How To Get Free Satellite TV
Yes, this is the page where you can get the right information you need to Do It Yourself (DIY) install your dish and set up and receive Free Satellite TV channels, even without the need of a satellite installation dish meter. Yes, we tell you how and it’s all here for free!
The benefits of having free satellite TV are huge. Through the SKY (UK/European) Astra satellite system there are:
- Ten dedicated Christian TV channels broadcasting 24 hours a day (plus a number of other channels providing high Christian content in their programming schedules)
- Ten plus Christian radio stations to choose from
- Besides all the BBC channels including BBC 3, BBC 4, CBeebies, CBBC Channel, you also can get Reality TV, Parliament TV and four plus free dedicated news channels, and many others are Free To Air (no card necessary) as well
- Powerful digital satellite signal producing superior picture definition over normal conventional terrestrial TV
- Nothing more to pay, because Free To Air is exactly that, FREE TO AIR!
N.B. Terrestrial Channels - Only the BBC channels are Free To Air, i.e. no card necessary, but this is not the case with ITV1, Channel 4 or Channel 5. If you have SKY digital satellite equipment then you’ll need the Freesat SKY viewing card. This costs £20 from SKY. Or alternatively you could get them to install Freesat SKY TV for you for free: www.freesatfromsky.com. In which case, you will not really need to read the DIY instruction below. But they only guarantee the equipment they provide for a year, so do keep them handy to help you with the odd occasional blip in reception that might arise from exceptionally high winds or loose/faulty cables.
So how do you go about getting your free satellite TV?
Well, you’ve guessed it. Nothing is actually totally free. You still need to obtain the satellite dish and digibox, and you may have to pay for someone to install it for you. Besides all this, in the UK you must have a TV Licence to watch TV.
There are two routes to proceed from here to go on your way to receiving free satellite TV:
ROUTE ONE: Do It Yourself (DIY)
Fancy yourself as a bit of a determined DIY enthusiast? Then no problem, this one is for you.
Cheap second hand and new (ex and bankrupt stock) or nearly new satellite dishes and digiboxes (and remote controls and cables) are easy to obtain from such places as ebay.co.uk, QXL or Loot. The problem with this is, sometimes you will not get any set up instructions, or damage can occur in postage to you, or the satellite equipment may well be faulty hence the reason it maybe so cheap. (This link gives you satellite map coverage and may help you to know the appropriate size of dish you need: http://www.ses-astra.com/satellites/footprints.shtml.) Also, appropriate length of satellite cable and ‘F’ plugs can easily be obtained from an electrical or satellite TV and equipment supplier in Yellow Pages or the Internet.
Then there is the health and safety aspect. If you need to use a ladder, ensure someone is at the bottom holding it steady for you. If you need to mount the dish on to the roof, consider seriously whether you should call in a professional. Err on the side of caution about leaning out of windows, because if you fall out you will have saved yourself nothing! Whatever you do, neither Christian TV Guide nor its owner will be held responsible for any accidents or losses howsoever caused. Accepting that warning, here’s what you then need to do:
- The first thing you need to do is to set up and mount your satellite dish outside. In doing this, you will need to take into account the direction of where your neighbours satellite dishes are pointing to. But in any case, in the UK dependant upon where you live, this is roughly in the South Westerly direction broad range.
- Next, scratch off both ends of the satellite cable to expose the 25 mm underneath each end. This should comprise of 5 mm of exposed silver thread and a further 20 mm of exposed copper wire. After this turn in and fit the ‘F’ plugs into both ends tightly. This is your satellite cable completed.
- Then you need to screw the ends of the satellite cable to the dish and digibox. You will then need to connect the relevant leads from the digibox into your TV (and video - optional).
- You then need to tune in your TV (and video – optional) to your digbox signal (please note this is not a satellite signal, but comes from your digibox only).
- Once you have succeeded in getting the digibox signal on to your TV, press ‘Services’ on your remote control and then select option 4 (or press ‘Back Up’ to return), and then select option 6 “Signal Test”.
- You then need to face the TV towards the window closest to where your satellite dish is, because you need to rely on what you see there to get a good signal.
- The next part is quite tricky and may take you quite considerable time to get it right if it’s the first time you are doing this. The first thing you are looking to appear on your screen is the ‘Network ID’, ‘Transport Stream’ and finally the ‘Lock Indicator’ to show “OK” in that order. You do this by moving the satellite dish vertically (up and down very) slowly, and then you need to move the dish horizontally (across) back and forth, again, slowly. Once you have done this, you will know you are not very far from receiving the required satellite signal.
- When you have the “OK” showing in the Lock Indicator box you will know that you have got the general direction right for the satellite signal.
- The next thing to do is to get as much grey showing as possible to cover both of the Signal Strength and Signal Quality indicator boxes. You need to do this by VERY GENTLY moving the satellite dish both vertically and horizontally, this time with the object of seeing more of the grey in the boxes.
- You may need at first to experiment with different positions. It really is a large process of much patience, experimentation, and trial and error. DO NOT WORRY if you cannot get a totally grey area for both the Signal Strength and Signal Quality indicator boxes, as this is not important to get a genuinely good picture. The professionals use a special meter reader that allows them to get the best possible signal very quickly. But the result you will get without a meter won’t really make any difference to what they get when they use one.
- When you are happy with your efforts, it is a matter of being patient while you wait to receive the TV channels. You may need to press ‘Back Up’ a couple of times, then try BBC One at channel 101, or God TV at 671. You don’t need a card for these.
ROUTE TWO: Professional Installation
This is by far, the safest route. You can either sign up for a SKY: http://www.sky.com/ package for one year, which will mean you paying the installation charge and monthly subscriptions and then you get to keep the equipment. Or get the Freesat equipment and installed for you by SKY at: www.freesatfromsky.co.uk for £150. Or you can engage a reputable private national contractor such as Christian TV: http://www.christiantv.org.uk/ to do all the work for you. With them, you pay one fee, which includes the equipment and complete set up – with no further fees to pay.
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