Can I Use My Satellite Dish For Freeview?
If you currently have a Freeview TV, the Freeview set top box, a satellite-dish and no aerial for your television then you simply cannot use your setup to access Freeview. This is simply due to the fact that in order to access Freeview, you’ll need an aerial rather than a satellite-dish. This is due to Freeview being accessible only through an aerial means, this therefore leaves a satellite-dish as being incompatible. As we continue on, we’ll explain more. Freesat would be ideal if your getting interference from 4G, see here.
Why Can’t I Receive Freeview Through My Satellite-Dish?
As we previously mentioned, due to the accessibility settings of the service a satellite-dish is not compatible. And there are several reasons why this is becomes a problem.
*Satellite-dishes operate at a different frequency when compared to Freeview.
*Your satellite-dish connects to various satellites in space while Freeview connects to simpler transmitters on the ground.
*An aerial TV tuner makes use of a different connection type. This just means that it wouldn’t fit.
*The DC supply to any satellite-dish is different depending on the channel that you’re viewing. Typically, it can be either 18V or 13V. As such, an aerial TV tuner only provides 5V.
And if you’re into DIY and planned to remove the F plug from your satellite cable and replace it with a coax plug, we’re here to tell you that it wouldn’t work at all. Even if you tried to replace it with a F to coaxial adapter, the results are still the same and it wouldn’t work. Additionally, we’ve seen this attempt as well as other alternate solutions on endless occasions and none of them have ever worked out positively. But don’t get discouraged just yet because we have another solution for you!
You Can View Free Satellite TV, Just Not Freeview
There are currently several options available on the market for receiving free satellite TV with the use of your dish obviously. However, you won’t be able to receive Freeview. So, if you’re interested in accessing free TV, you’ll need your dish as well as a reliable satellite receiver. And you may also need another set top box.
Some television sets come with built in satellite tuners that allows a direct dish connection. And they allow users to view Free To Air better known as FTA services or Freesat. However, the services provided are very similar to that of Freeview with small adjustments like the channel numbers for one.
By now we’re sure that you’re wondering what are the other differences if we compared Freesat and Free To Air services. Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered!
Free To Air Satellite (FTA)
Commonly known as FTA, Free To Air simply provides several free unencrypted services from satellites which are broadcasting. And due to no encryption on the satellites, all you need to gain access is simply an FTA receiver as well as a satellite-dish. And get this, you don’t need to put yourself in expense since you don’t need to pay any subscriptions. However, like anything else there is a small downside to this particular setup.
When you first connect everything and attempt to run a tune, the receiver will be unable to automatically know the channel numbers of various programmes. As such, you’ll just need to store them as you find them. Within the UK, you may find BBC1 on channel 85 and you’ll have around 10 or more channels for other providers. Additionally, many receivers allow its users to rearrange the channels however they want them and it can become time consuming especially when this happens for each retune; due to this we recommend Freesat instead of the typical FTA receiver.
We’ve said before that Freesat is very similar when compared to Freeview. You’ll also receive Channel 5, Channel 4, BBC, ITV and many others with some small differences. So, in order to access Freesat services you’ll need your dish aligned and installed to face the Astra 2 satellites. These can be found at 28.8E with the use of the Freesat receiver. However, the receiver can be a separate box that connects to your television.
However, if you have an old Sky dish, it is also compatible as long as your current LNB wasn’t replaced with that of a Sky Q LNB. If you currently have a hybrid, Octo or even a Quad your setup will still be able to function effectively. So, as soon as you’ve been connected you are on your way to viewing endless channels. Keep in mind that you’ll need to carefully search for your channels.
On a final note, if your television has a screw in F connection please don’t try to connect any IEC for aerial television. And don’t assume that it will be compatible with a Freesat setup since most are simply made for Free To Air!