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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, 19 September 2012
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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jb38's 7,179 posts Platinum Platinum GB
10:27 PM

Thanks jb38. Looks like Sky win yet again.

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Brian's 2 posts GB
11:22 PM

Brian: Well you could always go with Freesat and especially a Freesat twin tuner PVR, as there are not that may channels that are available on Sky that aren't on Freesat and vice-versa, and of course there are no running costs with Freesat in the same way as there are with Sky.

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