What Freesat box?

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Irishrover63

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I have been looking on ebay for a simple to use set top box, just for freeview use, but don't know the good makes from the bad. Are the Pace boxes any good e.g. DS430N? I also need a 60cm dish, would I be better off buying a bundled deal or buying seperate?

TIA.
 
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You need to get your terminology sorted out.

Freeview is the DTT service via your aerial
Freesatfromsky is the free channels only on a sky box and using the 20 quid fsfs card to get C4, C5, 5US, 5Life, & Sky 3
FTA sat (not a service name but the description of what you get) is using a non sky box to watch the free channels on 28E.

Any fta box will do for FTA sat.
Any Sky box will give you fsfs with an appropriate fsfs card.
A Freeview box will only work if you have a dtt service in your area.
 
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Irishrover63

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My terminology sucks indeed, got a bit cunfused with FTA and Freesat.
 
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The Pace DS430N is highly rated.
 
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Just avoid Amstrad boxes (new or used) and any old boxes, particularly Grundig ones.

The Pace is OK, as is the Thompson.
 
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And stay clear of panasonic 30s - they used to be great but now have no end of software problems so might be a few going cheap, but don't be tempted.
 
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Irishrover63

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When setting up in Donegal (ROI), will I still be pointing the dish towards the Astra 28.2 satellite?
 
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Local free-ads papers usually have loads for sale. Many with yellow house cards and dishes for as little as £20 (auction sites charges for carriage is usually £10+ for STB alone)

Pay as little as you can.... All the older boxes are rubbish (psu reliability kits are only about £4.00 so its worth gretting one just in case)
 
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