On 22 October 2003, the Guardian reports "...viewers would have to pay around ÃÂ£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. "
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 www.digitaltelevision.gov.uk as soon as it is possible to do so.
Subscribe to Sky for a year
From ÃÂ£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 Ã¢â¬ÅValue PackÃ¢â¬Â for one year.
From ÃÂ£12.50: If you have been a Sky subscriber in the past, you should not have to complete the Ã¢â¬Åminimum termÃ¢â¬Â of one year. You can re-subscribe to Sky on the Ã¢â¬ÅValue PackÃ¢â¬Â and cancel again after one month.Either phone 08708-501 607 or visit http://www.sky.com/ordersky/home
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 Ã¢â¬ÅTV OutÃ¢â¬Â socket on the cable box using a suitable cable (made from parts 16-0605 and 16-0445 from www.rapidelectronics.co.uk) 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.
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
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.
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