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Topic # 31781 30-Mar-2009 15:07
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We live in an area where Prime TV is available over UHF but we have no aerial on the house at all - we watch tv through a FreeView box attached to a Sky dish on the roof.
I rang and asked for Prime to install a UHF aerial so we can watch Prime TV (and other non-Freeview channels available on UHF in Nelson).  I also want to pre-emt any Freeview-HD coming to the Nelson region by having a UHF aerial ready (although that might never happen).  Having a Freeview digibox already I didn't want another one just for one channel taking up a socket and a TV input.


I got a call from Sky tv about my pending install and they say even for me to have Prime through a UHF aerial I will also need a digibox to watch it. Is this true??? I can get a snowy picture using rabbit ears sat on top of the TV and tuned in on the TVs tuner.  No matter how many times I explained I can get an almost-decent picture already without a digibox she insisted I would definitely need another digibox if they installed a UHF aerial.


If Prime/Sky install a UHF aerial do they add something to the set up to prevent any other channels being viewed and forcing you to use a digibox even on UHF?

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  Reply # 204206 30-Mar-2009 15:13
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I'm assuming you are not paying for a Sky Subscription, as you would then get Prime off the Sky satellite feed, 

IF you are asking Prime/Sky to install things they tend to bill you for the privilege,

I suspect that you may have inadvertently signed up for Sky's UHF 3 channel service + Prime,
(which would mean you would get a new digibox to decode the sky channels)




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  Reply # 204207 30-Mar-2009 15:15
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I haven't signed up for anything, I cancelled the installation.
I guess I won't be watching Prime TV!

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  Reply # 204209 30-Mar-2009 15:20
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Simply let them install an obsolete analog UHF box and then toss the box after the installer has left. As you thought, Prime does not require a decoder of any sort.




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  Reply # 204573 31-Mar-2009 23:17
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neilinnz: We live in an area where Prime TV is available over UHF but we have no aerial on the house at all - we watch tv through a FreeView box attached to a Sky dish on the roof.

I rang and asked for Prime to install a UHF aerial so we can watch Prime TV (and other non-Freeview channels available on UHF in Nelson).  I also want to pre-emt any Freeview-HD coming to the Nelson region by having a UHF aerial ready (although that might never happen).  Having a Freeview digibox already I didn't want another one just for one channel taking up a socket and a TV input.

I got a call from Sky tv about my pending install and they say even for me to have Prime through a UHF aerial I will also need a digibox to watch it. Is this true??? I can get a snowy picture using rabbit ears sat on top of the TV and tuned in on the TVs tuner.  No matter how many times I explained I can get an almost-decent picture already without a digibox she insisted I would definitely need another digibox if they installed a UHF aerial.

If Prime/Sky install a UHF aerial do they add something to the set up to prevent any other channels being viewed and forcing you to use a digibox even on UHF?


No you don't need a digibox, its a free to air analogue unencrypted channel  on UHF. Read this page, especially point 9

http://skytv.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/skytv.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=213

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  Reply # 204679 1-Apr-2009 14:02
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Install your own UHF aerial or just get someone out of the yellow pages to install one. I wouldnt bother ringing sky/prime they'll just want to charge you the earth.




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  Reply # 205598 6-Apr-2009 17:44
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We got a guy at Nelson TV & Video services to install a UHF aerial and all is well now (cost less than Prime/Sky too)
We get all the channels including one, two, three, Prime, Maori etc. with just the UHF.
All ready too for when Nelson gets FreeviewHD over UHF, bit early I know, probably won't happen till 2020.

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