What is the difference between dome satellite systems
and folding-dish satellite systems?
Dome systems have a satellite dish enclosed in a dome, while
folding dishes systems are open to the elements. For this
reason the dome has an advantage if the wind is high, whereas
the clam-shell systems can suffer damage if care is not
Do I need to have a Sky subscription?
You don’t need a Sky subscription. A Sky digibox can
be used without a viewing card to watch BBC, ITV, Channel
4, Film 4, More 4, E4 along with many more. The only channels
you won’t receive are Channel 5, and the Sky channels.
There are also Free-to-Air (FTA) satellite digiboxes, which
you can use to see all BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Film 4, More
4, E4 along with many more.
Can I get High Definition (HD) channels in my vehicle?
Yes. You need a HD ready TV and a HD ready digibox connected
with a HDMI cable. You can use a Sky HD digibox, or now
you can use a HD ready Freesat digibox, costing around £200.
Can I watch UK TV in Europe and where?
The bigger the satellite dish, the further from the UK you
can watch UK TV channels. From the Astra 2 satellite a 40cm
dish will enable UK TV in the UK, a 50cm dish enables France
to Bordeaux/Lyon and Holland; 65cm dish South of France
and Germany and an 85cm dish to Barcelona/Madrid in Spain
and North of Rome in Italy. If
you can’t receive Astra2 Northern beam you can swap
to Astra 2 Southern beam however, there are limited channels
What is the difference between Freeview and Freesat?
Freeview works from a terrestrial signal, received via an
aerial and requires a freeview set-top box; Freesat is a
service introduced by BBC and ITV to give a digital satellite
TV service without any monthly subscription, received via
a satellite dish that requires a Freesat digibox. The freesat
channels are from the same satellite as the Sky channels.
Which satellite should I be pointing to for UK channels?
For most UK channels or if using a Sky or Freesat digibox
you need to point at Astra 2 satellite found at 28.2 E.
Will I be able to fit the systems myself?
Yes provided that you are a reasonably confident and capable