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#40602 1-Sep-2009 13:54
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First, to state that I am quite new to this but to say that this seems like a fantastic site to get help from the gurus (or those who have been before)

I need help on:

We cancelled Sky TV, but still have the box and the dish and can get the freeview channels via the box

I bought a WIN-TV Nova-T USB attachment (dongle) and it came with PowerCenema s/w and a littel desktop antenna. all installed ok.

The USB dongle has a coax cable hole (to connect). i do not get any good signals from the desktop antenna.

Question is :

1) Can I connect the USB Nova-T device to the Sky dish outside and will this act as a good reception for freeview signals.

If yes, the Sky antenna socket has this funny screw-on connector, unlike the old coax plug in. is there a adapter you can buy.

2) Does the Sky box power the sky dish. If so then is there a splitter box you can buy that will connect to sky box (which will power) and have a coax connector for the Nova-T used attachment.

Any other tips?

Please help. Thanks

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  #252229 1-Sep-2009 14:06
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No. you cannot connect the Nova-T to a dish, it is a UHF (DVB-T) decoder only, Hence the -T, I am told that there is a -S version for satellite, but have no experience of such a device.


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  #252232 1-Sep-2009 14:09
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If so (ie: No. you cannot connect the Nova-T to a dish, it is a UHF (DVB-T) decoder only), then what can I do, I have a cable running form the TV area to my rooftop space.

What type of antenna is needed for this and cna I get away with some form of portable in-room antenna


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  #252235 1-Sep-2009 14:13
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A "T" device is for the hi-def Freeview broadcast, which runs via a UHF antenna. An "S" device is for use with your Sky dish, but standard definition only.

DVB-T = Antenna
DVB-S = Satellite

So what youve got there will give you hi-def Freeview via its own antenna or (if you have one) an external UHF antenna.

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  #252239 1-Sep-2009 14:22
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Freeview comes to you in two formats. One is from a satellite in space to a satellite dish, this is referred to as DVB-S. The other option is land based, terrestrial referred to as DVB-T.

To use the DVB-T card you need a UHF aerial and you need to be in an area of NZ that is covered by the DVB-T broadcasts. I've only skimmed your first post, but do you say where you are? Your small aerial may not be enough if you're in a week coverage area. No aerial will be enough if you don't live in a DVB-T broadcast zone in the first place.

Options are:
Get a satellite card/usb tuner for the computer. This will plug straight into the cable coming from the sky dish.
Check you are in a DVB-T broadcast area and if you are, get a decent UHF aerial.
Be warned that the main channels, TV1, TV2 and TV3 DVB-T broadcasts are in HD, so you will need a fairly powerful computer/graphics card to decode these to watch .

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  #252240 1-Sep-2009 14:25
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What type of antenna is needed for this and cna I get away with some form of portable in-room antenna

You either need something like this on your roof

exterior UHF aerial
Or some variant of this inside

Indoor aerial

But you need to ensure that you are in an area that receives the Freeview HD signal


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  #252323 1-Sep-2009 17:28
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Great, looks like my area Greenhithe North Shore is covered. I may pursure the route of getting a UHF antenna or looking at a Device that is a DVB-S rather than a T. Have ot now workout the cheapest option

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