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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, Curry.digital, 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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Comments
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Briantist
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8:30 AM

Keith: As long as you have a mains supply for the receiver, there will be no problems.

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Les Nicol
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5:44 PM

Keith/Brian - There are Grundig and Sagem models that are 12volt capable.

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Briantist
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9:29 PM

Les Nicol: I don't think there are branded Freesat receivers that run on 12 volts?

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jb38
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9:34 PM

Keith: The Bush model you mention would be ideal for your requirements with the only inconvenience of it being that its a mains powered device, as indeed mentioned by briantist!

The problem you will likely find when looking at the Freesat 12 volt types such as Les Nicol has mentioned is that most are HD types and priced accordingly, extortionate!! HD being a bit of a farce for motor home use anyway, as its virtually impossible to see any difference in picture quality between SD and HD when viewed on any screen under 32" or so.

I would be inclined to purchase the Bush BFSAT02SD or similar SD type and use it with a small (100watt min) 12volt to 250 volt inverter, as the SD receiver and inverter would still cost less than a single 12 volt HD box, the inverters of the type mentioned being silent in operation and only getting very mildly warm even after a few hours continuous running, plus they are handy for running other low powered mains voltage devices.

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Mark Aberfan Aerials
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9:35 PM

Hi,

The Bush hd box, under £80 at argos is the cheapest 12v freesat box.


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Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Les Nicol
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8:07 AM

Brian - I did another check on SD Freesat boxes and it looks like the SD ones have been dropped and as Mark posts the cheapest which is HD is at Argos.

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jb38
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8:20 AM

Mark Aberfan Aerials: Yes! quite correct Mark, as although its not actually advertised as being a 12 volt operation device it can be used as such because it uses a separate power adaptor.

Of course anyone purchasing this for 12 volt use will have to buy a suitable coaxial plug power lead elsewhere, as to my knowledge it doesn't come with it.

All said taking it that its a BFSAT01HD model, as Argos cares not to mention it!

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jb38
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9:48 AM

jb38: Just an addition to my previous posting to say that my comments regarding the Bush BFSAT01HD also applies to the Goodmans GFSAT200HD, as to all intents and purposes both models use the same chassis with only their facias being different.

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Monday, 30 May 2011
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Julie
6:21 PM
Wareham

Hi

We have two digiboxes that we have had for some years and used before we subscribed to Sky. We have now moved from NW London to Dorset and have tried to connect these to a rooftop aerial. Initially, they loaded some frequencies (but no BBC, ITV or Channel 4 channels !)but after a minute or so, none were available.

Our Sky reception is great but we would now like to cancel our subscription and change to Freesat. Can we connect these to our dish aerial directly and obtain acceptable reception? Our postcode is BH20 and the two digiboxes are, a Panasonic TU-CT20 and a Goodmans GDB 3 which are described in the instruction leaflets as " Digital Terrestrial Receivers"

Thank you, Julie


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bob mathew
6:36 PM

I have sky multiroom, if i change to free sat would i need a box in each room (2 rooms)
would they still work independently

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