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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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jb38
Monday 8 July 2013 11:26PM

Graham Sykes: The answer to your query is YES!

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Alison Fairgrieve
Wednesday 23 October 2013 1:11AM

I need some urgent advice please. I have a Freesat dish and wiring to three rooms with three boxes. One TV set has expired and I can buy a new Freeview enabled flat screen set for a very low price. However, is it possible to use a set like this with the Freesat system ?

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MikeB
Wednesday 23 October 2013 7:29AM

Alison Fairgrieve: yes, as long as it has a scart or hdmi connection, that's fine. Since you will need to use HDMI in order to watch HD channels, you that if poss. Basically your just using the Freesat box like another digibox.

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steve
Tuesday 7 January 2014 8:52PM

hi I live in a small block of communal flats - there are satellite dishes all over the building but i just have a freeview tv - the reception is poor - just getting BBC from the co-ax ariel cable ... there are temptingly two sat tv cables also - whats the cheapest way to try using the sat cables ?

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jb38
Tuesday 7 January 2014 11:50PM

steve: If you have two satellite feed cables coming into the flat then provided that both are operational you then have the option of either purchasing a standard Freesat receiver or alternatively a Freesat twin tuner (PVR) recorder, the latter enabling you to view one channel whilst you record another or alternatively recording two channels at the same time.

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gary
Monday 22 September 2014 7:38PM

can i use my sky dish wtth my freeview box as i do not have an aerial

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Mike Davison
Monday 22 September 2014 8:11PM Wetherby

gary:
No. That's a short answer - sorry. Freeview receivers take antenna signals between 470 and 860MHz. Satellite dishes send signals between 950 and 2000MHz to the satellite receiver and the digital processing is different.

MikeP
Thursday 25 September 2014 1:16PM

Expanding slightly on Mike Davison's response, the satellite TV signal is broadcast in the 12.7 GHz KU band and down-converted by the LNB (low noise block), mounted on a dish, to signals in the 950-2050 MHz band that is fed via the cables into the back of the Sky or Freesat box.
Freeview reception is from a ground-based transmitter using an aerial, often of the YAGI pattern (there are other designs) to 'collect' the signals to be fed into the tuner input. The frequency range used to be 470 - 860 MHz but the signals above 800 MHz are now re-allocated for 4G uses.

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Mike Davison
Thursday 25 September 2014 8:29PM Wetherby

MikeP: I just went for the concise approach. Did you really add anything of importance?

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Mike Davison
Thursday 25 September 2014 8:36PM Wetherby

MikeP: We needn't really have answered anyway as the even more concise reply is at the top of this page.

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