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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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Thursday, 13 June 2013
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Cheryl
8:05 PM

So question :

it's the bit of cable that is inside the wall, not outside...

if I wrap it in insulating tape like a mummy, is it safe to use or do I have to replace the whole cable? (not a preferred option as it's 31m of cable)....

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jb38
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9:16 PM

Cheryl: Is your dish an elliptical or round type? because if its the former with a rectangular arm holding the LNB, then "on top" of the rectangular arm where in LNB's holding bracket slides into it you will see a small hole with a stud in it, press that down whilst you wiggle the LNB's bracket out as the pin referred to is a retainer to stop the bracket sliding out.

With regards to the coax cable, provided that you have not caused a break in the braiding whereby you might have touched the middle core, then just wrap a piece of insulating tape around the nick in the outer cover.



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MikeB
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9:20 PM

Cheryl: I suspect the first question to ask is - does it still work? If it does, then some tape might be fine (use the good stuff though).

If it doesn't, then you can cut out that section, and join it together with a new section of coax, using something like this F plugs and TV leads connectors

Best thing is to drill a new hole further away, in a less awkward place - make your life easy. And you can cover everything up outside with a cable entry cover for just over a pound. (PE12QN)

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Cheryl
10:19 PM

Thanks so much guys - yes its an eggshaped elliptical dish. I'll try prodding it tmw when the sun's out (hah!)

Yes, signal is still getting through - I've just bought a new 50m roll of cable, so I had the 30m in one length as I wanted to avoid the join option (I had 20m left over from the 1st installation!!)

Hey ho - life is a learning curve ...


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Saturday, 15 June 2013
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Cheryl
10:35 PM

New LNB installed (easy peasey to wiggle arm out once the old plastic pin had a screwdriver stuck up its ***) - stuck the new quad on the end - couldn't have been simpler !
2nd cable in.
Half of it cable-tied piggybacking the 1st cable (a nice two tone effect, the 1st one having been weathered over the past 10 years!)
And both lines in are working !!

Yee-ha
"Simples" !!

Thanks so much again guys - I probably could have got there in the end on my own after much trial and error, but with you on my side I knew I was doing the right stuff !

(I still have to work out how to use the Hummie to its potential. Watching, recording and rewatching is as far as I've got !!)

Until the next time....

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Sunday, 16 June 2013
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jb38
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12:09 AM

Cheryl: Thanks for the latest update on events and yes, a little bit of sideline assistance always helps.

I don't really envisage that you are liable to experience any great problems in setting the Humax Freesat box up, as satellite equipment is far more straightforward to set up by the fact of it not having so many variables as far as tuning errors are concerned when compared to that experienced on many Freeview devices, as with Freesat once you have entered your post code (or one from anywhere nearby) into the set up menu box everything is automatic.

Just as a matter of interest, should for any reason you want to be able to view the local ITV news service from any other area in the UK, then this can easily be achieved by picking a post code used by some business in that area and enter this into the set up menu's post code box, because once the box responds to this it will act as though you reside in the area of choice, this being something that no-one can do on a Sky box as the post code info has to programmed by Sky into the viewing card.

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Friday, 21 June 2013
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Rich
8:23 AM

Sky installed by engineer he also connected free view to same dish can't get free view ???? Was he right

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jb38
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9:34 AM

Rich: Only if it was a slip of the tongue, and what he really meant to say was either Freesat" or "free to view", the latter being a term generally used to describe the viewing of subscription free programmes from Sky, as "Freeview" is a terrestrial based system received via a normal aerial.

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Monday, 8 July 2013
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Graham Sykes
6:16 PM

can I watch programmes I have recorded on my Hitachi PVR if I take it to Spain I do not wish to record anything in Spain, just playback recordings already on the PVR.

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jb38
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11:26 PM

Graham Sykes: The answer to your query is YES!

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