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 satellitechannels 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.
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.
Thanks for your reply, so as we don't have a normal TV aerial, we would need to purchase one form BT which they can do along with a BT engineer to fit it will cost ?60, is that worth doing & would we then be able to pause & rewind?
Thanks again Steve,
BT informed me yesterday that to go with them for TV we would need an outside aerial & that they would send an engineer out who would install & aerial for ?60???
I think i need to call them again & make sure us & them know what we're talking about!!!
But your comments are helpfull
and if they are going to do it for 60 pounds, thats actually a very good deal. If it all goes wrong, then you can at least complain to BT (OK, I've had dealings with BT, so dont get your hopes up), and at least there seems to be a years 'parts' warrenty.
Since it sounds like you've only got a dish at present (which you can carry on using with Freesat), a new aerial would give you a lot of flexibility, since all TV's now should have Freeview installed as standard. The BT box will work in much the same way as a Sky one does, and will allow you to get Iplayer, etc.