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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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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

4:41 PM

Dan: Yes, as you will need a new LNB, this is about right.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
5:20 PM
High Peak

If I purchase Freesat to replace my Sky box (I am a non-subscriber) approximately how many channels will I be able to receive?

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Anne's 3 posts GB flag
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9:15 PM

I'm sure this question has been asked before, so many apologies! I have just cancelled down my sky+ account and am looking at getting freesat+. Will anything else need to be done to my existing dish and cables? I noticed comments about "quad lnbs" earlier and am confused!

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Sarah's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 20 January 2011

5:41 AM

Sarah: If you have Sky+ you will have the two connections to the dish required for Freesat+.

To upgrade Sky+ to Freesat+

1) power off Sky+

2) disconnect the SCART and two satellite links

3) remove Sky+ box

4) install Freesat+ box

5) connect two satellite links and SCART

6) connect the power

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
10:32 AM

Wonderful, thanks Briantist - I'll try this tonight!! Sorry for asking obvious questions, but the LNB bits had baffled me!

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Sarah's 1 post GB flag
12:38 PM

Hi I have the Sky HD box, will be able to get the free to air channels, I do have a card from Sky which I paid for, but I done not have an account. Will I get more channels or better use a freesat box HD.

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Keith's 2 posts GB flag

5:18 PM

Sarah: Please let me know how it goes.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag

5:19 PM

Keith: If you get a Freesat+HD box you will be able to play/record/pause the same free channels.

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Antonino Barresi
5:20 PM

Have bought Bush BFSAT03HD and want to use it on my television in Sicily. The local television engineer tried to use the setting satellite 28.2 degrees east of south but couldn't pick it up. He asked me to ask you the following questions:

1) Name of satellite dish
2) Diameter of the dish for Sicily (Italy)
3) Long and Lat and grade for Sicily

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