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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
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Monday, 22 June 2015
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john
11:01 AM

Hi Could you please help me to connect my sky box to CCcam system as nothing I do seems to work

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Saturday, 27 June 2015
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Sydney
5:00 PM

We recently move in new home which already has Sky dish & wires with two outputs in the living room. My TV has has free sat built in but unable to plug this cables in. Do I need to buy a free sat box to start watching free TV.

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jb38
5:22 PM

Sydney: If both outputs in the living room are intended for Sky or Freesat use, then they will be of the short threaded stub variety, the jumper leads that connect into same being screwed into the stub.

If indeed your TV is capable of Freesat reception, then it will be equipped with a connection exactly the same as your outlet points, if though as I suspect, it doesn't, then you will have to purchase either a Freesat box, or more sensibly (albeit more expensive) a twin tuner Freesat PVR (recorder).

By the way, you cannot use outlets intended for satellite use into a Freeview device, as Freeview requires a normal aerial.

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Thursday, 2 July 2015
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John Smith
1:48 PM

Hi thinking of leaving Sky and using the existing the box for all freeview sag content - we will still get HD content ?

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jb38
8:59 PM

John Smith: The only HD channels that can be viewed on a Sky+HD without a subscription are: BBC1 HD / BBC2 HD / ITV1 HD / Ch4 HD and a few others of the news variety, you cannot view Ch5 in HD.

You can of course find out for yourself which channels can still be viewed in HD, simply done by removing your viewing card and running through the HD channels normally viewed.

The aforementioned test is more accurate if the Sky box is switched off after having removed the viewing card, restarting the box minus the card.

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