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What is going to happen to the free-to-view satellite cards?

What is going to happen to the free-to-view satellite cards?

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According to the BBC:

If you have a Free-to-View (or 'Solus') card or if you have a Sky card, but have stopped paying your subscription to Sky

If your card looks like this:


You will still get the BBC channels that are “Free-to-Air”, and the correct regional (or national) version of BBC ONE at 101, and BBC TWO at 102, until September.

The box will then default to BBC ONE London at 101, and BBC TWO England at 102, independent of where you live in the UK. Your local BBC regional output will be available in the 941-962 numbers of the EPG.

However without your viewing card you will lose itv-1, Channel 4, and five. Please see here for your options.

If your card looks like this:

You will get access to all the free-to-air channels, and the free-to-view channels.

You will get your correct regional (or national) version of BBC ONE and BBC TWO, plus your localised ITV region, at channels 101, 102 and 103 respectively.

Additionally, if you live in England, a local version of BBC ONE will appear at channel 101 when these variants launch on 29 July 2003.

If you live in Wales you will get S4C at Channel 104, instead of Channel 4. However you can still access Channel 4 on channel 184.

You will be able to get all the other regional and national variants of BBC ONE and TWO in the 941-962 numbers on the EPG from the end of July, regardless of where you live.

Your card will continue to work for between three and five years.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011
1:33 PM

I have sky HD in the lounge and have sky+ in one of the bedrooms on multiroom.
I've just purchased an octo LNB. Can I connect an old sky box without a card and receive the free channels or will i have to purchase a FTV card from sky?

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Jaime's 1 post GB
Saturday, 9 July 2011
9:25 PM

we have just been given a sky+box but can't get it to work we already have a sky digi box with a viewing card what do we have to do now?

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clarke's 1 post GB
Sunday, 17 July 2011

1:02 PM

Jaime: Yes, just connect it up. You only need a card if you want to watch PICK TV, 5* and 5USA.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
4:41 PM

i used to be with sky but cancelled my subscription about a year ago, i have been getting all the free channels but now my sky box has started playing up, if i get a second hand box what do i do about the card,do i use the old one or do i get a new one or try to get box with card,thanks,mark

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mark's 2 posts GB

8:56 PM

mark: You can use your existing card if you want, but I would first try the three methods listed on the My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong | - independent free digital TV advice page.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Monday, 27 August 2012
10:43 AM

Can i get Freeview channels with a sky boxs in my caravan with out a viewing card thanks

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5:00 PM

STEPHEN LEE: Yes, on the assumption that you have a dish installed and that you are referring to Sky's "free to view" channels.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
9:22 PM

Hi there,
I no longer subscribe to Sky but still have the working equipment. My Sky+ box will not record without a current subscription card even for the free-to-view channels, is it possible to overcome this problem without re-subscribing to Sky?

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Brian's 2 posts GB

9:35 PM

Brian: The answer is no, as Sky permanently retains the access codes necessary to enable the recorder / playback side of the box to operate, and as you obviously already realise will only allow access to them with appropriate payments being made in the form of a subscription, there being no way around this.

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