Can I take my Sky on holiday with me?


Standard Member
Hopefully not as silly as it sounds. I'm having Sky HD fitted next week and was wondering if I could give my Sky+ box to my mother in law in R of Ireland ? What channels will she get if she has no card? Will she need a card from sky to use it as a freesat box?

And finally when I go over for two weeks holiday can I take my card from here and pair it with the box in Ireland to get my sub there for a couple of weeks?

All advice gratefully received


Distinguished Member
Yes you can give your box to whoever you like if you aren't going to use it anymore - but make sure she has a satellite dish first.
She will get the usual FTA channels without a card in it - but BBC will default to BBC London, ITV to ITV Midlands.
She only needs a Freesatfromsky card if she wants to receive the FTV, but not FTA channels - of which there are about six.
She won't be able to record on it - not without a Sky TV subscription of some kind.
You could pair your card with that box while on holiday - but Sky might get a little tired of you phoning up every year to pair them, then phoning up a fortnight later to unpair them, and re-pair your card with your HD box. Far better to not bother pairing, and still be able to watch all channels in your subscription except Sky Movies and Sky Sports.

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