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.
I have just moved into a flat, there are two sat leads coming in. We are using freeveiw at the moment and getting poor reception on bbc 1 and bbc2, Would it be best to get freesat or sky basic package!!
TED DOE: Freesat is a one off payment - and since there are two leads, you can get a PVR, so you can watch and record at the same time. The Manhattan is about £129, but the Humax is a better best, and starts at £169. Thats also a smart box, with all four channels on demand, and wifi can be added.
Sky will cost you more over the long term - I have no idea of the basic package (Brianist did write an article on it - and MikeP reckoned £21 a month for a basic package), but if you simply bought a 2nd Sky box, and paid Sky to connect it up and allow it to record, its over a tenner a month, just for the recording function. So the Freesat box will have paid for itself in about a year if you buy a cheap one. Of course Freesat doesn't have as many channels as Sky (although I could probably live without Psychic Today, etc). Here is a list of what you get on each - All of the free TV channels in the UK
I have a Sky + box & am moving to another area where a Sky + dish & leads is already installed... BUT I can no longer afford or wish to continue with my Sky subscription.
I am happy to receive whatever free channels are available BUT how can i record programmes best? Is it possible to use the recording & link facilities on my Sky+ box? If not, what do I need to get to record programmes with a link so that i don't have to keep resetting the recorder etc.
FrankLT: You cannot use the recording features within a "Sky" box without paying said company for the dubious privilege. Therefore the best solution is probably to go with a Freesat PVR, this being a one-off payment for the box.