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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 - If you have an HD-Ready TV and a standard Sky box, this is a good option.

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Thursday, 6 October 2016
1:10 PM

Hi Steve,
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?

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Eileen's 3 posts GB
2:15 PM

Eileen: I highly doubt that a BT engineer would install a TV aerial for you. You will be able to pause and record if you take one of BT's Youview+ boxes.

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StevensOnln1's 259 posts Silver Silver GB
2:40 PM

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

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Eileen's 3 posts GB
9:26 PM

Eileen: A quick google shows that BT ('partnered with TSG'!) does install aerials
About the Aerial installation service from Total Support Group (TSG) | Help | Help

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.

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MikeB's 1,941 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
3:02 PM

Yes I believe it will!

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Dancy's 4 posts GB
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Alan hutchinson
1:16 PM

Hi.i used to have sky but canceled it. I use the sky dish to use 2 I have no outside Aerial.If I get a second sky dish fitted can I get another tv signal instead of getting an outside aerial fitted as I want to use another 2 tvs in the bedrooms .thanks

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Alan hutchinson's 1 post GB
3:32 PM

Alan Hutchinson:

It would require planning permission to have a second dish installed on your property! That would attract a significant fee for the planners to consider the application! And no guarantee that they will grant such permission.

Better and cheaper is to have a quad or octal LNB fitted in place of your existing one, assuming it isn't already a quad or octal. The advantage being that such LNBs are less than ?20 usually (cables are extra) and each outlet can feed a receiver separately. Note that most satellite receivers that can record as well will need two cables fed from the LNB on the dish. Note also that a dish is no use to receive Freeview and cannot be fed into the conventional coaxial aerial socket on the back of a TV set, it has to be fed into a satellite receiving input (usually an 'F' connector). Some TV sets have that capability, otherwise you can use a set top box(es) for Freesat.

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MikeP's 1,148 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 21 November 2016
9:50 PM
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Jerrymig's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
2:08 PM

i currently have sky multiroom. If i cancel and get freesat would i be able to watch different channels in different rooms or would they be the same.

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john's 1 post GB
3:58 PM

john: You will need a freesat box for each room (or just use the Sky box on 'no card') which attaches to your dish. Some TV will have freesat or at least a generic sat. tuner built into the TV, or you can buy a receiver for less than fifty quid. A humax PVR can easily replace the main Sky box.

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