Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by Snyda, Feb 8, 2005.
Which is better freeview or sky digital i cant make my mind up any ideas
It depends... freeview is, er, free and Sky digital isn't, but you get squillions more channels!
I dont mind paying for digital but i am at work most of the time so would i benefit from freeview rather than Digital
What channels do you want? Freeview gives you BBC3, BBC4, CBBC, ITV2, several news channels, a couple of music video channels... plus the 5 main channels of course. The rest is junk like shopping channels...
Sky you can get more, but pay.
You can see the Freeview channels here
You can get a top-up tv to get another ten channels but what they dont tell you is you can only view them when your at work and they switch them off in the evening.
One totally ****** off Top-Up tv card owner
Snyda, why dont you get Sky Plus, then you can record anything you fancy to disk and watch it when you're not working?
I would go for Freeview as much simpler (provided your aerial is up to it), picture is often better (Sky can compress their video more) and unless you're really keen on either movies (more £) or sport (even more £), Freeview will be fine & there are some good comedy & films on the extra BBC & ITV Channels. As another person has said, the rest are mostly shopping channels which are rubbish (although my missus watches them all)
Get a Freeview PVR then you get abc1 as well (ie you can watch it at night)
Get a Freeview box and try it for a few weeks.Forty pounds and no contract is less of a gamble than whatever price Sky decide to charge this week.I don't know anyone who actually watches much on Sky-they just seem to channel hop.As soon as they've found anything worth watching it finishes.
Unless footie is a must,you may find that Freeview will give you enough extra options.
Thats why I got Sky+
I skip throught the program planner and set it to record anything decent, then watch it whenever I want.
Definitely go for Sky+, it is a much more advanced system but obviously you have to pay for it. The electronic program guide is so much more easier to use than the Freeview one.
We use Sky+ all of the time, we hardly ever watch programmes live now, just watch recordings at our own convenience, it is so simple to use and easy to pick programmes to record. It allows you to get so much more out of your television.
As above get a Freeview PVR then you can watch the pick of programmes.
I my Pace Twin can do something no SKy Plus box can do - and that is record abc1 for free no subscription and no extra £10 per month to be allowed to record
If you are a keen sports viewer then Sky is the one for you. If you are a general family viewer then freeview with or without Top up TV is the best.
I had Sky for 15 months and as I am not a sports fan, I found the programme output repetative, old, stuffed with adverts and very expensive. Even the movies get to be repetative and buying DVDs is better value for money. I added Top up TV as I like documentaries and old classic TV programmes (TV Gold). Mind you, digital channels have many more ad breaks than terrestrial TV.
The only figure you need to know from Sky is that they expect on average each customer to pay about £380 per year for their services. That is on top of your TV licence. I make that about £10 a week to watch TV.
But it's only on a 1 month contract unlike Sky (12 months) so if you are not happy with TUTV just cancel it.
If you can afford it just get Sky. Trust me you won't look back. I was the last of my friends to get sky and have had it for Nearly 5 years now. I am not complaining!
Ironic as I am now currently very tempted to 'look back'. I have had Sky for years - I was in the first batch of those who adopted Sky Digital (and had several analogue setups before that) and likewise for Sky+ - but, for me at least, DVD has killed Sky as I can get all the movies/TV series I want on DVD with better picture and sound. And I can get all the main TV channels I watch on Freeview with better picture quality. By contrast Sky channels are now overloaded with endless ad breaks, DOGs and other onscreen intrusions that have made the whole 'experience' quite poor IMHO. As and when a decent HDD/DVDR/DVB combi is release I will cancel Sky and never look back.
Are you referring to any particular implementation of the Freeview EPG or have you tried all of the available Freeview boxes?
Freeview is myne, only point i can see upgrading to sky is for the movie channels, but then again might aswell just buy dvds instead
we've had sky for a couple of years now and the sure as death n taxes price increases without any obvious benefits means we'll be leaving as soon as I can afford the thomson dhd400! My problem is I want a twin tuner pvr but hate the fact sky+ is useless without paying £10pm or get movies or sports I don't want. As well as I've heard you can't even access recordings on sky+ if theres no signal?! IT'S JUST TOO CONTROLLING! All cos theres no competition.
Anyway to get the football without having Sky?
Thanks, that helped
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