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Jamie P
To my suprise, Sky Digital is finally coming to my house next week.

How do I mange to connect more than 1 television to Sky Digital, and also be able to watch different SkyD channels from the lounge TV.

Example: The folks want to watch Sky News in the lounge

I however might want to watch BBC Choice in my room.

Would I have to buy another digibox from Sky for my telly, how much would the box on its own (with no subscription) cost? and would I be able to just simply buy it and not pay someone to come and install it?
mromega1,088 posts since 4 Jan 2003
To watch a different Sky channel in another room you do indeed need another Digibox. These cost around 260 installed and for 12 a month you can get a mirror subscription.
Jamie P
mromega posted:
To watch a different Sky channel in another room you do indeed need another Digibox. These cost around 260 installed and for 12 a month you can get a mirror subscription.


Do I have to pay someone to install it in my room? even though the satellite dish has already been put in place on the lounge installation?

If not, how much is the box on its own?

260 + 12 a month sounds like a bloody rip off!
cwathen3,378 posts since 27 Dec 2001
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You could buy a second-hand box on Ebay quite cheap but you need a Dual LNB on the dish so that it can be connected to both Digiboxes.

There is another way, the really cheap way.

It is perfectly possible to connect two digiboxes to a single LNB dish setup provided you use good quality cable and good quality connectors to split the signal.

You can then have two different channels at the same time.

The drawback is that you can only have two different channels if they are both on the same polarity.

With analogue Vertical polarity has priority. I.e. if you were watching a Horizontal channel and someone turns the other receiver onto a Vertical channel, your receiver will go vertical too and you loose your channel. Similarly if you are watching a Vertical channel and someone else changes the other receiver to a Horizontal channel, they will not be able to get the horizontal channel until you turn your receiver off or change to a vertical channel.

With SkyDigital this same Vertical priority situation exists, if your receiver goes Vertical because of the other receiver then the 'No Satellite receiver is being received' caption will be put up. And if one receiver is changes to a Horizontal channel whilst the other is on a vertical channel then the 'Technical Fault' caption will be displayed.

Whether or not this situation will work for you depends on the particular combination of channels and services you want to watch.

In my house, because of the particular channels that myself and my parents like to watch, this setup works fine and we hardly ever have clashes. In your case, it may work same as it does for me then again it may not.

Perhaps it's an idea to pop along to the Astra website and check out which channels have which polarity and then look at what the viewing habits of the people using each receiver are likely to be.

If you do need to go for a multifeed LNB, then you will need once designed for your minidish, your standard clamped on LNB won't fit a Sky dish. I think the only multi output LNB that you can fit to a Sky minidish is a 4-output one. This is the Sky+ LNB which provides two outputs for the Sky+ box whilst still allowing you to run your existing Sky box elsewhere. The 4th output is there in case you ever get a second Sky+ box. Of course you can also use it to run 2, 3, or 4 normal Sky boxes too.

I don't know about pricing but if it's pricey it may be cheaper to get a conventional dish (which will give you better signal strength aswell by being larger) and a convential dual feed Universal LNB.
Jamie P
It's not so much us all watching TV at the same time (I hardly ever watch telly before 10pm - except The Simpsons, Neighbours & News)

I saw something briefly in the SkyD brochure about 'tvLink' where I can control the main digibox remotely.

How much would this cost to have tvLink linking my bedroom TV to the digibox in the lounge? It dosen't say in the brochure, and I'm damned if I'm phoning up Sky! Wink
bluetv
TVLink costs 18 without a remote or 23 with a sky remote if you buy from www.satelliteonline.co.uk (I recently ordered it from there - excellent service and 48 hour delivery).

Buying the same thing from Sky would cost 45 so I'm pretty pleased with myself Very Happy

Obviously you need a generic aerial cable from the DigiBox to your room, but this shouldnt be too expensive.

If youve any more questions about it dont hesitate to ask here.
DAS3,134 posts since 10 Apr 2001
TV Link - BE WARNED!!

Some Sky customers have experienced difficulties with the TV Link - the actual connector itself is slightly faulty. That's why anyone who complains to Sky about it gets a free Mark II replacement sent out free and instantly.

I'm on my second and I've had no problems so far. Just make sure the number on the back of the TV Link is "0102" and not "0101", otherwise you are likely to get problems.

And it doesn't cost 45 with Sky, otherwise I wouldn't have got one.

Essentially, it's just an extension of the remote control sensor from the main digibox, so that you can control it in another room
bluetv
I'd be interested in knowing where you got it (TVLink AND extra control) from Sky themselves for less than 45. Look on SkyBuy on Interactive, and it does cost around 45 (I'm not saying that they dont include a load of useless extras with this, but I couldnt see a cheaper option with just the TVLink and controller).

I've had absolutely no problems with mine.
Jamie P
bluetv posted:
TVLink costs 18 without a remote or 23 with a sky remote if you buy from www.satelliteonline.co.uk (I recently ordered it from there - excellent service and 48 hour delivery).

Buying the same thing from Sky would cost 45 so I'm pretty pleased with myself Very Happy

Obviously you need a generic aerial cable from the DigiBox to your room, but this shouldnt be too expensive.

If youve any more questions about it dont hesitate to ask here.


Can I get TV Link installed or bought when the Sky installation bloke comes next week?

I'm fairly pleasantly suprised that TV Link (inc remote) is only 23. I would have paid up to 100. Wink
DAS3,134 posts since 10 Apr 2001
I stand corrected then - in fact, www.sky.com/skydigital reckons a TV Link plus control plus installation costs 85.

I ordered it over the telephone with Sky directly, so there must have been some offer I got or something. There is no way I paid 85 for it, and I wouldn't have thought 45 either.

Quite a few have had problems with the TV Links, but they have now upgraded the link they are giving out. What's the number on the back of your link sensor?
bluetv
Well, if you want to pay 23 for it you'll have to go to Melksham Satellite at www.satelliteonline.co.uk, as far as I can see Sky will try to charge you 45 for it.

You will, as I have said, need an aerial from the Digibox to the room where you want this, and I dont think Sky will provide/install this unless you pay them a fair amount of money.