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Brian Butterworth published on UK Free TV Freesat, the service that provides lots of free to watch television and radio channels using a satellite dish are promoting their subscription-free offering in the run up to Christmas.
Freesat's Will Abbott says: "We've brought Team Freesat back together on Freesat1 to create an entertaining campaign with a simple message Ã¢â¬â that in the face of increasing complexity and choice Freesat offers customers an easy way to enjoy brilliant TV, catch-free."
We are due to switch to Digital in April 2012 Crystal Palace transmitter.
I have sky at the moment but would like to switch to Freesat what do I need equipment wise.
I have Sky + box in the lounge and an ordinary sky in the other room. The one programme we would like to have is Quest
Avril: Are you sure you are not meaning Freeview rather than Freesat? as the switchover you refer to doesn't involve Freesat reception issues which makes me think you are possibly meaning the former.
As far as Quest is concerned then you will be able to view it on Freeview Ch38 as it is "not" on the satellite service Freesat, and if you want to have the same facilities as with your Sky+ then a Humax Freeview HDR-FOX T2 should fit your requirements, although with one exception and which applies to all PVR's, that being they do not have RF modulators built in the same way as Sky boxes do, with the exception of Sky DRX595 which doesn't either, so if you want to feed the signal through to another room as is done with Sky, then you require to purchase a separate modulator.
You will of course require a normal aerial if you do not already have one.
Avril: Just to add, that if you decided that Quest wasn't so important after all then you could just use a Freesat PVR, as the "F" connector plugs on the end of the two leads from the dish would just require to be transferred over from the sockets on the Sky box to the two sockets on a Freesat PVR, in this case being a Humax FoxSat HDR which like the Freeview equivalent can be obtained with various sizes of hard drive, the normal being 320Gb and slightly later 500Gb, but obtainable with up to 1TB.
As far as feeding to another room is concerned, the situation is the same as with the Freeview device, you cannot without an additional modulator, or for higher quality a device known as a "Digi sender", the sender plugged into the boxes scart socket, and with the receiver into the scart socket of a TV in another room, no wires being involved.
Thankyou for your answers,I am trying to work out which options would be better going for Freesat and PVR as they have more programmes as opposed to Freeview, the signal for freeview is very hit and miss particularly if it is raining! Is it possible to swap between Freesat and Freeview to get Quest just using the remote?
Avril: Crystal Palace should deliver a much more reliable signal after switchover as the power increases to 200kW on each mux. You can keep your ordinary Sky box in the other room as it will continue to receive non-subscriptionchannels, including when using your Sky card, any free-to-view channels that are soft encrypted and which a freesat box cannot decode.
Avril: As regards to your Freeviewreception, Crystal Palace is located at 28 miles away and as such wont really become more reliable until April 18th when as you know it switches over to high powered operation, an event that should make a huge difference to anyone who presently only receives it in an erratic fashion.
But just to reiterate a point, Quest is only available on Freeview (via a normal aerial) and "not" on Freesat, so its really a case of either waiting until April when the signal improves before purchasing a Freeview PVR, or alternatively not waiting and go for a Freesat PVR straight away, as it has to be admitted that with what you are presently using going over to Freesat has the absolute minimum of inconvenience, plus not having the worry of signal problems as satellite reception is 99.9% of the time excellent.
Of course you do have another possible option, that being to go for a Freesat PVR without waiting, then come April purchase a cheap Freeview box (not PVR) for around £30 or so purely to enable you to view Quest, as both can be coupled into your TV. The only thing to remember though is that PVR's (all) cannot record from externally connected devices, so you wouldn't be able to record Quest.
KMJ,Derby: Yes, you are quite correct on that point KMJ, and I suppose with a dish feed cable already being in the other room it would be exceedingly convenient just to retain the Sky box, but the reason I didn't suggest it was because of the Quest issue of it not being able to be viewed without a subscription, as I checked this on my own Sky box with ex subscription card installed before posting as I wasn't quite sure if it was free to view or not, which on my box it wasn't.