Freesat and Freesat Freetime – satellite

In the past, the choice of platform was restricted to aerial or Sky. Nowadays we have a choice of two terrestrial platforms (Freeview and YouView) and two on satellite: Sky and Freesat.

Freesat offers around 200 channels completely free, and with Freetime you get the same ability to scroll back the EPG and access catch-up and on-demand services that you have with Freeview. Sky and Freesat use the same broadcasts and the same dish, so you can swop from one to the other just by obtaining a different box. If you previously had Sky Q, the dish will also need a different receiver.

Click here to see the channels you get with Freesat.

You don’t need to keep paying Sky if all you watch are free channels! Freesat uses the same dish and gives you recording, pausing and rewinding live TV and – with Freesat Freetime – catch-up and on-demand services. The new box would pay for itself in a few months. Just bear in mind that you lose access to your old recordings as soon as you stop your Sky subscription, so you may want to run the two in parallel for a month or two until you have watched your Sky recordings. If you still want access to some pay channels, e.g. sport, a NowTV box in addition to Freesat may be more economical.

The satellites also carry a few services that are not part of the Sky or Freesat EPGs, and the set-top boxes allow you to add such channels manually, though they will not show programme information in the EPG. If you are interested in foreign broadcasts, you may be better off with a different kind of box, such as a free to air (FTA) receiver or a box suitable for any packages you wish to subscribe too. We have extensive experience of foreign TV and receiving from multiple satellite positions. Contact us to learn more.

Whether you need a new dish, to add a room or enable room to room distribution, GoggleboxTech offers a competitive service. All our equipment is of high quality and we use only CAI benchmarked cable (when available) to ensure problem-free reception for years to come.

Prices depend on the nature of the work and the size of the property, so the typical prices given here are for guidance only and subject to survey. It can get complicated, so why not ring to discuss your requirements?

JobDetailsPrice
Re-align fixed dishExisting dish on wall and cabling£60.00
Great value!
Single room (dual for PVR)Wall mounted dish, quad LNB, bracket and up to 10m twin cable£130.00
Two roomsAs above, plus second twin cable run up to 15mAdd £60.00
Three roomsAs above, two single cable runs up to 15m Add £120.00
MultiroomSend picture from Sky or Freesat box to another room and control remotely.See below
Multi satelliteFixed dish: Depends on number of satellites and their positions. Contact us.POA
Motorised dishPlease enquire for competitive quote.POA
Chimney mount(see below) Chimney bracket, lashing and up to 15m cableAdd £40.00
Remove dishWall mounted ¹£25.00
Remove dishChimney mounted ¹£40.00
¹ No charge if part of replacement or new installation where I would be accessing the wall or roof anyway.

The satellites are 36,000km away, so mounting on a chimney makes no difference. In fact, you can mount dishes on the ground. We tend to install small dishes high up just to keep them out of harm’s reach.

If you want to record, you need two cables per box so that you can watch one programme while recording another, or record two programmes at once. For this reason, we install a quad LNB (antenna) as standard so that you can use up to two recording boxes, giving you the option of adding another room later. With octo LNBs you can supply four boxes.

Multiroom

A popular option in the past with Sky has been to send the picture to other rooms and control the box remotely using a second Sky remote control and a ‘magic eye’. In this way you only need one box and can view your recordings in more than one room and even watch DVDs remotely².
The disadvantage of the Sky system was that the picture quality was poor and SD only — no high-definition or Ultra HD — and even the sound is only mono. The modern way to do it for Sky and Freesat is either HDMI distribution or the use of a digital modulator. As there are several different ways of doing this and it depends on what existing cabling you have, please contact us for more information or a competitive quote.

Of course, with either system you cannot watch two different things on the two televisions – for that, you would need an extra box. If you are not willing to live with the limitations, you should look at Sky Q or invest in a Freesat server.

² Extra IR zapper required