What is the best way to receive Sky+/Sky HD?

sameerabedi

Novice Member
Dear all,

I've just bought a house in which the previous owners have left the satellite dish with a 2 port LNB and the cabling for downstairs.
In an ideal world, I would like sky multiroom with Sky + upstairs in the bedroom and Sky HD in the living room.
The reason I'm posting is because I want to achieve this in the cheapest way possible!

At the moment, what I'm thinking of doing is getting Sky + installed in both rooms as a multiroom package. Sky would have to replace the LNB to a 4 port one and then I could get the Sky HD box of ebay and replace the donwstairs living room box. That would leave me with a spare Sky + box which I could sell on Ebay and a subscription free Sky HD (at the moment it's too expensive to subscribe to the channels)

Is this the best way to achieve what I want? If I'm being greedy could I replace the upstairs box with Sky HD as well?
Another alternative I was thinking about was to install regular Sky + downstairs and then do the cabling myself and take the Sky + upstairs and install Sky HD downstairs. But with this method, will I be able to recieve signals in both rooms as I won't be subscribed to a multiroom package from Sky?

Thanks for ur help (in advance)
 

echrada

Banned
I have sky hd multiroom. Sky HD downstairs and sky hd upstairs. I use the upstairs hd as just ordinary sky+ (until they end the sub) and that has been great. The added bonus being BBC HD being free on the upstairs box.

If you have a LNB with 8 points you can actually have three or four boxes in your house.

Go for it, you won't regret it. :smashin:
 

sameerabedi

Novice Member
I have sky hd multiroom. Sky HD downstairs and sky hd upstairs. I use the upstairs hd as just ordinary sky+ (until they end the sub) and that has been great. The added bonus being BBC HD being free on the upstairs box.

If you have a LNB with 8 points you can actually have three or four boxes in your house.

Go for it, you won't regret it. :smashin:
So does that mean I can get away with a standard single box Sky + installation and then switch the box to HD and install another HD box upstairs and recieve the FTA channels for the price of my Sky + subscription?
Do I need to sign up for a multiroom package to recieve signal in two rooms? I'm guessing I would, otherwise how else could I get two viewing cards?
 

disney_cjd

Novice Member
arent you better off getting the HD from Sky in the first place rather than of fleabay? It will cost you 300 quid or so anyway wont it?

Mention your a member of the national trust and you get a discount I am told

Ta
C
 

WilliamTM

Active Member
Sky HD box off eBay from a seller like aerialsrus is like £150 (£170 inc VAT), so it's definitly cheaper.
 

sameerabedi

Novice Member
Sky HD box off eBay from a seller like aerialsrus is like £150 (£170 inc VAT), so it's definitly cheaper.
Yeah it's much cheaper on Ebay.
But back to my original query, can I install multiroom without a multiroom subscription?
 

Miss Chief

Well-known Member
You can't have 'true' multiroom, in other words having all the same channels unless you're willing to pay for 2 individual subscriptions, which is what would happen with multiroom if you don't have the boxes connected to the phone line anyway. You can have a second box as a freesat box and you'll get the FTA and FTV channels, but you'll need a freesat card from Sky, costs £20.
 

sameerabedi

Novice Member
Therefore if I get Sky+ multiroom and switch both boxes to HD STB that should be ok? I'll be able to recieve the free HD channels.
 

nickp8

Novice Member
There is only one free HD channel and that is BBC HD. You will get that free on both boxes if you switch them to HD boxes. If you want all the HD channels on both boxes it is £10 for a HD sub per box extra on top of your monthly subscription charge.

Nickp.
 

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