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Unlike with analogue or Freeview which use ground-based transmitters, satellite systems require a unique connection from each digibox to the satellite dish. If you want more than one digibox (or have a personal video recorder like Sky+ that requires two connection) you will have to upgrade the LNB on the dish to a multiple-output variety (a "quad LNB" as they are known) and have a satellite grade cable run in for each digibox.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

8:00 PM

dawn: If its a really old dish then its very likely only to be fitted with a single output LNB and Sky+ requires twin outputs, and so this would require changing to a quad type (dual types outdated) and with a second cable being run from the dish to wherever the box is located.

It should also be appreciated that a subscription (£10.00 per month) is required to enable a Sky+ boxes recording / playback facilities to operate, otherwise the box will just perform as a standard (non-recording) type.

By the way the dish does not get changed, its only the LNB on the end of the arm that the coax goes into.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 25 February 2013
3:41 PM

Hi, I'm moving into a property which has no roof aerial, no loft aerial but has a satellite dish installed with twin cables coming into the lounge. There are no TV sockets in either bedroom. Is it worth trying indoor aerials for tv's in the bedrooms, would I be better getting a rooftop aerial fitted or would it be better to pay the extra cost of Sky multi-room?

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Pippa's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 26 February 2013

12:03 AM

Pippa: Do you already have a Sky box?, because if not then you should consider purchasing either a Freesat box or alternatively a Freesat PVR (recorder), the latter requiring twin inputs in exactly the same way as does a Sky+ box.

Cannot really advise on Freeview reception without having knowledge of your location, this in the form of a post code or one from nearby such as a shop etc.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 16 March 2013
2:01 PM

Hi, superb site and great range of questions!

Mine is simple - Can I feed a BT TV Box from the output connector on my FreeSat Box?

And if so, is there such a thing as an adaptor to change from the FreeSat Box's satellite type to normal coax type on the BT Box?

Thank you muchly,


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Venomator's 2 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

2:09 PM

Venomator: No.

A BT Vision box receives digital terrestrial television, commonly known as "Freeview". Thus, it needs feeding with a signal from a terrestrial transmitter (transmitter on the ground).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
2:24 PM

@Dave Lindsay - many thanks for the swift reply Dave!

Thought as much, but worth asking jic!

Back to square one for me then - or cancel my BT Vision subs... :)


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Venomator's 2 posts GB flag
Saturday, 4 May 2013
7:24 AM

Hi, would appreciate a bit o f advice with this one.. I have sky wit twin cables.. I want to get off subscription and have recently got a humax freeview box off my mother who couldn't cope with it.. As the humax box only has an old fashioned type of jack to plug into, can I get an adapter to plug my twin leads into and then into the box.. Any help.. Thanks

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Keith's 1 post GB flag

9:41 AM

Keith: No! as you are referring to completely different systems and with neither being compatible to each other.

That said of course only applies "if" you are describing the Humax box correctly as a "Freeview" device and which requires a normal aerial, although I take it that you are aware that your Sky+ box will still be able to receive all "non Sky package channels" without a subscription being in force? the only aspect of the box that will stop working being the recording / playback side of it.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
2:42 PM

Hi I've just moved into a new property and there is a sky dish with a cable coming from it into the lounge. I have been given an SLX 28207RF sattelite receiver, but i was wondering what connector i need to put on the end of the sattelite cable to plug into the receiver. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Liam's 1 post GB flag

6:17 PM

Searching for the model shows that information is available at
CPC - Over 100, 000 products from one of the worlds leading distributors of electronic and related products. | CPC
The pictures show the inputs as being standard F-connectors and these should already be fitted to the end of the downlead from the Sky Dish.

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