French TV in the UK

I’ve recently been on holiday in France and wanting to improve my French I picked up a 50EUR TNT sat box from Darty made by Strong model SRT 7404.
French TNT broadcasts are encrypted and require a card to view the broadcasts but also require an approved box, so he 50EUR covered both and  the card should/will be valid for four years.
The TNT broadcasts can be received with an LNB aimed at 19.2E (see here for how I achieved that).

Once home I connected everything up but encountered some issues with a power supply unit I was testing with, which surprisingly allow the unit to power on and scan but insufficient power to find any channels. Anyhow after changing the PSU for a beefy 12v DC 4amp all was good (unit requires 1.5amp).

After fixing the PSU issue, the box found the French channels and I added 28.2E to pick up the UK channels. The box is surprisingly snappy for
a cheap box, better than the Skybox f5.

It is annoying that sorted channel lists can’t be uploaded to the box as it makes sorting so much faster. But for 50EUR the box is snappy and works great (with a good power supply).

Pictures to follow…

Adding a second LNB to a Satellite Dish

A Little later than expected, I have finally added an extra LNB to the set-up so I can receive a few more free to air channels. The first post detailing the set-up of the sat system is here

The finished install:

I have been running the Skybox F5 for quite a few months without issue, but I decided I wanted to add a second LNB to the set-up to get some extra free to air channels – specifically from 19.2E degrees so I could watch some continental TV and see the F1 free to air whilst still retaining the channels from 28.2E.

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