what you need to get Free Sat

  Manach 14:43 08 Mar 2011

We were one of the first areas to switchover to digital although I do not have FreeSat. I have a LG 42ld450 42" full hd lcd tv which has built in Freeview and HD. I'm about to purchase a second similar tv and I want to subscribe to FreeSat to get HD. The FreeSat site doesn't provide easy-to-read details on what you need and don't need so basically I want some straight advice. The 'second' new set will again have Freeview and HD built in but should I be trying to include something else for freeSat?

I gather you need a FreeSat decoder for each tv - I would also like the record facility so presume they can be combined into one box. I only need record facility on the original tv and not the one about to be bought.

I'd appreciate your views on this or recommend a site where I can read more about the subject - with comparitive ease. Thanking you - Manach

  bremner 16:12 08 Mar 2011

You need:

A satellite dish and either a TV with Freesat built in click here or a separate FreeSat tuner click here

  Manach 19:49 08 Mar 2011

Yes I think you're right. Shall have a chat with local tv supplier for dish connection - Monachus

  dms_05 09:07 11 Mar 2011

bremner is quite correct. You actually need an identical dish to that used by Sky users. It is pointed at the same group of satellites and receives the same signal as Sky use, the difference is you can only see the 'free' channels. Freesat is simply an EPG (Electronic Programme Guide).

You will have the choice of either a hard disk recorder set up or a simple non-recording version.

Your TV is probably HD Ready which means it can display HD quality if it has an external HD input. You can buy TV's with built in HD (Freeviw and/or Freesat) but you would still need an external HD recorder to timeshift.

The advantage of an external HD Freesat (or Freeview) recorder is they have two tuners so you can record up to 2 channels at the same time whilst watching a third previously recorded programme.

The final decision depends upon what you actually want. It's very personal and theirs no right (or wrong) answer!

  ams4127 21:37 13 Mar 2011

The main advantage in using an external Freesat/Freeview box instead of one built into a TV is that, if the box fails, you don't need to send your TV back to get it fixed.

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