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How can I watch itv-1, Channel 4 and five on satellite if I have no card or a fr

How can I watch itv-1, Channel 4 and five on satellite if I have no card or a free-to-view card?

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Wait just a few more weeks

On 22 October 2003, the Guardian reports "...viewers would have to pay around £20 plus VAT for a new card, which would last for at least two years ... Sky had promised not to disable the existing cards until the scheme was up and running.

All affected viewers will be alerted to the new scheme through onscreen messages that will appear next week and direct them to a call centre. "

Get a Freeview box

From £79: If you are in a Freeview reception area (see Freeview Reception) then you can get a Freeview box from a local store. This will give you several additional TV channels (itv-2, f-tn, The Box, TMF, UK Bright Ideas, UK History, Sky Sports News, Sky News) and some extra radio stations.

This will keep your digital widescreen reception of itv-1, Channel 4 and five. However you will not be able to choose from the different itv-1 stations.

Write and complain

From Free: Write to one or all of the following explaining the predicament, and hope that they create a solution before the September deadline:

Hope that Tessa Jowell sorts it out

Tessa Jowell has written to the respective Chief Executives of ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and BSkyB seeking clarification regarding their position over current and future access to free to view services on digital satellite.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport will publish the results of those enquiries on the digital television website as soon as it is possible to do so.

Subscribe to Sky for a year

From £150: If you have never had a free box and dish from Sky, then the best way is to get the offer from Sky and get a free Digibox, and subscribe to the “Value Pack” for one year.

Either phone 08705-800874 or visit

Re-subscribe to Sky

From £12.50: If you have been a Sky subscriber in the past, you should not have to complete the “minimum term” of one year. You can re-subscribe to Sky on the “Value Pack” and cancel again after one month. Either phone 08708-501 607 or visit

Watch on analogue cable

From Free: If you have ever had a cable TV service (analogue or digital), the law requires that itv-1, Channel 4 and five are kept available as an analogue service, even if you have stopped a subscription many years ago.

Most systems now use a digital TV receiver to produce the analogue picture for these channels, so the quality is good. However, it is not widescreen.

You will need a cable to connect the “TV Out” socket on the cable box using a suitable cable (made from parts 16-0605 and 16-0445 from and you will have to retune your TV or video.

Because of the way that digital TV is carried on cable systems, you must connect the video and TV by a SCART cable, and tune in the video only.

Watch on analogue UHF

From Free: As a final backup, you may still be able to receive an analogue. The picture quality may be poor, and will not be widescreen.

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Sunday, 27 February 2011
Don Evetts
1:26 PM

Does any one know the sky hand set code for the Currys Esentials C1501g810u/C15digb10 Product code is 0000950012. Curys tech guys can't help. This question is posted for my 85 year sister who finds the tv hand set to confusing but can use the sky hand set. Thanks

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Don Evetts's 9 posts GB flag

4:22 PM

Don Evetts: Please see Sky remote control - Operate your TV with your Sky remote for help with that.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Saturday, 8 June 2013
8:22 AM

I have been given an old Sky-box with no viewing card. Can I use it for free-to-air channels without having to subscribe to Sky? I have never been a Sky customer so I can't ask for a replacement, or clean the old card to reset the box.

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Ron's 3 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

11:28 AM

Ron: Yes. It won't mean a visit from the Murdoch Heavies.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 6 November 2014
S Martin
5:21 PM

PE19 6TD, within sight of the Sandy transmitter, 3yr old house, aerial in the loft, have 2 full HD tv's in the house, I can get 'normal' channels on both tv's but have never been able to get HD channels on either. Any suggestions? TVM

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S Martin's 1 post GB flag
S's: mapS's Freeview map terrainS's terrain plot wavesS's frequency data S's Freeview Detailed Coverage

6:18 PM

S Martin: What are the make/models of the TV's?

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

9:52 PM

S Martin: Maybe because they don't have HD (DVB-T2) tuners in. As MikeB says, makes and model numbers will allow that to be checked.

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