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    7,000rpm (Peak Power) Steve-O's Avatar
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    Sky Dish and Freeview

    Will a freeview receiver antenna cable plug straight into a sky dish cable and work fine? reason is I have 2 antennas, a really old shitty one and and sky one, The freeview won't work on the old antenna so just wondering if it will work through the sky dish.

    Ive head stories of people blowing up their tvs using freeview through a sky dish...

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    yes it works fine.

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    cheers will do

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    it will work but not in HD (high definition). you have to use UHF to get the HD

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by zombo View Post
    it will work but not in HD (high definition). you have to use UHF to get the HD
    Out of interest why is that? I would have thought the dish would be better?
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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Yeah mate I was surprised when I found that out. I got a media enter running dual tuners with freeview and there's certainly a difference between satelite and UHF.

    Basically the satellite does not have enough bandwidth for full HD streaming, I think this is mainly a cost thing as freeview is well free, it would cost them heaps to stream full HD to satelite.

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by zombo View Post
    Yeah mate I was surprised when I found that out. I got a media enter running dual tuners with freeview and there's certainly a difference between satelite and UHF.

    Basically the satellite does not have enough bandwidth for full HD streaming, I think this is mainly a cost thing as freeview is well free, it would cost them heaps to stream full HD to satelite.
    So with the likes of MySky HDi thats using full HD streaming through the satellite?
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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by Brent View Post
    So with the likes of MySky HDi thats using full HD streaming through the satellite?
    Yes thats true, sky does do the HD over satellite I believe, but of course they can afford to

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by zombo View Post
    it will work but not in HD (high definition). you have to use UHF to get the HD
    Bugger, also the receiver is a terrestrial one, not a satellite one, so need a new UHF antenna anyway, plus I can't live without HD lol, lucky the antenna is fairly cheap

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-O View Post
    Bugger, also the receiver is a terrestrial one, not a satellite one, so need a new UHF antenna anyway, plus I can't live without HD lol, lucky the antenna is fairly cheap
    Yes Freeview stream HD via UHF which seems weird, but it's a cost thing. I have Freeview HD and it's great
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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Good to know, I nearly sold my settop box when I shifted coz the new house had no sky dish. Glad I didn't, plugged it in to the aerial socket and it works fine.
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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    I have a UHF and VHF aerial. Tv 1-3 are passable C4 and prime are pretty bad - like watching a snow storm.

    My question is, will a freeview terrestrial box work ok if my Prime reception is crap. I'm in Auckland and my line of sight to the Sky Tower is pretty bad - I am on the other side of a big hill with 2 massive pine trees in the way.

    The other option is to get a satelite freeview box but them I won't get HD

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    With terrestrial, line of sight is desirable. From Te Aroha in the waikato here, there is only a 5 megawatt transmitter. In Auckland there is a 10 megawatt transmitter so you would be pretty hard pushed not to be able to get terrestrial up there. On the MediaPortal forums, there are people from Auckland that can get terrestrial with a piece of bent wire.
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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Thing with terrestrial UHF is basically its digital, so either it totally works 100% or it dont work at all, even if your prime signal is pretty crap, if you can make out whats on the screen and hear them okay then it will probably go perfectly

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by iRacer View Post
    I have a UHF and VHF aerial. Tv 1-3 are passable C4 and prime are pretty bad - like watching a snow storm.

    My question is, will a freeview terrestrial box work ok if my Prime reception is crap. I'm in Auckland and my line of sight to the Sky Tower is pretty bad - I am on the other side of a big hill with 2 massive pine trees in the way.

    The other option is to get a satelite freeview box but them I won't get HD

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    You will need to buy a different decoder if you are switching between Freeviews broadcasts of satellite and terrestrial. Generally if you can get prime then you can get HD, that's if it transmits HD there. if you get a snowy picture than perhaps a booster will work. At this stage Kordia, who broadcast Freeview, arent looking at upgrading outside the 7 locations that broadcast HD due to costs. Apparently due to limited bandwidth it cannot broadcast HD on the Optus satellite (sky's sat.) so its pretty gay.
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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by iRacer View Post
    I am on the other side of a big hill with 2 massive pine trees in the way.
    aint that hamilton???

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by Loudsoundz View Post
    On the MediaPortal forums, there are people from Auckland that can get terrestrial with a piece of bent wire.
    Yep. I've got a clear line of sight to the Waiatarua tower and get HD without even needing an aerial plugged in

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by BTLF3D View Post
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    Thanks guys.

    I have tried the Freeview coverage check and it came back with FrreviewHD via UHF as likely and Freeview via satelite as very likely.

    So it looks like I should be okay for terrestrial, so I'll just need to buy the box (or new tv) and see how it goes.

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Pisses me off how its taking so long to get Freeview HD in smaller cities.

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    Re: Sky Dish and Freeview

    Quote Originally Posted by efp0wa View Post
    Pisses me off how its taking so long to get Freeview HD in smaller cities.
    it doesnt make sence to start things like this in small citys where the uptake of the service would be a lot slower than in a big city. way of the world
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    ooh yeah, i read it differently.... sorry, im asian with 4 eyes... shouldve read better....

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