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I have a Satellite Dish - What else do I need to get a Free to air system working

Clare asks;

I just moved and am currently renting. The house has a satellite dish and I can see there is a cable coming from the wall that looks like it should be connected to a box. I have a new Samsung flat screen TV. Connecting the 2 is what I need to do.

I'd like to use a free to air with RTE, 3 and TV 4. What bits will I need to purchase? Will the installation be difficult or could I manage on my own?

TV Trade's answer;

 

to be able to get the Irish & the Free UK channels are you are effectively looking at 2 totally different systems or a combo version which can do both.

 
Irish Channels - Terrestrial TV Aerial
Are not available for Free on satellite and must be picked up Using a TV Aerial Kit.
  • Analogue Irish Channels - click on a the map of Irish Analogue TV transmitters to see which transmitter you are closest to.
    • Note this system will be turned off by the end of 2012. 
    • This system gives 4 channels RTE 1, RTE2, TV3, TG4
    • there are 2 type of systems UHF TV aerial Kit only & VHF & UHF tv aerial ktis
  • Digital Irish Channels (Saorview) -  click on a the map of Irish Digital TV transmitters to see which transmitter you are closest to
 
UK Free channels - Satellite system
  • Normally you would need to buy a complete Satellite TV kit to be able to get the free UK channels.
  • It would consist of a Satellite dish, a satellite receiver (Standard Definition) or HD satellite receiver & a satellite installation kit
  • As you have the an installed satellite dish already you will only need to buy the satellite receiver
  • The main specs
    • You can receive in the region of 75-120 free to air satellite channels such as BBCs, ITVs, Channel 4, Sky news, Film 4 etc
    • Note the signal for free to air UK channels and the Sky subscription service both come off the Astra 2 satellite so a pre-installed sky dish will work fine with free to air channels
    • The HD box has the advantage of having the free HD channels & it is PVR ready (you can add an External Hard Drive & pause, record etc live tv)
  • Any other advice: makes sure you have the correct type of connenctor (f connector) to go into the sky box
 
Can I get on the channels on a single Combo box ?
  • Yes the top selling product we have on TVTrade.ie is our range of Combo Digital & Satellite TV Kit (Irish & UK Channels) receivers.
  •  It has 2 feeds satellite (uk) and Terrestrial Aerial (Irish)
  • The big advantage of this system is that:
    • It gives you everything on a single box, with a single remote control
    • It is easier to bring with you if your are moving (important if you are renting)
    • It is easier to install as the Digital Irish signal is much stronger than the traditional analogue signal (may not be necessary to put the TV aerial on the chimney)
    • But I have the dish already - look at the FAQs tab for guidance but basically drop anything from this kit you already have e.g. the satellite dish and only buy what you need from the 'Associated Products' on the right hand side

 

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