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This really depends on what type of installation is required to get good quality, reliable signals. If you live in an area where the signal reception is classed as good, you will probably only require a basic aerial system which would cost between £65 and £75 depending on the installation (wall mounted, chimney mounted, length of cable run). If you are in a poor reception area or require additional work, we would need to call out to do a FREE survey to advise on what would be required and give a no obligation quote.
NO. We don’t have a call out charge, we will call out to any job in our local area and give a free no-obligation quote. There is a minimum charge on all completed jobs of £25 so if we solve your problem by retuning, replacing a connection or any other small job then this is the charge.
There are two ways of receiving Freeview. Depending on where you live, you will receive your signal from either a main transmitter (e.g Winter Hill which is located in Bolton) or a relay station (e.g Bacup, Haslingden or Whitworth). If you can receive signals from the main transmitter you will get more channels than if you’re on a relay. The first place to start is by checking your postcode at the Freeview website. This isn’t 100% accurate but will give an indication. We can call out to do a free survey to let you know exactly what you can get.
These are two completely different ways of receiving TV channels. Freeview pictures are received through a “traditional” TV aerial whilst Freesat is received through a small dish which is exactly the same as sky use for their installations. Freeview is built into all new televisions and although TV’s can be bought with integrated Freesat it is more common to find stand alone receivers or recorders connected to an existing TV. Freesat has more channels than Freeview and can be received in any location with a clear view of the sky when the dish is pointing towards the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees East. Unlike terrestrial signals from a land based transmitter, Freesat signals will not pass through things like trees or buildings, even heavy rain and snow can cause pictures to freeze, break up or even disappear completely. Again, we can call out to do a free site survey to check if you can receive it or not.
This is a very common problem that we often encounter. It is usually caused due to the age of the cable. The outer cover on very old cables goes brittle due to weathering and starts to crack and break down, this allows water to get inside the cable and then gravity takes over and eventually it comes out of the cable at the connection inside your home. Water can also get into cables when installers don’t attach the cable to the slates or tiles and the cable simply rubs against the roof in the wind and wears away prematurely. We always tie the cable to the roof to try to stop the cable moving.
This can be done and it enables you to watch, say, in the conservatory, whatever is on the main sky box located in the lounge. We can supply a magic-eye which enables you to control the sky box as if you were in the main room. Your existing sky box can be connected to as many rooms as you want. Newer sky boxes don’t have the required sockets to do this but with the addition of a little device called an i/o link it is possible. It is perfectly legal and doesn’t require an additional subscription but it will only allow you to watch the same Sky channel in both/multiple rooms. If you have a Freeview signal going to the TV where the sky box is located, this will also be distributed to the other rooms with the sky signal so every room will have all the options.
Unfortunately the signals from the satellite which transmits Sky and Freesat signals will not pass through any objects. There is often a solution to the problem, sometimes we can move the dish to a higher location such as a chimney or we have been known to fix dishes at the end of gardens, past the trees! Get in touch and we’ll call out to advise.
This is likely to be a faulty LNB (the electronic part at the end of the dish), which is no longer picking up either horizontal or vertical transponders. The symptoms could also be a dish alignment or box issue. We are able to diagnose the fault using spectrum analysing equipment.
Unfortunately all new sky HD boxes don't have the required sockets but an RF replicator (i/o link) can be installed. We would recommend the double output Triax unit which allows both Freeview and sky pictures on one output to be used for the additional TVs and one output for the main TV. If Freeview is required when using a single output unit then a splitter would be required.
Yes there is. It invoves connecting the two TV's using a network cable and an HDMI extender. See our Home Systems page for more information.