There seems to be some confusion when it comes to receiving UK satellite TV. Many of my customers refer to Sky when in fact they want to watch FreeSat. FreeSat is a list of approximately 80 channels that you can receive Free to Air, you need Sky when you want to watch subscription channels.
With a standard Free to Air receiver you will have access to Free to Air Channels but by using a FreeSat decoder it makes the whole viewing experience a lot simpler. With a Free to Air receiver you will have access to 600 odd channels encrypted and open and you will need to sort the ones you want to view. With a FreeSat box that is all done for you.
The other options to consider are then HD and if you want to record. The better decoders will deliver a better picture as a rule and if they support HD you will cover yourself for future use as more and more channels are becoming HD.
To record most decoders will require two antennae feeds so you can record one channel whilst watching another, it is not essential but required for the full features.
We recommend a dish size of a meter (80 cm will do), especially in the south of France for British feeds for Satellite broadcasts from countries further a field like Denmark 130 cm (Viasat & Thor). And of course you will need somewhere to install it with a clear southerly aspect.
There are a number of factors to consider when looking to install:
• How many TVs would the service want to be viewed on and in which rooms in the house?
• Will you want the facility to record the programmes?
• Do you want a distributed multimedia system, where all your program recordings, music and pictures are digitised and saved in one place for easy access?