Is there a FAQ for sattelite noobs on how to get started?

Munkey

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The lure of the European Championship on HD has got the better of me. I really want to get set up in time for the opening game. The thing is being the tight bastard that I am I want to do the the el cheapo way so I will need some guidance.

At my old house I have a satellite dish which I used for Sky back in the 90's. Can I rip that dish down and use it in my new house? Will I need to buy any new equipment line LNB (whatever that is LOL)

I'll obviously need a HD receiver so for now the cheaper the better. I don't mind buying second hand, in fact I prefer it as I will probably want to upgrade if I like satellite reception. The new Freesat boxes look like good value but I don't want to spend £150 on something that doesn't have a PVR. Can I get a cheaper Technomate that will do the same thing?

I also don't want to pay any monthly subs to anyone so id Freesat my only choice?

Any advice would be welcome.

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Technomate HD receivers will set you back nearly double the Humax cost, same as a non-subsidised sky box would too. Second hand would still fetch £200-ish.
If you really want cheapest of cheap HD then you could get a Pace ds810 for about £100 or a Fortec Passion HD for a liitle more ~£120, and you may see 2nd hand versions of these.

The freesat Humax is good value imho.
 

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Since there is not much in it with a price difference I'm going to try and just grab a Humax box for the tournament.

Thanks for the info.
 

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Munkey, i forgot to mention the Bush HD Freesat receiver £120 from Argos, or the Goodmans Freesat at £120 from dixons.
I think once you have a sat dish set up and a HD receiver giving you loads of channel choice i'm sure you'll end up keeping it :). Even if you upgrade to a pvr at a later date its better to use the cheap freesat in a second room maybe, rather than having freeview.
 
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