Upgrading from Sky to Freesat
If you have an existing Sky or fSfS (Freesat from Sky) installation and want to go to upgrade to Freesat, it is a simple process.
First, buy the Freesat box from a Argos, Curry.digital, Comet, John Lewes or your local independent shop:
In the box you will find the Freesat box:
Also included will be a remote control, and this model also comes with a SCART cable, a HDMI cable and a stereo-with-composite cable. Unpack the ones you need:
You old Sky box looks like this:
Unplug the mains first from the Sky box, then pull out the SCART (or SCARTs) and then unscrew the connection to the satellite dish.
Remove the Sky box and fit the Freesat box. Reconnect the satellite cable (take care as to not damage the connection) and then the SCART and finally connect the mains power:
The box will look like this:
The box also contains the manual, which has full installation instructions. Finally fit the batteries into the remote control.
The TV screen first displays the box's logo
The first set-up screen allows you to select the TV type, widescreen mode and resolution:
Next the box checks for the satellite signal:
Then there is a check for updated software:
Then you enter your postcode and the box checks it:
The next step is a scan for channels. This takes about 30 seconds:
And that's it. You can now view channels, like 108 for BBC HD:
Or press the GUIDE button for the EPG:
(Apologies for the photos not being of the top quality)
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P.S. A second hand Sky plus HD box will only receive BBC1 HD, BBC HD and ITV 1 HD. You'll also lose the PVR function i.e. you won't be able to record(unless you pay Sky £10 per month). The Freesat plus pvr is the better option, in my opinion.
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Re: Sky to FreeSat HDR+
All i did was simply ADD the FreeSat Humax Fox HDR to my quad LNB dish and it's working a treat! I now have the Sky Freeview channels in my living room on the old but still working Toshiba tonne telly, and FreeSat+ Humax in the bedroom connected to a small HD telly! The HD channels are superb quality and what's more THEY'RE FREE!!!
Now I'm no whizz with TV's or their connections but it was as simple as ABC, and so I'm sure others will soon "latch on" to the idea that not all the best TV is chargeable. I'm looking forward to the month and years (hopefully) of FREE TV and best of all HD too!
Thanks to ALL for your help, it's been very much appreciated!
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