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    What do I need for Freesat?

    I've just bought a tv with freesat - what do I need to do in order to get the freesat working please?

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    A satellite dish pointed at Astra 28E (Same satellite as Sky Uses) an LNB, a run of coax cable and a couple of F Plug connectors.

    Original Poster

    cicobuff

    A satellite dish pointed at Astra 28E (Same satellite as Sky Uses) an … A satellite dish pointed at Astra 28E (Same satellite as Sky Uses) an LNB, a run of coax cable and a couple of F Plug connectors.



    That sounds expensive!

    fruityloops

    That sounds expensive!



    Not really. You can find most of it cheap on ebay. Or if you have an old Sky set up - just plug it in.

    fruityloops

    That sounds expensive!



    Argos used to do an install pack for around £100, not the cheapest option, but easy if you cant do the work yourself.

    Google it or contact a local satellite fitter in your area.
    Edited by: "RickT" 10th Nov 2010

    Original Poster

    So is this something I can EASILY do myself?

    fruityloops

    That sounds expensive!



    Nope, you can pick up a Satellite dish on Ebay with an LNB very cheaply £20 Ebay search item 330386384215 I got one for a tenner from that very retailer, there again I didn't have to pay postage personally as they are fairly local to me, but also even with postage one of the cheapest.

    Then all you need is a run of coax cable, plenty of Ebay sellers doing that, or just pop into B&Q or Wilko and get however many metres you need, its only like 30pence a metre, then a couple of f plug connectors for the end of the coax wire which would cost you about a quid.

    The expense comes into it if you cannot fit it all yourself rather than the components

    fruityloops

    So is this something I can EASILY do myself?



    Depends where the south facing wall of your house is, if a satellite dish can be easily mounted on a south facing wall of your house and you have a good line of the sky then it is quite easy if you are competent with a drill, and depending on height, a step ladder or ladder. The signal is receiver 28 degrees East of South, if you look at houses around you with satellite dishes, most will be pointed at it, that will help you.

    There are plenty of guides on installing a satellite dish, and being a common european satellite, Astra 28E is very easy to pick up with good signal strength providing you have no obstructions within the line of sight.

    He's going to need a signal meter as well, you can't just guess the positioning.

    I would advise you get a local installer to do it, some only charge £70 in my locality

    I bought the Humax Fox Sat HDR Freesat from Comet recently as they did a £100 installation which was cheaper than all the quotes I got from the phone book. It was quick and easy and I'm really pleased with it.

    Bear in mind there's not much HD content on Freesat at the mom so you just use the normal ariel for the time being until you want to shell out for a dish

    tarkus

    He's going to need a signal meter as well, you can't just guess the … He's going to need a signal meter as well, you can't just guess the positioning.I would advise you get a local installer to do it, some only charge £70 in my locality



    No you don't, just copy other peoples dishes. Thats what I did, spot on first time.

    tallpete33

    I bought the Humax Fox Sat HDR Freesat from Comet recently as they did a … I bought the Humax Fox Sat HDR Freesat from Comet recently as they did a £100 installation which was cheaper than all the quotes I got from the phone book. It was quick and easy and I'm really pleased with it. Bear in mind there's not much HD content on Freesat at the mom so you just use the normal ariel for the time being until you want to shell out for a dish



    There is now 24 hour programming on both BBC One and ITV 1 in HD as well as selected programming on BBC HD Channel all for free, along with ITV Player joining BBC iPlayer soon.

    TUSSFC

    No you don't, just copy other peoples dishes. Thats what I did, spot on … No you don't, just copy other peoples dishes. Thats what I did, spot on first time.



    Spot on first time ?, doubtful - curious to know how you made the final fine adjustment

    Its down to luck getting that final positioning!

    I installed my own freesat, got the cable in, dish up etc, but i couldnt quite align the dish, got an installer who came in and charges me £65 for the final set up and a couple of tweaks.

    Where are you based?

    How is anything down to luck getting final positioning?! Not sure about all Freesat Receivers, but certainly a wealth of them and a lot of generic Satellite Receivers do actually have a signal strength meter to check and fine tune.

    Not suitable for all depending on where your TV is in relation to your dish, but for me that does have a cheap satellite finder from Lidl for first finding the satellite, and my dish just being above the rear house door which is from the kitchen, and with the kitchen door open to the lounge, the tv was visible enough for me to watch the signal and get the last fine tuning in.

    Original Poster

    I'm based in Gloucester

    If the TV isnt within visable area??

    It is easier if you have a signal strength meter, but the pro's have better equipment that allows them to get the job done quicker.

    Be aware if you do it yourself you only need tiny movements to get final positioning, by tiny i mean a gentle tap...
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