I don't want to use a satellite box I have a freeview box. I want to know if an existing dish for sky can be use with the freeview box.Can I use a cable splitter and run one end to the sky box the the other to a freeview box and get the freeview channels.
Although a Freesat receiver (even an HD type) is a relatively low cost device at around ?50.00 or so, (Manhattan S2 being in mind) you could if you wish use the new feed from the dish to operate an old Sky box, these available from numerous sources for around ?10.00 or so with no Sky viewing card being required, although without same the 101/103 news services will be centred on London, this being the default region on Sky boxes.
Hi. I am thinking of buying a new TV with free serve built in. I don't have an aerial, only a satellitedish and a human free sat box. Will the new TV recognise the frees at signal or discount have to look for a TV with free sat built in. I ask because there seem to be very few test with free sat rather than free serve.
Thank you for your time.
Patrick Mcdermott: I'm not sure what 'Free serve' is, but everything will have Freeview (and its should be a Freeview HD tuner). You've got a Humax box, so just connect the Humax to the TV via an HDMI, and off you go. Some TV's do have Freesat built in but these tend to be more expensive models, and most Sony/LG sets will have a generic sat. tuner in the back. However, you getting Freesat is already sorted, so I would worry too much.
Best suggestion about buying a new TV is finding the right size (which has a useful guide), then get a set with Freeview HD (you might not always have a dish), as many HDMI's as possible, and a decent remote. Buy from one of the big four brands, and go to a proper shop. Your paying for the best blacks and best movement you can - thats better value in the long term. If your after something like a 40in TV, then I'd expect to pay around ?270 for a decent entry level TV without smart features. Around ?360 for a smart version with an extra HDMI, and about ?400 for a mid level TV, 4 HDMI's and the best qualitypicture. AVForums has a lot of excellent advice.
Just for your information, Freeserve was the name of the service arm of Thorn UK Rentals until it ceased trading several years ago.
Further to that said by MikeB, make sure any TV set you buy has a DVB-T2 tuner, many 'HD Ready' TV serts do not have that tuner and cannot get many Freeviewservices. That is especially important as more channels afre being transferred to the more efficient DVB-T2 format and if the TV does not have that you will be losing out. It is also worth ensuring you have a Smart TV, not just because you could then watch catch-up TV but there are discussions about transferring all TV services onto the Internet and closing the Freeview transmitter eventually. Some year away yet but wise to be equipped and ready for such changes when they happen. You will need a decently fast internet service and have that connected to the TV.
I always take Freeserve to mean Freeserve - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which was the dial-up ISP service from Dixons. It was "free" in the sense that you didn't have to subscibe, just pay the (1p a minute wasn't it) phone charge.