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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 8th Jun 17, 6:23 PM
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    Freesat /freeview/sky guidance please
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    • 8th Jun 17, 6:23 PM
    Freesat /freeview/sky guidance please 8th Jun 17 at 6:23 PM
    Howdy !
    I've recently moved into my flat . There is a sky dish outside it. Inside there are a couple of cables with metal jacks .

    I really like my toshiba tv . I also have Apple TV.

    I can get Netflix on Apple t v and BBC iPlayer (at last Apple)
    I'm thinking of buying a freesat recorder which should have all4 etc.
    However, it may be cheaper to get a sky subscription .
    If I did go and buy a freesat box, can it just be plugged in ?

    I remember about 15 years ago I had to pay to get a digital aerial to be installed .

    Please advise

    Thanks
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    • emptybox
    • By emptybox 8th Jun 17, 6:38 PM
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    • 8th Jun 17, 6:38 PM
    As long as the dish and cables are in good condition, you should just be able to connect up a Freesat recorder and it just work (after a Freesat scan).
    That's presuming the dish has at least a dual LNB with two cables coming from it, and the "metal jacks" are screw on F-connectors?
    Google images - F-connectors

    Not all Freesat recorders will have all/any of the catch up services, but if you buy one with the "Freetime" label, such as this Humax one, then it will have.

    At the end of your post you mention a digital aerial. An aerial is for terrestrial Freeview and a dish is for satellite Freesat. Never the twain shall meet.
    Last edited by emptybox; 08-06-2017 at 6:45 PM.
    • emptybox
    • By emptybox 8th Jun 17, 6:42 PM
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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 8th Jun 17, 7:01 PM
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    • 8th Jun 17, 7:01 PM
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    • 8th Jun 17, 7:01 PM
    Thanks emptybox.
    It looks like I have an f connector for sky + box . (2 male cables ).
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 8th Jun 17, 8:16 PM
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    • 8th Jun 17, 8:16 PM
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    • 8th Jun 17, 8:16 PM
    Great advice from emptybox we have a Humax 1100s but 1TB and it works well. But I prefer the operating system on the Sky box so have a subscription with them.
    You will need internet access to work the catch up facility on the box.
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    • By another casualty 8th Jun 17, 8:44 PM
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    Thanks Knightstyle
    I have Vodafone broadband . So far so good
    • irishjohn
    • By irishjohn 11th Jun 17, 5:25 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 5:25 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 5:25 PM
    If you are going to get a Freesat box to plug into the dish you may find a bargain here

    https://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/refurbished.html
    John
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