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Any use for old Sky box?

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by bitofatit, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. bitofatit

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    Upgraded recently to Sky+. I was wondering if my old sky digital box would be any use to the "mother-in-law", no jokes please. I made the mistake of mentioning this to her, she will not pay a subscription (shes a pensioner) but would benefit from free to air via a sky dish. As she live up a valley, in S.Wales the PQ on her normal terrestial signal is appalling.
    I'm happy to pay the £40 to get a dish and cable put in but what I need to know is what exactly she could get without a subscription. Someone indicated Sky scramble some free to air such as Channel 5 is that true?

    Any help much appreciated, a positive response may ensure free sunday lunches for me for at least the next 6 weeks!
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    TV-wise, (With a Freesat card) she'd get all the existing terrestrial channels in digital quality. Plus stuff like BBC3,4,News24,and ITV3, Sky News, ITV News and a few others.

    It's well worth doing IMO. You need to budget another 20 quid for the Freesat card.


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    She will need a "free to air" card which costs a one-off £20, and she will get all the free channels.
     
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    Hi bitofatit,

    This is a good website to show you what channels are available. You can also buy the card from there.

    http://www.wickonline.com/ita.htm

    You will certainly be in her good books, and you can look forward to having some delicious roast Welsh lamb!
     
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    If you can't get the website by clicking on it, put it in the usual Address section. My computer's playing up at the moment and I keep getting the same Internet Optimizer website when I click on something. I uninstalled my expensive Norton Anti Virus package as my computer was so slow.
     
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    Norton is AWFUL. Get a free AV solution instead - AVG or Avast or something,
     
  7. bitofatit

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    Hi Guys,
    thx Nick and Gav for the advice - freesat card - I'll do a search to pick one up. I'm hoping this is a one off fee as "she" will not pay for a subscription. Cynthia 7, I tried the link and searched from the home page as well but no luck - off to try google.
    Best regards all around
    B of a T
     
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    Yes it's a one off fee for a "Free To View" or FTV card i.e. Freesat card (no subs).

    Chris Muriel, Manchester
     
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    From: http://www.satalogue.com/section1/page1.htm (also lists all the channels you'll get)

    "For ITV, Channel Four, and Channel Five, a Freesat Card will be required..The cost of this 3 year Card card is just £20.00 and it is easily obtainable by calling 0870 850 0033 and asking for a Freesat Card to be sent to any UK address.."

    Dunno if it's accurate but give it a go.


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    Hi bitofatit,

    Sorry, I hadn't looked at that site for a while. This site has cards for £18.95 delivery free to Uk. It also has an up to date list of available programmes with this card. Your mother in law will probably love the two free movie channels:

    matinee movies channel 336 showing from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    true movies channel 333 which is on 24 hours although there may be some repeats.

    http://www.freesatcard.co.uk/tvchannel.htm
     
  11. bitofatit

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    Got me thinking now....just had a flyer from Sky saying I can get either £50 in vouchers or an upgrade to Sky+ 160 (worth apparently £199) if i introduce someone to Sky. Question is do I go with plan A - get the sky dish installed (£45), new handset (posisble e-bay - say £8), cost of freesat card with postage £21, add in £50 of vouchers ("cost" in total £126) against Plan B getting Sky to install and take a subscription which I pay for, 3 months @£7.50 + 9 @ £15 - total £157.50 + free sat card in 12 months time total £178.50). If I get the upgraded box and the one for mum in law, both will have a 12 month guarantee and I guess she gets additional channels for 12 months??.... I'm loosing the plot here: make my mind up for me anyone? - B of a T :blush:
     
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    Actually, you won't need a Freesat card in 12 months ... a lapsed Sky card will act as a de facto Freesat card. So for about a 30 quid difference, you get a 'better' Sky+ box and she gets a 'new' digibox plus additional channels for a year. Seems reasonable.

    Note that there are Dolby Digital problems reported with the 160 boxes. Also note that she might get a refurbed digibox. OTOH it will have a guarantee which the old one won't have.


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    Hi WorKid,

    Thank you for your advice. I'll Google AVG and Avast to find out about this. I cannot find the original Norton CD which cost me about £45. My son, who is a computer expert. said I don't have enough memory on my Dell laptop and it was now operating at an unacceptable speed. He said it's not worth buying new memory for a
    four year old ME computer. However, I am really plagued with bugs at the moment so I must do something. Jonathan says I must learn to sort things out for myself or I will never learn, too true. I try to resist phoning him when I'm in trouble!

    Thank you again.






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    Hi bitofatit,

    I would definitely go for plan B, get Sky installed for ma-in-law. You will both have new guarantees, she will have a new installation, you will have a lovely big planner, and far less hassle all round.

    Go for it!!!
     
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    Cynthia, Gavan, thx for the support .. Plan B it is then. Later.
    B of a T
     

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