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Can I use an existing sky dish with a freeview box? and if so can the two servic

Can I use an existing sky dish with a freeview box? and if so can the two services share the same dish?

Can I use an existing sky dish with a freeview box? and if so c
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No, you cannot use a satellite box to receive terrestrial programmes.

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.

You cannot use a Freeview receiver with a satellite dish, only an aerial.

You also cannot split a satellite signal from a dish, if you want to run more than one box you must use a dual- or quad-LNB on the satellite dish and have a cable to each satellite receiver.

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Monday, 29 August 2016
1:50 PM

Elizabeth: You need an aerial for Freeview as your Sky dish only receives satellite signals. If your TVs already have Freeview built in then you won't need a separate box. Have you checked that you don't have an aerial already on your roof or in the loft? You can split the feed from an aerial to feed as many TVs as you like although you may need an amplifier or powered splitter to overcome the drop in signal strength from splitting the aerial feed. You may be able to get away with using an indoor aerial if you're in a strong signal area but it would be best to consult a professional aerial installer if you need a new aerial fitted.

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StevensOnln1's 391 posts Gold Gold GB
8:03 PM

Roger Duncanson : Although that said by MikeB, i.e: opting to replace the existing LNB with a 4 output quad type is by far the best way to go for maximum flexibility, however, the satellite A-B switching device as seen in the link offers a simple way of using two satellite boxes on a single output LNB, said output of same connected into the middle socket on the switch, and with the two outer sockets connected into each of the two boxes.

By the way, this device can also used to enable a satellite receiver to be connected into two separate dishes, e.g: one dish set on 28.2 degrees (Sky) and the other on 19.2 degrees for European channels.

SLx Philex Satellite A/B LNB Switch - Black: TV

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jb38's 7,179 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Richard Cooper
8:25 AM

Elizabeth: If you have Freeview capable tv sets and wish to use the Freeview platform instead of Sky on these tvs, then 'Yes', you do need a Freeview tv aerial. In order to recommend the type of aerial, we need to know the district in which you live, either its name or part of your postcode can help us to decide which Freeview tv transmitter you should use and accordingly which type of aerial. Once you've successfully terminated your Sky contract, the Sky dish can be taken down, unless you later change your mind and go for Freesat instead of Freeview, because for Freesat you would still need a dish. Hope to hear from you again, soon. Richard, Norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 447 posts Gold Gold GB
8:15 PM


Further to that said by Richard Cooper, any post code you provide should be the FULL post code and not a partial as suggested by Richard. That will allow contributors to know whether there are any obstructions between you and the preferred transmitter. You may have notices some blue boxes beneath some postings, they are triggered by a full post code only and they help us to help you.

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MikeP's 1,296 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Talin Awidikian
12:04 PM

I was informed that I can connect a freeview hd recorder to my sky satelite. My question is, do I get all the free channels that are on sky on my freeview? All I want is the abn tv channel which is on channel 235 on Sky.

Your help would be highly appreciated.

T. A.

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Talin Awidikian's 1 post GB
12:09 PM

Talin Awidikian: A Freeview HD recorder cannot receive satellite transmissions. You would need a Freesat HD box to receive free to air satellite channels (other free to air satellite receivers are also available). ABN TV isn't on the Freesat EPG but can be tuned in manually on most receivers.

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StevensOnln1's 391 posts Gold Gold GB
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