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Topic # 173260 17-May-2015 12:32
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The place we've moved into has one of the standard Sky dishes on the use which I don't anticipate _ever_ using, at least not for Sky, which primarily seems to be of use to rugby fans and not much else now that Netflix exists.

So, before I rip the ugly dish off and dispose of it - is there any other use for it?

I get good terrestrial freeview over UHF so don't need it for that.

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  Reply # 1306637 17-May-2015 14:28
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Dishes installed by Sky actually remain their property, even when a house changes ownership. Not sure how keen they would be to remove it though.

Used to be able to get some Aussie channels with a non-Freeview certified receiver, but I believe they are no longer avaiable.




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  Reply # 1306660 17-May-2015 15:31
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There are some Freeview channels only on satellite and not terrestrial, but probably nothing useful.




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  Reply # 1306700 17-May-2015 17:08
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I use my Sky dish for Sky but from most of New Zealand it also works (without any modification) for satellites D1 (Freeview), D2 and Intel 19 . In the past I have had good use from these but nowadays most of the worthwhile stuff is scrambled. Still, it can be fun scanning the different transponders to see what is there. It depends on your interests and curiosity. If you have an ethnic background and speak another language, you may find a free service that interests you. If you are into religion, there is lots of choice. You can also receive some English-language news channels not otherwise available (Europe and Korea). All it takes to add the extra satellites is a couple of very inexpensive LNBs. If your dish is oriented to receive Sky, you can get the other satellites without having to change it. The positioning of the LNBs is enough to catch the right angle. 





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  Reply # 1306705 17-May-2015 17:25
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Would make a great wok on your BBQ cool

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  Reply # 1306712 17-May-2015 17:58
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Contact sky to remove it, if it is their property. The last thing you want is for them to send you a bill for it if they decide to claim it. Give them a certain number of days to remove it, and say if they don't you will dispose of it.

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  Reply # 1306713 17-May-2015 18:07
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mattwnz: Contact sky to remove it, if it is their property. The last thing you want is for them to send you a bill for it if they decide to claim it. Give them a certain number of days to remove it, and say if they don't you will dispose of it.


Depending on region yes they will come get it, can't speak for all but I collect em

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  Reply # 1306721 17-May-2015 18:36
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When I worked at the ISP, we took some old dishes up Mt Eden. Before they got all precious about the crater.

Not sure how a 60cm would go downhill tho.




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  Reply # 1306768 17-May-2015 19:33
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mattwnz: Contact sky to remove it, if it is their property. The last thing you want is for them to send you a bill for it if they decide to claim it. Give them a certain number of days to remove it, and say if they don't you will dispose of it.


What would they even do with a 2nd hand dish? Otherwise, sounds like an ideal scenario as l long as I don't have to take time off work for them to do this.




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  Reply # 1313169 27-May-2015 22:37
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They make cool long range wifi boosters.

 

See here

 

http://www.engadget.com/2005/11/15/how-to-build-a-wifi-biquad-dish-antenna/

 

Best to get Sky's permission beforehand, although they are Sky property, the Dishes, and LNBs are the least of their concerns, as they are so many around. 

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  Reply # 1313280 28-May-2015 09:48
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mattwnz: Contact sky to remove it, if it is their property. The last thing you want is for them to send you a bill for it if they decide to claim it. Give them a certain number of days to remove it, and say if they don't you will dispose of it.


And they'll usually charge you for the removal.

Thats why most people just leave them up.

The only pricey part is the LNB itself.






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