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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
Monday, 19 December 2016
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StevensOnln1
12:20 PM

Steve Holden: Did you use the same aerial with your previous TV or was it connected to a rooftop/loft aerial?

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MikeP
3:44 PM

Steven Holden:

In my experience indoor aerials are not very effective and don't perform as well as expected. You need to connect the TV to either and outdoor aerial on or just above the roof or, if you are close enough to the transmitter, to an aerial in the loft as long as it has a clear line of sight to the transmitter and can be fitted well away from any water tanks or electrical systems.

We would also benefit from knowing your full post code so that we can determine which of over 1000 transmitters you should be using and what the signal reception conditions are like at your location.



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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
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william
5:35 PM

i am thinking of cancelling sky and install a freesat box in place of the sky+ box, i also have an old sky digibox in another room, at the moment i pay sky ?12 per month for multiroom after i cancel my digibox will revert to freesat will i then be able to watch a different channel in that room from the one in my other room, thanks

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MikeP
6:37 PM

William:

Please refer to answers given to this question that you posted at Whole house digital TV

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