Q: Why do i need a satellite dish?
A Satellite Dish can be used for a number of Live TV viewing options:
Sky + is the most well know service provided by Sky. It enables you to have 1 Satellite Dish and up to 8 Feeds connecting to multiple boxes. Each box requires at least 1 direct feed from the Satellite dish however, if you were looking to record multiple TV shows at the same time, you would require 2 direct feeds from the Satellite Dish.
This is Sky’s latest product that enables you to experience what they say is ‘Fluid Viewing’. With this new service only your Main Set Top Box required a direct feed to the Satellite Dish, meaning that further boxes within your TV system connect via your Home Wi-fi Network. This means less cabling, however requires a strong Wi-fi connection to the Main Box and each ‘Mini Box’.
Freesat is just as it says, Free Satellite TV. The service requires the same Satellite System as Sky TV and a direct feed from the Satellite Dish to your Freesat Box.
With many satellites available, there are thousands of satellite TV channels to choose from, including a number of ‘free to air’ TV channels you can enjoy with no monthly fee or subscription. There are also several premium subscription television channels, and encrypted channels which require a decryption card to be unlocked. Your European satellite receiver will need a CAM for these channels.
Q: I have a Satellite Dish on my house that i used for Sky, how can i use this for Freesat?
Freesat uses the same dish and satellites as Sky, so if you already have a satellite dish and cabling, whether you are currently receiving satellite TV or not, in most cases you can simply connect your Freesat digital box or TV using your existing cabling – it’s that simple. All you will need is a Freesat Receiver and you’re good to go.
Q: How many TV’s can i run off of my Satellite Dish?
Good question! On every Satellite Dish there is an LNB. This is the piece of equipment that all of your cables will connect to that enable you to recieve a Satellite Signal from any source. The come in either:
- Single Output – Meaning only 1 cable can be connected at any one time.
- Twin Output – This means 2 cables can be connected to the Dish, either both running to the same location to enable a recording facility, or running to two different locations to enable independant viewing on 2 TV’s within your property.
- Quad Output – Meaning you are able to connect 4 cables to the Satellite Dish at any one time. Again these can each run to an independant TV connecting 4 TV’s within the house, or 2 cables can run to 2 different locations enabling a recording facility.
- Octo Output – This LNB enables you to have 8 individual cables connected to the Satellite Dish all at the same time. We would usually advise that a Dish Upgrade is required when running 8 cables from the dish, to eliminate and ‘Rain Fade’ or signal interference.
Q: How much would i expect to pay for a Satellite Dish installation?
The price for a Satellite Dish installation is going to vary dependent on:
- Where the Satellite Dish is situated – depending on the Line of Site your Dish may be able to be installed on a side wall at low level, however if there are Trees / Building blocking a direct line of site to the transmitting Satellite, the Dish may have to be located either on a chimney or a pole to provide more height.
- How many TV’s you are looking to connect to the Satellite Dish – 1 feed direct from the dish to your receiver will provide Satellite TV, however to record programs you will require 2 direct feeds. This will apply to all TV’s that you are looking to connect up. Therefore, depending on this will determined the LNB (low-noise block downconverter) size that is required.
- The installation itself, access to the desired Dish location and cable routes will all determined the amount of Labour required to carry out the installation.
A new Satellite Dish installation can cost from £149.00 + dependent on the above points.
Q: Do you carry all of the relevant checks that we required?
We are registered with:
- CAI (Confederation of Aerial Industries)
- Trust Mark
- We carry full Working at Heights training, are CRB checked and carry the required level of both Public and Employers Liability (all available on request.)
Q: Are your Engineers qualified and fully insured?
A4U Electrical and its Engineers are fully checked and Vetted to enable us NICEIC qualified, our work is regularly checked also.
Q: What kind of warranty do you offer?
Great news, we offer at least a 12 Month Warranty on all installation or upgrades. Were necessary we are also able to offer a 24 month warranty so you know you’re always covered. All materials/equipment that we supply comes with its own 12 Month Manufactures Warranty, unless otherwise stated. *we are not able to offer coverage for an third party interference or weather damage.
Q: Is your work guaranteed?
Yes, we carry £2 Million public liability and £10 Million public liability to ensure that both you and us are covered. This is available to view upon request.
Q: I still have questions, who do I talk to?