Competition to Sky+ with no monthly fees

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by StooMonster, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. StooMonster

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    Once the BBC moves away from Sky, and one can receive "Freeview" range of channels without decryption, what's to stop anyone producing a Sky+ like box (I understand there's one on it's way for DTB) that works with these channels?

    Would Sky+ fees then be for only encrypted channels?

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    There are some FTA digital satellite receivers with integrated HD recorders with no subscription already.
    They've been around quite a while but of course lack the complexity of TIVO software or the more limited SKY+ type of OS.

    So far only the BBC have said they are going FTA on digital satellite and there still issues that have to be cleared up before we see exactly what the service will be like.
    ITV, CH4 and Five might move to FTA but they would have far more trouble with rights issues compared to the BBC and in CH4/Fives cases they pay a lot less for encryption so it would definetly cost more to go FTA.

    If a channel has an EPG slot then it can be recorded by SKY+, so unless the FTA channels remove themselves form the EPG the SKY+ subscription will be for them as well.
     

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