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Ditching VM and getting Saorview/Freeview

  • 16-04-2021 6:59pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    Hi,
    I'm cutting ties with VM (too expensive) so going with Saorview and Freeview.

    I've only one TV, which is Saorview approved (model 49SK8100PLA if you're interested).
    From all my research, I think this is what I need if someone could check please, and some simple questions as well please?:

    01) Saorview compatible TV: check

    02) Aerial to pick up Saorview, going with an external. The cable for this will run into the set-top box I'm getting for Freeview? If not, it goes into the "antenna" connector on my TV? Possibly https://www.freetv.ie/aerial-for-saorview/

    03) Satellite dish to pick up Freeview (do not live in border region), probably attached to same pole as aerial but will see what it's like at the time. My understanding is that "LNB" relates to how many TVs you can run off it? Although I only have one TV now, I picked this Quad version (rather than the Single) for future-proofing. The cable from the dish runs into the set-top box? Possibly https://www.freetv.ie/sky-satellite-dish-and-quad-lnb/

    04) Set-top box to receive satellite/saorview signals. Cables from aerial and dish go into this box, and I connect the box to the TV via HDMI? Possibly https://www.freetv.ie/ferguson-ariva-255/


    What confused me a bit was this bundle seems to offer Saorview and Freeview with no aerial needed, just a satellite dish and set-top box?

    Thanks!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,311 ✭✭✭ dubrov


    You're almost there.

    Freeview is the UK equivalent to Saorview. I think you really mean Freesat.

    The quad lnb will deliver a full satellite signal down each cable. Your can combine the serial signal down the same cables using cheap splitters.

    In the tv end you need dvb-t2 tuners to play a Saorview signal and dvb-s2 tuners for the satellite signal.

    Your tv being Saorview compatible means it has at least one dvb-t2 tuner. It may also have an inbuilt dvb-s2 tuner in which case you won't need a set top box to play Irish or UK channels. You can just feed the tv directly.

    Freesat is basically software that adds a 7 day guide and organises the channels in to nice groups. Plain satellite just had now and next guide and you'll have to sort the channels manually.

    Be aware that pretty much all tvs that support freesat and Saorview keep the channel lists separate and make it painful to switch between (sometimes 6+ button presses).

    Many buy enigma2 combo boxes which integrate Saorview and satellite nicely into one list. There is some setup involved though but plenty of guides out there.

    You could also buy a dedicated freesat box that needs no configuration and then run Saorview on the tv


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,021 ✭✭✭ Gerry Wicklow


    justmehere wrote: »
    .....
    What confused me a bit was this bundle seems to offer Saorview and Freeview with no aerial needed, just a satellite dish and set-top box?

    Thanks!

    If you read the small print it refers to the aerial mounting kit for wall or chimney.

    As has been pointed out be careful of the terminology. FreeView is the UK equivalent of Saorview and only available near the border. FreeSat is a brand name for software on certain boxes and TVs to get the UK satellite channels. FreeSat has the advantage of being plug and play but does not include all the available free satellite channels and you will need seperate arrangements for Saorview. Combo boxes as the name implies combine Saorview and the Free-To-Air (FTA) satellite channels in one unit with full 7day EPG, series linking etc etc.
    This is one example however the Zgemma H7S is a newer more powerful unit
    Combo boxes need a bit of a learning curve but the rewards are huge once you suss it out. There's loads of help available here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    dubrov wrote: »
    You're almost there.

    Freeview is the UK equivalent to Saorview. I think you really mean Freesat.

    The quad lnb will deliver a full satellite signal down each cable. Your can combine the serial signal down the same cables using cheap splitters.

    In the tv end you need dvb-t2 tuners to play a Saorview signal and dvb-s2 tuners for the satellite signal.

    Your tv being Saorview compatible means it has at least one dvb-t2 tuner. It may also have an inbuilt dvb-s2 tuner in which case you won't need a set top box to play Irish or UK channels. You can just feed the tv directly.

    Freesat is basically software that adds a 7 day guide and organises the channels in to nice groups. Plain satellite just had now and next guide and you'll have to sort the channels manually.

    Be aware that pretty much all tvs that support freesat and Saorview keep the channel lists separate and make it painful to switch between (sometimes 6+ button presses).

    Many buy enigma2 combo boxes which integrate Saorview and satellite nicely into one list. There is some setup involved though but plenty of guides out there.

    You could also but a dedicated freesat box that needs no configuration and run Saorview on the tv

    Thanks for that. I'm beginning to think it might be easier and cheaper to go with something like https://freesat.ie/collections/free-to-air-saorview-package/products/free-to-air-saorview-hd-package


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,021 ✭✭✭ Gerry Wicklow


    justmehere wrote: »
    Thanks for that. I'm beginning to think it might be easier and cheaper to go with something like https://freesat.ie/collections/free-to-air-saorview-package/products/free-to-air-saorview-hd-package

    Whatever option you go for, make sure the box has two satellite tuners as well as the Saorview terrestrial tuner otherwise you will not be able to record one satellite channel while watching another.
    I'm also wary of companies that claim digital or HD aerials. An aerial is an aerial there is no such thing as a digital or HD aerial.


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    Whatever option you go for, make sure the box has two satellite tuners as well as the Saorview terrestrial tuner otherwise you will not be able to record one satellite channel while watching another.
    I'm also wary of companies that claim digital or HD aerials. An aerial is an aerial there is no such thing as a digital or HD aerial.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply.

    I'm not overly concerned about watching one channel while recording another, but might do for future-proofing. So would this setup get Saorview and Freesat?

    01) Saorview TV
    02) Aerial: https://www.freetv.ie/aerial-for-saorview/
    03) Dish: https://www.freetv.ie/sky-satellite-dish-and-quad-lnb/
    04) Set-top box (with optional HDD if I want recording): https://www.world-of-satellite.co.uk/zgemma-h7s?filter_name=Zgemma%20H7S

    Would both cables (satellite and dish) connect to this box? And the box into the TV?
    Picture of TV connections.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,892 ✭✭✭✭ Johnboy1951


    justmehere wrote: »
    Thanks for taking the time to reply.

    I'm not overly concerned about watching one channel while recording another, but might do for future-proofing. So would this setup get Saorview and Freesat?

    01) Saorview TV
    02) Aerial: https://www.freetv.ie/aerial-for-saorview/
    03) Dish: https://www.freetv.ie/sky-satellite-dish-and-quad-lnb/
    04) Set-top box (with optional HDD if I want recording): https://www.world-of-satellite.co.uk/zgemma-h7s?filter_name=Zgemma%20H7S

    Would both cables (satellite and dish) connect to this box? And the box into the TV?
    Picture of TV connections.

    No.
    This will receive Free to Air satellite and Saorview.
    Freesat, as has been pointed out above is proprietary soft/firm ware which provides 7 day EPG info for most (not all) the Free to Air satellite channels.
    The H7S Zgemma box should be capable of providing Free to Air satellite channels with 7 day EPG.
    The Saorview channels can be provided either by a USB tuner plugged into the H7s or maybe via the TV terrestrial tuner.


    Again ....... terminology is very important so that those reading can be certain what you mean.


    .


  • Registered Users Posts: 726 ✭✭✭ athlone573


    Yeah that should work.

    The Zgemma box is not completely "plug and play", if you wanted something easier to use you could get a Freesat branded box, but then you would miss out on some things (such as Channel 4 in HD, some of the music/sports channels on FTA, and having all channels on one list).

    Edit: it will get the saorview channels, the freesat channels, and a few more. It won't have the exact Freesat features (ease of use, and the Freesat guide) although it will get close if you manage to set it up.


  • Registered Users Posts: 432 ✭✭ Elvis Hammond


    justmehere wrote: »
    ... Would both cables (satellite and dish) connect to this box? And the box into the TV?
    Picture of TV connections.

    That TV has a satellite tuner; might have Freesat features too if set up with UK as region.


  • Registered Users Posts: 726 ✭✭✭ athlone573


    If that TV has a satellite tuner and you don't record much, I wouldn't bother getting a standalone box for now, get a big USB key for now for recording and see how you get on with it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    Ok thanks again.
    I really just want the Irish (Saorview) and the free-to-air UK channels which I was calling 'freeview' but Gerry Wicklow mentioned 'Freesat' so I thought that was the terminology.

    Anyway so being this is the requirement, the proposed setup would do it?

    Athlone573 - I tried the satellite tuner in the TV but it didn't find anything!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,311 ✭✭✭ dubrov


    Post the TV model and we can tell you what is can get without buying a satellite/combo box.

    With the ZGemma H7S you need to give it two direct satellite feeds (to allow record and watch a satellite feed at the same time) and an aerial feed for Saorview. The TV will just display the video signal from the box so won't use any in-built TV tuners.


  • Registered Users Posts: 866 ✭✭✭ dam099


    justmehere wrote: »
    Athlone573 - I tried the satellite tuner in the TV but it didn't find anything!

    Tried it with what, from the OP you didnt seem to have a dish already?


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    dubrov wrote: »
    Post the TV model and we can tell you what is can get without buying a satellite/combo box.

    With the ZGemma H7S you need to give it two direct satellite feeds (to allow record and watch a satellite feed at the same time) and an aerial feed for Saorview. The TV will just display the video signal from the box so won't use any in-built TV tuners.
    By 'feed' do you mean cables? So two cables are run from the dish to the set-top box if you want watch/record? And another port is needed on the box for the aerial?
    I mentioned the TV model in the first post: 49SK8100PLA


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    dam099 wrote: »
    Tried it with what, from the OP you didnt seem to have a dish already?
    Elvis/athlone mentioned that the TV had a satellite tuner. I saw an option for "Satellite tuner" on the TV settings so just tried to see what that would do.


  • Registered Users Posts: 432 ✭✭ Elvis Hammond


    It won't do anything without a signal source. You need to connect a cable from a satellite dish to the threaded connector marked 'Satellite IN'.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,385 ✭✭✭ galtee boy


    Also, keep in mind, apart from RTE 1&2, which are in HD, the picture quality on all other channels is appallingly poor standard definition on Saorview , if you have been used to most channels being in HD on Virgin, Saorview standard definition channels will look practically blurred.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,667 ✭✭✭ winston_1


    dubrov wrote: »

    In the tv end you need dvb-t2 tuners to play a Saorview signal and dvb-s2 tuners for the satellite signal.

    Your tv being Saorview compatible means it has at least one dvb-t2 tuner.

    Saorview does not need DVB-T2 tuners. Saorview uses DVB-T with MPEG4.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,667 ✭✭✭ winston_1


    justmehere wrote: »

    There are no 32 element aerials, the max is around 21. That aerial has 8 elements looking at the picture. They have counted the elements 4 times.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,311 ✭✭✭ dubrov


    winston_1 wrote: »
    Saorview does not need DVB-T2 tuners. Saorview uses DVB-T with MPEG4.

    While technically correct I think you are confusing the issue for the OP.
    DVB-T2 tuners are backwardly compatible and will work with DVB-T MPEG 4 signals.

    I'd imagine DVB-T tuners are rare these days and even then may not support MPEG4.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,785 ✭✭✭✭ The Cush


    winston_1 wrote: »
    Saorview does not need DVB-T2 tuners. Saorview uses DVB-T with MPEG4.

    Saorview mandates DVB-T2 in its receiver spec and has for many years now.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,892 ✭✭✭✭ Johnboy1951


    The Cush wrote: »
    Saorview mandates DVB-T2 in its receiver spec and has for many years now.

    Maybe so, but DVB-T tuners are all that is required to received the broadcasts.

    .


  • Registered Users Posts: 726 ✭✭✭ athlone573


    99.9% of all TVs sold in Ireland will have a Saorview tuner and can pick up Irish channels if you connect an aerial to the aerial socket.


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    Thanks for the advice everyone, I've decided to go for it! My last VM bill will hopefully be in May. This should be the approximate cost (will be doing the work myself), I'll keep you updated on progress: €246.27

    Saorview aerial €36.84
    https://www.freetv.ie/aerial-for-saorview/

    Free-to-air satellite dish €45.45
    https://www.freetv.ie/sky-satellite-dish-and-quad-lnb/

    Setup box €148.99
    https://www.satworld.ie/zgemma-star-s.html

    Satellite finder €14.99
    https://www.satellite.ie/acatalog/Satfinder-satellite-finder-meter.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,218 ✭✭✭ mackersdublin


    Your 49" LG TV already has Saorview (Irish channels) and Freesat (UK channels) - you just need an Aerial for Saorview and a Satellite Dish for Freesat, with cables coming from both into the back of the TV. Personally I wouldn't bother paying extra for a Satellite box


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    Your 49" LG TV already has Saorview (Irish channels) and Freesat (UK channels) - you just need an Aerial for Saorview and a Satellite Dish for Freesat, with cables coming from both into the back of the TV. Personally I wouldn't bother paying extra for a Satellite box
    I thought this box was needed to make switching channels easier, or something?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,218 ✭✭✭ mackersdublin


    justmehere wrote: »
    I thought this box was needed to make switching channels easier, or something?

    On LG TVs, you have a Quick Access option

    I use Long Press 1 for Saorview and Long Press 2 for Freesat, 3 for Now TV App, 4 for YouTube App etc.

    It's so handy once you've set it up which takes a few minutes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVIjpbX2mts


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    On LG TVs, you have a Quick Access option

    I use Long Press 1 for Saorview and Long Press 2 for Freesat, 3 for Now TV App, 4 for YouTube App etc.

    It's so handy once you've set it up which takes a few minutes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVIjpbX2mts
    The forum that just keeps giving :)
    Thanks for that, the box was the most expensive item. Will get the other stuff then and see how it goes. Thanks again :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 866 ✭✭✭ dam099


    justmehere wrote: »
    I thought this box was needed to make switching channels easier, or something?

    On LG TVs, you have a Quick Access option

    I use Long Press 1 for Saorview and Long Press 2 for Freesat, 3 for Now TV App, 4 for YouTube App etc.

    It's so handy once you've set it up which takes a few minutes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVIjpbX2mts

    I prefer the overall experience of a combo receiver box to the LG myself but would agree you should try out what you have first and keep the cost down.

    If you are not satisfied with the built in TV experience you can always upgrade after and it wont have cost you any more than you would have spent doing it all together at the start anyway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 726 ✭✭✭ athlone573


    You might want to add a protractor a spirit level and a magnetic compass to that list :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ justmehere


    athlone573 wrote: »
    You might want to add a protractor a spirit level and a magnetic compass to that list :)
    I have them already thanks! Also mention a cable cutter to fit the cables into the connectors :)
    Actually the satellite LNB comes with a bullt-in spirit level :)


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