I have no wish to pay someone £80.00 to come and fiddle with a sky dish a previous owner has left on my home, if I have freesat does the dish need to be moved or do they point in the same direction for both providers??
If you previously got Sky off Astra (UK Sky Channels) then they're the same. They use the same satellites, Astra 2D and Eurobird.
Its only different if you were watching foreign channels via other Sky satellites.
If you want to check alignment, go here: http://www.dishpointer.com/
Select your satellite from the drop down menu (You need it set to Astra 28.2E), Enter your location, use the google earth map and drag feature to zoom in on your exact house, and drag the pointer to the point on your house where the dish is mounted. Underneath all the bearings / elevation data will show.
To see if your pointing in the right direction, hold a compass below the dish and check to see if its pointing in the same direction as the magnetic bearing. If you're only checking you're on the right satellite, you don't really need to check elevation and skew as they should be correct if properly installed.
If you're self installing or suspect its out of alignment, then these need checking also although a meter is always a good idea as well if installing (they cost around £14).
Thanks for that, one other question, I have just been asking in a shop details regarding the Fox freesat HDPVR and have been informed that you need to have two cables running from disg to box, why can't you just split the signal at the box end?
Answered in the other thread where you asked the same question.
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