I just want to watch TV where I get the main channels, BBC, ITV, C4, C5 etc, I don't watch "Sky" channels. I can't get freeview in my front room as there's no aerial lead. What are my options in getting cheap, hopefully no subscription, TV with my existing Sky Q box and Sky dish?
But, as Sky would have fitted a WIDEBAND LNB onto their satellite dish when the OP had their Sky Q receiver installed, either the OP would need to arrange for that WIDEBAND LNB to be replaced by a LEGACY UNIVERSAL LNB, or they would have to purchase a much more expensive 4K Freesat receiver.
I was just replying to the O/P if he wants to change or doesn't want to change his dish, that's completely up to him, I was just suggesting a way for him to get the sky Essentials pack from sky, And suggested a SkyHD box from Amazon should he wish to get the Essentials pack. The great thing about SkyHD box it belongs to you. And non of this sending it back so you are left without anything to view. One of my reasons for never getting Sky Q. I would never have got Sky Essentials for £5 a month with Sky Q. So good luck to the OP I hope he gets sorted.
I'm considering getting a freeview cable routed through to the front room at the moment, been quoted £85 max for a professional to do it which is preferable to the £249 for a 4K freesat box, i'm content with what freeview offer. But that's interesting, a freeview box for £40 from Amazon, I wonder how much it would cost to get the LNB changed on the dish, I may make enquiries....
@tyke18Don't get confused between Freesat and Freeview as Freesat uses the dish and Freeview needs a "normal" external aerial for Freeview if your TV is fairly recent you probably don't need a box as most TVs will receive Freeview anyway. My TV also has a satellite input so will receive Freesat without a box.
For a limited time, get Sky Stream free for one month. Cancel anytime and pay nothing for this all-new set-top box from Sky, which doesn't require a satellite dish. Sky Stream supports 4K, HDR, and Dolby surround sound. And unlike Sky Q, you'll get 1080p High Definition quality as standard!
Sky Glass was unveiled with huge fanfare at the end of 2021: the first satellite dish-less product from Sky TV, it promised to bring together live television channels and exclusive boxsets with Sky Store rentals and streaming platforms in a single custom-designed telly with a Dolby Atmos-certified soundbar bundled too.
One of the biggest hurdles when setting up Sky Q for the first time is the nightmare of having a satellite dish drilled to the outside of your home. First off, there is the inconvenience of organising an appointment with the engineers, waiting in for them on the day, the drilling and noise, the list goes on ...and that's if you're one of the lucky ones!
For those in rented properties or high-rise apartments without a communal dish, it was not possible to have a satellite dish affixed to the property. Until the arrival of Sky Glass, that meant you had to wave goodbye to the idea of a Sky Q box under your telly.
Since there's no satellite dish, you'll need some speedy broadband to watch live television, on-demand boxsets, sports, and movies ...especially if you want to watch in 4K Ultra HD, which is the highest picture quality supported by Sky Glass. If your current home broadband connection is slower than a snail through treacle, you should really think twice before buying Sky Glass as without a good internet signal, you'll be left staring at your own reflection in the QLED display. And that's it.
Sky UK first announced plans to make Sky Q available without the need for a satellite dish back in 2017. Instead of requiring a satellite dish, it was planned that the channels would be delivered through a set-top-box over your broadband connection.
The benefit of a new service is that it would give homes that currently can't have satellite dishes access to Sky. This could be for myriad reasons. Some people don't want a dish on the outside of their home. Others can't due to listed building constraints, short-term rental agreements or management companies that won't let you install them.
Back in 2019 Sky provided us with a statement for this feature, but sadly it doesn't provide any further insight on a launch date. "There is scope for [Sky without a dish] to be rolled out across all key markets in future, although we don't have any further information on details or timings at this time."
Rather if you have Dish, AT&T, or cable and you are planning on getting satellite service for your home, you don't need to call a professional installer. Even if you don't have much construction experience, you can set up a satellite dish. Once you find an exact spot for your dish, mount it in place. Receive a satellite signal by pointing the dish up to the sky. With proper wiring, you can then transfer the signal to a receiver and your TV.
Sky Stream is essentially the satellite dish-free option for Sky users. It is a small rectangular box that can be plugged into any TV and is a way of streaming all your platforms and apps over WiFi in one place.
There are many advantages to not having a satellite dish. They're not pretty, renters need landlord or landlady permission, and you'll be having holes drilled in your walls to run the line in. Not least, though, you'll need a Sky engineer to come and do all this for you, and a day at home to wait around for them.
You won't find much, if any, television in English without cable, satellite reception or a broadband internet connection, though some English radio may be available terrestrially especially in and around U.S. or British military bases. Things get a little better if you want to pay for basic German cable TV service, or have it already included in your rental package, with usually a few English language news channels available though little in the way of general entertainment. But if you have access to an existing satellite dish or you are able to install one then there is a lot on offer, much of it for free and it is the widely preferred option.
Currently the most popular method to receive a large number of high-quality, English-language programs is to have a satellite dish installed. It is relatively inexpensive to buy the dish, LNB and receiver and there are a lot of package deals available in the German retail outlets.
You should consider having a professional installer mount and align your satellite dish as precision work is required and without the right tools and experience, you could well spend more time and effort getting nowhere as opposed to spending a little bit on having it done properly and having it last past the first big storm. Make sure you have your landlord's permission to put up a dish, or to adjust the existing one to the appropriate satellite.
The most popular satellites beaming programming to Germany are ASTRA 19.2E and ASTRA 2 at 28º East from South. If you have a large enough dish and the proper LNB and receiver set-up it could be possible to catch the signals from both the satellites.
You should be aware that between the end of 2013 and early 2014 the broadcast signal was switched to new satellites (Astra 2E and 2F). In 2015 some of the channels moved to the new Astra 2G. All the "beams" from these new satellites are more strongly focused on Great Britain than those of the previously used satellites. Many viewers in the middle and eastern parts of Germany have lost reception because of the change. There are normally no problems in the western part of Germany with a normal size dish (60 to 80 cm). Farther east in Germany the signal can be picked up with much larger dishes. But, there is no reception in the eastern third of Germany. You can read more about this new change at _tv_channels.html.
If you have a satellite dish and receiver installed at your house or apartment then you should be able to pick up a multitude of channels, many of them in English. The most popular satellite that offers the largest variety of free TV and radio programming in English is ASTRA 2 (28.2°). With a 60 to 100 cm dish and a digital/HD receiver you will be able to pick that satellite and others just about anywhere in Germany. In order to find out exactly what channels are available on which satellites and what you require to receive them, contact a local retail shop or satellite installer. You can also check out various sites on the Internet for more information. You may be surprised at the number of stations that are available for free. This number is sure to increase, so it would be wise to keep yourself updated on the newest offerings.
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