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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, 16 November 2015

12:35 AM

sue watts: If you are intending to run a coax cable from a spare port on the dish, then this "has" (no exceptions) to be connected into a satellite receiver of either the Sky or Freesat variety, as Freeview reception "only" operates on terrestrial based signals.

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.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
sue watts
10:21 PM

Thank you Jb38 - invaluable information. Super impressed with thus service - will be recommending! ! Thanks again

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sue watts's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Patrick Mcdermott
4:26 PM

Hi. I am thinking of buying a new TV with free serve built in. I don't have an aerial, only a satellite dish 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.

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Patrick Mcdermott's 1 post US flag

5:50 PM

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 quality picture. AVForums has a lot of excellent advice.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Thursday, 31 December 2015

6:28 PM


Just for your information, Freeserve was the name of the service arm of Thorn UK Rentals until it ceased trading several years ago.

Patrick Mcdermott:

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 Freeview services. 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.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

8:43 PM

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.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts US flag

11:24 PM

Briantist: Still sounds better than AOL....

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Sunday, 28 August 2016
Roger Duncanson
7:30 PM

i have a satellite dish connected to a Humax receiver.
I would now like to add a new Sky Box as well as the Humax. A) is this technically feasible and if so where can i buy a two way switch to changeover fro Humax viewing to Sky viewing as and when we want?

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Roger Duncanson's 1 post GB flag

10:02 PM

Roger Duncanson: There must be switches somewhere on the net to change the feed from one coax to another, but probably more efficient in the long term is to change the lnb on the dish. If you've got just a single (for the Humax), you'd probably need to change it for a twin anyway if you wanted to watch and record on just the Sky Box, so replace it for a quad, and you can have both the Sky box, and the Humax, and one spare.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Monday, 29 August 2016
1:12 PM

Hi I have free view tv in my bedroom also one in my living room, at the moment I am subscribing to sky so I have a sky aerial and sky box my question is I want to terminate contract with sky ,I need to know do I need a free view aerial also box and can it serve both TVs thank you.

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