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    • Abbey1991
    • By Abbey1991 11th Jan 18, 8:58 PM
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    Finding a box that does it all but without satellite subscription
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    • 11th Jan 18, 8:58 PM
    Finding a box that does it all but without satellite subscription 11th Jan 18 at 8:58 PM
    Is there a box which combines the following:

    - Feed from old Sky dish (for satellite channels)
    - Feed from rooftop aerial (for free terrestrial channels)
    - Feed from broadband (for terrestrial catch up channels)
    - NowTV entertainment channels (using entertainment passes) through broadband
    - Record, pause and rewind features

    Thank you!
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    • Gary_Dexter
    • By Gary_Dexter 12th Jan 18, 9:37 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 9:37 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 9:37 AM
    A Freesat box?
    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 12th Jan 18, 10:46 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 10:46 AM
    You wont find a box that will take satellite and terrestrial feeds. You can get Freesat (satellite) and Freeview/Youview (terrestrial) boxes that have all the catch up stuff and recording you want. Some of those might have Now TV integrated. You would have to look at the specs.
    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 12th Jan 18, 12:43 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 12:43 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 12:43 PM
    <Is there a box which combines the following:

    - Feed from old Sky dish (for satellite channels)

    As in paid for channels ??
    • Abbey1991
    • By Abbey1991 12th Jan 18, 6:07 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 6:07 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 6:07 PM
    - Feed from old Sky dish (for satellite channels)

    As in paid for channels ??
    Originally posted by JJ Egan
    No, just the free ones like Sky News and Sky Sports News
    • mije1983
    • By mije1983 12th Jan 18, 6:43 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 6:43 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 6:43 PM
    I don't believe SSN is a free channel now?

    In any event, as mentioned above, there isn't a box which combines all you are after so you would be looking for 2 boxes as a minimum if you want all those features. What channels do you want on terrestrial that you can't get on Freesat, or vice versa?

    • laird
    • By laird 12th Jan 18, 7:39 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 7:39 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 7:39 PM
    Not so much a box but if you were to use a "Freesat" television it will normally have tuners for satellite and digital terestrial. If you buy a "Smart" TV then it can be connected to your broadband to achieve all the inputs you are after.
    • Abbey1991
    • By Abbey1991 12th Jan 18, 7:43 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 7:43 PM
    What channels do you want on terrestrial that you can't get on Freesat, or vice versa?
    Originally posted by mije1983
    I don't really know what's available but would like to have access to as many of the free ones as possible.
    • Abbey1991
    • By Abbey1991 12th Jan 18, 7:45 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 7:45 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 7:45 PM
    Not so much a box but if you were to use a "Freesat" television it will normally have tuners for satellite and digital terestrial. If you buy a "Smart" TV then it can be connected to your broadband to achieve all the inputs you are after.
    Originally posted by laird
    Thank you. Didn't know it was possible.

    Something like this I guess from John Lewis.

    Samsung UE55MU7000 HDR 1000 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, 55" with TVPlus/Freesat HD, Dynamic Crystal Colour & 360 Design, Silver, Ultra HD Certified
    £799.00
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 13th Jan 18, 10:00 AM
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    Not so much a box but if you were to use a "Freesat" television it will normally have tuners for satellite and digital terestrial. If you buy a "Smart" TV then it can be connected to your broadband to achieve all the inputs you are after.
    Originally posted by laird
    Some (maybe all?) Smart TV's which have both tuners will not work if you have both feeds plugged in. It's either one or the other, given the choice I'd plump for Freesat every time.
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 13th Jan 18, 10:12 AM
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    Some (maybe all?) Smart TV's which have both tuners will not work if you have both feeds plugged in. It's either one or the other, given the choice I'd plump for Freesat every time.
    Originally posted by Colin_Maybe
    My Smart TV has both Freeview and Freesat and both work fine together.

    Care to give examples as it would be extremely strange behaviour.
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 13th Jan 18, 10:35 AM
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    My Smart TV has both Freeview and Freesat and both work fine together.

    Care to give examples as it would be extremely strange behaviour.
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    There was a thread on here somewhere for one, an LG perhaps if you're going to search. I think the TV scanned for channels on Freesat but then refused to actually show them.

    Edit: Panasonic, not LG. No it's not, I was right the first time, it was an LG.
    Last edited by Colin_Maybe; 13-01-2018 at 10:40 AM.
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 13th Jan 18, 1:20 PM
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    There was a thread on here somewhere for one, an LG perhaps if you're going to search. I think the TV scanned for channels on Freesat but then refused to actually show them.

    Edit: Panasonic, not LG. No it's not, I was right the first time, it was an LG.
    Originally posted by Colin_Maybe
    So based on one report, hardly suggest an issue.
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 13th Jan 18, 1:54 PM
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    So based on one report, hardly suggest an issue.
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    Who said it was only one?
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 13th Jan 18, 3:32 PM
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    Who said it was only one?
    Originally posted by Colin_Maybe
    Well were is the one you are referring too and where are the rest?
    • almillar
    • By almillar 15th Jan 18, 1:01 PM
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    Not so much a box but if you were to use a "Freesat" television it will normally have tuners for satellite and digital terestrial. If you buy a "Smart" TV then it can be connected to your broadband to achieve all the inputs you are after.
    But then you're stuck with, at best, very basic recording facilities.

    I would point out that since Freesat added 'Dave' to the Freesat lineup, I don't think there's anything worthwhile on Freeview, that you can't have on Freesat.

    Freetime box (that's a Freesat recorder plus on demand & catch up), plus another box, under a Freeview HD TV should have you covered. You may already have a PS3, XBox 360, PS4, XBox One for example, all of which have Now TV apps (and lots of other catch up stuff, Netflix etc).
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 16th Jan 18, 11:06 PM
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    Panasonic tvs made around the time of our 42AS650 have Freetime and before Christmas the ITV previous week listings disappeared, at the same time that a another app icon warned that ITV Hub would soon disappear (It went on Friday).


    Apparently, ITV and Panasonic blame eachother, but when I needed to access the Hub in my laptop, there was a long list of tvs and boxes which ITV no longer offers catch up to (our tv under 3 years old),so I wonder whether any catch up boxes are worth buying if services as lost so soon.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 16th Jan 18, 11:20 PM
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    It's either one or the other, given the choice I'd plump for Freesat every time.
    Originally posted by Colin_Maybe


    Why do you say that ?


    We have a non-HD Humax box, but I was considering getting a more recent HD one with Catchup, since the tv already lost ITVHub, but who knows what could be removed from a new box,in a few weeks time ? I may, therefore, try out the standard Humax to see if I can spot it's not HD.


    I'm just beginning to miss Sky a little as catch up there is so smooth. Smart tv was ok, until now,but it's annoying having to get out my laptop for ITV,even though the service is nowhere near as good as iPlayer.
    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 17th Jan 18, 6:51 AM
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    A fire stick or NowTv box would be cheaper.
    I didn't get where i am today by not reading moneysavingexpert.com
    • morvin777
    • By morvin777 17th Jan 18, 7:05 AM
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    There are some android boxes that can do what you want. I am considering buying one for my new house when its ready. If you do get one, let us know your thoughts.
    1. Freesat GTC Hybrid Android TV Box - 16GB - DVB-S2/T2/C
    2. MAGICSEE C300 Hybrid Android TV Box / DVB-S2/T2/C
    3. 2017 MECOOL KIII Pro - Hybrid Android TV Box - Dual DVB-T/S Tuners
    4. 2017 WETEK Play 2 - Hybrid Android Box with DVB Satellite/TV Tuner
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