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      Another communal question!

      hi there,

      i've just had sky installed in my flat. i'm currently using single feed mode.

      the block has a communal dish with a limited number of feeds so some flats will be able to have dual feeds and some (i.e me as the last in) will not.

      does anyone know how i would check if any feeds are free? i'm guessing that there's some sort of distribution box attached to the dish that then distributes the feeds to each flat? would i be able to check where all the feeds are going to by physically checking the dish?

      on a related note, the other residents have been told that to get tv, they have to subscribe to sky. i was under the impression that they could either buy a freesat box or pay a small fee to sky to have their existing sky box put in freesat mode.

      can someone confirm this?

      sorry for all of the questions and thanks in advance for your help. :-)


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      Re: Another communal question!

      You are correct in that you don't NEED to subscribe to Sky. A Freesat STB or Freesat TV will work just fine. So too will a Sky STB.

      If you were to plug in a Sky STB then that too will work in 'Freesat fro Sky' mode without a viewing card. You won't have any recording facilities and some channels won't be available, but it will work.

      Personally I'd recommend a Freesat+ HD STB if possible.

      As for checking to see if a feed is free, you'll need to have a friendly chat with the neighbours to find out who is and who isn't using the ones they have.

      Of course don't expect a friendly response from them all. Someone should have thought about getting a system installed so that everyone could of had a dual feed. Just guessing but it's likely that someone thought 'tough' and with that attitude the previous person where you are now living thought to move out. I hope I'm wrong.

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      Re: Another communal question!

      It is quite possible that Sky subsidised the installation cost of the communal system with the proviso that a stated minimum number of residents had a Sky subscription. If it is over twelve months since the installation this probably no longer applies but to ensure it was complied with there would also have been an agreement between the installer and your landlord/managing agent. This may still be extant particularly if there is an ongoing maintenance contract. This could effect your ability to have a second feed installed/connected if you don't have a Sky subscription.

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      Re: Another communal question!

      Have you looked on the sky communal website;
      https://communaltv.sky.com/residents/
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      Re: Another communal question!

      hi,

      thanks all for taking the time to reply - much appreciated!

      so it sounds like i can advise the other residents in the building that they can simply remove their viewing card to see what the Freesat service would be like. they also have the option of purchasing a Freesat+ box if they wish to record programmes.

      as far as i'm aware, there are 10 feeds and 7 properties so the more residents that i can convince to go Freesat the better chance I have of grabbing another feed.

      i was hoping to be able to identify those properties with dual feeds without contacting the other residents. i have already contacted them by email but have yet to receive a reply which doesn't bode well.

      the system is around a decade old so no worries about ongoing maintenance contracts.

      it sounds like i'm going to have to knock on some doors ... :-(

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      Re: Another communal question!

      Since Sky+ HD STBs are supplied as standard to all new Sky TV Customers, I doubt that those 3 properties that have the dual feed are going to want to give them up any time soon.

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      Re: Another communal question!

      i think you're right there!

      i have heard that a few people are basically only looking for freeview type services but were told that they had to have sky so i'm hoping that a feed might be freed up that way.
      not holding my breath though.

      i'm not sure i can live with the single feed mode - arrrgh.

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      Re: Another communal question!

      With the increasing quality content of CUTV and OD, you might find that a single feed will be fine.

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      Re: Another communal question!

      here's hoping ...

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      Re: Another communal question!

      As the System is ten years old it might be worth considering an upgrade. If all the cabling is already in place it shouldn't be too expensive.

      A 16 way multiswitch can be purchased for under 100 though it should be installed by a qualified electrician, particularly important if the block has a three phase electricity supply. You will of course also require the landlords permission but if there is a waiting list you may be able to share the cost with some of the other residents.

     

     
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