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Old 06.12.2011, 12:53
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Add Swiss TV to existing Freesat set up

Probably a basic question, and probably already answered elsewhere although I couldn't find it exactly...

Current set up is a dish pointing at Astra 2D connected to a Humax Freesat box. Dual tuner etc, works a treat.

What's the easiest way to add extra local channels to this? I've got another freeview (non recording) sat box kicking about, but as the dish is already pointing to Astra, does that rule out using it for other satellites as well? I read about dual head LNBs, but presumably the dish would also need to move to get them as well. Meaning, I couldn't record on the Freesat and watch Swiss sat tv at the same time, right?

Option 2 would be to get the basic channels via a standard co-ax into the TV, but then I'd need another recording solution.

Option 3: wait for the new Cablecom offering sometime next year. (Cablecom's version of next year being potentially anytime in the next 36 months).

Any other ideas...?
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Re: Add Swiss TV to existing Freesat set up

If it's just about adding Swiss TV, if you TV is relatively recent and already has a digital tuner (DVB-T, TNT) built-in, just connect the aerial up and you're ready to go. It the TV is older and not digital, you'll need a terrestrial TV box (cost between 50 and 100 CHF) to do that for you.
Neither of these solutions will do recording though.
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If it's just about adding Swiss TV, if you TV is relatively recent and already has a digital tuner (DVB-T, TNT) built-in, just connect the aerial up and you're ready to go. It the TV is older and not digital, you'll need a terrestrial TV box (cost between 50 and 100 CHF) to do that for you.
Neither of these solutions will do recording though.
Yes, I was thinking along the same lines, that's basically option 2 in my list. I'm also wondering if there's some way to get a bit fancy and extend that to other European channels as well, but I think that would need some kind of clever satellite setup...
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Yes, I was thinking along the same lines, that's basically option 2 in my list. I'm also wondering if there's some way to get a bit fancy and extend that to other European channels as well, but I think that would need some kind of clever satellite setup...
As the Swiss sat channels are not on Astra 2D (28.2° south) you would need either another dish, or better a block of LNBs to pull in the other satellites.

However all these extra channels are outside the Freesat EPG (electronic programme guide). You can readily go outside the EPG in Freesat setup. I do to receive Al Gazeera for example. However recording would be a problem.

My solution is to use Cablecom's digicard to watch digital Swiss TV and record Swiss TV in anaolgue with an Hard disc recorder plugged into the Cablecom socket...
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As the Swiss sat channels are not on Astra 2D (28.2° south) you would need either another dish, or better a block of LNBs to pull in the other satellites.

However all these extra channels are outside the Freesat EPG (electronic programme guide). You can readily go outside the EPG in Freesat setup. I do to receive Al Gazeera for example. However recording would be a problem.

My solution is to use Cablecom's digicard to watch digital Swiss TV and record Swiss TV in anaolgue with an Hard disc recorder plugged into the Cablecom socket...
I use the non-Freesat channels from time to time as well, but as you say recording is a bit of an issue.

I hadn't explored the digicard option, I'll check that out, thanks.
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