Sky dish?

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by JerryBolton, Aug 21, 2001.

  1. JerryBolton

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    I have recently moved house and took my sky digibox with me. The new house had an old analogue dish which appears to work fine with the digibox, maybe even better than with the mini dish. At my previous house I had my old analogue dish taken down and a new digi dish put up. Why? Are the old dishes actually better because of their area to collect signal?

    The reason I came to this forum was to find out about Sky+. I like a lot of the rest of you seem interested in Sky+ (without the £10/month charge). Do I now need another dish installed? There seems to be mixed opinions on whether the mini dish will work or are you forced to have a 4 lnb one installed. What about the old analogue ones?

    Also do I need to keep the existing digibox to get a second TV to work in the house?

    So many questions, so few answers from $ky.

    Thanks in advance for the help.<br /> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
     
  2. StephenR

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    Firstly, the old 60cm analogue dishes are better than the digital mini-dish simply because they are larger and reflect more of the signal to the LNB. The only reason Sky supply mini-dishes now is because it is thought they are less intrusive for people who don't like the idea of a dish on their house.

    Sky+ requires a new quad LNB but AFAIK uses your existing dish. Knowing Sky though they will probably charge you more for a "non-standard" installation!

    Finally, yes you do need to keep your old box to watch Sky on a second TV (unless you use TVLink, but this isn't as flexible). You could use a FTA card for the second TV or if you want to mirror your existing package it will cost £12/month.
     
  3. JerryBolton

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    Thanks for that. Thought the picture was good <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> .

    How do you go about getting a FTA card? Do you need to get one from sky? Let me guess, they'll charge me for it?
     
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    To get a FTA BBC etc card ring, 08702 438000, you will see this no. if you go to services and item 2, telephone nos. When you get card ring same no and they will switch you on but you will need to quote box name, ser no of card etc. takes about 24 hours to get all FTA channels.

    QUAD LNB's are quite pricey to buy, about £70 - £90, hence sky charging £50 is not bad. SKY will use the existing 48cm dish so if you go that route put it back up and then when they call make sure they align it correctly. TIP take a note of the signal strength/quality using your large dish and make sure you get the same with the sky dish.

    Good luck

    SANAP
     

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