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What to do with Sky Dish?

prash1990

Novice Member
I recently moved to a house where there is a sky dish with only cables coming in to house. How can i watch live tv from this? (only sky dish with aeriel cable).
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pedro2000uk

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It will work with pretty much any generic satellite receiver if it's working OK & most satellite receivers allow recording etc..
 

TJT1

Distinguished Member
Are there one or two cables from the dish as only one F connector is visible.?
 

TJT1

Distinguished Member
If you are looking to save pennies, do you have a TV aerial on the house? All modern TVs have Freeview and if not, Freeview boxes are cheaper than Freesat boxes. Freeview has all the main channels that you will find on Freesat. There are lineup differences, but check them out to see if any of the channels on Freesat are 'must haves'. Most of the 'extra' channels available on Freesat are dross anyway.
 

grahamlthompson

In memoriam
Hi David
There are actually two cables coming out. Wondering if it's suitable? Are there any other cheaper alternatives?
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Provided the dish connections aren't corroded or wet, as Sky uses exactly the same channels as Freesat (Freesat is just a different epg to Sky's) then it should work just fine.

If you aren't too bothered about recording two at once then consider a single tuner Humax HB model which record to usb.

HB 1000s - Freesat - humaxdirect

You can watch a second channel while recording if it's on the same transponder. eg Watch BBC2 HD and record BBC 1 HD and vice versa.
 

davemurgatroyd2

Distinguished Member
Hi David
There are actually two cables coming out. Wondering if it's suitable? Are there any other cheaper alternatives?
Tx
If you want a 7 day EPG guide (Electronic Programme Guide to programmes on the channels) then the only easy choices are Freesat or Sky (if you don't need recording without a subscription) boxes for a satellite dish and Freeview for an aerial. If you don't want a 7 day EPG then any generic satellite receiver from around £20 upwards will do - most have an EPG with "now and next" info.

Sky boxes cost from £5 upwards from car boot sales. £20 upwards from Cash converters etc.
 

pedro2000uk

Distinguished Member
Technomate satellite receivers like the TM5402/ TM F3/5 etc have 7 day epg - extensive single tuner recording options , are known to be easy to use ideally with a good channel list installed & can be easier as Freesat/ Freeview channel numbering aren't ideal & Sky's channel numbering system is even worse.

I'm pretty sure all Enigma 2 receivers have 7 days epg, extensive record options on sat & terrestrial [& cable & iptv] but not so easy to use/ to get used to.
 

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