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Is there any way I can get free channels via satellite and have the kind of hard

Is there any way I can get free channels via satellite and have the kind of hard drive recording I am used to without subscribing to Sky+?

Is there any way I can get free channels via satellite and have
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You can buy PVRs that work with the free-to-air satellite channels, however they do not have a program guide.

When Windows Vista Ultimate Edition works with dual DVB-S tuners and provide a full electronic program guide.

Which PVR's work with free-to-air satellite channels?

Are you talking about FreeSat or some other way of picking up free to air channels?

I'm very new to satellite broadcasting so have not much idea of what I'd need to set up a system or, indeed, of the terminology used.

What has Windows to do with it? Are you saying that I could get a program guide on my PC?


For DVB-S PVRs, see:

http://froogle.google.co.uk/froogle?hl=en&q=dvb-s+pvr&oe=UTF-8&show=li&cat=510&lnk=catsugg

These can be used with Freesat, and requires a dish with a quad-output LNB, as a connection is required from each tuner in the satellite receiver to an LNB output.

Windows XP Media Center Edition (and now Windows Vista Ultimate Edition) contains PVR software and an EPG:

Windows XP Media Center Edition

The best PC based program guide is DigiGuide:

Download Digiguide



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Sunday, 22 January 2012
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jb38
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9:22 PM

David Wardynec: No! as Sky retains control of the recording side of the box and will deactivate it along with your entitlement to view subscription channels.

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jb38
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9:26 PM

David Wardynec: Just to clarify, you will still be able to view all the non subscription channels though with the exception of Pick TV.

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Friday, 10 May 2013
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sinthya ahmed
4:22 PM

Hi i got free view satalite, some cannels gone, please give me instuction how to get them.

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Friday, 6 September 2013
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Mike
8:30 PM

I have cancelled my Sky + subscription but I require some form of recording device. My wife has bought a Freeview box (unopened) but I have a feeling we should have got a Freestat box instead, am I correct

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Briantist
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8:48 PM

Mike: Yes. If you want to record the channels you get on satellite. If you are happy with the channels on Freeview (and you have an aerial), Freeview+ is great.

See Detailed comparison Freeview/Sky | ukfree.tv - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice to compare.

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Friday, 9 May 2014
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Michael
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12:30 AM

Anyone come up with a way to bypass the sky card reader inside a sky box in order to receive channels for free? You used to be able to buy pirate cards? The reason I ask this is because there are too many channels being encrypted and nothing has ever been done about it by OFCOM

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Michael's 368 posts GB
Briantist
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5:25 AM

Michael: if you bypass the CPU in the smartcard then you're not going to get acting other than unencrypted data!

Why would Ofcom stop something that is totally legal?

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Briantist
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8:18 AM

Michael: The system used ("NDS") is now owned by Cisco. NDS Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia has details.

To answer your question there are artciles like Pay-TV smartcard hacking - how easy is it?

To understand how the cards are well interated into the set-top box (and not an "add on") this diagram shows



See NCN8024 datasheet | Pinouts | Circuits | Schematic for Ncn8024 Smart Card Interface Ic for details.

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Saturday, 10 May 2014
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Michael
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1:08 AM

I once did an experiment with an old sky box, I removed the circuit board and with a sky card in I put it on an encrypted channel. I bypassed pin 1 to 2 and 1 to 3 and 1 to 4 and so on, a few messages changed but it never worked in allowing a blocked channel to come through. OFCOM have never done anything about it. Sky TV are charging too much, pubs can't afford It, often they have to use Italian Sky. There are too many channels blocked by Sky TV. I know people who have had the likes of £60 per month taken out via direct debit and then go into the red and face banking charges, all this must be a cause of debt, add this to smart phones where it is easy to get into debt due to gambling plus Sky TV 24 hour Gambling channels and pornography channels, then people having to take out loans via payday loan companies getting charged thousands of per cent. Basically the UK Government have sat back and allowed the UK to become a mess just like the USA

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Thursday, 9 October 2014
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ALAN
1:31 PM
Exeter

I want to connect to freesat and i see there are dishes for zone i and zone 2 my post code is ex6 7rf which would i need

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