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    Freesat - best value supply and fit options

    I am looking to get a freesat satellite dish installed so that I can get digital tv in 2 rooms in my house. I understand that I may need a satellite dish with the a few tuners or something like that, and that I will need 2 set top boxes. I would like the boxes to have the facility to pause, rewind and record (like Sky+). In my previous house I had Sky+, and it was really expensive, so would prefer to pay a one off cost. I have also heard of motorised dishes that mean you can get more channels, so if you are a satellite expert I would love to hear your suggestions on this.

    Please can you recommend the most cost effecticve way to get a good quality installation, and what equipment I should be looking to order (again at a good price). Thank you.

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    As you previously had sky, do you still have a dish on the wall? If so you may find that is suitable, or you mar just have to upgrade the LNB for a quad one. As far as i know, a motorised dish wont give you more channels, they are more suited for caravans etc wher the dish moves a lot


    As for boxes, you will need freesat+ boxes, they have some reasonably priced ones in argos, but you will probably find cheaper if you shop around.

    Edit: Do you need two PVR Boxes or could you manage with with a standard box and one recorder, as i've just had a quick look and the pvr recorders are over £200 each ;-(

    Original Poster

    I have moved house and this has no dish.

    A question for you - if I have a box that allows me to watch a program on one channel whilst recording on another channel, would this mean that I need a dish with a dual tuner / dual lnb. Therefore, if I get a freesat installation in 2 rooms both having the facility to watch one channel whilst recording another, then would this mean I need a 4 tuners / quad lnb?

    Edit: When you say PVR box, is this a special box that lets you watch one program whilst recording another (like a Sky+ box)? If it is, then yes I would like 2 of these boxes and would not want to go for standard boxes.

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    vishy01234;8076147

    I have moved house and this has no dish.A question for you - if I have a … I have moved house and this has no dish.A question for you - if I have a box that allows me to watch a program on one channel whilst recording on another channel, would this mean that I need a dish with a dual tuner / dual lnb. Therefore, if I get a freesat installation in 2 rooms both having the facility to watch one channel whilst recording another, then would this mean I need a 4 tuners / quad lnb?Edit: When you say PVR box, is this a special box that lets you watch one program whilst recording another (like a Sky+ box)? If it is, then yes I would like 2 of these boxes and would not want to go for standard boxes.



    Pvr box = freesat version of a sky+ box, And yes you would need 2 outputs from the tuner / LNB for each box

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    lottysdad08;8076196

    Pvr box = freesat version of a sky+ box, And yes you would need 2 … Pvr box = freesat version of a sky+ box, And yes you would need 2 outputs from the tuner / LNB for each box



    So theoretically, if I got this setup installed in 3 rooms, with each room having the ability to watch one channel whilst recording another, would I need a special 6-tuner/lnb, or does this not exist? Or would I need another sattelite dish?

    Also, would one box need 2 cables running into them from 2 tuner/lnbs on the satellite dish?

    P.S. Thanks for your help and patience in answering my q's!

    Original Poster

    Just in case anyone else read this thread and has the same questions as me, I did some web research and it seems what I am looking for is a freesat PVR installation for each room, which would require a 2 lnbs for each PVR (personal video recorder) box. So 2 rooms with PVR boxes = a satellite dish with a quad lnb.

    More than anything I think PVR seems to be the future and even if I decide to just use standard satellute boxes for now, I want to make sure that when PVR boxes drop in price that I have the necessary cabling all done to just switch boxes.

    Now, what I am really interested in are suggestion for motorised satellite dishes hooked up to a PVR box, and the required equipment involved!
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