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Ian Cartwright
Monday 20 October 2014 8:05PM

I, like a lot of people, are getting a bit fed up with the cost of Sky.
I am currently paying for the Sky basic package + Sky Sports at a negotiated special price of £46 per month. (Normal price is in excess of £60 per month!)
Even the special price is still a lot of money but I did agree to a new 12 monthly contract with Sky at this price.
Am I able to cancel my subscription before the 12 monthly contract expires (August 2015) without incurring an early cancellation charge ?
My plan is to use my existing Sky box to receive the free to air channels
but would I loose access to any programmes that I have recorded?
If the answer is yes to this final point is there any way of recording them before I take this step ?

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Stephen Richards
Sunday 2 November 2014 6:31AM

Looking for an easy way to compare TV channels. Is there a Downloadable Excel Spreadsheet that lists all UK TV channels by providers.

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bev
Saturday 22 November 2014 6:15PM

Hi , want to cancel my sky subscription and just use sky box to watch whatever I can . . Will the sky adult channels still be available to view, only at the moment I have them blocked with pin etc and not showing on channel list . . . Basically I don't want any of the adult channels to be viewed . .or available at all .


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jb38
Saturday 22 November 2014 7:29PM

bev: If the adult channels you are referring to are connected in any way with the Sky subscription package, then no they cannot be viewed.

You can easily find out what you will, and will not be able to view by temporarily removing your viewing card then running through the channels in question, an even more accurate way being to place the box into standby for a minute or so before removing your card followed by disconnecting it from the mains. Leave it that way for about 30 seconds or so before powering it up again and allowing it to set up, once completed run through the channels again and check what you are not allowed to view.

Once that the check has been completed, just reinsert your card again and all should revert back to as before, although you will likely have to reinstate to PIN number block.

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bev
Monday 24 November 2014 10:46AM

Jb38 , thank you for your help. I tried removing card etc as you suggested and my sky box will still access quite a few of those adult channels! Would the parental control lock remain in place once I cancel my sky subscription and remove the card? Is it the card that locks the channels or is it programmed to remain in place in the sky box? At the moment the adult channels are removed from sky tv listings etc so can not be viewed without the pin . . . If I left the parental control settings in place would they still work once I cancel my subscription with sky?

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jb38
Monday 24 November 2014 12:38PM

bev: The parental control block should stay in place as that takes effect within the box, although if at any time you have changed the PIN number from the usual of the last four digits on the viewing card, make sure that you keep a note of the number, as only subscribers are able to recover a number that has previously been altered as Sky keeps a record of any changes made.

By the way, I have just tried out the parental control system on my Sky box, and although not a subscriber, I have been able to block the adult channels from appearing in the programme guide, and so it would appear that you will be OK.


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bev
Monday 24 November 2014 12:47PM

jb38: thank you so much for your kind assistance, .how did you manage to block adult channels if not sky subscriber ?

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