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Topic # 87077 19-Jul-2011 12:35
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Saw an advert on our apartment block notice board saying that the block is Sky Ready!

Having looked at the ports on the wall in my lounge I have 2 aerial ports, no Sky port.

How does Sky TV Ready actually work? 




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  Reply # 495262 19-Jul-2011 13:32
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Do either of the outlets look like this (threaded connection)






Or are they both like (plug in connection)




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  Reply # 499694 30-Jul-2011 12:17
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The 2nd one. F connector?
I have spoken to the building manager who says its all Sky Digital etc etc.

I am tempted to go get a Sky Box from JB Hi Fi and just pick up the sky FTA stuff.




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  Reply # 499695 30-Jul-2011 12:20
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The top one is the one we have for Sky in our Tauranga house..




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  Reply # 499725 30-Jul-2011 13:43
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Yes, I know that is the normal connector for sky.

With this being an apartment block, must be different? A central location unit to power LNB, then broadcast signal is done via normal coax




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  Reply # 499806 30-Jul-2011 17:04
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In my apartment we have one single output on the wall that serves both analogue FTA and Sky. You just plug the decoder in and away you go.

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  Reply # 499819 30-Jul-2011 17:34
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Technically (and according to AS/NZ1367) an F connector should be used for all infrastructure, however a F Connector should be used to present LBand(sat) services and BellingLee (2nd pic) for UHF services, that said its not uncommon for LBand to be presented on Bellinglee, and as others have said in most MDU apartments both LBand and UHF are diplexed onto the same cable.

I suggest if the Body corp says its Sky ready then it will be, just order the service and let the installer sort out getting a signal to the decoder.

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  Reply # 499824 30-Jul-2011 17:52
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If they have got belling lee plugs and non-diplexed outlets with people plugging $2 shop cables into, doesnt egress of the L band signal become a problem? I mean it right overlaps with the GPS band etc so surely if the building is radiating out the downconversion from the LNB it becomes a problem?




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  Reply # 499825 30-Jul-2011 17:52
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Shindig: The 2nd one. F connector?
I have spoken to the building manager who says its all Sky Digital etc etc.

I am tempted to go get a Sky Box from JB Hi Fi and just pick up the sky FTA stuff.


The second one is a Belling-Lee socket, the top one is an F-connector.

And since when can you get Sky boxes from JB? I thought only Sky installed them?  

But if there is a Sat signal on those sockets (or one of them) you can pick up a freeview sat box from JB and get freeview satellite, but assuming your apartment building is in a main centre, you'd be better off with Freeview|HD (UHF).   



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  Reply # 499847 30-Jul-2011 18:45
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http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/828/dsc07169v.jpg/

I have taken a picture of the face plate. The left hand one, when I plug it into my TV serves normal aerial, so DVB-T.

The one on the right I can assume is the Sky one.

As I said before, I spoke to the building manager, who said arrange sky sub through them. Engineer comes round, installs the decoder and away you go. I asked if it was Sky Digital or UHF, she said UHF was turned off in 1998 or something!

So my idea from that conversation, was to pick up a Satellite decoder from JB, or BB Noel or something (not an actual SkyTV one), a unapproved freeview one. So I wasnt limited to freeview transponder. Tempted to buy a Dreambox 500S - played around with these in the UK.

Plug it in and see what would happen.





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