Can I View Freeview (Not FreeSat) Channels With a Sky Digibox?

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  1. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden
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    Hi there,

    I just cancelled my Sky subscription when I discovered E4 was available on freeview. I thought I would be able to view all Freeview channels using my Sky Digibox. Now that the cancellation has taken effect I discover that I cannot recieve E4. I gave Sky a call and I have been told that I can only recieve FreeSat which does not include E4.

    Is there a way for me to recieve Freeview channels using my digibox?
     
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    E4 is indeed encrypted via the $ky satellite medium.
    What you have is Freesat , not Freeview.

    The original Freeview medium is terrestrial and not receivable with a satellite receiver as it requires a COFDM tuner - not QPSK as is used for digital satellite.
    It also uses totally different frequency ranges (UHF about 480-830 MHz rather than the 10700-12700 MHz used for satellite).

    So the 2 are totally incompatible at the RF level or physical layer.

    You ca buy a Freeview box for connection to your existing TV aerial for around 30-40 quid these days.

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