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Sky+ HD Box

250GB Sky+ HD Box (Grade B)

8A_SHD250B
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RRP: 85.00
Price: 57.50 (ex VAT)
(70.73 Incl. VAT) You save: €27.50 (32%)
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DESCRIPTION of Sky+HD Box

  • Box contains:
    • Sky+ HD Box
    • Power Lead
    • HDMI Lead
  • Condition: Second Hand
    • Good working order & cosmetically OK
    • May have scratches and/or be missing card door flap
  • Manufacturer: Normally Thomson / Pace
  • Capacity: 250GB
  • Records up to 185 hours of standard definition & 60 hours of HD programming
  • Maximum recording lengths change when recording a mix of SD & HD
  • Colour: Black
  • NDS #: Used
  • Digital: Yes
  • Scart inputs: 2 TV and VCR
  • RF:  In and  2 Out
  • Sky Eye: Supports on RF2
  • EPG: 7 Day Electronic Program Guide
  • TV and Radio Channels
  • Does not include sky HD remote (Option to buy with box)
  • Warranty: 6 months for unit, 3 months on hard drive facilities

USES of Sky+ HD Box

  • As a replacement Sky HD box
  • As a DIY upgrade from Sky or Sky+ to sky HD (will need to pair card)
  • Can be used as a Free-To-Air receiver for the Free BBC, ITV channels but SKY+ facilities will not work when box is out of subscription

ADVANTAGES of Sky+ HD Box

  • This box and comes with a 6 month guarantee
  • This box has 'Anytime TV' option
  • Large 250GB hard drive with Anytime TV
  • 9V RF out means it can support a sky eye to allow channels to changed from a remote location
  • Channels are automatically retuned if there is a frequency change - as Sky will update software
  • Extremely reliable and robust receiver
  • Excellent integrated 7 day EPG and Red button function
  • Contains Sky Games for children

DISADVANTAGES of Sky+ HD Box

  • More expensive than a Sky box or FTA receivers
  • Sky+ facilities stop working if sky subcription is ended !!
  • Unlike with FTA boxes it is not possible to change the order of the channels as this is preset by Sky
  • Can be an issue with blocking certain channels (solved with a Freesat card)

 

Index

  • How to assemble a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • How to mount a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • How to align a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • Running the cables & attaching connectors
  • Installing the satellite receiver

 

1.  How to Assemble a Sky / Freesat Satellite Dish

List of Sky dish components

  • Sky Satellite Dish
  • Wall Bracket
  • Wall Tube (Arm)
  • Elevation Bracket
  • Dish Bracket
  • Fixing Kit
  • Feed Arm

Tools needed to assemble sky dish

  • 10mm, 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Philips screwdriver

Steps to assemble the satellite dish

  • Open fixing kit and select U-bolts (qty: 2), nuts (qty: 4)
  • Insert the U bolts through the wall bracket
  • Thread on the nuts
  • Insert the arm and tighten the nuts using 10mm socket and ratchet
  • The wall bracket & arm assembly is complete
  • Next insert U-bolts (qty: 2) through the elevation bracket
  • Loosely tighten nuts
  • Attach the Elevation bracket to the dish bracket
  • using bolts and washers (qty: 4) and tighten with 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Use the bolts and nuts (qty:4) and the philips screw driver to attach the dish bracket to the dish.
  • Use the long threaded bolt and small nut to attach the Feed arm to the back base of the dish bracket so the arm protrudes in front of the dish
  • Finally insert the LNB (and plastic insert) into the end of the arm and secure with a tie wrap

2. How to Mount a Satellite Dish

Equipment needed to mount a satellite dish on a wall

  • Sky satellite dish, complete with wall bracket and arm
  • Coach bolt M8 x 50mm & 10mm plastic plugs (qty: 4)

Tools needed to mount on a wall

  • Cordless drill - ideally a 24-36v SDS Drill
  • 8mm, 10mm drill bits
  • 10mm, 13mm socket and rachet
  • Satellite meter

Criteria on where to mount the satellite dish?

  • Dish must face South East (141 degrees i.e. direction of sun 11am BST)
  • Wall must be a solid surface capable of carrying weight of satellite dish
  • Signal must not be blocked by houses or trees (signal is coming in at 21 degrees to the horizontal)
  • Place at back or gable end of house to minimise visual intrusion
  • Place as close at possible to room / wire box to which the satellite cables are to connect so as to minimise cable run

Steps

  • Place the wall bracket and arm in the correct location
  • Use the cordless drill and 8mm drill bit to drill 4 guide holes
  • Use 10mm drill bit to drill holes to a depth of 60mm
  • Insert the 4 plastic plugs in the holes and mount the wall bracket using the 4 Coach bolts.
  • Tighten the coach bolts using the 13mm socket and rachet
  • Attach the satellite dish to the arm of the wall plate
  • Use 10mm socket to lightly tighten the dish "U"-bolts so they are fixed to arm but the dish can still rotated
  • Follow steps in the How to Align a satellite dish guide above 

 

3. How to Align a Sky / Freesat Satellite Dish

  • Having already mounted the satellite dish on
  • Attach your satellite meter to the dish LNB
  • Align the dish so that it is (1) perfectly vertical, (2) pointing South East (141 degrees).
  • Rotate the dish slowly over and back
  • Repeat adjusting the tilt angle by 1 or 2 degrees to until a signal is found.
  • Tightend the U-bolts and side bolts using the 10mm & 13mm sockets
  • Disconnect the satellite meter
  • Connect a cable with an "F-type" connector from the Dish to the satellite box
  • Check that the signal is working

 

4. How to Run the Cabling & Attach Connectors

The next step is to run satellite cable to the satellite receiver

Tools Needed

  • Hammer
  • Snips
  • Drill
  • SDS Drill Bit 10X450

Equipment

  • Satellite Installation Kit 

Prior to Begining you must decide

  • Decide how to run cable
    • connect into existing cables in the attic
      • Normally neater but requires additional connectors
      • May need a multi-meter to be able to identify the correct cable
      • May result in longer cable runs
    • Run a cable directly from the satellite dish to the satellite receiver
      • Fastest and eastiest way to run a cable
      • Cable runs are normally shorter
      • Requires the drill of a hole through a wall
      • 

STEPS

  • If the satellite reciever is to be located next to the external wall of a room
    • use a drill and an SDS Drill Bit 10X450 to drill a hole through the wall
    • ensuring to drill from the inside out
  • To conceal broken plaster use either:
    • Hole tidy (insert inside and out before the cable is run)
    • Cable Cover  nailed onto the outside wall after the cable has been run
  • Feed the end of the satellite cable through the wall leaving enough cable to reach the front of the satellite box
    Now start tacking the cable using 7mm clips and a Hammer
  • Ensuring that the cable runs down from the hole that been drilled in the wall
  • This will stop water following the cable into the house
  • Continue tacking the cable
    • Run cable vertically or horizontally but NEVER diagonally
    • If possible hide cable under the plint or behind drain pipes (using 300mm cable ties)
  • Cut the cable leaving enough lenght to reach the LNB of the dish
  • Put on an F Connector on the each end of the satellite cable
  • Screw the F connector on the LNB
  • Seal the connection using Insulation tape or ideally waterproof Self Amalgamating tape 
  • Secure the cable to the dish feed arm using either 300mm cable ties or Insulation tape
  • Final Step is to put on an F Connector on the satellite cable next to the satellite receiver

How to put on an F-Connector

 

5. How to Install your Satellite Receiver

  • Unpack the box
    • Satellite Receiver
    • Remote control
  • Screw the lead from the satellite dish into the LNB in connection
  • Connect scart lead from TV to "TV" out connection on bo
  • Plug in the power lead
  • Turn on the power switch on the back on the box
  • After 5-6 seconds the box will come on and should automatically switch TV to AV channel 
  • You may need to switch AV channel on TV if it does not automatically switch over

Part 1 - What channels / Features will work if I put my sky card in a new box?

  • If you simply insert your Sky Card in a new box you will be able to view all the non premium channels, for example;
    • Any standard package channels such as RTE 1, RTE2, MTV, Discovery that you are subscribing to
    • All the free non-subscription channels such as BBCs, Sky News, Film 4 etc
    •  You will be able to receive the 7 day EPG
  • When you pair the Sky Card to the new box, you should be able to;
    • View the premium Sports or Movie channels
    • Use the Sky+ recording, rewind & pause facilities
    • View your previous recordings on this sky box

Part 2 - How to pair a Sky Card with a Sky Box

  • When you receive the box;
    • Connect up the satellite feeds, power etc to the sky box
    • Insert your sky viewing card into the viewing card slot with the Sky logo facing upwards
    • Turn on the TV and press the services button on the sky remote
    • Next phone sky on 0818 719 819
    • They will go through the steps of taking your card details & serial number of the box etc
    • Then they will send a signal to pair the Sky Box with the new card

How to test if the pairing has been a success?

  • Try pausing live TV (if you have a Sky+ Box)
  • Try viewing a premium channel you have subscribed to e.g. Sky Sports 1

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