Testing a sky dish without a sky box

Found 13th May 2010
So, I'm thinking about freesat hd for the world cup but dont really want to pay the £80 installation as I move around quite a lot and it would be a bit of a waste.

The house I moved into 6 months ago does have a sky digital dish set up, cable round the back of the tv ect, all ready to go. However I have no idea if it works, I have no sky box to test it and I know argos have a no refund policy on their freesat boxes so that would be an expensive way to find out. (will anywhere let me take one and return it if its a no-go?)

I have a tv with freeview built in, a freeview box and a virgin cable box for testing (I would imagine the latter would be of no use)

So.....any ideas?

Cheers.

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mod

Have you got any mates who could pop round with their box and you could plug it in to test?

Original Poster

i dont think any of my mates in london have sky....all students/just graduated so dont have the funds. i will have a ask around i suppose.

A lot of shops let you bring electricals back if you change your mind within 30ish days so just find one that does that and sells freesat boxes i suppose, I know tesco does, but dont know if they sell freesat...

Original Poster

ok, cheers. the ones i though might have sky have virgin. i will check with tesco (+others) on their returns policy.

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what about amazon? how does the 7 day cooling off period work? does the item have to be unopened?

amazon.co.uk/gp/…020

guess it would be ok

how about a satelite finder/meter this would show if you are getting a signal. maplin sell them from £10

Try Freecycle.org for a sky box.

Freeview HD not an option?

ding;8601967

how about a satelite finder/meter this would show if you are getting a … how about a satelite finder/meter this would show if you are getting a signal. maplin sell them from £10



It would, but it will not tell you if it is focused on the correct satellite.

Best option, a used Sky Receiver can be had on a car boot sale for around a fiver.

Any Freeview or Virgin Receivers will not work on a dish.

Even if the dish works, someone may still need to adjust it for the best signal and the cable may need seeing to. For example if you have a device with similar features to a Sky+ - you might need a second cable feed from the dish and the one installed may have only served a regular Sky box.

An old Sky box should be easy and cheap enough to find as others have suggested. Try fleabay.

ding;8601967

how about a satelite finder/meter this would show if you are getting a … how about a satelite finder/meter this would show if you are getting a signal. maplin sell them from £10



If you mean the Satellite Beeper (A97FG) it still needs a connection to a receiver to get its power.

Banned

try a car boot sale, ive seen old sky boxes sell for £3 up here

Original Poster

Thanks for the suggestions. I couldnt find anything on freecycle or gumtree. so i put a wanted on freecycle and im following a few on the nations favourite auction site......postage is always a killer.
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