Can I use an existing sky dish with a freeview box? and if so can the two servic
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.
Many thanks for the info and your thoughts. From the Freeview website our reception seems fine.
Regarding putting an aerial up can it run off the existing satellite cables, or does a new cable need to be run to the TV's ? If so is this normally straightforward or likely to be expensive ? (included in your ?150 estimate ?).
Again, many thanks
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mark tewart: A Sky box is just that - a box. Its totally seperate from the TV as far as tuning, etc - its simply a source. You can run a Tv with a Virgin, Sky, BT and Freesat box, plus the internal tuner, plus internet all at the same time if you want.
The same goes for the Freeview box - again, its just a source, and since they are entirely different systems, that use different means of receiving (aerial vs dish), you can put both into a TV. Yes, you can only watch one source at a time, but there is no reason you cannot record on one and watch another.
I would suggest that you use the best connection you can to each one. If both have HDMI's, use them. If both only have scarts, then you will have to use them, but always use the best connection (HDMI better than scart). Get them set up, and then switch between each one via the 'source' button on the remote. Put the box you will use most as HDMI 1, etc, because thats the one that the TV will find first, and possibly will automatically go to it if the box is powered up.
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