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    • ThomC91
    • By ThomC91 13th Mar 17, 6:47 PM
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    Two cables from satellite to one TV port
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    • 13th Mar 17, 6:47 PM
    Two cables from satellite to one TV port 13th Mar 17 at 6:47 PM
    I have two cables coming from my satellite dish but only one port in my TV, do both wires need to be connected to get a signal or do I just pick one?

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    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 13th Mar 17, 6:53 PM
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    Just one, make sure though that it's the right one if only one is connected up at the dish.
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    • nickcc
    • By nickcc 13th Mar 17, 7:25 PM
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    Satellite cables go into a Sky or a Freesat box then to your tv. Freeview cables from your aerial go direct to your tv. I only mention this in case you didn't already know.

    Of course your tv would need to be a Freeview model or you would need a Freeview box. Thought I'd add this before someone jumps in.
    Last edited by nickcc; 13-03-2017 at 7:32 PM.
    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 13th Mar 17, 7:59 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 7:59 PM
    Satellite cables go into a Sky or a Freesat box then to your tv. Freeview cables from your aerial go direct to your tv. I only mention this in case you didn't already know.

    Of course your tv would need to be a Freeview model or you would need a Freeview box. Thought I'd add this before someone jumps in.
    Originally posted by nickcc
    what about a freesat/satellite enabled tv
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 13th Mar 17, 8:07 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:07 PM
    what about a freesat/satellite enabled tv
    Originally posted by debitcardmayhem
    You beat me to it. As posted there are some TVs that also have a Freesat tuner so will take a feed direct from the satellite dish, I'm assuming the OP has such a TV. My Panasonic plasma has such an input, although I don't use it as I have Sky.
    • SouthUKMan
    • By SouthUKMan 13th Mar 17, 10:24 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 10:24 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 10:24 PM
    Hi. You say you have two cables form you satellite dish. This is MOST likely to be twin cable used in Sky+ installations where each Sky+ box actually has two tuners built into it (one tuner for viewing live satellite TV, and the other for recording). So, even though you might only have one Sky+ box, it actually requires the two cables to view AND record. However, it's also possible that the two cables could be from an older multi-room Sky installation utilising standard / non Sky+ boxes (which don't have a built in recorder and therefore only require one cable from your dish in order to view channels).

    I hate to make assumptions about your level of knowledge about these things. To be clear, you will need either a Sky / Sky+ / Sky+ HD receiver or Freesat box to receive and view TV from your satellite dish. There are also a very, very small number of TV's with a built in Freesat tuner. I mention this just in case you have one! Regardless of the options I've listed, you only need one of the two cables from your satellite dish to view channels. HOWEVER, if you have a Sky+ box - you must make sure you plug the cable into the correct tuner input, otherwise your box might report 'no signal'.

    Also to be totally clear, the feed from your satellite dish is not compatible with the digital terrestrial TV / Freeview (not to be confused with Freesat) input on the back of your TV.

    Hope that helps
    Last edited by SouthUKMan; 13-03-2017 at 10:26 PM.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 14th Mar 17, 12:18 AM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 12:18 AM
    I wouldn't say a "very, very small number of TV's with a built in Freesat tuner", there's actually quite a few.
    • ThomC91
    • By ThomC91 14th Mar 17, 7:12 AM
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    Ok, that's all helpful as I didn't know most of that, I don't have any kind of sky box or freesat box and the TV is quite old now so if I'm understanding correctly I can't use the satellite dish to receive signal so must check fro a connection to an aerial?
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 14th Mar 17, 9:05 AM
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    Ok, that's all helpful as I didn't know most of that, I don't have any kind of sky box or freesat box and the TV is quite old now so if I'm understanding correctly I can't use the satellite dish to receive signal so must check fro a connection to an aerial?
    Originally posted by ThomC91
    If this is the case then, assuming your TV has freeview built-in, then yes you need an aerial feed. Exactly how "old" is your TV?
    • ThomC91
    • By ThomC91 14th Mar 17, 9:45 AM
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    Ok, great, maybe 6-7 years old it does have freeview built in, it worked fine in my old flat but I've just moved to a new place and got all a bit confused with the cables!
    • kwikbreaks
    • By kwikbreaks 14th Mar 17, 10:17 AM
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    Freeview antenna connectors are different from Freesat dish connectors.

    Check your TV to see which type it has...

    This is a TV antenna connector ...



    The ones for a Freesat or Sky dish will look like this...


    (actually a wall panel but it does show the connector)

    If you need to see more pictures google "belling connector" fot the antenna type or "f connector" for the dish type.
    • rhyshatwell
    • By rhyshatwell 29th Jan 18, 9:44 PM
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    Hello all,
    I have recently moved into my first home. whilst trying to set up the television there is no standard aerial cable, there is only a dual cable which I believe is to be linked to the satellite dish. I have read above regarding the sky box and believe this is the case.
    Is there anything anyone can recommend as to how I can connect these cables to my television without having to sign up to sky or virgin etc. and what the cost would likely be?
    I have looked online at the "Freesat" boxes and looking on the back of them they only have 1 aerial input and not two.
    Please help!!
    • Moneyineptitude
    • By Moneyineptitude 29th Jan 18, 10:02 PM
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    Is there anything anyone can recommend as to how I can connect these cables to my television without having to sign up to sky or virgin etc.
    Originally posted by rhyshatwell
    The shotgun cable will likely be connected to a satellite dish. If this is the case, you can buy a Freesat decoder which will give you a similar bouquet of channels as Freeview, The cables connect to the decoder and the decoder in turn to your TV set. First thing to do is establish whether you have an operational satellite dish. The shotgun is for dual feed recording decoders which have two connections.

    For costs see;
    https://www.freesat.co.uk
    • rhyshatwell
    • By rhyshatwell 29th Jan 18, 10:32 PM
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    Thank you for the quick reply,


    How would I be able to check if the cables/satellite still work? will I have to buy a freesat first and test it out?
    I have looked around the house and I cannot seem to find the standard aerial cable anywhere.
    • Moneyineptitude
    • By Moneyineptitude 29th Jan 18, 10:48 PM
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    How would I be able to check if the cables/satellite still work? will I have to buy a freesat first and test it out?
    Originally posted by rhyshatwell
    Well, first thing to do is check if there is actually a dish installed somewhere on your house!

    You would then need to check if it's operational, you could pay an installer to do this or perhaps borrow a decoder from a friend or neighbour? You'd only need it for minutes to check.

    Personally, I'd take a calculated risk and buy the decoder. There is very little that can go wrong with a dish other than misalignment unless it is very very old. You can always return the decoder as unsuitable if bought from the likes of Argos etc. if it doesn't work.
    • rhyshatwell
    • By rhyshatwell 29th Jan 18, 11:04 PM
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    Thank you very much for you help
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