Channel 4 & 5 on FTA card

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hamper

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I have got a second hand Amstrad Sky box which came with a FTA card but I have tried the card and can not receive Channel 4 or 5 plus some others which are free,is there anyway I can get the card to work or have I got to ring up Sky to get it activated?

I have gone through the setup option and add channels but nothing was added

The FTA card is one of the dark blue ones, dish is 1.2 mrt Channel master... on 28.2 east I have problem with trees with a small dish hence the large dish.

Any help appreciated .

Thanks.:-santa3
 
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The box must have been unplugged for some time...You need to leave it switched on for a few hours for the card to receive updates...
 
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It wil ONLY give you C4 C5 & Sky 3, so dont expect huge numbers of additional channels!
 
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iceman said:
The box must have been unplugged for some time...You need to leave it switched on for a few hours for the card to receive updates...

I found that C4 took overnight to come back on last time i left box unplugged for a while. The Beebs came back on within a very short time and 5 likewise . ITV also took a few hours as well. Now that Bbc and Itv fta then not such a hassle now
 
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There are also different FTV cards. Check its a "house" one. It should have a yellow house on the front.
 
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Thanks for the reply's...my box has been switched on now for over 36 hrs and I have not got any updates and still no sign of channel 4 or 5 do you think my card is no good now.

Would it pay me to buy a new card from E/bay as they say theres will receive channel 4&5 plus others.???

I look forwrd to any advice being fairly new to all this hi.

Cheers
 
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Depends if you are desperate for 4,5 & Sky 3 or not. ALL the other non pay channels are completely clear (all BBC, all ITV, almost all the shopping, religious etc) ignore any sales site that says differently
 
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I just want to do away with my Nokia Mediamaster I use for Channel 4&5 and get everything through the dish that way I get a better digital signal as I am almost surrounded by trees,nice location but not so good for TV signals hi.

Do you know if the cards on E/bay work ok or is there any other place to buy them please.

Thanks
 
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Thanks Analoguesat for the info on the card,if mine does nothing over the weekend I will ring up and order one from them.



I like your setup looks like you got the best of everything hi..

Cheers. and happy Xmas.
 
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hamper said:
Thanks Analoguesat for the info on the card,if mine does nothing over the weekend I will ring up and order one from them.
Before you buy a new card try to download the latest software for the skybox.
If you are not connected to a phoneline just unplug the box from the mains.
Wait a few minutes.
Make sure your card is in the correct card slot.
Whilst holding down/in the "Backup" button on the front of the box reinstate the mains lead and switch on.
Keep holding the Backup button down until you see a message on the tv screen saying something like -
"Downloading new software. Please wait 10 minutes"
Let the box do its download and start up.
Try this and then leave overnight.

Good luck and hope that this helps,
Regards,
Tiggy.
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hamper said:
Thanks Analoguesat for the info on the card,if mine does nothing over the weekend I will ring up and order one from them.



I like your setup looks like you got the best of everything hi..

Cheers. and happy Xmas.
Most of the kit is secondhand with dishes nabbed from friends, family, the side of the road etc. The only receivers bought new has been the Echostar and the sky digibox. I believe in doing things on the cheap wherever possible - one of the dishes came out of the woodland down the road. I got a (bent) dish and cleaned up the environment at the same time.:-sugar

Half an hour wrestling in the garden with this sad dish and it was as good as new.
 
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