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Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?

Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?

Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Free
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Yes, but only "sort of".

Freeview is the name of the (BBC-backed) digital TV system that uses hilltop transmitters to rooftop aerials. It is run separately from the "Sky" satellite-to-dish service. free-to-VIEW is a term for satellite channels that need a viewing card to watch, but not to collect a subscription. free-to-AIR channels are ones that can be received without needing a viewing card or subscription.

The free-to-AIR satelite service backed by the BBC and ITV is called Freesat. The free-to-VIEW service operated by Sky is called fSfS or Freesat from Sky.



As long as you have finished your first year, you can leave Sky when you want. To do this just give Sky a call and tell them you don't want to subscribe any more.

If you stop subscribing you will be able to watch the hundred or so free-to-air channels listed on free channels list. This service is called Freesat from Sky (fSfS).

Some of the channels on the Freeview service are subscription only on satellite, specifically: 4Music, Challenge, Dave, Dave ja vu, Quest, VIVA and Yesterday . See these links to compare the TV channels on Freesat-from-Sky and Freeview, and to compare radio stations on Freeview and fSfS. Many homes have free satellite and Freeview to get the full range of channels.

You will still need to keep your Sky viewing card. If you stop subscribing on a Sky contract, you can keep using that card to watch 5USA, 5* and PICK TV, the so-called "free-to-view" channels. (All ITV channels are free-to-air).

It is not possible to plug an aerial into a Sky Digibox to receive Freeview channels because the boxes have not been designed this way.

You will continue to get the full Sky EPG listings; you just will not be able to watch subscription channels.

If you want to go for High Definition, HD, you can swap out your Sky box for a Freesat one very easily.

A card is not needed to watch BBC services, but it is needed to get the correct BBC ONE and BBC TWO regions on 101 and 102.

Another option is to disconnect your Sky Digibox altogether and Upgrade from Sky to Freesat - ukfree.tv. If you have an HD-Ready TV and a standard Sky box, this is a good option.



All questions
My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound o1
Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?2
What can I do when my Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fau3
My Sky box has a "no signal message" - what do I do?4
How do I change the RF output channel on a Sky Digibox?5
In this section
Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels1
What can I do when my Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fau2
I have a Panasonic TV with integrated Freeview how can I record Freeview channel3
My Sky box has a "no signal message" - what do I do?4
How do I change the RF output channel on a Sky Digibox?5
I have split the signal from my satellite dish and now nothing works.6

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017
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Lou Valdini
2:13 PM

I am keeping my main Sky+ HD subscription, but am dumping Sky Broadband/phone, Sky Sports, and my 2 Multi-room subscriptions, in favour of a much cheaper Broadband/Phone/BT Sports package from BT. I intend to use Freesat from Sky instead of Multi-room. What do I need to do to receive Freesat From Sky? Can I simply keep my Multi-room boxes connected to my satellite dish?

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StevensOnln1
3:14 PM

Lou Valdini: You don't need to do anything. When your multiroom subscription ends, your other boxes will continue to allow you to view all the channels included in Freesat from Sky.

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MikeP
6:24 PM

Lou Valdini:

But Sky will disable the recording facility and you will not be able to watch anything already recorded once they terminate your subscription.



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Thursday, 6 April 2017
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Lian
10:12 PM

Hi.

I moved into a house with a dish and an old sky HD box.

I have been watching TV via this.

I was then given an old sky card to pop in the box to get channels like sony.

I have now suddenly starting getting sky1, sky atlantic, syfy etc. Sure these require a contract. Sky have no details from me. Why has this suddenly happened and should I do anything about it?

Thanks

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StevensOnln1
11:16 PM

Lian: Either Sky have reactivated the subscription for the viewing card in error, or the subscriber it was originally issued to has resubscribed to Sky without telling Sky that they no longer have their old viewing card. I would get in touch with whoever gave you the card, as presumably they're paying for the subscription channels you're now receiving.

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Friday, 14 April 2017
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Glynn
6:29 PM

I have a new sky q dish and later this year I want to cancel and have freesat I have been hearing freesat won't work with the new sky dish ? What do you suggest

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StevensOnln1
6:48 PM

Glynn: The receiver block (LNB) on the dish arm used for Sky Q isn't compatible with Freesat or SkyHD boxes, unless a hybrid LNB was fitted which is compatible with both. You would need to replace the Sky Q LNB with either a hybrid LNB or universal LNB used by Freesat and SkyHD boxes.

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Glynn
7:37 PM

StevensOnln1: is this a simple job or would I have to get an installer in to do it?

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