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Topic # 65936 9-Aug-2010 19:58
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I have been told that the receiver I have mentioned in the subject column can receive all the Freeview and SBS Channels as its preloaded with them when you buy the decoder. I got this response from the seller when I asked what channels it can pick up:

Hi. It's pretuned for D1 Freeview plus SBS channels, C1 and D2 FTA. You need the appropriated LNB to receive C1 or D2. Freeview could be used with two receivers in the system, however the SBS channels would need one receiver being switched off to view due to being on a vertical polarity.

Is this telling me that I can put 2 inputs into the 1 receiver or is that telling me that I need 2 receivers? I am having trouble making sense of everything as its 'new waters' for me.

HELP! 

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  Reply # 365597 9-Aug-2010 20:02
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I think what he is getting at is that if your house has more than one satellite receiver hooked up to the same dish  - if someone in the bedrooms for example is watching freeview - then you can't watch SBS on the other receiver as the polarity on the lnb up on the dish will be locked to SBS

If the unit is pre tuned to freeview and SBS you should just be able to plug it in to a dish and everything should work out of the box.



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  Reply # 365605 9-Aug-2010 20:18
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Wow, thats an awesome answer and much simpler than anyone else has put it. Is there some way I could word a question to find out exactly what he means? I have 3 receivers running off the one dish at the moment. 2 x sky and 1 x freeview. Soon to be 2 x freeview. We wont be watching more than one receiver at a time anyway, so it should be ineffective I would imagine?

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  Reply # 365633 9-Aug-2010 21:14
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sky boxes being powered up wouldn't hel either, as they set the wrong polarity for sbs.

I get it on my pvr (specs below) but I have no sky box and no other receivers.

Mythbusters in HD is pretty cool btw - off SBS HD.




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  Reply # 365753 10-Aug-2010 08:28
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Hi Falvation, welcome to geekzone.

Do a bit of a search on our forums for SBS and you'll learn a bit more about it. Basics are that the lnb bit on the end of the satellite dish can only work in one setting at a time. SKY and freeview are on the Horizontal alignment and SBS is on vertical. Any other box watching freeview, or even just having the SKY box turned on standby from memory, will hold the lnb on the satellite dish in Horizontal mode, and you will get no signal for SBS.

If you have other set top boxes running off the same dish then SBS is basically out of the question. If you really want it, then I'd recommend installing another satellite dish for that one decoder. Other option is to run around and turn off everything else, but that's not really that practical.

I don't know that you really need to ask the seller anything now as the above should help you understand it. The box is capable of displaying the SBS channels (but not the HD version), but in your case you probably won't be able to feed it a signal to do it.



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  Reply # 365766 10-Aug-2010 09:12
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Hi Jaxson.

Thanks for the response, I appreciate it. That definitely helps me understand the situation better. Would putting a Dual LNB on the dish solve the issue, one running horizontal and one running vertical? Or is that not possible?

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  Reply # 365886 10-Aug-2010 15:34
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You can buy dual polarity LNBs which handle both at the same time.

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  Reply # 366085 11-Aug-2010 00:27
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Yup - put a dual LNB up, run two cables from there to a multiswitch, and run cables from there to each location. Each location can independently tune to a different transponder/polarity without affecting the others. If you want twin-tuner support at a location, run two cables there from the multiswitch.

How that works in with Sky, I don't know. Don't have it. Don't want it.




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  Reply # 366103 11-Aug-2010 08:39
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Thanks for your answer. Do you have a retailer online that you deal with thats good for pricing and advice for the dual LNB and Switch?

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  Reply # 366359 11-Aug-2010 17:55
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Falvation: Thanks for your answer. Do you have a retailer online that you deal with thats good for pricing and advice for the dual LNB and Switch?

For items such as this where there is no chance of there being grey areas as to whether they work or not, I can recommend freeviewshop.co.nz.

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  Reply # 366378 11-Aug-2010 18:30
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Falvation: Wow, thats an awesome answer and much simpler than anyone else has put it. Is there some way I could word a question to find out exactly what he means? I have 3 receivers running off the one dish at the moment. 2 x sky and 1 x freeview. Soon to be 2 x freeview. We wont be watching more than one receiver at a time anyway, so it should be ineffective I would imagine?



Bought one of these last week. Excellent decoder, the only setting I had to change was the LNB frequency from 11300 to 10750



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  Reply # 366425 11-Aug-2010 20:21
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I am looking at buying a Topfield TF8000 now. I have been recommended it over the Dishtv..

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