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Upgrading from Sky to Freesat | Freesat
Monday 17 September 2012 9:12PM

Hi Shency,

Firstly, a quick definition update.

FreeVIEW is the digital TV service you receive through an "ordinary" TV aerial "for free" (paid for through the TV licence and adverts.

FreeSAT is a similar service you receive via a satellite dish, again for free.

You have described your TV as having "built-in freeview HD". In order to watch freeview all you need to do is plug in the ordinary TV aerial (NOT the satellite cable) into the TVs aerial socket, go through the tuning process (which will be automatic in most cases) and you're away - assuming a) you're in a reception area where freeview is being broadcast (just about everywhere in the UK these days), and b)you have an ordinary TV aerial.

You can check your freeview transmitter status on this web site by putting your postcode in the "Site Settings" box top right and clicking "Predict".

If your local transmitter is broadcasting HD the TV should find those channels as well.

The fact that you have a satellite dish and old receiver means that you have numerous options for further viewing (some of which will require additional expenditure), BUT you should be able to view BBC HD, and so on with your current set-up at no additional cost.

If you want to use the satellite box as well - for instance to view the few channels that are available on freesat that aren't on freeview - then a SCART cable will usually suffice to connect the satellite receiver to the TV. If I understand correctly then a card may be needed to ensure you get the correct regional programmes (which you'll be getting through freeview anyway). Others, more knowledgeable than I can advise on that.

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Upgrading from Sky to Freesat | Freesat
Thursday 20 September 2012 8:45PM

Peter: I believe that Matt is confusing the (old) generalised photo guide at the top of the page (which as he rightly suggests won't result in HD channels) with the specific advice offered to Shency/Sheik

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