I recently got fed up with my poor TV reception and inability to get BBC via Freeview and decided to investigate Freesat. Looking at the high street the best deals I could find were £70 for a viewer box + £80 for installation (a total of £150). For recording facilities this rises steeply to over £300 for the box + installation. This looks to me a bit like an early-adopters-tax so I decided to search for alternatives. The outcome of my research was that it is easy and relatively cheap to obtain and install all the necessary equipment to set up Freesat on a PC. As it happens I actually already had a media PC so this solution was ideal for me.
The kit required is as follows (with what I paid as a guide):
Satellite dish – £16
LNB (if not included with dish) – £6
100m CT100 cable – £24
F Plugs – £1
Card for PC – £30
Satellite signal metre – £7
TOTAL = £84
Setting up the dish was straightforward – elevate the dish (taking into account the dish offset) to the correct elevation and then adjust the angle of the dish to locate the correct satellite cluster. There is a very helpful satellite dish alignment calculator provided at UK Satellite Help
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