Are freeview boxes compatible with Sky Freesat?


Novice Member
My mother doesn't have any facility to pause or record TV programmes. I'd like to get her a freeview box for Xmas that records and/or pauses live TV. My questions are:
Can you pause live TV with a freeview box (not contracted to Virgin, Sky, etc)?
Can you record from freeview boxes (not contracted to Virgin, Sky, etc)?
Would such a freeview box be compatible with Sky freesat (she has a satellite dish and can receive freeview via her TV - though reception poor on latter)?

I don't want to waste my money or get her hopes up by buying something that won't be compatible.

Many thanks



Distinguished Member
Yes Freeview boxes can do all you ask but they can only work using an aerial and you say reception is poor. Why not connect a Freesat+ box to her dish ?

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