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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:06 pm 
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Good afternoon,

I have an old SKY dish on the back wall of my house with a twin cable coming into the lounge [please see pictures]. I don't have a roof or loft ariel. I have an indoor One-For-All 45db booster ariel which works brilliantly. Can I use the SKY dish and cables with some sort of connector as my TV ariel please?

I don't have SKY, Virgin, or BT TV. My TV has FREEVIEW built-in.

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I'm quite sure you can use it via a freeview box although I haven't done it personally.

Or I think you can connect a sky box to it and still be able to watch some channels.



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Your freeVIEW TV needs an aerial, if your indoor one works fine stick with that.

As satellite signals come from satellites and freeview (terrestial) comes from your local transmitter, they are NOT interchangeable. However as Argyll suggests, you could make use of your existing dish and cable by either....

(i) purchasing a used freeSAT box, and connecting it to a spare port on your TV - in this way you will have a choice of freeview or freesat (free-to-air) by choosing the input button. Sat has some channels not available on terrestial.

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(ii) purchasing a freesat television instead of the one you have, doing away with the old tv & the indoor antenna.



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As above you need a FreeSat box to make use of the sky dish - The dish is design to pick up satellite signal NOT Freeview (terrestrial tv)

FreeSat boxes start around £50

eg.

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/6846598

You can pick a used FreeSat box Cheaply or even for free from the likes of your local freegle group

https://www.ilovefreegle.org/



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Thanks to everyone for your replies. I will have a think what is best for my situation.


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Satellite free to air and freesat in general has more stations than freeview, however when we bought the last TV it had both satellite and terrestrial inputs, but the satellite on that TV was rather poor. Why it was poor not a clue as same dish works A1 with other boxes.

But there are three types of satellite boxes, free to air will get all channels (or should do) and you can normally delete the rubbish, but the electronic program guild is often rubbish if your lucky now and next, with freesat same as free to air as to programs, but they follow a set order and often 7 day EPG. Then sky where you also get pay for channels.

Often channels like ITV3+1 stop at midnight with terrestrial but continue with satellite.


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