I am about to move into a house where the previous owner is using Sky and I assume will leave their dish and equipment in place. I have never had a Sky account. Can I use a FreeSat box as desribed here and if so, do I need to contact Sky to activate ?
david reeve: If the previous owner of the property has left the dish in situ, which applies in about 99% of cases, then you are perfectly free to use it for Freesatreception without having to contact anyone, as the activation referred to only applies to viewing card used in a Sky box in order to access programmes dedicated to those associated with one of their Sky packages.
By the way, Sky boxes are still able to receive a huge range of Freesat channels without any viewing card being required, the only purpose the standard (once of payment ?25 or so) viewing card serves being to enable the receiver to allocate local news / adverts appropriate to the area a viewer happens to reside in.
Another point to note being, that if the Sky box used by the previous owner was of the Sky+ (recording) variety, witnessed by two leads from the dish, then this would enable you to purchase a Freesat twin tuner recorder rather than just a receiver.
I moved into a new house where the previous owner was using Sky and he left the dish with the aerialcable in place. I have a Tv with Freeview built-in and when I connect the aerial to the TV it doesn't work. There is a message telling "No station found, please connect the aerial". I've checked the connections and the TV says that there is no signal.
I know that the TV has Freeview but, would I need a FreeSat box to connect the dish?
There is moreover a TV plug and a Filter TV. I've connected everything in all the possible combinations but it doesn't work anyway.
It sounds as if your previous occupant had a Skydish but not an aerial. To get Freeview, you need an aerial installed to get the signals from the best transmitter for your precise location.
The dish left behind is suitable for use with either Sky (for a subscription monthly) or Freesat. Satellite equipment normally uses a screw-on connector, called an F-connector, for the signal input connection. Some Freeview TV sets also use an F-connector for the aerial input - but it must be fed from an aerial and not a dish. Some TV sets also have a satellite facility which uses an F-connector but is set up separately from the Freeview system.