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Upgrading from Sky+HD to Freesat+HD

What to do if you want to stop subscribing to Sky+HD but do wish to record/pause/play free HD television.

What to do if you want to stop subscribing to Sky+HD but do wis
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You might get a glossy magazine every month, but what do Sky really think of your custom?

"Give me a f**king name on a direct debit and it's mine for life,"
- Sam Chisholm, former boss of BSkyB.

Perhaps you responded to an offer like the one blow that promised a gratis Sky+HD box (for new customers taking their first Sky+HD package) with free standard set-up

But you were so excited with the thought of a £50 M&S voucher that you didn't think to follow each of the little daggers and little stars to quite read all the terms and conditions:

So, your twelve months of commitment are over and, for reasons of budget (or politics) you have decided you want to keep all the features of Sky+ - live pause, high definition, extended electronic programme guide, series record, and recording two programmes at once whilst you watch another - but don't want to fork out every month on top of your TV Licence - and you still get hundreds of free TV channels

Here's what you can do.

First you need to buy a Freesat+HD box. There are many on the market, and can be bought from Argos, Currys DIGITAL, John Lewis, Comet and online at Amazon, as well as other stores.



This will take no more than ten minutes. First you will need to disconnect the Sky+HD box mains from the wall socket.

Then you will need to disconnect the cables from the back of the Sky+HD box.

Pull out the mains power connection (1), carefully unscrew the satellite dish links (2) and (3), and then take out the HDMI lead (4) to your HDTV. If you have an "surround sound" amplifier, you may also have a digital audio connection (5).

Remove the Sky+HD box and put the Freesat+HD box back in the same position.

Then reconnect the cables: the mains power cable (1) - but not to the wall just yet, screw the two satellite dish links (2) and (3) and connect the HDMI cable (4) to your HDTV. If you had one, reconnect the digital audio connection (5).

If you have an Ethernet router, you can connect it to the Freesat+HD box at this point (5).

With everything in place, turn on the mains power and power up the Freesat+HD box.

The TV screen first displays the box's logo

The first set-up screen allows you to select the TV type, widescreen mode and resolution:

Next the box checks for the satellite signal:

Then there is a check for updated software:

Then you enter your postcode and the box checks it:

The next step is a scan for channels. This takes about 30 seconds:

And that's it. You can now view channels, like 108 for BBC HD:

Or press the GUIDE button for the EPG:

And that's it.

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Friday, 13 May 2011
7:57 AM

Would it be possible for Briantist to respond to my post of the 29th April ?


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technophobe's 6 posts PT flag

8:17 AM

technophobe: I think this is the one:

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Saturday, 14 May 2011
M Smith
9:21 AM

I have Sky+HD package that includes Sky Sports 1&2.
Is there any way I can continue to receive these channels if I cancel Sky and go Freesat. I have built in Freeview on my TV.
Somebody mentined to me that it was possible to purchase and insert a viewing card in the TV.

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M Smith's 2 posts GB flag

1:57 PM

M Smith: No, you can't do that. You must first subscribe to a Sky basic package using Sky equipment to access Sky Sports channels on satellite.

You can also get the channels - in SD only - via BT Vision, Top UP TV and Virgin Media.

The only option via a Freeview TV is TUTV - see Freeview, Digital TV Recorder (DTR), ESPN & More .

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Monday, 16 May 2011
8:39 AM

If I take my Humax Freesat box to My home in Spain,will it work if I remove my current Sky box and replace it with the Humax?

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Peter's 2 posts GB flag

8:54 AM

Peter: Yes, it will.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 May 2011
Graham M
5:59 PM

Will the satellite dish need to be realigned when I change from Sky to FreeSat or is it just a case of changing the receiver?

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Graham M's 1 post GB flag

6:22 PM

Graham M: As with the article, you just change the receiver.

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Saturday, 28 May 2011
George Ingle
5:45 PM

I have a basic Sky+ package fed to five TVs each with a 'magic eye' so that recordings can be accessed from anywhere in the house and also channels can be changed. What equipment/work would I need to have the same facilities from Freesat?

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George Ingle's 1 post GB flag

9:25 PM

George Ingle: Freesat+ boxes do not have "RF modulated" outputs.

This is because you would normally wire a Freesat box for each TV set to the dish, so you can watch any Freesat channel on each TV.

However, you can buy a "RF Modualtor", such as Maplin - Buy this Programmable RF Modulator cheap online which will allow you to do the same thing as the Sky box.

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