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New house has Sky Aerial

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We have just moved house and now using BT for TV and Broadband but we ordered this package before we had got in the new house. Now we are here, we have realised this house has a Sky aerial which we cannot connect our BT box too. Anyone know of any way to connect to a Sky aerial or will we need a new aerial fitted? 

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Hi @Sidyard 

You cannot connect a Sky dish to your BT Box. You'll need to have a TV (Freeview) aerial installed.

Another option is to buy a Freesat box and connect that to your Sky Dish. It does mean that you have to switch between boxes depending upon which channels you want to watch, but the advantage is that you could record up to 4 channels at any one time instead of 2. This is what I have because I haven't had an aerial for years.

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There is no way to connect a  BT TV box to a Sky satellite dish, it needs to be connected to a Freeview aerial. 

If there isn’t one with the house (have you checked in the loft?), then you will need to get one installed.

You will still be able to receive the channels delivered over the internet (like BT Sport) when you connect the box to the internet.

As a short term measure, you might want to consider buying a cheap Freesat box or an old Sky one (look on Facebook), and plugging that into the Sky dish as that will give you access to the “normal” broadcast channels while you sort out the aerial.

Looks like @Andy005 @and I posted at the same time! #greatminds

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Just be careful if you go the freesat/old sky hd box route as if the LNB (the bit the cables connect to on the dish) is a Sky Q LNB and not the older Sky HD LNB it wont work, unless of course its a universal LNB (just to confuse things).

Its not very easy to tell, although if there are more than two connections on the LNB its likely to be a older Sky HD one.

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Thanks both! @Andy005 @stereohaven 

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There could several reasons why your new-build has a satellite dish installed.

You may be in an area in which roof aerials are not allowed /discouraged, or terrestrial freeview is on a lite transmitter (i.e., the number of freeview channels is limited).

Even Freesat has a limited number of channels, although generally content is good, but not the choices that Sky gives.

Generally, though, a loft aerial will receive Freeview, although you may need an amplifier, with variable gain control. .

Check lour local  Freeview channel  availability first.

 

 

 

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@smithjoneswrote:

Just be careful if you go the freesat/old sky hd box route as if the LNB (the bit the cables connect to on the dish) is a Sky Q LNB and not the older Sky HD LNB it wont work, unless of course its a universal LNB (just to confuse things).

Its not very easy to tell, although if there are more than two connections on the LNB its likely to be a older Sky HD one.


Worth noting (but probably too expensive a solution in this case), the latest Arris Freesat boxes do support the Wideband LNB used by SkyQ. 

The older Humax versions do not.

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