Misled by Sky operator...

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by Stuart Wright, May 14, 2002.

  1. Stuart Wright

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    Ok, I'm wanting to get Sky digital to replace analoge telewest. We currently have 4 outlets and I'm prepared to drop to 2 Sky boxes plus 2 magic eye units.
    I was told by a Sky operator that a second box would cost £169 but I could try for a second hand one.
    I've since organised getting a used Sky digibox which should be arriving soon.
    There was no mention of me needing a 'twin LNB'. I neither know nor care what one of those is but on speaking to Sky again this morning apparrently I need one to have a second box and Sky won't install this unless I pay £169 for the second box from them.
    I've been misled. Oh bugger. Effing Sky.
    So what do I do now? Order a standard installation and then get a local supplier to fit a twin LNB and hook up the second box? Will that be expensive?
     
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    I don't know whether you were considering getting Sky+ at any point in the future, but the installation for that includes a quad LNB. The two tuners in the Sky+ box use 2 channels, and that leaves you with another 2 to connect to normal digiboxes.

    Other than that, your best bet is probably as you say - order Sky through a local installer and ask them how much extra it would be for them to put up a twin or quad LNB instead of the single.

    Cheers,
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  3. Stuart Wright

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    Sky+ would be £300 + £100 installation. Waaay more than I'm prepared to spend.
     
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    Fair enough.

    A friendly word with your local installer is probably your best bet, then. Can't imagine a quad or twin LNB being that much.

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    Most local suppliers want £50 for the install if I got for the £37 full package for month 1.
    One company wants £80 to £100, another wants £25.

    It's then £60 for a twin LNB and £50 to fit it.
    I'm told you need a phone point for each box and I don't have a phone point downstairs so that's another £30.
    Making the cheapest install so far.
    £25 basic Sky install + £30 for the phone point + £60 for the twin LNB and £50 to fit it = £165. Too much.
    Any suggestions?
     
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    Like I said on the other thread, I'm getting mine through Sky. Brand new box for £6 per month + £50 installation.
    Any good for you?
     
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    Lex - the £6 a month is for the £160 odd covering the box plus twin LNB. I'm trying to find alternatives.
    I don't know if I could install thetwin LNB and box myself. I have a tool kit and an above average IQ :)
     
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    If you already have the dish in place and lined up it is easy. Just replace the old lnb with the new one (use a digibox signal strength as your meter) and then run one cable into each digibox! I am sure even a man of your modest intelligence can manage that! ;) :D
     
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    This may be a silly question - no claims to supposed IQ, cause it's a fraudulent way of measuring 'intelligence' - but don't you need 2 cards for two boxes?



    P.S. that picture Ian, gave me flashbacks to 1987 - Europe, White Snake etc. - did you get an autographed copy for ebay mugs?
     
  12. Stuart Wright

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    Yes - a second card costs £12 per month and it mirrors whatever you have purchased on your first card.
     
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    Spectre, where'd you opt for this second hand box from?
    £12 a month, you can see, not justifying here, where the card doubler dongle thing idea came from to make a duplicate of the existing one.
    That HCC article on tax for sat lot makes me think we may get stung further soon to cover that also - probably more Gov' creative taxing of the masses as smoking declines etc.
     
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    ebay has a sky minidish WITH Lnb doofry for £27.50 inc, ticking away, just need cable - or whip Lnb off Spectre??????????
     

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