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Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels

Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels?

Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get
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You can get the following Freeview channels on with an ex-contract digital satellite receiver (once it is connected). Items marked with a star require either a Freesat from Sky (fSfS) card, or a expired Sky subscription card to view.

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Friday, 4 March 2011
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
11:08 AM

Hi, curently the strength of my freeview signal is only around 5%. The "normal" not Hi-gain aerial is in the loft. Would a signal booster attachment help?

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Gino's 1 post GB flag
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12:12 PM

Gino: No. Move the aerial to the roof.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

12:26 PM

Gino: boosters rarely help unless you have (just) sufficient signal at the aerial, but it drops too much in the cable.

Is this a change to the expected signal level, or has it always been this way? You're reasonably close to the Sandy Heath transmitter, so although your aerial is sited in the loft, you may still get enough signal to be usable. See for some thoughts on siting and positioning loft aerials. You will normally get better results from a roof aerial.

If this is your first Freeview box, your aerial may be a Group A type, which doesn't pick up very much at the higher frequencies used by the current low-power digital services. You'll probably have to get a wideband type to receive all the multiplexes.

The Sandy Heath transmitter switches over in about three weeks, so it may be best to just wait and see what you get before changing anything. The Public Service Broadcasting multiplexes (PSB1-3) will use the low frequencies currently used by three analogue channels: Channel 4, ITV1 and BBC Two. The commercial multiplexes will be on higher frequencies, so you'll still need a wideband aerial. (RG47SH)

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Monday, 14 March 2011
6:47 PM

Hi, I have a sky satellite dish at the house I've just moved in to, I am not with sky but my tv has built in free view, will I still be able to watch the freeview channels with a sky dish or do I need a special freeview ariel? Many thanks

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Candice's 1 post GB flag
8:34 PM

hi ,i have a sky box and view card.can i use this to watch some extra tv channel in my lg led tv if yes then how and what extra bit i need to watch.i dont have any sky dish.please let me know.

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hejab's 1 post GB flag
8:47 PM
Fort Augustus

Our aerial is sited in the loft. We do not get all the freeview channels, even through BT Vision. Our other problem is BBC1 and BBC2 are of very poor quality. The picture breaks up and a cracking sound is heard as it breaks up. Do you think the aerial is at fault?

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Jan's 1 post GB flag
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9:26 PM

My digital Freeview set top box has just packed up and i have looked out an old sky receiver and card and have connected it to my old sky dish but im getting much less channels and cant even get five!! can anyone tell me why this is? thanx

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ALLY's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Terry Bradley
1:44 PM

Can I use HDMI cable splitters to connect a BT vision box and my Sky (no contract) together? My aerial is roof mounted but pretty close to very tall trees which is why I went to Sky originally.

Terry Bradley

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011
claire BUSS
7:29 PM

Hi my dad just bought me a freeview hd tv for the bdroom, i used to have an old tv which i watched sky(no subscription) on buthave no outside aerial apart from the front room.I can't get any tv on the new tv i understand that without an aerial in there i won't get freeviw but i want to watch my sky box on the nw tv??? pls hlp!! xx

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