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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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Thursday, 8 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
8:25 PM

I have Sky HD but they couldn't fit it properly as we had scaffolding up. We need a lead and can't record from one channel while watching another.

It took over 12 months to get the scaffolding down and now they refuse to come back and fix it for free. I'm so annoyed at this I'm thinking of getting rid of it (they said nothing about the 12 months at the time).

If I buy a Freesat+ box, will I need this lead sorted out? Is it a lead I can fit myself?

I'm completely untechnical, so any help would be gratefully received!

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Zoe's 1 post GB flag
Peter Henderson

11:10 PM

Yes and no Zoe

You require a dual feed LNB and two downleads for Freesat+ (i.e. a PVR) to work.

It would be best to get a professional installer to fit the extra downlead as it's going to involve drilling through walls along with some climbing up ladders (in order to get to the dish) etc.

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Peter Henderson's 240 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 September 2011
1:08 PM

Hello, I have cancelled my suscription with sky; I have got my hd sky box. Can I use it to record programs .

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charles's 1 post GB flag
Peter Henderson

3:12 PM

No Charles, not unless you pay Sky £10 per month.

To record Freesat channels for free, you'll need a Freesat PVR.

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Peter Henderson's 25 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 September 2011
4:54 PM

I have been given a Sky aerial (HD...?) and bought a LNB and a Bush Freesat box. Set them all up but to no avail - I'm not getting any signal displaying on my TV.....what am I doing wrong.....?

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Melanie's 3 posts GB flag
Peter Henderson

9:14 PM

You need a Sky dish Melanie, not an aerial.There is no such thing as a Sky HD aerial.

If you have a Sky dish get an approved aerial contractor out to install it, or get an installer to supply the dish, install it, and position it correctly.

Shouldn't be that expensive.

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Peter Henderson's 240 posts GB flag
Sunday, 25 September 2011
4:16 AM

Sorry it was a typo - it is a dish!!

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Melanie's 3 posts GB flag
4:19 AM

I've checked the position of the dish, reset the freesat box and rebooted - nothing! Im beaten, you're right time to call in the experts!

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Melanie's 3 posts GB flag
Thursday, 29 September 2011
3:26 PM

How do I change RF outputs on Sky to match conections on Foxsat

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