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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, 9 June 2012
5:39 PM

Hi i had a skybox in my old house i have taken the box o my new house where there is a sky dish i had connected the box to the dish along with my old card an i am unable to get any channels i was hoping to be able to watch the free to air channels. If i am correct what am i doin wrong?


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Daniel's 1 post GB flag

7:38 PM

Daniel: Press "Services - 4 - 6" on your boxes remote control and have a look at the signal strength / quality indication bars, as if nothing is showing then that can indicate that there is either a fault in the coax leading to the dish, one of the "F" connectors at either end and in particular the dish end if water has crept into the connector, the dish having been moved a fraction out of alignment or finally the LNB on the end of the dish arm is defective.

These are all the possible reasons for your problem if you know for certain that the box was working OK, and by the way the card is not necessary for Sky's free to view channels except for Pick TV.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 16 July 2012
Stephen Newmarch
3:06 PM

I wish to end my sky subscription.
I am currently using a HD+ box.
I understand I will lose some channels and the HD facility, will I still be able to record programmes from the remaining channels and play them back.


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Stephen Newmarch's 1 post GB flag

5:19 PM

Stephen Newmarch: No! as when a contract is cancelled the recording side of any Sky+ box will be disabled at the same time as your access to view Sky dedicated programmes effectively turning the box into a normal Sky box.

That said, I have seen it reported that if you remove your card before cancellation and are content to view normal "free to view" channels then you "might" manage to hold on to the recording facility, that is so long as you never at any time are tempted to try the card, as access is cancelled via an "over air" command from sky straight into the card, this being the key to the system.

Try a test by removing the card and placing the box in standby, then take it out of standby and check if you can play back something you have recorded, "if" you can then that's the procedure to use.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
7:37 PM

I am going to Spain shortly and i will be taking my bush free view digital reciever with me, question will it work in Spain when i connect it up to the digital dish???

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E36's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
David Jordan
8:47 AM

Great site with some very interesting info.
I am looking to cancel my SKY + subscription and go the route of FreeviewSat. My question is, will I still be able to use the "mouse" attached to our kitchen TV for receiving channels post SKY?
Many thanks

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David Jordan's 1 post FR flag

1:28 PM

David Jordan: If you just stop subscribing, and use the Sky+ box as a standard non-recording box then your "Magic Eye" will continue to work.

If you change to Freesat+ or Freeview+HD, you will not have an RF output - these have being discontinued by Sky for some years now.

However, you can always install a cheap second Freesat box using a spare output from your satellite dish.

More at Upgrading from Sky+HD to Freesat+HD | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
3:31 PM

hi i have a satellite box connected to my old sky dish will i still be able to watch hd channels or does there have to be some sort of upgrade to the dish to accept hd channels

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mark's 1 post GB flag
Les Nicol

5:30 PM

mark: No upgrade to the dish is required. You don't say what type of satellite receiver you have though? If it is a an HD capable receiver,then you will receive transmissions, but this assumes you have an HD capable TV. Alternatives to SKY are the BBC ITV supported "Freesat"HD boxes and FTA Free to air generic HD satellite recievers e.g. "Tdechnomate" HD or similar.

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB flag
Sunday, 16 September 2012
7:51 AM

my brother has sky t.v, if he subscribes to multi room, could i use the extra box in my house and use it with my sattelite dish i already have up.

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