple of years ago as a sky+ … cicobuff+inactive thanks,was installed a couple of years ago as a sky+ install so will check whats on my dish - certainly only 2 wires to the house though.not looked anywhere really but since i was looking at something on amazon anyway they have this:http://www.amazon.co.uk/SkyWare-SX719QS-S-Quad-LNB/dp/B000NNO88E/ref=pd_bxgy_ce_img_b which gets decent reviews



That is fine for the job.:thumbsup:

Inactive;8529951

That is fine for the job.:thumbsup:



Agree with above -I have a sky+ setup and bought a Humax Foxsat last week and while I havent set it up yet both the sky and the humax boxes have 2 slots for the cable and there are two cables running from the sky dish.

Inactive;8529022

Not " coax " ...you need good quality satellite cable.;-)



Well Satellite cable is a type of coax you know.

It's shielded with a foil shield but is still coaxial in design.

I know what you mean though - ordinary TV coax won't do!

question Regarding this..
Instead of having to go up on roof (More than 60ft in my case) to change LNB on Dish arm would it be possible to use some form of Splitter box? My thought being the Dish Cable runs to Box and then splits to Sky Receiver & Freesat box. If that is possible could somebody recommend any thing to acheive that.

Thank's in advance

JLF:thumbsup:

No you can't use splitters on satellite dishes as there are electronics in the LNB that communicate with the receiver box, to change the LNB settings each time you change channel. (Whereas a normal TV aerial is completely passive so you can just split its output signal)

You need an "LNB" with at least the number of outputs you want and you will need a separate run of satellite grade coax cable for each.

When Sky moved me from "ordinary" sky to sky plus some years ago, they changed my "LNB" on the dish from a single output to a quad output.
Sky + only uses two of those outputs and two remain unused, so I could just connect my freesat box to one of the spare LNB outputs.

oh and by the way, yes there are other channels broadcast over and above the standard "freesat" channel list and even with a freesat receiver you can tune into them - they just don;t appear on the freesat programme guide because they don't pay freesat a subscription.

Having said that, I spent a day tuning into all these extra channels and unless you have a particular ethnic or religious interest or a preference for non-English speaking programmes, there wasn't one worth watching...

At this price its just great for watching BBC and ITV in HD without subscription - especially with the world cup coming up.

If you accept the box for what it is, and you cn cope with a bit of DIY installation work to connect to your existing dish, then at the price is a good deal.

tightpants;8529740

no, i STILL don't understand, as well...could you help me out with my … no, i STILL don't understand, as well...could you help me out with my an*l-ogue picture, first, please?;-)



You know people like yourself on this site trolling threads don't exactly add much to things. Funny how when you provide information insecure people see it that you are being "superior" rather than helpful...get a life.:roll:

JamieLloydFan;8530275

question Regarding this..Instead of having to go up on roof (More than … question Regarding this..Instead of having to go up on roof (More than 60ft in my case) to change LNB on Dish arm would it be possible to use some form of Splitter box? My thought being the Dish Cable runs to Box and then splits to Sky Receiver & Freesat box. If that is possible could somebody recommend any thing to acheive that.Thank's in advance JLF:thumbsup:




Nope alfiejts is right . Some channels are transmitted horizontally and some on a vertical axis . The LNB on the end of the dish switched between the 2 plains as you change channels depending on which channel you are watching . You would probably find that half the channels would be missing on your receiver as it had a fight with the other box for control of the LNB :w00t: . Also the reciever supplies the voltage to power the LNB, up to 18 volts so putting 2 supplies of power into the same socket would not be wise .:w00t:

Quick query:
If I currently have Sky+ in my livingroom - and therefore the satellite dish on my outside wall and all cabling routed into the house. Could I buy one of these and tell Sky I don't want them anymore?
I guess what I am trying to ascertain is would I get to keep (and use) the existing satellite dish and not have to pay Murdoch's minions a monthly retainer to watch TV?

Another, slightly related query - could you use Virgin Media inputs if they're already installed in a house but there's no subscription to Virgin by simply plugging the cable into this box and hooking it to your tv?

JamieLloydFan;8530275

question Regarding this..Instead of having to go up on roof (More than … question Regarding this..Instead of having to go up on roof (More than 60ft in my case) to change LNB on Dish arm would it be possible to use some form of Splitter box? My thought being the Dish Cable runs to Box and then splits to Sky Receiver & Freesat box. If that is possible could somebody recommend any thing to acheive that.Thank's in advance JLF:thumbsup:



Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this box has LNB loop-through.

So you should be able to connect one of the sky cables to this box and then from this box back to the sky box, without having to run a long new cable from the dish.

fazzy-bhoy;8530636

Quick query:If I currently have Sky+ in my livingroom - and therefore the … Quick query:If I currently have Sky+ in my livingroom - and therefore the satellite dish on my outside wall and all cabling routed into the house. Could I buy one of these and tell Sky I don't want them anymore?I guess what I am trying to ascertain is would I get to keep (and use) the existing satellite dish and not have to pay Murdoch's minions a monthly retainer to watch TV?Another, slightly related query - could you use Virgin Media inputs if they're already installed in a house but there's no subscription to Virgin by simply plugging the cable into this box and hooking it to your tv?



Yes to the first question, No to the second.

fazzy-bhoy;8530636

Quick query:If I currently have Sky+ in my livingroom - and therefore the … Quick query:If I currently have Sky+ in my livingroom - and therefore the satellite dish on my outside wall and all cabling routed into the house. Could I buy one of these and tell Sky I don't want them anymore?I guess what I am trying to ascertain is would I get to keep (and use) the existing satellite dish and not have to pay Murdoch's minions a monthly retainer to watch TV?Another, slightly related query - could you use Virgin Media inputs if they're already installed in a house but there's no subscription to Virgin by simply plugging the cable into this box and hooking it to your tv?


1) yep you can do that to Mr Murdoch if you wish ! as long as you are out of your SKY contract period.

2) Nope you can't use your virgin socket . Althought the conection is the same it is a completly different system .

fazzy-bhoy;8530636

Quick query:If I currently have Sky+ in my livingroom - and therefore the … Quick query:If I currently have Sky+ in my livingroom - and therefore the satellite dish on my outside wall and all cabling routed into the house. Could I buy one of these and tell Sky I don't want them anymore?I guess what I am trying to ascertain is would I get to keep (and use) the existing satellite dish and not have to pay Murdoch's minions a monthly retainer to watch TV?



If your minimum term contract has finished with Sky then yes, I believe you get to keep the equipment, unplug the sky box and screw in the f-plug lead into the back of the Freesat box instead.

fazzy-bhoy;8530636

Another, slightly related query - could you use Virgin Media inputs if … Another, slightly related query - could you use Virgin Media inputs if they're already installed in a house but there's no subscription to Virgin by simply plugging the cable into this box and hooking it to your tv?



No not at all, Cable TV does not operate via a Satellite dish now does it?! FreeSat requires a Satellite dish, to receive its signal from Astra 28E (as already mentioned) which is the same satellite that Sky broadcasts from.

cicobuff;8530481

You know people like yourself on this site trolling threads don't exactly … You know people like yourself on this site trolling threads don't exactly add much to things. Funny how when you provide information insecure people see it that you are being "superior" rather than helpful...get a life.:roll:



oh i'm sorry....it was me all along trolling about, hot did you put it so nicely, 'muppets'. it's the attitude.

it's people like you that put off ordinary, perhaps inexperienced, users from staying on this sort of site because of your patronising, condescending attitude, when giving 'advice'.

you seem to be so full of useful info re satellites, it seems you are the one who needs to get a life. after all, satellites aren't really something most people feel insecure about. ;-) or are they?:w00t:
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text