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2 Decoders - anything I can do with them?

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by common, Jan 15, 2002.

  1. common

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    I am moving house soon, so rather than pay the £40 sky want to install a new dish, I will cancel and re-connect for £1 (new address so all ok) This means I will have two decoders - is there anything I can do with the spare to get sky in another room or shall I just get one of those little video sender gadgets ?

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    I would get a twin LNB fitted and put the second box in another room either with a FTV card or a mirror subscription.
     
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    Thanks Starburst

    A couple of questions

    1. I assume sky would not fit a twin LNB so how much are they ?

    2. What's a FTV and a mirror subscription

    Cheers
     
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    SKY will supply and fit a twin LNB but not part of a standard install. I believe they only do this if you purchase a second box from them.
    Good idea would be to go to an indepenent authorised dealer who can offer the cut price installation deals and for a price supply and fit a twin LNB.
    You should be looking at around £20 for the LNB and then add on the extra cable and the fitting charge.

    Some channels on SKY are Free To Air (FTA) they do not require the use of a smartcard, SKYnews and shopping channels etc.
    Others are Free To View (FTV) they require a smartcard but it is avaliable free of charge from the BBC.
    A FTV card allows you to watch BBC1,2 ITV, ch4, ch5 and a few others, again the card is free to UK viewers.

    The mirror subscription is a second smartcard from SKY, this duplicates your existing subscription package but costs only £12 a month.
     
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    Thanks - I will call a few installers
     
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    I had a look at this link... as well as being a bit illegal, it's also complete bull:

    "...cancel your expensive subscriptions, by contacting your bank and asking them to cancel your direct debit... Our latest satellite smart card is £65 for 12 months TV, you would pay over £400 by subscriptions!!!"

    All well and good and beneath-board, but, as Sky say:

    "The minimum period for subscribing to a Standalone Premium Channel is 30 days. The minimum period for subscribing to Sky digital is 12 months"

    So there is no cancelling your Sky subscription at all. Sky subscribers, as with all digital subscription and mobile telecommunications service subscribers, agree to be held liable for 12 months fees.

    Probably no point to make here, but I thought it was worth a mention.
     
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    RM Knight - would you know of anyone that may have tried this and could confirm that it works ??

    Could be useful for people that have just completed their 12 months and can now disconnect (keeping the decoder)
     
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    Myself and two mates have just sent off for it this week.

    I will post more infomation when i get it?
     
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    Shane.

    Make sure u bring the sky dish with you when u move.

    Your best bet is to get the new QUAD lnb that SKY are using with the new SKY + box as this will future proof your system. Initially u will only use 2 downleads from the lnb but SKY + is the future and will come down in price, it has to. So if u have the quad lnb u are reasdy to get sky + and then keep your 2 decoders ALONG WITH THE sky + which will be free. You probably have more than 1 tv so with 3 decoders you can tune into 3 different channels and send these round the house by using different RF outputs. And as analogue is going u will be set up for life!! All quite cheap.


    GBMITIE
     
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    Would I still have to get a mirror subscription - you can't just take the card out of the decoder in the front room and use it in the bedroom can you ?

    Thanks for the reply
     
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    To get a mirror subscription u will have to opt for sky + from the outset and u MUST keep both boxes connected to a telephone line for the duration. U can only only use 1 sky card per box but I was referring to a FTV view card in the other boxes.

    gbmitie
     
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    Any SKY subscriber can have a mirror subscription it is not neccesary to purchase SKY+.
    You do not even have to purchase a second digibox from SKY, you can source it yourself, car boot, ebay etc etc.

    gbmitie is correct about the phone connection, to prevent fraud both boxes must be connected to the same phone line.

    At this momment in time a SKY smartcard which does not carry sports or films (Family pack for example) will work in another digibox.
     
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    thanks starburst, I am losing my touch. Didn't know about the smartcard thing either.

    gbmitie
     
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    Hello rm_knight. Any further news on the Stealth Card yet?
     

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