I had Sky fitted just so i could use the dish to get freeview

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Found 8th Sep 2009
I subscribed to Sky for a year so that when the contract ended i could then use the leads running from the satelite dish to each room to receive freeview. I have now been told that this is not possible. I can connect my Sky boxes to the leads to receive freeview through them but i really wanted to connect freeview boxes as i get sick of seeing all the channels instead of just the channels that are available (and channel 5 can't be watched). Is this right? any help would be appreciated!

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With the sky boxes you can watch the free to air satellite channels

Freeview needs an aerial not a dish

WHO on earth told you that bull?

of course you can connect freesat boxes to the leads once your contract has finished
The satellites are in the same position and in some cases are the same satellite used for both.


Assuming you did mean freesat and not freeview!

Sky Satellite & Freesat = Satellites in Geostationary orbit, south east on the horizon from UK point of viewing, firing a beam @ 10-11Ghz at Northern Europe, the strongest signal hitting the UK and needs a Satellite Dish / DVB-S

Freeview = VHF/UHF Terrestrial Broadcast from varying broadcast tower masts in your region and around the UK and needs a decent roof aerial (ime) for most people to get it, I'm hoping analogue going off in 3 years means stronger signal, HiDef is planned but will need new hardware and further freeview bandwidth is planned I think / DVB-T

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karenhornby;6242215

WHO on earth told you that bull?of course you can connect freesat boxes … WHO on earth told you that bull?of course you can connect freesat boxes to the leads once your contract has finishedThe satellites are in the same position and in some cases are the same satellite used for both.Assuming you did mean freesat and not freeview!



It was the Sky man lol but i know nothing about it which is why i have asked advice from you guys. Do i just cut off the screw on connector for the back of the sky box then add an the ariel (spelt wrong but mental block) connector???

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Carley;6242259

Personally i would spend the extra £18 and go for the HD model ]here



Ow i wanted to put one of these in a few different rooms, is this the cheapest way to do it?

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*scooby*;6242253

It was the Sky man lol but i know nothing about it which is why i have … It was the Sky man lol but i know nothing about it which is why i have asked advice from you guys. Do i just cut off the screw on connector for the back of the sky box then add an the ariel (spelt wrong but mental block) connector???



Just noticed the Freesat not freeview! thanks

Carley;6242259

Personally i would spend the extra £18 and go for the HD model ]here



*scooby*;6242282

Ow i wanted to put one of these in a few different rooms, is this the … Ow i wanted to put one of these in a few different rooms, is this the cheapest way to do it?



Bear in mind that you'll need at least an Octo-LNB (the thingy thats attached to your sky dish) if you want this HD box in say four rooms as the HD box uses two coaxial cables.

Shotgun coax - ebay item no 360173990122

Octo lnb - ebay 320419731045

Just like the freesat box I'm not recommending these brands or sellers, just showing what may be needed.

EDIT: sorry I might be wrong but you should be able to get way with one cable per box as i think the second cable is for recording à la Sky+esque.:oops:

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what is differance channel wise beween freesat and freeview?

Why bother with Freeview or Freesat, there both crap. Do a bit of research and you can get everything out there for next to nothing......

Carley;6242752

You are wrong... Twin LNB's are only needed for a dual tuner PVR, not HD



Uhh.... I realised that......but thanks for the confirmation anyhoos.

You dont need to cut the connectors off
They are called F connectors and screw ino the sky box, the same connectors are used for the freesat boxes
So nothing to do apart from buy some freesat boxes, unscrew the aerial connectors from the sky box, then screw them into the freesat box.


Piece of advice - dont buy the freesat boxes until your contract is up, you may change your mind and decide you like sky enough to stay, and also freesat boxes should be cheaper by then, especially the HD ones.

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ChrisUK;6242769

Why bother with Freeview or Freesat, there both crap. Do a bit of … Why bother with Freeview or Freesat, there both crap. Do a bit of research and you can get everything out there for next to nothing......



He he.... u iz bad.:p

Hows the server going BTW?

People just live with crappy stuff - oh well, if there not willing to put the effort in.......

It's ace mate, no problems
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