[UK] Freesat - can I split it to go into many rooms?

ss957916

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I currently have my aerial go to a splitter in my attic to allow me to have a TV in several rooms.

If I have a Freesat satellite dish installed, can I have it plugged into that same splitter and just have several Freesat boxes plugged into my standard aerial points in each room?
 

Gav2k

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Jul 24, 2009
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No you need to either have a multi output dish with a freeway box in each room or split the signal coming out of the free sat box to each tv. The first way allows each tv to view it's own channel the second option allows one channel for every tv.
 

ss957916

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Thanks for the reply.

So what's the technical reason it works with an aerial but not a satellite dish?
 

bigandy

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The dish has (likely) a single or dual LNB on it. This enables you to either watch one channel, or watch one while recording another. In the same way as with Sky, to watch in more than one room you need multiple receivers each with their own LNB. A tuner which can record simultaneously needs a dual LNB and so on.

The reason for this is the actual LNB needs to tune slightly to receive the right channel group.
 

ss957916

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Ok - making sense.

So if, for arguments sake, I wanted four TVs in the house to receive Freesat, I'd need TWO dishes each with a dual LNB?
 

ss957916

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I've been Reading about LNBs. If I used the coax splitter that's there to send the satellite signal into all rooms, would it not still work so long as I was happy to watch the same channel in every room?
 

Cabbit

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The octo LNB only costs £34, to have each of the 4 rooms fitted with 2 outputs from it will serve you much better in the long run.
 
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