Cancelling Sky, what do I need for Freeview?

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  1. Pollywoggle

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    Apolgies if the answer to this is obvious but I have searched through this forum and looked around but I am still a bit confused! :confused:
    I have a pace sky box from about 4 years ago and subscribe to the £19 odd family package.
    I am not watching enough to justify the expense so I am going to cancel my Sky subscription and spend the £240 on something more enjoyable.
    What I am not sure of is if my existing sky box will be any good to receive freeview or do I need to buy a freeview box?
    I haven't a clue about freeview and their website altho helpful is more geared up for people getting digital for the first time.
    Any advice much appreciated, I want to ditch Sky asap!
     
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    You can keep the sky equipment and get 'FreeSat' - £20 one-off payment for the card.

    www.freesatfromsky.com

    Its the obvious thing to do - if you've never used Freeview, you may well be in for a shock - it isn't a patch on the SkyBox, not even the favourite Sony Digibox. I plan to kit out every bedroom TV with its own FreeSat Sky box because I can't stand Freeview, in fact! Rant over.
     
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    Freeview is the terrestrial digital service and as such a sat dish and digibox are useless for receiving that service:)
    However with a SKY system and ex-subscription smartcard you will still get all the BBC channels, ITV1 (ITV2 currently FTV), ITV3, CH4 and Five plus a number of other "free" television and radio stations.
     
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    That's rather an extreme view. Provided reception conditions give a glitch-free signal, the PQ of Freeview is generally better than that of the same channels from $ky. Generally, higher bandwidth is used which results in less digital compression artefacting. As I say, it is dependent hugely on reception conditions, though.
     
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    your existing Sky card becomes a "sky freeview" card, when you cancel.
    All the free channels on your sky box are viewable with it.
    I have just done this and it works perfectly. (also in an old Pace box)
     
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    Thanks for the replies, anyone know how much notice Sky want to cut the signal, ie can I ring up a couple of weeks before they take the next payment or is there a notice period that they require?
     
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    A SKY subscription requires one months notice of cancellation, so give them a ring listen to the CS rep's offers/reasons for staying don't weaken and just keep an eye on your DD to confirm what get's taken out.
    When the final payment has been taken you can then cancel the DD mandate.
     

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