Diseq on a monoblock LNB

Snowy

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Hello. You chaps helped cure my last problem, so I'm here again with another query:

I have a Sky digbox, working OK with minidish on Atra 28deg. I'm now thinking about installing a second dish, possibly 80cm, with separate cable into same digibox to look at other satellites, say Hotbird. I would use a manual switch to select which dish to view.

Question: If I got a monoblock, (Astra 19deg + Hotbird), would the Diseq bit that they usually have cause a problem? Obviously the digibox cannot use it to switch, but will I still be able to see both Astra and Hotbird satellites together?

PS. The Sky dish is on the front of the house, the next dish will be on the back. Niether should bother the neighbours at all.

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rolfw

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Hi Snowy,

There are ways of making the system that you propose work, but it will be far from a perfect solution.

The first problem will be switching the monobloc feeds, you willl need a separate DiseqC generator.

The second major problem will be the amount of "other channels" that the digibox will hold in memory, only 50 or so, I believe.

The third problem is that the digibox has a habit of needing a reset after a satellite switch and will forget any "other channels" stored in it's memory.

You may be better off considering a cheap FTA receiver for less than £100 or perhaps the Skystar 2 PC card at under £50, either of these options would work with the monobloc.
 

Snowy

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Thanks Rolf,

Good points on the digibox only holding 50 other channels and sometimes crashing. Maybe I should bite the bullet and get an extra receiver.

More expense!
 

Channel Hopper

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Sell the Sky box to someone emigrating, and keep the address going for subscription, if they want to resubscribe, then let them feed your account


You may find yearly costs go down

Sky is only a valid solution it seems, for convenience (wife and remote control), games and remote parental control of kids, the Sci Fi channel, and looking at lots of adverts, if you are of that persuasion
 

Snowy

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And the BBC / ITV / Channel 5 free to views, Channel Hopper, or could I get these from some other satellite source?

(thought only Astra 28 deg beamed these channels down)
 

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Originally posted by Snowy
And the BBC / ITV / Channel 5 free to views, Channel Hopper, or could I get these from some other satellite source?

(thought only Astra 28 deg beamed these channels down)

Your right...only 28East has the terrestrial channels.You can get other BBC channels like BBC Prime and BBC World from other satellites though.

Lee
 
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