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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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Friday, 14 October 2011
Briantist
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1:29 PM

Geoff: The answer is "no". You can use FreeSAT devices with the satellite dish, but not FreeVIEW. If you want use FreeVIEW, you will need to get the aerial fixed.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
KB Aerials Sheffield
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8:18 PM

Geoff
Yes the cables are capable of carrying an aerial signal - disconnect them from the dish install an aerial use a splitter to split the aerial to the existing cables - this will save you running new cables

Keith

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KB Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB
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Bob
8:33 PM
Falkirk

installing tv in daughters bedroom( fk1 5uf) split aerial cable in loft and took feed down cavity to tv. Connected all up but got no signal message on tv, tried other tv, working perfectly. Puzzled, disconnected and checke dconnections, reconnected and took original tv connection off. original tv works though not connected! New tv doesn`t work very well!!!What could be going on?

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jb38
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9:41 PM

Bob: It could possibly be that the signal you are receiving is a little too strong for the set that isn't working (new TV?) as you are only 9 miles away from Blackhill, it being located at 198 degrees from you.

That said though, Craigkelly (@ 23 miles / 76 degrees) does indicate as being slightly superior to Blackhill, possibly because of your proximity to the hill South of you, and which is known to partially block the signal from the high powered Blackhill station for "some" people, although maybe not you.

The test for an over powerful signal is to try a set top aerial on the set, or even a short length of flex (12/15") and see what an auto tune brings up, and should this work then you will need to incorporate a simple attenuator in line with the aerial socket, these costing about £4.00 or so.

It should be appreciated though, that no two receivers have the same sensitivity as far as reception is concerned, and this can result in one working where another wont, the one that wont usually being the most sensitive and likewise quicker to suffer from overloading.

Anyway try a set top etc, giving an update on results.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Sunday, 23 October 2011
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alana
7:57 PM

i have a satelite dish instead of aerial on my house as signal is bad as we live in a dip. there is nothing running from it as we have cable so, if we were to buy a freeview box for our bedroom, could we use the satelite dish?

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KMJ,Derby
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8:08 PM

alana: A Freeview box will only work with a UHF TV aerial. You need a satellite box, either a Freesat box, a Sky box (no subscription necessary for receiving free to air channels) or a generic satellite receiver.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
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jb38
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8:08 PM

alana: No! as a Freeview box requires to use a normal aerial, but a Freesat (the emphasis being on "Sat") box could be used with the dish, that is assuming that when it was previously used for Sky? it hasn't been moved any out of alignment.

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jb38
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8:11 PM

KMJ,Derby: Sorry KMJ clashed again, although it must have been within seconds!

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KMJ,Derby
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8:20 PM

jb38: No probs!

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Monday, 24 October 2011
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alana
11:00 AM

it has never been used for sky.. i live in a new build house.. it is purely to pick up signal as we have no aerial because of terrible reception.so what would you recommend? thanks

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