Why it is important and What is the difference between Freeview, Freesat, Sky TV Edit
What each one is
Freeview is the UK's new digital TV service. Over the next couple of years the UK will switch to digital TV region by region. For further information visit the official site http://www.freeview.co.uk/freeview
Lots of more channels to choose from and digital radio. As these channels are digital your sagTv server does not have to encode them when viewing/recording so a lot less work for the CPU
Until the whole of the UK is switched over freview is transmmited on low power so like myself you may suffer signal issues such as blocky distortions in the picture depending on atmospheric conditions.
Freesat is the result of BBC and ITV putting their heads (and pennies) together to launch a free sattelite tv service. Freesat offers most of the channels that Freeview does plus more including some HD channels. As time goes on more channels will be added.
Here is the official site with all the info: http://www.freesat.co.uk/
To view in sageTv you will need a sat card such as Hauppauge wintv DVB-S S2 (http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/site/products/data_novahds2.html). This card has worked flawlessly in my sageTv server since the launch of Freesat.
You need a sat dish, a sky satdish is fine as Freesat is broadcast from the same constelation of sattalites as Sky.
Sky TV Edit
Benefits, drawbacks etc....
What is a STB Edit
What is a CAM Edit
How you can combine all of these transmission into one seemless SageTV set up...... Edit