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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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Sunday, 4 September 2011
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jb38
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7:31 AM

Matt: No! but you could do if you were referring to a FreeSat TV ot box, the emphasis being on "Sat", as dishes do not discriminate against anything connected to them so long as whatever is designed as a satellite device, Freeview isnt!

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kB Aerials Sheffield
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8:03 AM

Matt - if its a freeview tv then no


If it has a satellite section - ie freesat then yes

freesat tv's are quite uncommon though and the likly hood of your tv being freesat is slim

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Matt
9:41 AM

that makes sense, thanks for the advice

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jb38
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10:23 AM

kB Aerials Sheffield: Yes, re: Freesat TV's being uncommon, to be strictly accurate I should have inserted the word "capable" between Freesat and TV, because as you say Keith Freesat only TV's are not really available.

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Scott
10:37 AM

Can I attach a splitter to my incoming satellite cable to use a second sky box or does it have to be connected directly to the lnb

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jb38
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10:50 AM

Scott: Yes to the latter! as each device requires its own connection to the dishes LNB, because in Satellite reception the box communicates with the dish regarding polarity switching etc.

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Scott
11:10 AM

Thanks for your response jb38. Do Sky have any issues with this? I want to use the spare box to watch free to view channels

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KB Aerials Sheffield
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12:18 PM
Sheffield

Scott
Sky dishes are now commonly installed with whats called a QUAD LNB
the Quad LNB has 4 outputs - usually 2 of these are used to connect to a sky plus or sky hd box

this usually leaves 2 spare outputs

1 output from the dish is needed to run either a sky box or a freesat box

2 outputs are required if you are installing a freesat recorder

so yes in most situations you can run a cable from the back of the second box back to the dish and use your second box for watching the free channels - freesat and sky use the same orbital position

what I mean by that is that a sky dish intended to work with sky can also work with a freesat box

If you want to get precise the satellite broadcasting most of freesat is at 28.5° east and sky is at 28.2° east but sky dish properly aligned will pick up both im sure to MR MURDOCH's disgust

hope this helps

Keith KB Aerials Sheffield 07946481125

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KB Aerials Sheffield
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12:21 PM
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Scott

Depending on the cable run and a bit of diy the parts bill for the cable run would be about a tenner

if you got a professional such as my self to call out and do the job expect to pay about £60 ish


Keith KB Aerials Sheffield 07946481125

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Scott
12:31 PM

Thanks for the advice Keith. I take it sky don't have a problem with people doing this?

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