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Upgrading from Sky to Freesat

It takes less than five minutes to replace an existing satellite box with a Freesat one.

It takes less than five minutes to replace an existing satellit
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If you have an existing Sky or fSfS (Freesat from Sky) installation and want to go to upgrade to Freesat, it is a simple process.

First, buy the Freesat box from a Argos,, Comet, John Lewes or your local independent shop:

In the box you will find the Freesat box:

Also included will be a remote control, and this model also comes with a SCART cable, a HDMI cable and a stereo-with-composite cable. Unpack the ones you need:

You old Sky box looks like this:

Unplug the mains first from the Sky box, then pull out the SCART (or SCARTs) and then unscrew the connection to the satellite dish.

Remove the Sky box and fit the Freesat box. Reconnect the satellite cable (take care as to not damage the connection) and then the SCART and finally connect the mains power:

The box will look like this:

The box also contains the manual, which has full installation instructions. Finally fit the batteries into the remote control.

The TV screen first displays the box's logo

The first set-up screen allows you to select the TV type, widescreen mode and resolution:

Next the box checks for the satellite signal:

Then there is a check for updated software:

Then you enter your postcode and the box checks it:

The next step is a scan for channels. This takes about 30 seconds:

And that's it. You can now view channels, like 108 for BBC HD:

Or press the GUIDE button for the EPG:

(Apologies for the photos not being of the top quality)

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Friday, 11 February 2011
12:12 PM

Hi. I have a Sky+ subscription with one Sky+ box in the lounge, connected to two of the four outputs on a quad LNB (on a Zone 1 Sky Minidish). I have just purchased an additional Sky+ box which I want to put in another room to watch FTA channels.
I've read a few comments on the site and gather that I will not be able to use the Sky+ features without paying an addiitonal £10 monthly subscription to Sky. I'm happy to just watch live FTA channels and not record (although this would've been nice- but not at £120 per year).
I am going to buy the WF100 cable and F-connectors tomorrow and was wondering whether I need to purchase two cables or whether I only require one cable (as the second cable is used for recording etc)?
If I do only require one cable, does it matter which RF input on the Sky+ I connect to? I have the Thomson DSI8210 box if that helps.

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Martin's 1 post GB flag

1:20 PM

Martin: You only need one cable if you don't wish to record/pause/play.

However it is NOT the RF input, but the satellite input you must connect to the LNB output from the dish.

Use satellite input 1.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 February 2011
9:39 AM


I'm in the process of replacing my SKY+HD Box with a Humax FoxSat-HDR, the thing i'm worried about is this;

Upstairs in my Bedroom I have a second TV that has a TVlink dongle in it so i can use a second SKY remote to change channels on the TV downstairs, enabling me to watch my Sattelite tv in my room, albeit the same channel that is on downstairs. (Hope that makes sense) My question is, will i still be able to use this dongle with my Humax? Thanks for your time.

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Mark's 1 post GB flag

12:17 PM

Mark: No, you can't use a "TV Link".

The best choice is to use a spare output on the dish to provide a link to another Freesat box for the bedroom.

If you do this you can watch any channel you want in the bedroom, independent of what is being watched downstairs.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 February 2011
4:37 PM

I have an old sky dish which I use to view tv upstairs. Can I upgrade dish to Quad LBD
and add a free sat hd digi box to my main tv in lounge (this is hd).

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nora's 1 post GB flag

5:32 PM

nora: Yes, you can.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Friday, 18 February 2011
2:47 PM


I have just bought the Humax Foxsat Freesat+ DVR, and I already have a sky mini-dish that was installed with my previous sky digital subscription (not sky+ or hd) that has been out of use for 4 years.

I would like to know if I need to upgrade the satellite cable so I can record and view 2 separate channels.

If so what exactly do I need, how much will it typically cost, how is it done and can I do this myself?

Thanks for your help!

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Adam's 2 posts GB flag

4:35 PM

Adam: You will need to change the "LNB" for a "quad-LNB" package to give you the outputs you need, and you will need to run in a satellite-grade cable for the second tuner in the Freesat+ box.

£26 for a quad-LNB - Buy Quad Output Universal LNB at - Your Online Shop for Free to air satellite.
- the cable cost depends on the length of the run.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
4:45 PM

Thanks! I have ordered a quad LNB package from an eBay store which was about £10 cheaper which has the cable and fittings included. Can't wait to watch digital TV again :)

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Adam's 2 posts GB flag

4:49 PM

Adam: You can watch using your single connection whilst you wait for the delivery.

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