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).
Might be a daft question but am upgrading to sky+ Hd after old digibox broke down but I don't have an Hd television and all sky sports channels are Hd will I be able to watch them .I never gave it a thought when arranging this update I don't want to be paying more and not getting the channels I watch the most.
Briantist: Yes! many thanks for pointing this out, apologies for aspersions relating to your site.
Although its rather puzzling as to how the colon appeared at the end of the URL, especially as the offending URL wasn't actually typed in but via "copy and paste" from address bar. Anyway, I will watch out for this potential problem in the future.
My contract with sky ends 27 March. I have a BT TV box which I have not connected yet. Should I disconnect the Sky box before connecting the BT box please. Also will I be able to record on my DVD player please.
ann: The only programme channels affected by cancelling your subscription are those dedicated to a Sky package, you can test this out for yourself by removing the viewing card and running through the programmes that you normally view, any dedicated to a package will trigger a "please insert card" message,
The other thing that should be pointed out being, that you will lose the ability to record or playback anything recorded on the hard drive, as Sky will disable access to this side of the box.
jeannette: You can leave the Sky box as it is. Just because your contract ends, it doesn't mean the box stops working - only that you cannot record, access what you've recorded and the channels available will be rather more limited.
The BT box is a rebadged Humax PVR, and works via Freeview, so they work entirely seperately.
If your DVD Player is only a player - then no, thats impossible (thats what the BT box will do). If you have an old style DVD recorder, then possibly. It will need either a Freeview tuner built into it (and connected to the aerial) or could be used via the Sky box (connected via a scart) and uses the Sky box as a sort of digibox. Unless you really need something on disc, I wouldn't bother.
Dawn Quinn :
A dish is only used to receive signals from a satellite and cannot be used for any other purpose as that is all it is designed to do. Freeview is a ground-based service so you need an aerial connected to your TV or set top box to get their programmes. The aerial needs to be suitable for your local transmitter so we could advise better if we knew roughtly where you live by giving a post code (or that of a nearby shop or post office). Note that there is no such thing as a 'digital' aerial, all aerials for domestic TV reception are suitable for current signals providing you observe the grouping and polarity setting - your aerial installer will be able to advise. We usually suggest using a log-periodic aerial as that is most likely to be usable for any forthcoming changes over the next 5 years or maybe more. (BTW, 'ariel' is the name of a type face style!)
Dawn Quinn : In addition to the advice given by MikeP. Freesat devices are 100% compatible with Skydish systems, a basic reliable Freesat box such as a Manhattan PlazaHD-S2 (?44.00 from J/Lewis) being an ideal replacement for a standard Sky box, or if you require the same facilities as that offered by a Sky+, or Sky+HD box, then a Freesat PVR (recorder) would be the device to go after, a popular brand with a reputation for reliability being manufactured by "Humax", although Manhattan also has a recording version of the Plaza called a HDR-S, (?129.00 JL).
A point to note being, that standard Freesat boxes in common with standard Sky boxes only requires a single input from the dish, whereas Freesat PVR's in common with Sky+ devices require twin inputs, i.e: one for each tuner.
That said, you will of course still be able to view Sky's non subscriptionchannels even after you have cancelled the contract with Sky, that is "if" your box is still fully operational and has not developed a fault.