Tesco offer Freesat HD install bundle

Tesco offer Freesat HD install bundleFor those of you reading this considering Freesat, but without any of the equipment required, this might be of interest to you.

Tesco have today launched their Freesat HD bundle, which comprises of the fantastic Manhattan Plaza HD-S, as well as basic installation, all for just £99.97.

The installation itself is carried out by third party company Euro Aerials and includes the dish, lnb, cables, clips and brackets; it is a basic install but will suit most customer requirements. Alternatively, if you already have a suitable dish in place, Tesco/Euro Aerials will upgrade your LNB to a quad version.

This is a great deal, especially considering the Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD receiver alone retails for around £80. This might just be a cheap way to access Freesat.

The deal can be purchased from Tesco Direct

The item description on the Tesco website is as follows:

The Manhattan freesat HD install bundle offers everything you need to start watching freesat HD on your TV from scratch in one easy and affordable package:

– Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD receiver.
– Standard installation by Freesat approved specialists, including all necessary cables, clips and brackets and satellite dish.
– Quad LNB upgrade if a dish is already present.
– Demonstration of the receiver.

Once the box has arrived, all you need to do is call the number inside to arrange a convenient time for their installation.

The Manhattan Freesat HD DTR not only transmits programmes and channels delivered by the freesat TV service, it also transmits the newest HD channels too.

Once you’ve hooked this Manhattan TV receiver to your satellite TV connection, you’ll have instant access to a wide range of free-to-air TV and radio stations, with no subscription fees to pay. You’ll also get access to other features that are available on pay-TV systems, such as an 8 day electronic programme guide, digital text and audio descriptions for the hard of hearing.

Comes complete with easy-to-use remote control. If you connect the box to your internet connection you can also watch BBC iPlayer (cable not included in installation bundle).

An image of the sleeve attached to the box can be found here.

191 thoughts on “Tesco offer Freesat HD install bundle”

  1. Glad you got your dish sorted Paul. Just to add a quick bit of advice when fitting the F-Type plugs, ensure none of the outer braid shorts (stray strands not easily viable shorting with the centre conductor), also when swapping out the LNB for a quad ensure that care is taken not to use excessive force as it could affect dish alignment if the spigot/boom is inadvertently knocked.

  2. cheers Neil.

    The existing LNB seemed to move pretty smoothly, so hopefully the new quad will be a comfortable fit too…but will be sure to take care on that.

    What happens of the outer braid shorts with the centre conductor? I presume it will basically screw up the whole signal quality? Do the F connectors attach to the cable pretty easily? Twist to tighten etc? All cables I’ve bought in past for Virgin use have always had the ends on already 🙂 I did look at them Snap and Seal connectors but noticed a forum thread that said they were more for Cable viewers (guessing its for snapping to the device, rather than to the cable itself).

    Although I think I’d prob use about 15m of WF100, going to order 25m instead, to give me plenty of leeway just in case……..the cable comes with 4 F connectors so probably no point getting the seal snap ones anyway….does come with clips too but notta clue how many, but I could always get an extra packet later if needs be

  3. I suppose you only need the grease for outside connectors and the inside the house its weather tight anyway.is that what you mean admin?

    admin said:
    Paul, use these instructions, you’ll not go wrong with this advise from martin:
    http://www.satcure.co.uk/tech/fconn.htm
    Just ignore the silicone grease part, not needed.

  4. steve 1 said:
    I suppose you only need the grease for outside connectors and the inside the house its weather tight anyway.is that what you mean admin?

    No, it’s more a case of being able to easily screw on the f-plugs to the cable, but never found it a problem without.

  5. admin said:
    Paul, use these instructions, you’ll not go wrong with this advise from martin:
    http://www.satcure.co.uk/tech/fconn.htm
    Just ignore the silicone grease part, not needed.

    IMHO to completely weatherproof the connections self amalgamating tape is highly recommended on the F connectors at the LNB even though Sky MK4’s have a slide down weather shield but forget the grease.

  6. Richard Crichton said: IMHO to completely weatherproof the connections self amalgamating tape is highly recommended on the F connectors at the LNB even though Sky MK4′s have a slide down weather shield but forget the grease.

    Agreed

  7. LNB and cables and wotnot bought.

    Ok so is this “self amalgamating tape” the same as regular black masking tape? I’m guessing not, and that I should maybe buy a roll of it 🙂

  8. It is the same as insulation tape and usually found in the bottom of a tool box! If it has a strong waxy feel to it, it is waterproof tape and suitable. It only really goes around the f-plugs on the outside cable end, but as the LNB has a drop down cover, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

    Do take it serious though, I’ve seen a few occasions where water has run down the inner core of the cable and into the receiver and it makes a real mess!

  9. Self Amalgamating tape is my best friend when it comes to sealing connectors!! Like admin says it’s a rubbery type tape which when wrapped around connectors gives a 100% watertight seal, something you just don’t get with regular insulation tape. I use it on numerous applications, F-Type plugs being one of them.

  10. aaah – my dad should hopefully have a batch of insulating tape around his house – I’m not the type of person for having a toolbox lol….I do have some electrical tapes and the likes though….worst case if he hasn’t I’ll just order a strip of it.

  11. It’s pretty easy Paul once you get the knack. Just remember to exercise a little tension when applying it so you get a nice tight seal however don’t put too much stress on the LNB arm, as I previously mentioned, as it might affect alignment. Usually this wouldn’t be an issue but as you’ve not got a meter if it’s moved off alignment you’ll be stuck.

  12. admin said:
    It is the same as insulation tape and usually found in the bottom of a tool box! If it has a strong waxy feel to it, it is waterproof tape and suitable. It only really goes around the f-plugs on the outside cable end, but as the LNB has a drop down cover, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
    Do take it serious though, I’ve seen a few occasions where water has run down the inner core of the cable and into the receiver and it makes a real mess!

    Slapped wrists Admin. It’s not the same.

    Normal Insulating tape is PVC and the glue dries out after a while so it will fall off when used outside.

    Self amalgamating tape is a special tape that fuses and bonds to itself once wrapped so instead of having a would strip of tape what you end up with is a lump of tape where every layer is bonded to the one above and below it. This keeps it in place.

    Self amalgamating tape is the way to go if you don’t want to be re-wrapping the cable join every 6 months!

    Also, Paul if you want to find out the skew needed, enter your details into this site along with the correct sat: http://www.dishpointer.com/

    You should be able to find your exact house on the satellite picture even down to being able to see where on the wall the dish is located. Put the marker there and it tells you the alignment co-ordinates (not needed in your case as the dish is up) and also the skew for the LNB.

    Skew is as simple as giving the LNB a small twist in the right direction.

  13. If I were an installer and I had a smart phone I would be getting the DishPointer Augmented Reality app no question.

  14. Hi Richard,

    My son has had this app on his android phone for a year or so, when doing a motorised its great to make sure the line of site is clear over the whole arc, but we’ve never needed on a basic Astra 28.2, dish setup, I would think it would help DIY’ers as I’ve had to go to quite a few customers that spent a couple of days trying to line up a dish to find it mounted on a north facing wall or bang in front of a tree etc.

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

  15. thanks – guess I best get some of that amalgamating tape ordered – about £1 for a metre it seems if just want a small strip

    For future reference for myself, : -11.7° skew 🙂

    I take it theres some sort of marker on the lnb of angles for adjusting?

  16. oops my bad…only £3+ on ebay for 10m too – gawd knows what I was looking at before then

  17. well…..most bits came on wednesday. Only waiting on the amalgamating tape.

    Seeing as the new quad has a sheath on it, figured for a few days, regular electrical tape should be fine….so swapped the LNB over, and tested it with the existing box…..all fine 🙂 Did have a brown pants moment when I headbutted the LNB while going up again tho thinking might’ve knocked the dish 🙂 Signal strength 94% with the new LNB vs 80odd on the old one, on their RG6 cable. Though I suspect thats because the other one was very loosely tightened.

    Just have to try to convince my father to come to house now so he can figure out how to drill how into wall/where for the 2nd WF100 cable to go into the front room 🙂 Then I’ll just swap the tape over with amalgamating stuff when it finally arrives

  18. thanks 🙂

    Finally got round to scanning for the non freesat channels…and it found loads – so need to go through and delete a boatload of the duplicate and extreme-tosh ones.

    Can’t seem to see Channel 5 HD on there mind? Is that definately still a FTA so should pick it up? Prob get better results on a manual tune perhaps.

    One weird thing is like – every time I’ve flicked over to Channel 4 HD….the picture quality on that has been ridiculously bad. Mind, I haven’t tried it much yet…..and the stuff on at the time were old 80s movies or very old shows etc….but it had a massive ghosting blur effect, like a really bad VCD effect played. Other HD channels never looked bad like that, so really hoping its just the content.

  19. well isn’t that typical.

    Just been putting in the 2nd cable to the dish, and tacking it to wall etc….and used the electrical tape in the quad LNB. Its been pinned to the wall round to the front where I now need to wait for my dad to come over to house with his tools and drill a hole into wall (going to make the hole that Virgin use for our broadband a bit wider/next to it to keep it tidier)

    So took ladders back to neighbours, put all junk etc away…then within 2 minutes of sitting down with cuppa, the postman comes and delivers the soddin’ self amalgamating tape!

    reckon its worth replacing the electrical tape with amalgamating sooner rather than later? Or just wait till if/when it fails?

    With it being a quad lnb it has the hood pulled down so giving it extra protection.

  20. Since been corrected on the difference between amalgamating tape and electrical tape, I’d suggest you do it sooner rather than later. The hoods on the LNB help, but aren’t water tight; not worth the risk of water getting into the cable cavity.

    PS – don’t forgot when putting the cable through the wall (from outside to inside) that you come in from below.

  21. heh – actually a little bit too late.

    We opened up the Virgin box cover, and my dad drilled a hole there next to the existing virgin connection for the net, so it gues under the same Virgin brown cover box outside.

    Once it was on the other side, I was like “hey this is miles away from the Virgin one”…..then I figured out that the Virgin installer obviously drillled downwards from the inside

    Soooooo….surprised my dad made an obvious mistake as he’s normally good at not making daft mistakes like that which I’d have missed….so the hole is more or less horizontal.

    Here’s hoping that doesn’t cause problems further down the line with water etc. The top of the virgin box has been gummed up etc…..but maybe I should try to think of finding a way to protect it a little bit more on either side of the wall.

    Other thank that silly mistake……all freesat’d up on my main tv now finally :D:D Thanks for all the help you’ve all been in getting me up and running.

    And I’ll be sure to swap that tape over tomorrow

  22. This deal is worth the 90 price tag if your looking for a freesat unit in a bedroom without the freature of being able to record, the down side to all this is the installation by Euro Aerials, seems that they are the loose part of it all, After waiting around for a 8am-1pm install and when they do turn up the following day, its like having one of the chuckle brothers around your home.

    I would recommend going off buying your own LMB and cable if you have your own satellite fitting yourself, if you cant do this then make sure you start off with Euro Aerials and get them to stick to what they say, and watch your home they are pretty usuless.

  23. I purchased the offer from local Tesco on 4th. Spoke to Euro Aerials same day and had a date set for yesterday, 15th.

    Enginer rang at 9-00 am saying he sould be there by noon. Arrived at 11-40am, sorted out the cabling, positioning and left him to it.

    Half hour later he tells me his drill was acting up and he was borrowing another from a colleague, would be back in thirty minutes.

    An hour later he rings saying he can’t get a satellite meter anywhere (this must be a very special kind of drill). As he was off on Sunday (today) he would come back at lunch time and complete the job.

    I’m still waiting, no contact from him – his firm say the job was down to be completed today and even they couldn’t get in touch with him.

    So another round of telephone calls tomorrow to try and get this done but no doubt to their time table and no compensation being offered.

    I’ll let you know what happens.

  24. Rang Euro Aerials this morning.

    They were unaware that the job hadn’t been completed. They rang the engineer who offered to come this morning and complete.

    I’m at work. He can’t come this afternoon as he is out of the area.

    The earliest is Thursday morning with a five hour window being offered, I’ve had to take it otherwise I probably wouldn’t have the dish set up this month.

    Totally unreliable, unprofessional and an absolute lack of customer service.

    I hope this is an isolated incident.

  25. Different engineer called on Thursday. He didn’t know about the problems at the weekend. Job completed within 30 minutes. 100% strength and quality of signal.

    The only problem was for the engineer; he had to make a 200+ mile round trip to fit the dish and get back home.

  26. so far after waiting over 3 weeks for the installation company to come and install my mums freesat, CONSTANT excuses for failing to turn up she is STILL waiting .
    this i feel is a breach of contract and tescos should consider the company they are using for this service .
    My mum is highly annoyed at this , and i cannot express my concerns without using bad language over the phone.
    She bought not one freesat box but 2 , and the last conversation with the help line told her she would have to pay an extra instillation cost for the second box.
    ABSOLUTE rubbish service she has received in my opinion and i if something is not done about it VERY soon i will be taking further action in a small claims court for her.
    ONE VERY ANNOYED SON.

  27. Hello
    Boiught the package from tesco two weeks ago and rang the number to arrange set up, which was due on tuesday 23rd.
    Got a phone call on friday to say that due to a dispute with tesco thy would not be coming to fit the dish any suggestions.

  28. Selling off the last of these now at Tesco.
    They are £45 which for the receiver and install of a dish is a steal!
    Good luck in finding the ones that are left.

  29. Martini said: Selling off the last of these now at Tesco.They are £45 which for the receiver and install of a dish is a steal!Good luck in finding the ones that are left.

    I bought one from the local Tesco, had around 4 on the shelf.

    I’ll be ringing the install number tomorrow, I really want a Quad lnb fitting though.

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