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    • Simon7685
    • By Simon7685 8th Mar 13, 10:08 PM
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    Leave Sky and go to Freesat - Any good?
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    • 8th Mar 13, 10:08 PM
    Leave Sky and go to Freesat - Any good? 8th Mar 13 at 10:08 PM
    As the title suggests I am considering leaving Sky and moving over to Freesat, I would appreicate any advice on whether Freesat is any good.

    My situation is, I currently have the following with Sky;

    Sky Entertainment Extra
    Multiroom
    HD Subscription - currently on a 12 month 1/2 price deal until May 2013
    Sky Talk Anytime calls
    Sky Line Rental
    Sky Broadband unlimited

    Total cost = £67 a month

    I have just found out that I can receive Freesat by simply plugging a box in as it comes from the same satellite via the Sky dish.

    So in essence I can save around £35 a month by switching to Freesat. I will need to buy a PVR and a 2nd receiver for the teenage tearaways room, so around £300 to fork out. However that would be recovered in less than a year. don't want to do though is jump to find out Freesat is not all that it is made out to be. So any advice would be greatly appreciated especially from those that have Freesat and know how good or bad it is.

    Thanks in advance
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    • almillar
    • By almillar 3rd Oct 17, 1:01 PM
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    Who mentioned buying new boxes? Is the term Freesat not self explanatory?
    It definitely isn't! If you've got Sky and you stop subscribing, you end up with 'freesatfromsky'. No cost. If you want Freesat you need to buy a Freesat box, with a logo and everything.
    Also not to be confused with, simply, free satellite, where you can buy a box, a dish, and point it at whatever satellite you can find to receive TV.

    I return to this having carried out more research and decided to buy a Humax HDR-1100S:
    Good call.
    *There is a difference, I have found, between a Twin LNB and a Dual LNB. The Twin is served by ONE satellite, whether Sky, Astra or Freesat. The Sky LNB is wideband and different to the Freesat LNB.
    This isn't my understanding. I've got Freesat and Sky HD in my house, and a Quad LNB. One dish, one LNB, all pointing at the same place, serving out 4 outputs (2 to the Sky box, 2 to the Freesat box. Sky and Freesat come from the same satellite.

    Hybrid,
    - this is the new one. It has come along with Sky Q, which uses a different type of LNB (?) and can't be used with others. Sky, SkyHD and Freesat can all take a feed from a 'normal' LNB. Sky Q needs a 'special' LNB, and if you want to mix services, you need a Hybrid LNB.
    • Moneyineptitude
    • By Moneyineptitude 3rd Oct 17, 10:57 PM
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    It definitely isn't! If you've got Sky and you stop subscribing, you end up with 'freesatfromsky'.
    Originally posted by almillar
    Not anymore. Anyone leaving Sky having had a Q decoder has to return it to Sky and ends up with no service at all. Only those with original Sky+HD (or earlier variants) get "FreesatfromSky"





    This isn't my understanding. I've got Freesat and Sky HD in my house, and a Quad LNB. One dish, one LNB, all pointing at the same place, serving out 4 outputs (2 to the Sky box, 2 to the Freesat box. Sky and Freesat come from the same satellite.
    Originally posted by almillar
    Correct. Both Sky and Freesat are pointed at exactly the same alignment.



    this is the new one. It has come along with Sky Q, which uses a different type of LNB
    Originally posted by almillar
    Correct. Sky Q uses a different LNB which is not compatible with Sky+HD and Freesat decoders.
    • almillar
    • By almillar 4th Oct 17, 1:04 PM
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    Not anymore. Anyone leaving Sky having had a Q decoder has to return it to Sky and ends up with no service at all. Only those with original Sky+HD (or earlier variants) get "FreesatfromSky"
    Ah yes, good point - Sky Q customers never own 'their' equipment, so they'll just be left with wires if they quit.
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