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Can i recieve satellite with an indoor aerial?

Can i recieve satellite with an indoor aerial?

Can i recieve satellite with an indoor aerial?
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Satellite reception dishes are usually placed outside because:

  • they need a clear view of the section of the sky the satellite is in
  • they are difficult to re-align
  • even glass reduces the received signal strength
  • the shape of the dish makes them cumbersome to have indoors

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013
9:35 PM

Having sky fitted next week, we have a digital aerial so hopefully no problems downstairs. We are getting a second box for upstairs but only have an indoor aerial, might sound daft but will this work?

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daisysmum's 1 post GB flag

11:59 PM

daisysmum: Purely with reference to your indoor aerial and the fact of having said that you are getting a second box for upstairs and whether or not it will work, although indoor (same room as TV) aerials are not really advised for Freeview reception, but though if you are presently managing to get satisfactory reception using an indoor aerial then (in theory) this should also apply to upstairs, that is if you are intending to purchase a second aerial of the same type as used downstairs? as otherwise you would have to feed the presently used aerials output into a two-way powered splitter and run a coax cable from the splitters No2 output to the upstairs TV.

I did note you having mentioned (in the passing?) that you are getting Sky fitted next week, and of course you could have used the Sky boxes RF 1 (or 2) output to feed whatever you are viewing in the living room up to the second TV provided that its fitted with an analogue tuning facility as well as Freeview (DVB), mostly all having this facility with the exception of the very latest models.

A better assessment could have been made of your reception possibilities if you had included a post code with your enquiry, or at least one from somewhere nearby such as a shop / Post office.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 11 July 2013

12:07 AM

daisysmum: On having read your posting again I feel that you are really indicating that you have either a loft or outdoor aerial already fitted? and should this be the case then forget using the indoor aerial you have and do as was suggested with regards to using a two way powered splitter on your present aerial.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 20 October 2013
12:13 PM

Hi we live in a flat (postcode nn5 5lt)that only has the old analogue aerial outside so have to use indoor aerial with booster. Which works fine at times then other times we can't get anything. We have tried different brands of aerials (spent a fortune). Is there one that you highly recommend for our problem? We are on a short term rent atm so don't want to pay for outdoor aerial that we can't take with us when we move.
Thanks for reading.

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Michelle's 1 post GB flag
Michelle's: ...

12:40 PM

Michelle: the first thing to ask is 'have you actually tried the existing aerial?'
Just because its an older aerial, there is no reason why it should not work now. So you need to at least give it a go-if it works, great, if not, then you could at least ask the land lord to do something about it.

Ok - portable aerials are mostly rubbish, but you should at least get your local light transmitter - it's only a kilometre away. Have a look at the links beside your question for more details.
I can't suggest a really good indoor aerial, because even the best are not that great - they tend to work when they work. Check your signal strength, and try to put the aerial as high as possible , but ultimately you might have to just use trial and error to get the best reception you can at the moment. I rally would not buy another indoor aerial - your just wasting your money.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Sunday, 20 March 2016
3:21 PM

hi i have just been given a free view television, working off it,s indoor aerial, i would like to put sky to this television coming from the coaxle original aerial cable i have used a splitter but it says not receiving the freeview please advise. thank you.

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heather's 1 post GB flag

4:58 PM

heather: Not quite clear as to exactly what you are meaning, but can it be assumed that you do have a fully operational Sky box working from a dish?, if you do, and are wanting to feed the programme being viewed on the Sky box into the (gifted) Freeview TV possibly located in another room?, then this is achieved by connecting a coax cable from the Sky boxes RF1 output socket into the TV's aerial input socket via a splitter, the "normal" aerial also being connected into the splitter, the main point being, do *not* touch the coax cable going into the Sky boxes LNB input socket, as it has to be of a continuous nature.

Should the aforementioned apply? further advice can then be given, however, as this involves going into the Sky boxes menu system maybe you could indicate what type of Sky box you are using, e.g: standard non-recording / white Sky+ box / Sky+HD box fitted with RFoutput sockets on the rear, more recent models of the latter not being fitted with RF output sockets.

If on the other hand you are simply intending to use this new Freeview TV instead of the one you are presently viewing Sky on? then why can't you just feed the Sky box into the TV's scart input socket (as presently done?) and switch between Sky and Freeview by using the "input select" facility on the TV's remote control.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 9 March 2018
Chizzy jr
11:20 PM

Could someome please help me?I have no "sky cable"in my new living room so was wondering if I can use my indoor Arial to receive the freeview channels that sky has when you have no subscription with them??

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Chizzy jr's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 11 March 2018

12:14 PM

Chizzy jr: You might be able to receive Freeview via an indoor aerial if you are in a strong signal area, but you get anything by connecting an indoor aerial to a Sky box.

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StevensOnln1's 3,622 posts GB flag
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