Install own HD box - Sky says not!

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  1. smorgan99

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    Hi all
    Ok, my situation is as follows:
    Not currently got Sky but just bought a HD TV and fancy getting HD to take advantage of my TVs quality.
    The price of the equipment is putting me off but I have seen you can get the HD box at www.midsat.co.uk for £150. The previous owners had Sky so still got a dish outside. I rang Sky to see if I got the box myself, would I be able to set it up myself (saving £60 installation) and then just subscribe to HD.
    They said not. Reason being that they would have to install a new dish as all equipment comes with 1 years warranty. I tried to get them down on the price of the box but they wouldn't budge.
    Is what theyr'e telling me correct? I can't see why I shouldn't be able to do it.
    I refuse to pay £300 for their box plus £60 for installation.
    Maybe I should just put it off until price comes down!
    Whats your thoughts?
    Thanks
     
  2. Neil Watson

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    Tell them that plenty of people who have legitimately bought SkyHD via the Currys offer have had an auth sky contractor turn up who whilst they inspect the existing dish and cabling, very few have had them replaced. Mine certainly wasn't as it was fine, and they put the new quad lnb on and just ran another feed (had std sky originally) to the lounge.

    What they can insist on is that if for any reason there is a problem then you will need to pay (£65 per call out) for an engineer to come out to investigate as Sky (or their agent/sub-contractor) didn't do the install so you aren't covered under their 12month coverage of installation.
     
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    Did the previous owner have SKY+ or SKYHD as don't forget you need 2 feeds for the HD box.
     
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    Thanks for that.
    Previous owner looks like they just had bog standard Sky. Just a single cable coming from the dish.
    I may just buy the box and stump up the £60 to get it installed - maybe safer to do it that way I suppose.
    They can't argue with that can they?!?
    Would the engineer then come with the card or whatever I would need?
     
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    Card would arrive in the post...
     
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    Thanks. So, would I have to subscribe before I ordered the box from midsat?
     
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    I believe the midsat price is dependant on you subscribing to HD service within 10days of purchasing otherwsie they take a further £150 from the debit/credit card you paid with. That implies to me you buy the box 1st and then contact sky to arrange install and subs.
     
  8. smorgan99

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    Fantastic. Thanks for your help to all that replied.
    If I can save £150 then it's better then nothing I suppose.
    Unless Sky are likely to reduce price any time soon?!?
    'Spose that's too much to wish for.
    Thanks again
     
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    I got my Sky HD for £129 + £60 install from one of the independant retailers offering it at that price in Jersey. I think the box is a little cheaper due to VAT but from what i hear similar offers are available in the UK - just not directly from Sky. I wanted them to just give me the box so i could install it myself as i already had Sky+ but they where stubborn as, saying i'd have to pay the full £300 if i wanted it without install.

    The offer from the same retailer was even better if you where entirely new to Sky. I think it was free installation and a Sky Gnome... oooh!

    Just avoid getting it directly from Sky and you should be able to get yourself a good deal. :thumbsup:
     

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