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SKY HD - any Dish will work?

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I have checked the forums but cant find an exact answer to this.

Please can you advise if a satelite dish which was used for normal SKY will work with a SKY HD box or do i require a certain type?

thanks in advance
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Old 20.04.2012, 15:25
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Re: SKY HD - any Dish will work?

Seems to be case ( older dish works ):

http://www.avforums.com/forums/sky-h...tall-same.html
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Hi All,

I have checked the forums but cant find an exact answer to this.

Please can you advise if a satelite dish which was used for normal SKY will work with a SKY HD box or do i require a certain type?

thanks in advance
Yes, I can confirm that dish and LNB requirements for HD reception are no different. Any standard dish and digital LNB will work, as long as it's big enough and properly aligned, of course.
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Re: SKY HD - any Dish will work?

Yes it does work we have Sky HD on a dish that works with 'normal' Sky
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Re: SKY HD - any Dish will work?

thanks all for the responses

whats the minimum size dish you would recommend?
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thanks all for the responses

whats the minimum size dish you would recommend?
80 cm for Switzerland I would say is the minimum.
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thanks all for the responses

whats the minimum size dish you would recommend?
We don't have one at our Swiss place, as there's a huge mountain in the way, but the 80cm is normally OK in Alsace, although that's much more within the published footprint area, so I think I'd probably go larger if I was to want one in CH.
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Re: SKY HD - any Dish will work?

I have one if you want to make me an offer, I have sent you a pm.
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Re: SKY HD - any Dish will work?

i would go for 80cm dish and a good LNB, i have about a 90% signal quality and strength - quality is more important than strength BTW.

remember to align the dish AND LNB - most people forget about the LNB.

only in really extreme weather - maybe 1 or 2 times per year the signal breaks up.
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Re: SKY HD - any Dish will work?

The bigger the better

Minimum 80cm if you want some reasonably good reception. The best dish imho is the Visiosat 90cm wide (legal to install without building permit - that's if you are allowed to put a dish up) and this is over 1m tall.

Go for the best LNB (lowest noise) and good quality cable.

If possible avoid adding joints (the door window flat cables.....)
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Old 21.04.2012, 14:25
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Re: SKY HD - any Dish will work?

Also maybe try posting a message on the Forum here:

http://www.satellites.co.uk/

Essentially you need to confirm the frequency of the cable TV.

There are also 'STACKER' devices which allow two satellite signals to be put down the same cable:

http://www.satellitesuperstore.com/s...ccessories.htm
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Hi All,

I have checked the forums but cant find an exact answer to this.

Please can you advise if a satelite dish which was used for normal SKY will work with a SKY HD box or do i require a certain type?

thanks in advance
I'm assuming you're talkin about Sky HD UK and not Sky HD Germany:

Any dish will work. There's one restriction in terms of the LNB that's used, though: the Sky boxes don't support DISEQC, so for using the Sky+ service (recording stuff) you'll need two separate LNBs. A simple twin-LNB will do, as long as it provides two separate signals. You'll also need two cables.

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I'm assuming you're talkin about Sky HD UK and not Sky HD Germany:

Any dish will work. There's one restriction in terms of the LNB that's used, though: the Sky boxes don't support DISEQC, so for using the Sky+ service (recording stuff) you'll need two separate LNBs. A simple twin-LNB will do, as long as it provides two separate signals. You'll also need two cables.

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Your post is a bit confusing. 'Two separate LNBs' ???

For SKY+ or most receivers that can record they often have two LNB inputs, so you need a twin LNB (toe outputs) or a Quad (four full outputs where a quattro is partial outputs designed for distribution systems or multi-sat configurations).

As for Sky boxes (and Freesat boxes normally) not supporting DiSEQ, this only comes into play if you have a multi-satellite configuration and in this case you can setup the first input for Sky/FreeSat getting around the missing DiSEQ issue. WIthout a DiSEQ signal, input 1 is selected.
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Your post is a bit confusing. 'Two separate LNBs' ???

For SKY+ or most receivers that can record they often have two LNB inputs, so you need a twin LNB (toe outputs) or a Quad (four full outputs where a quattro is partial outputs designed for distribution systems or multi-sat configurations).
Or two separate LNBs. Or indeed two single LNBs on two separate dishes.

They key point, as you point out, is two satellite inputs into the box. And over here any solution that tries to split a single signal into two inputs is pretty much doomed to failure, IWHT.
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Re: SKY HD - any Dish will work?

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Or two separate LNBs. Or indeed two single LNBs on two separate dishes.

They key point, as you point out, is two satellite inputs into the box. And over here any solution that tries to split a single signal into two inputs is pretty much doomed to failure, IWHT.
Yes you need a twin or Quad LNB with a cable running from the LNB to each input on the satellite receiver(s).

Some receivers have an LNB pass-through which allows a single cable to feed two inputs but this won't work most of the time as the LNB will only provide one combination of Horizontal/Vertical plus Low/High Frequency at a time. So you have a 1 in 4 chance of being able to have two channels working simultaneously.

There are 'Stackers' that would allow you to connect two outputs from the LNB and run this down a single cable to your receiver then 'un-stack' this to provide two inputs.

If you want more than one satellite i.e. Astra 2 (for UK channels - BBC, ITV...) plus Hotbird & Astra 1 (for German, French, Swiss, Italian and many other European channels). Then there are many ways to do this.
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Yes you need a twin or Quad LNB with a cable running from the LNB to each input on the satellite receiver(s).
"Or two separate LNBs. Or indeed two single LNBs on two separate dishes. "
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Your post is a bit confusing. 'Two separate LNBs' ???
yupp - or a twin LNB - as long as there are two feeds going into the box
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