Can i use sky box without sky dish?

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  1. geordieboy25

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    Hello all.

    I'm in the process of a house move and i have sky at my current address via a Sky + HD box.
    As the box is my property i would like to hook this up in my new house without a sky package.
    Can i get freeview through this if i plug it into a normal freeview ariel or does it need to be connected to a sky dish for it to work?

    Many thanks
     
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    ? Freeview is throgh a TV aerial to your TV or through a Freeview box.

    Freesat is from a dish to a freesat box.
     
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    You need a dish.
     
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    Yes, it makes an excellent doorstop! You can also use it as a paper weight!
     
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    Strictly speaking you do not need a dish although you do need a microwave antenna capable of receiving the Ku band. The parabolic dish is the most common design but they are available in many different formats including flat plate, "pipe", rectangular block, hemispherical and spherical.

    It certainly will not work with a Freeview aerial which is for the UHF band.
     
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    Can we have a link to somewhere we can find out more about these "microwave antenna capable of receiving the Ku band" please?
    I'm looking for an alternative to a dish.
     
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    Google Ku band antenna and you will see it is a dish, or now, rarer than hen's teeth, a "squariel"!
     
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    Thanks. That wouldn't solve the problem I have with pigeons on the brackets then anyway.
    It was just a thought.
     
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    Not true - although a dish is by far the most common there have been numerous different designs of Ku band microwave antenna over the years, including flat plates ( the Squish etc), tubes, lens horns, spherical and hemi-spherical (see farragsat - YouTube ) and even one built into patio chairs. Virtually all of them however require some sort of bracketry if mounted to walls or chimneys or to attach lnbs.
     
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