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Thomson HD box on FreeSat, only 1 HD Channel

royd999

Standard Member
I recently replaced my ageing Thomson box with an Amstrad 1TB box. I also purchased a FreeSat viewing card from Sky and ran a couple of extra cables from the LNB.

All seemed well, the card was activated/paired and sprang into life, but I can only get Channel 4 HD, those that don't invite me to upgrade my service (as I would expect) tell me there's no satellite signal. (As I wouldn't expect).


  • The signal strength and quality are good.
  • If I swap the cables from box to box, there is no difference.
  • If I pop the FreeSat card into the Amstrad, I get all the non-subscription HD channels.
  • If I put the subscription's viewing card into the Thomson, I still only get C4 on HD.
So this suggests that the Thomson's a little ill.

Can anyone suggest a cheap (preferably free :devil:) solution to fix the Thomson?

Thanks,
Roy
 

Broadz

Distinguished Member
Can anyone suggest a cheap (preferably free :devil:) solution to fix the Thomson?

Everything you describe are classic symptoms of the Thomson failing power supply syndrome. Are the capacitors bulging?

The satcure kit is the obvious solution - but it ain't free. Search and ye shall find...
 

logiciel

Moderator
It's not Freesat; it's FreeSatFromSky - there's quite a big difference.
 

royd999

Standard Member
It's not Freesat; it's FreeSatFromSky - there's quite a big difference.
Yes, I know.

The proper solution would be to buy a proper FreeSat HD PVR, but I've had a lot of expenditure on Cars, Motorcycles etc.

As I happened to have the old Sky HD box, it seemed a reasonable stop-gap, although it seems in practice less reasonable than I thought it would be :facepalm:
Anyway I do have the Amstrad 1TB box for normal viewing and this approach will have to do for now.:thumbsdow

Cheers.
 

Masteriser

Active Member
Roy, if you or a friend can solder, you can repair your Thomson with a bag of bits repair kit from Satcure for around £15.00 (once VAT & P&P are factored in). I can assure you self repair is surprisingly easy on the Thomson units. Failing that, get a professional repair from around £35.00.

There are cheaper sources of spares (especially on eBay) but I would avoid these if I were you, some are poor quality and although you may save a fiver, the box could well fail again pretty quickly, whereas the Satcure kit is guaranteed for three years.
 

srhill

Active Member
Yes, I know.

The proper solution would be to buy a proper FreeSat HD PVR, but I've had a lot of expenditure on Cars, Motorcycles etc.

As I happened to have the old Sky HD box, it seemed a reasonable stop-gap, although it seems in practice less reasonable than I thought it would be :facepalm:
Anyway I do have the Amstrad 1TB box for normal viewing and this approach will have to do for now.:thumbsdow

Cheers.

Surely, a better solution would be to get the Thommo as a multiroom box (without HD sub) - this would give you the usual free HD channels plus all SD channels you have on your main sub for only £10.25 pm - a bargain:thumbsup:
 

Stevenage Neil

Distinguished Member
Surely, a better solution would be to get the Thommo as a multiroom box (without HD sub) - this would give you the usual free HD channels plus all SD channels you have on your main sub for only £10.25 pm - a bargain:thumbsup:


What part of.. "...If I put the subscription's viewing card into the Thomson, I still only get C4 on HD...."

...is not understandable?
 

srhill

Active Member
What part of.. "...If I put the subscription's viewing card into the Thomson, I still only get C4 on HD...."

...is not understandable?

All of it....

You can't just swap the cards over and expect it to work - you have to pair the cards to the boxes.

Surely you should get bbcHD, ITV1HD etc.:confused:
 

Broadz

Distinguished Member
you have to pair the cards to the boxes.

Cards only need pairing for watching premium channels and recording non-FTA channels. C4HD, BBC HD, BBC1 HD, ITV1 HD, Five HD are all non-premium channels so can be watched without the card being paired. In fact three of them require no card at all as they are FTA, not FTV.
 

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