Ned : Sight amendment to that said regarding the ITV3 question, make it Pick TV on EPG11, the reason for this being that I recall one exception to the norm of ITV3 / COM4 only being broadcast by main stations, although at this moment I cant remember the station that the exception applies to, but though Pick TV / COM5 "is" only broadcast from main stations.
I have the free SKYchannels through an old sky digibox (drx-100). No card and no subscription. If i bought a FREESATHD box , apart from the 8 or so HD channels , is there any advantage.?
Are there more channels available with FREESAT compared to the free to view SKY ones ?
HD is of course one advantage, but of course the other is that if you have a twin LNB, you've got the chance to record, unlike a 2nd hand Skybox. And you would get on demand TV from a Manhattan or Humax box.
I'm not sure I'd be that disappointed to lose some of the Free Sky channels anyway - Horse & Country TV?
We have BT infinity broadband and u view, but reception through our terrestrial areal is really bad, constantly losing the reception for long periods.
We have an old sky plus box and card which allows us to change over fo free channels when the reception is poor but the box plays up at times and the picture is not as good.
Without re subscribing to sky packages, what is the best option?
As you already have a dish, as was used for your previous Sky service, it may well be advisable to use that with a Freesatbox. That will work perfectly well using the dish as the signals for Freesat come from the same group of satellites as the Sky signals.
If you like the idea of using your existing dish with a Freesat box, you may consider getting a Freesat PVR so you can record programmes as well - but that will need a dual output LNB at least. If you had Sky+ then you should already have at least a dual LNB (or maybe a quad, just as good) and at least 2 downleads that fed into your Sky+ box.