Freesat + Sky questions for anyone in the know...

ok, the freeview signal in my area is appalling and i was considering freesat.
Now we already have sky so the questions are:

1) is there anyway i can run sky to another room and have independant control from there
i.e people in room A watching something different from people in room B

2) can freesat be run of the same dish as sky with the sky system running at the same time?

if so, how for both these questions!

ta!

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1) Yes just buy a twin LNB and some cable. Then get a second hand box of Ebay/gumtree. Then phone sky and request a FTA viewing card which cost £10 to existing customers.

2) Yes but you require a twin LNB and some cable. If your going to go for Freesat get an HD box like the Humax. If not just go with option 1.

1) If You have sky+ or Sky Hd you probably already have a quad LNB * (the receiver part of the satellite), If you want to view all the subscription channels it costs an extra £10 per month, or if you just want skys Freesat which offers basic channels this charges nothing extra but you need box and card.

2) Yes

Just note there are two types of Freesat one from sky and one from freesat ltd. Both use the same dish and LNB but they require different set top boxes.

* Have a look at your LNB, if where the cable of cables come out are there any other unused ports/holes
Pic of quad LNBhttp://i10.ebayimg.com/01/i/000/fe/fb/e156_1.JPG

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Both good answers.:thumbsup:

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we dont have sky plus, and i think we got our minidish when they were first brought out, we have had sky for 16 years and i cant remember when they started using the mioni dish, are we likely to have a Quad LNB.

and the LNB is actually on the dish yea?
if so and it doesnt have one what options do i have?

Gavin: would all the cost i have to layout be the box the wires and the card? and what is the FTA card.
and would a twin LNB need a new dish or could be fitted to the old one etc?

i really have no clue about any of these things!

thankyou guys for your answers so far!

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Jetpac;3612159

we dont have sky plus, and i think we got our minidish when they were … we dont have sky plus, and i think we got our minidish when they were first brought out, we have had sky for 16 years and i cant remember when they started using the mioni dish, are we likely to have a Quad LNB.and the LNB is actually on the dish yea?if so and it doesnt have one what options do i have?Gavin: would all the cost i have to layout be the box the wires and the card? and what is the FTA card.and would a twin LNB need a new dish or could be fitted to the old one etc?i really have no clue about any of these things!thankyou guys for your answers so far!



The LNB definately wont be a Quad LNB if its 16 years old! You can get one for £25 ]here though you can probably get one cheaper. The one shown is for a minidish - so unsure what dish you actually have. Any supplier will be able to advise fully.

A FTA card is what sky provide. Most channels are clear (ie not encypted), but some sky channels are soft encrpted - you would need this card to view.

Twin cable would be about 70p per metre. Only you would know how much you would need - though it may be the setup you are thinking of, 2 x single cable would be sufficient.

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its not 16 years old, it is a newer dish but at the same time its not that new!
are they easy to change and fit in?

Hell we could we just call sky and ask to be upgraded to sky+ since we have been customers for 16 years isnt about time we got something free?

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Jetpac;3612315

its not 16 years old, it is a newer dish but at the same time its not … its not 16 years old, it is a newer dish but at the same time its not that new!are they easy to change and fit in?Hell we could we just call sky and ask to be upgraded to sky+ since we have been customers for 16 years isnt about time we got something free?



Its very easy to change the LNB - providing of course the dish is easily accessible.

It you are a current subscriber, you can get an upgrade fairly easy for sky+ and get the installer to fit the 2nd box as an extra when he arrives. (ie just pay him an extra £15 or £20 and the job's done.)

If you are in a cable area, ask for cancellations (you will be put through to them from customer services.) The most you should expect to pay is £49 for the sky+ box and free installation. you may get lucky and get it all free. All depends on who you speak to and how you play it.

If you're not in a cable area, play on the redundancy game..... You cant afford any more and now going to just take freesat. They are more than likely to offer incentives for you not to leave. If they dont mention Sky+ - then you bring it up by saying a friend just had it fitted free.

If they dont buy it and make an offer - say you will have a think about it - and just ring back and try again. You will get one easily in the end.

They are really easy to fit.. The old one will probably have a plastic pin through it that just pops out. The new LNB fits in the same way with a new plastic pin. You can pick up a new LNB from fleabay for under £10 inclusive of postage..

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and wthen i get the new LNB, all i do is just run a cable from it to the new box? and it should work fine?

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Jetpac;3612413

and wthen i get the new LNB, all i do is just run a cable from it to the … and wthen i get the new LNB, all i do is just run a cable from it to the new box? and it should work fine?



Assuming you currently have a single LNB to a single box in your living room, all you would need is to change the LNB to a twin or quad. Then reconnect the existing cable and ad another which you would run to the other room and receiver.

However as already mentioned - if you intend on keeping sky for the next 12 months, an upgrade to sky+, which gives you a new sky+ box and LNB and ability to use your existing receiver (so no outlay for the LNB and extra receiver) is probably the cheapest/best option - particularly if you are uncomfortable about fiddling about with the dish!

Original Poster

thankyou very much Guv and everyone else, i will get onto sky to see what they can do for me!
your help is much appreciated!
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