My Sky box has a "no signal message" - what do I do?
If you are getting the message "no signal" this would indicate that there is a problem with the signal from your dish into your box. Even without a card inserted into a Sky Digibox, if there is a signal, you will always get Sky Guide and the free channels.
Try powering off your box, remove the card, check carefully the cables, especially the connection to the dish, reapply the power and then when asked to insert your card you should then be able to see (for example) Sky News on 501 and the BBC News channel on 503.
Once you can see any channel, reinsert your card. This should, after about one minute, give you the channels you expect, such as 103, 104 and 105.
There are three ways you can attempt to reset your box. Please see What can my do when my Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' ?.
If you continue to get "No signal", you dish may have been misaligned, or there may be a fault with the cables and connectors, or a problem with the Digibox. You can see the signal strength by pressing SERVICES, then 4-SYSTEM SETUP and 6-SIGNAL STRENGTH.
paul: Sky can't turn off any free to air channels. If it is affecting two different boxes then you have a fault with either your dish or cabling. Start by turning off each Sky box at the mains and unscrew the satellite cables at the back and check that there are no strands of the outer screening braid touching the inner connector causing a short circuit, then reconnect the cables and turn each box back on and wait 5-10 minutes for the box to go through its startup process. If your channels haven't returned then follow the route of the cables from the box to the dish, looking for any signs of damage.
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ian thomas: You don't watch Freeview through a Sky dish as Freeview is broadcast from ground based transmitters which are received via an aerial on the roof (or sometimes in the loft) and cannot be received by a Sky dish (which receives signals broadcast from satellites orbiting above the equator). I think you really mean that you are using the Freesat from Sky service (i.e. a Sky box without a subscription). Have you tried pairing your viewing card with the new box from the menu? Have you tried contacting BT's customer services?
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