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# 41866 24-Sep-2009 15:50
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Hi, I currently have Sky Digital working in my lounge. Had it installed a while ago (the dish, the receiver PACE DS-230 etc). It connects to my TV via composite cable (not very good i know, but it satisfies for now).

I now want to be able to watch some kind of TV in my bedroom. I know one of my options are to split output from the box and wire it to my bedroom meaning i will only have to watch the same channel on my bedroom tv. I could also get Magic Eye or any IR transmitter which will allow me to change channels.

However, I would like to have Freeview in my bedroom. I currently do not have a freeview box. I can purchase a freeview decoder for the tv or a USB freeview TV tuner for my PC. i dont understand what kind of tuner must i buy, analogue / digital /dvb-s /dvb-t ...please help

Lastly, what input / signal goes into the usb tuner or the freeview box. Must i run some new coax from the existing sky dish? What are my options? Before we got SKY digital, there was an old cable coming from our roof which went into  our tv to get 1,2,3 c4 etc..this cable is stilll there but not used

Appreciate the help.

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  # 258294 25-Sep-2009 11:34
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With your limited understanding of what is required, then I would not advise you to go the PC route.

For the bedroom get a freeview satellite receiver.  Then take a split from the satellite cable before the sky box and feed it to the new receiver.

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  # 258303 25-Sep-2009 12:09
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Couple of questions-
Where do you live? / Can you get prime FTA? and do you want Freeview HD?

If you want HD and can get it, you may want to look at using the cable that is currently unused.

If you are not in an urban area you may have to settle for Sat freeview, which would mean you go down the split the sky aerial feed route.


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  # 259234 29-Sep-2009 04:14
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the split the sky sat dish cable + freeview sat box is by far the easiest root to go if you have little understanding of what your doing

the hardest part will be deciding how you wish to run the cable to your bed room if you live in the hawkes bay and need a hand give me a call i'll do it (06) 8434401

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