Using an existing Sky dish for Freesat

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  1. xerxes991

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    My daughter is about to move into a rented flat which has an old Sky dish with LNB and downlead into her living room. There is also a Freeview terrestrial aerial connected. I suppose the easiest way for her to get any digital TV will be to use the aerial, since she already has a cheap Freeview box.

    But are there any cheap / free options for making use of the sky dish to give more channels or better reception? HD probably isn't important to her since there is no way she can afford a HD TV...!

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    Assuming the dish is working OK and still aligned, she can plug it into a any Freesat Box. Freesat Boxes are currently available from Bush/Grundig/Alba, Humax & Metronic.
     
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    The picture quality will be roughly the same on both Freesat and Freeview (except for ITV which is awful on Freesat).

    The number of channels on both is also comparable - though Freeview has a few that Freesat doesn't (eg Dave, Sky 3 etc). Freesat List here Freeview List here

    If she gets a good signal with Freeview then it seems pointless to spend extra to get bascially the same channels.

    However outside of the 'proper' Freesat channels are plenty of satelite channels that can be manually tuned. Whether this is of interest to her is of course up to her.
     

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