Another Newbie

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#1
Well here goes - my first posting!!...

I've suddenly had the urge to take down my sky dish and replace it with a motorished system. Obviously I need to get another box but to keep sky, will I still have to use my sky box as well or can I get the new one to accept my sky card?

If I need them both, how does 2 boxes connect at the LNB & dish??
Finally will I view much more than I get now??

Advice appreciated...
 

Analoguesat

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#2
The easiest way to keep your sky channels is to keep the sky box. Possibly fed from a dedicated Sky dish) There are ways round it, but they arent really for the complete novice.
 

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#3
Welcome to the forum stevehessex01

Firstly, I would not do what you are intending in the first instant. The new dish laws allow you to have 2 dishes so just add to your existing setup for the moment until you have more experience. A sky box is useless for any other sat so leave things as they are, buy a second dish and receiver but I am sure others will have different opinions
 

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#5
Hi Steve.

I'm with those two... leave your Sky stuff as it was and get some extra gear to play with. A new 70-90cm dish and LNB and maybe a cheap FTA box.

What 'other' stuff are you after?

You might consider a PCI card in your PC to experiment with. Excellent fun!

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bluesarecrap

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#6
what can you actually do with them PCI cards?
 

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#7
basically the same as a receiver but its not quite the same as on the tv
 

BGonaSTICK

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#8
No, but it's infinitely flexible, and does both 4:2:2 feeds and HDTV!

Chuck in :- limitless number of channels, DiSEqC 1.2, automatic key download, the ability to add a card reader, stream video across the network (or even the internet) and has a built-in PVR function to the HDD.

Have I missed anything?

Oh yeah, it's less than £40!

:-rofl2
 
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#9
Thanks for the advice so far. Really need to keep it to 1 dish though, cos of the neighbours (and the wife won't agree with 2 anyway). Spoke to someone today who said try the 2 boxes with a 80/90cm motorised dish with a universal LNB with 2 outputs (or whatever they're called). Will a universal LNB work with SKY? Does this sound OK?
 

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#10
Yeah, that's good, but the problem with not having a dedicated sky dish is that your digibox and card accept over-the-air updates.

Thus if your dish is not pointing at 28.2E when it's transmitted, you'll miss it. Either your box firmware will fall behind (no biggie) or your card will stop working until it receives the update (bummer).

Still, if that's the most you can do, then hey. You'll still have a blast. Park your dish at 28.2E overnight and when not in use for cool stuff :D
 
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