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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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Sunday, 28 May 2017

10:17 AM

A W Bates:

Though a Sky box has an Ethernet socket, you can only use it for their 'catch-up' services if you have an active subscription. I checked that on my Sky+ box. So if you want to stop your Sky subscription you will need an alternative, perhaps as suggested by MikeB. The Sky box will not be much use for anything other than viewing live free-to-air channels only. Your will not be able to watch any recording you already have nor to make any new ones.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 2 March 2018
AL Hughes
4:04 PM

Where can I get a list of channels without a subscription.
I would like CN Chinese channel and Fox if possibl?
If I pay Sky 25 will it make any difference in what I see please?

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AL Hughes's 3 posts GB flag
Friday, 26 October 2018
3:33 PM

Have newish EX sky box and dish so get some free view channels but not all .How do we get all free view channels ?Our tv is freeview HD but in the area we are in cannot get all channels without sky dish anyway-. Do we need to buy a freeview box/freesat box Will it work if relying on existing ariel and receiver problem

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Belinda's 1 post US flag

6:54 PM

Belinda: Your Sky box is capable of receiving all free to air satellite channels (which includes near all of the channels available on Freeview) although you won't have any ability to record. Which FTA channels are not working?

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StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts US flag
Monday, 9 December 2019
paul purdon
5:27 PM

thinking of leaving sky and have my own sky q box ,if I leave and go to freesat from sky can I still use my q box to record

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paul purdon's 2 posts GB flag

10:26 PM

Paul Purdon:

Please see my reply to your other posting on this subject.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
4:23 PM

I've recently switched off Sky TV and have the dish and a split end cable, however, my new Manhattan Freesat box can not seem to find a signal, 'transponder not found'. Help!

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Mel's 2 posts GB flag

4:39 PM

Mel: Does the Manhattan box have one or two screw connectors on the back? If there are two, have you connected both of the cables from the dish (the split cable you mention is actually two cables joined together)? If there is only one screw connector, have you tried swapping to the other cable?

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StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
8:23 AM

StevensOnln1: Hi, only one connector in the back, tried both ends of the cable. Same result.

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Mel's 2 posts GB flag

6:24 PM

I have a question I hope someone could answer

Have two living rooms both with Sky Boxes but we have got rid of Sky today - turning to Freeview.

It looks as if the TV aerial from the roof has only one feed, into Living Room 1. Specifically, into the 'Aerial In' on the back of the Sky Box in Living Room 1

There's then a separate cable from the same Sky Box (either RF1 or RF2, both work) which I am guessing goes into loft box to serve all the aerial points in the bedrooms and Living Room 2 (I know this because when I unplug, all other TV's lose signal)

My question is how do I remove my Sky Box but keep this RF aerial connection working? I tried to just manually attach both aerial cable ends together (they are the right genders) but nothing worked - its as if it has to use the Aerial In/RF Out on the Sky Box but I'm unsure why, isn't it just a passthrough? If so why can't I manually pass through as in physcially connect the two cables without the set top box

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