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Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels

Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels?

Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get
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You can get the following Freeview channels on with an ex-contract digital satellite receiver (once it is connected). Items marked with a star require either a Freesat from Sky (fSfS) card, or a expired Sky subscription card to view.

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Saturday, 1 January 2011
8:07 PM

Many thanks for help with this...

I live in an area with no freeview reception and am looking at the best (cheapest?)way to get TV reception in our main bedroom.

In our living room we have sky+HD with a current subscription.

If I get an engineer to run two cables from our existing sky dish into the bedroom and then I buy a second hand sky+ box and connect it up, what functionality would I get?

Would it

a)be able to play/pause/rewind?
b)be able to record?

Have also looked at the options of buying a freesat box (basic / HD or HD+).

Many thanks

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Andy's 1 post GB flag

8:36 PM

Andy- In my opinion, your best option would be to purchase a Free-sat box. However, the channel line up is limited in comparison to Sky.

If you go for a second Sky-box, you would still be able to play and record, but you would however need to pay Sky extra monies for the privilage.

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LutonFan's 382 posts GB flag
Monday, 3 January 2011
10:52 PM

ive bought a second hand sky hd box but want free sat my older box downstairs works fine with a card i bought from sky but the hd box in the bedroom says no satilite signal being recived yet on the strength and quality its vertually full do i need to buy a card for this to work or shpould i be able to get some kind of picture ive scratched my head for far to long thanx anyone that can help matt

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matthew's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
11:06 AM

Hi. I have just moved in NEW house and there is old sky sattelite with cables. is it possible to put that cable to my LCD tv with freeview build in? or do i need to buy SET-top box? Thanks

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Jan's 1 post GB flag
Les Nicol

11:51 AM

Jan - I would make use of the existing dish, but you would need to purchase a "Freesat" receiver which are available in Standard - High Definintion and recordable variants from a range of manufacturers. These are available from local suppliers multiples eg: Curry's Argos, John Lewis, Comet etc and online. You may simply be able to connect up yourself, but a local installer's services should be relatively in-expensive if the dish and wiring are already in-situ. Minor upgrade might be necessary if you were to opt for a twin tuner receiver with full recording capability.

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB flag
Les Nicol

11:57 AM

P>S If you opt for the onboard "Freeview service cia your TV you would tequire to connect to an external roof mounted TV aerial.
I would check the level and quality of reception in your area on Freeview with near neighbours as it may be more limited than what "Freesat" will offer.

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB flag
10:21 PM


Can I use 1 sky card on two sky+ boxes by physically replacing them?

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Tony's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 8 January 2011

10:31 AM

Tony: I'm not sure what you mean by "them" in that sentence, but I can't think of anything that would not result in the same answer: no.

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Briantist's 38,901 posts GB flag
1:31 PM

I have a sky+ box I want to use to receive free to air/satalite channels only. I dont have any cards with it do i need any??

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Pete's 1 post GB flag

2:24 PM

Pete: If you only want to watch, you don't need a card to use a Sky+ box for the free-to-air channels.

However, if you want to play/record/pause with it, you need both a card and a subscription.

If you want free channels AND play/record/pause, you will need to buy a Freesat+ or Freesat+HD box.

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