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Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?

Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?

Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Free
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Yes, but only "sort of".

Freeview is the name of the (BBC-backed) digital TV system that uses hilltop transmitters to rooftop aerials. It is run separately from the "Sky" satellite-to-dish service. free-to-VIEW is a term for satellite channels that need a viewing card to watch, but not to collect a subscription. free-to-AIR channels are ones that can be received without needing a viewing card or subscription.

The free-to-AIR satelite service backed by the BBC and ITV is called Freesat. The free-to-VIEW service operated by Sky is called fSfS or Freesat from Sky.



As long as you have finished your first year, you can leave Sky when you want. To do this just give Sky a call and tell them you don't want to subscribe any more.

If you stop subscribing you will be able to watch the hundred or so free-to-air channels listed on free channels list. This service is called Freesat from Sky (fSfS).

Some of the channels on the Freeview service are subscription only on satellite, specifically: 4Music, Challenge, Dave, Dave ja vu, Quest, VIVA and Yesterday . See these links to compare the TV channels on Freesat-from-Sky and Freeview, and to compare radio stations on Freeview and fSfS. Many homes have free satellite and Freeview to get the full range of channels.

You will still need to keep your Sky viewing card. If you stop subscribing on a Sky contract, you can keep using that card to watch 5USA, 5* and PICK TV, the so-called "free-to-view" channels. (All ITV channels are free-to-air).

It is not possible to plug an aerial into a Sky Digibox to receive Freeview channels because the boxes have not been designed this way.

You will continue to get the full Sky EPG listings; you just will not be able to watch subscription channels.

If you want to go for High Definition, HD, you can swap out your Sky box for a Freesat one very easily.

A card is not needed to watch BBC services, but it is needed to get the correct BBC ONE and BBC TWO regions on 101 and 102.

Another option is to disconnect your Sky Digibox altogether and Upgrade from Sky to Freesat - ukfree.tv. If you have an HD-Ready TV and a standard Sky box, this is a good option.





All questions
Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?1
My Sky box has a "no signal message" - what do I do?2
What can I do when my Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fau3
My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound o4
Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels5
In this section
Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels1
What can I do when my Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fau2
I have a Panasonic TV with integrated Freeview how can I record Freeview channel3
My Sky box has a "no signal message" - what do I do?4
How do I change the RF output channel on a Sky Digibox?5
I have split the signal from my satellite dish and now nothing works.6

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Sunday, 15 February 2015
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jb38
8:34 AM

Steve: What you have mentioned with regards to Sky having disabled your access to the recording / playback facilities on your Sky+HD has always been the case, but though you could have taken out another subscription (@ approx ?10.25 per month) at the time of cancelling your main one purely for the purpose of retaining the recording / playback facilities you have just lost, (and "only" those)

However, most decide against this taking this route by purchasing a twin tuner Freesat HD recorder (PVR) which is 100% compatible with Sky dish systems, the Freesat box referred to offering exactly the same facilities as a Sky+HD box, but subscription free!

On the subject of channels, have a study at the undermentioned link, running down the list of channels in the left hand column that you normally view, then checking along to the right under the Freesat column.

By the way, as far as Freesat HD recorders are concerned, Humax brand devices are one the most reliable types around.

http://www.ukfree.tv/showchannel.php?id=SKY3

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Thursday, 19 February 2015
MikeP
10:52 AM

AllanJ:
If you do not have a steerable dish, most people don't, then the only satellites it can pick up are those located at the orbital position at which it is aimed, the Astra satellites at 28.2 and 28.5 degrees east for example. Most other satellites are not visible unless you are lucky enough to have a 'wide view' dish (which are rare due to the expense) or have multiple LNBs mounted side-by-side on the end ot the boom. If you do have those you may 'see' other satellites.
One solution might be a second dish, possibly steerable, but in the UK that will require planning permission and that is rarely given for a second dish on the same house. Having it on a ground mount would still require planning consent.
So if you have a fixed dish, there is little point in extending the listed satellites receivable.

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