Once Sky is cancelled can you still watch teristeral?

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  1. Top Gunner

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    My question quite simply is that my Sky sub is ending in 3 days, can you still use the box to view teristeral channels if so that means I don't need to move my room around..!

    Anyone know?

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  2. Michaelknell

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    Pretty sure you can.
     
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    Cheers, for the reply, thought you might need a different card?
     
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    You may do, but 'I'm sure my mate did it and he didn't get a new card. I'm not 100% though.
     
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    Yes, you can watch all the BBCs, all the ITVs (they're all free to air now anyway) AND your card will become a FTV card which will continue to decrypt Channel 4, five and Sky Three.

    There are many other channels too - see HERE.
     
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    Thanks for your replies guys.

    All the best.
     
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    If your sky box had the DVB logo on it, you shouldn't even need the card inserted to get the free to air channels.
     
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    Cancelled my subscription 6 months ago, sky told me to keep the dish and box incase i changed my mind. In other words, freeview set up and paid for. A tip i found useful if you go ahead with it-use the 20 favourite stations to store any freeview stations that take your fancy, it saves trawling through 100s of channels to arrive at one you can watch.
     
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    Same here - I also added E4, More4, TMF and the Hits as favourite channels. While I can't see these on Freesat, it reminds me what's on. I can then flick over to my Freeview box (Netgem) to view them.
     
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    Pedantic, I know, but, if you're watching from a satellite, then it's hardly terrestrial. The term terrestrial means, broadcast from a ground transmitter. Assuming you have an aerial, then you don't need a dish or a $ky box to watch terrestrial TV. Just a TV with a tuner in it will receive terrestrial analog transmissions just like it always did.

    But, if you mean, is there a range of free to view channels available using $ky equipment, which includes BBC1, 2, ITV, Ch4 and five and many others, then the answer is as above.

    It's probably not strictly true to refer to these as "Freeview" either. That term is most often used to describe digital terrestrial (i.e. from a ground transmitter) broadcasts.

    Free programming from satellite is more usually known as "Freesat".
     
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    But you will to receive Channel 4, five and Sky Three (which are FTV, not FTA).
     
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    If I cancel my sky+ subscription, I still get all the FTA & FTV channels but what happens to the ability to record? I know I can still pay £10 a month to keep the sky+ record for the free channels but what (if anything) will the box do if I don't pay the tenner ? Can I still manually record ?

    Anyone know ??
     
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    As far as I can gather, a Sky+ box is useless as anything but a simple receiver, without a subscription.
     
  14. gavan

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    Unfortunately, if you actually want to use your own, paid for, Sky+ box to perform the basic function of using its hard drive to record from the full range of FTA and FTV channels you are looking at paying Sky 10 quid a month for the privilege.

    More good news - not all the channels which are free on Freeview, are actually free off of Sky. To get E4, More4, the Hits and TMF you're going to need to pay Sky at least a basic subscription of 15 quid per month for two entertainment mixes.

    So that's 25 quid per month to Sky, so you can use your *own* recorder to view and record the full range of 'free' digital channels.

    That's THREE HUNDRED QUID a year. If you can receive a good Freeview signal, I'd recommend looking into getting a twin tuner freeview HDD recorder which would pay for itself in a less than a year. Keep the Sky box as a digital TV source to be used whenever the DTT HDD box is recording two channels at once, or use it for another room.


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    Thanks to the recently introduced recording/live pause bugs and the rubbish PIN system which Sky have foisted on us, even many subscribers are coming to the conclusion that it's useless WITH a subscription ;-)



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    Well Sky is now cancelled & I can still watch the "free" channels which saves me extending my TV ariel now.

    Cheers!
     

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