Question Satellite installation in a new home

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  1. mavers

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    Looking to move into a new house in a couple of months. Currently my skybox is connected to the communal flat dish. New place doesn't have a dish so will need to think about installation.

    1. Any recommended satellite installers in London (South East)
    2. I looked about buying the equipment separetly and the dishes seem quite cheap (45 quid for a quad lnb), is there any particular brand I should consider?

    If there is anything else I should consider, please let me know!
     
  2. logiciel

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    If you pay a subscription to Sky then tell them to fix a new dish.
    If you don't then any satellite installer will do it.
     
  3. pedro2000uk

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    Great advice as usual

    @mavers - if sky wont do it, just stick with trying to make sure you do get someone who will do a good job, even though it's only a sky dish you still get cowboys - only takes Mr cheap coax & connector to call- loose connectors can keep giving glitching issues & come loose & even damage a box &/or lnb causing shorts

    We had a tenant once who moved in & said she wanted an extra feed from the dish & couldn't wait a few days for us to fit one [.. free]- so she got this local idiot sky dish/ aerial fitter & actually left early, it turned out because sky kept glitching - the dish wobbled, the lnb wobbled & the cheap connectors caused an immediate LnBf fault & then fell off his cheap coax when we got the apartment back & checked everything - & I install satellite.
     
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    The word that was omitted was "good" - I took it for granted but here it is now.
    There are a number of good installers here with web sites who all do good work, including, recently, one of them for me, and I've no reason to believe there aren't any anywhere else.
     
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    Why would you?
     
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    He doesn't. He said so.:D
     
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    Well, you're not a satellite installer and don't have the experience of seeing so many crap jobs / typical loose, cheap screw on f connectors screwed on to cheap ali braid coax & falling off in your hands & hardly any braid left that if you're lucky hasn't fallen through the vents onto the pcb, cheap coax can get cut on sharp brick & roof edges or moving on a roof or crack with UV damage long after he's gone, not only can that cause reception issues & shorting, it can cause water to travel down the coax into the house & the box & a fitter not using a drip loop causes water to go into the cavity & house.
    Sky & Virgin will want to ensure decent installs because of the costs of repairs & down time to their main business, but Sky dish installs are subsidised too by Sky subscriptions, so independent sky dish fitters are under MORE pressure to use cheap stuff.

    The advice you should give is "Always get genuine references/ testimonials off genuine customers" like you should always do with anyone- builders/ roofers/ plumbers etc... " [then keep your fingers crossed].
     
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    All correct. As I said get a good installer to avoid that.
     
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    Will give sky a call next week. Hopefully they'll do it for free... not keen to cancel, as we are currently getting the f1 channel as part of the "HD Package".

    Thanks for the input.
     
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    Sky will supply and fix it.
     
  11. davemurgatroyd2

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    Even if Sky will not do it for free I believe their "Move Home" option will often be cheaper than a local independant installer. (IIRC £60 inc dish, lnb and cabling) and can often be haggled lower.
     
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    Spoke to Sky, they are happy to do it for £35.
     

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