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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 3,624 posts GB flag

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 GB flag
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 466 posts GB flag

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 3,056 posts GB flag
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 flag

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 3,624 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
James Gourley
6:45 PM

If it is true that "You cannot use a Freeview receiver with a satellite dish, only an aerial.", how do you explain this,, from Freeview's own site?

How do I connect both Freeview and SKY to one dish? - Freeview

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James Gourley's 1 post GB flag

7:05 PM

James Gourley: That link is to the Freeview New Zealand website, which has nothing to do with Freeview here in the UK other than having the same name. Some hybrid boxes do exist which allow the use of both satellite and terrestrial from the same box, however none are certified for either Freeview or Freesat. The only widely available devices sold in this country that have both satellite and terrestrial inputs are some smart TVs (mostly models with larger screens) although the satellite input is often not mentioned when they are advertised.

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StevensOnln1's 3,624 posts GB flag
Thursday, 14 September 2017
David D
4:15 PM
East Grinstead

Hi,we are moving from a house with an aerial into a house that has a Sky dish. Am I correct in thinking we have two options - either to change our HDD freeview recorders to freesat or to change the dish to an aerial.Is one option more preferable ?Many Thanks

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David D's 2 posts US flag
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10:46 PM

David D: Yep!

However, if you have a look at ATV in Sheffield (just Google it), you'll see that you could put an aerial up in a loft if you get a good enough signal.

Since you already have Freeview kit, and I assume that the house is fine to have an aerial as well as a dish, the most pragmatic thing is to just get an aerial put up. 150 isn't outrageous, and then thats it.

However, if the house is in a rubbish area for Freeview (put your postcode into the site, and it will come up with lots of links), then a dish it is (which is why it might be that the house has a dish, but no aerial). Check how many LNB's the dish has (Satcure is the site for finding out all about such stuff), and if you have 2 or more, then go get a Humax Freesat PVR. 179 for a 500g. And check the back of your TV - you might have a sat. tuner in the back of it.

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