DIY Sky+ Installation - feasible?

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MeantToBeWorkin

Guest
Hi All,

If I lived in a house I could get a Sky+ box for £89 with free installation (if I took multiroom too).

As I live in a flat with a communal dish (yep, I've got two distinct feeds from it so Sky+ will work), I have to pay £199 for a "specialist" to set it up.

I've done some tests, and I know that the only "installation" needed is to plug the box in and tune it. No new sockets or behind-wall cabling is required. I've even got the external cables running from the wall to the spot where the box will sit.

My question is - is it a good idea to buy a Sky+ digibox off of eBay (or another source), and then get Sky to add my Sky+ subscription to my account? Any opinions on whether they'd do this without having an "official" install?
 

Member 55145

Distinguished Member
yea there are plenty of online satellite shops where you can choose your box.

just google for satellite sky+ £ under uk websites they only cost like £130 so its a bargain :thumbsup:

i however am waiting for sky hd so aint going down that route anymore
 
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MeantToBeWorkin

Guest
Thanks JagoPlasma,

I too want Sky HD, although if rumours are to be believed (!), it might not be available to us poor souls on communal dishes. I'm guessing this might be for the same old Sky+ based reasons (lack of dual feed, etc) rather than any quality-of-signal issues, but thought that if I already had a Sky+ installation, I may be able to convince them I'm good for an HD install.

Looking back, I think I may be being a bit stupid here :D Maybe I will wait for Sky HD after all.
 

beerhunter

Distinguished Member
Why tell the engineer its from a communal dish. Whe he/she turns up just say: "There are the two feed from a previous installation." I receokn the engineer will go for an easy life and plug it in. That way you will get a cheaper STB than ebay etc.
 
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MeantToBeWorkin

Guest
Interesting :) Surely they ask you this when you try to book though? If you try and order online, it specifically asks you if you're on a communal dish.
 
How about you just lie? If there are already two feeds just tell Sky you want Sky +, when the installer shows up just show him the leads and tell him to plug it in!

With regards to Sky HD on a shared dish, i think its more to do with the signal quality rather than having 2 cables run to your flat! I'll have to speak to my mate who is a sat installer but the communal system could be dealing with several data streams at once which surely will degrade quality. Think about it, 10 flats all with up to two streams. Thats one sat and system dealing with 20 streams, personally i hated the quality on my communal system so much that i just had a sat put up anyway and i'm now being evicted.
 

Member 55145

Distinguished Member
leeclissett said:
personally i hated the quality on my communal system so much that i just had a sat put up anyway and i'm now being evicted.

ha ha im sorry but i had to laugh. are you being evicted cause of the dish? talk about doing anything for tv!

but if you did drill holes and put a dish up outside it is naughty :lesson:
 
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MeantToBeWorkin

Guest
leeclissett said:
... i hated the quality on my communal system so much that i just had a sat put up anyway and i'm now being evicted.


I like your style :D
 
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MeantToBeWorkin

Guest
I might have a solution for people in the same boat as me - watch this space for an update when it's confirmed :)
 
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MeantToBeWorkin

Guest
Sorry if this is just old news presented as new, but it was new to me.

If you go via the online ordering, or if you take them at their first word on the phone, you'd think that Sky will not get involved with you if you're on a communal dish. But if you have two distinct feeds to the same room, they will let you order Sky+ through the normal means. I assume they would let you order regular Sky if you only had one feed.

The advantage of this is that if you go via the communal dish department, who send you off to a local specialist, you can't take advantage of their offers and have to pay full price for the box, and potentially more for installation.

I called and argued the case with them, explaining that the installation is literally a case of connecting the box to the two cables that are already in position, and after checking with his manager, the guy put the order through, saving me £110 on a Sky+ installation.

Hope this is of use to someone - they don't make it very obvious unless you dig! :)
 

Judda

Standard Member
Hi guys,

I opted for the Multiroom with Sky some months back, as my wife is disabled, and spends more time in the bedroom than out of it,
I had already explained I live in a flat with a communal aerial.

The engineer came and started tapping walls etc., and asked me which wall was the best to drill through for the dish ???

I politely explained to him about the communal aerial and the fact that we were not allowed to have dishes fixed to external walls,
He phoned his office and made out I was being awkward and not allowing the dish to be fitted. :eek:

After some arguing with him about mis-representing me, he agreed I could talk to the person on the phone, the outcome was, I got an apology and a refund of my £199.00, But no Multiroom TV. :clap:

I have tried the Top Up TV, which wouldn't work properly for some reason and I cancelled my subscription after the 12 months was up.

Since I can't get Sky in the bedroom, I tape all the programmes my wife likes to watch, and play them back to her via the video player in the bedroom.

I watch avidly on these forums for any suggestions for another way for her to watch sky in the bedroom, without success,
But I like 'listening' to you guys, trying to help one another, it helps ease my burden.

Good luck and thanks.:smashin:

Judda.
 

Judda

Standard Member
Hello Meant To Be Working,

Thank you so much for your help, I will read the page and instructions forthwith and let you know how I get on,
My wife and I will be eternally grateful to you if this works, she so loves to watch her TV, UK Gold etc., Mostly.

Thanks again. :thumbsup:

Judda.
 

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