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Skybox f5s newbie needs help for pensioner mother

Discussion in 'Digital TV - UK & Europe' started by HoodedHero, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. HoodedHero

    HoodedHero Newbie

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    Ok I have only just discovered these beauties and have seen several with a "free gift" at around £130 mark yet I have also seen them without at around £50 my question is this, if I was to buy the cheaper could I myself set it up to receive all the sky channels uk and then purchase a sea lion? And if so what would I need to install on it? This is all theory of course. I'm just curious as to why 1 is a lot dearer than the other except for the free gift which is obviously the sea lion. I just don't want my mum spending more on something I could do for her. Thanks for any help sand sorry if this has been answered before I couldn't find it.
     
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    Ok but if I buy a standard box for my mum will it have the firmware I need like the cccam programme? Or will I have to install that myself to use it? Very confused as a lot of sites say that it can not be used to descramble? So I'm guessing that you need to modify it in some way. Sorry total newbie to this
     
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    Its all in the tutorial. Read it follow it enter ya line. Full sly package unscrambled
     
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    what worries me is the cheap build and problems that come with this box simply because no one researches before you buy.
     
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    Which is what I'm trying to do. So which box would you say is good
     
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    All depends on budget. I have the dm800 hd never had a problem with it. But more expensive than the f5. Also comes down to requirements do you want to record something while watching something else? I haven't heard many bad things about the f series of boxes but cacti knows a lot more than i do so you are probably better listening to him. I have a few friends i set the f5 up for and they all seem happy. But take advise especially when parting with monies
     
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    you will be running back and forth doing upgrades when channels move,clone boxes,no signal issues,box getting bricked needing a null modem fix,many many forums have multiple post problems with these boxes and have moved to better ones,even doing a google search will bring up many things,remember buying cheap has no safety built in .

    i saved up and bought vu original boxes,only work i do on them is change channel.
     
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    the box u mention how much are they and were do u get them from pal ?
     
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    world of satellite .com or you could get the cheaper octagon sf8 higher specs than a vu solo runs vix firmware/image ,all original units no clones and massive support.box sells at £119 or if a member you get a discount.
     

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