Sky+ as Freeview

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  1. HouseofMu

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    Quick question:

    If after the 12 months contract for a Sky+ runs out and the sub is cancelled, can it be still used as a Freeview box, like the normal Sky box can, and most importantly does the hard-disk recording functionality still work ?

    anyone?

    cheers
     
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    The hard disk recording will only work with a continued sub with sky, be it with a £10 fee or not depending on the package.

    As for using the sky+ as freeview box, you would get only a few channels but not ITV, CH4 and CH5.

    I presume you are coming to the end of your contract?
    If so, then you can trim down the size of your package (ooer!) but still be able to have the £10 fee waived for using Sky +.
     
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    I believe your sky card will still allow you to receive FTV (ITV,CH4 and 5) after you ahve cancelled the sub. They want it to remain valid so you will keep the hardware and maybe sign up again.

    As for Sky+ I think you can just pay the £10. I am struglling with this too. I love the Sky+ system but fancy free TV for a bit. You can get Freeveiw PVR's but they seem clunky compared to Dsat.
     
  4. HouseofMu

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    I believe there are a few Pace Twin Freeview clones due out shortly. but, a Sky+ just for FV would be sweet.

    Can anybody whos cancelled their Sky+ confim its h/d recording function stops, even for FV channels?

    n.
     
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    I can't confirm Sky+ abilities, but I can confirm that after cancelling our Sky subscription some time ago, we retained the ability to watch ITV, CH4 and C5.
     
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    If you do not pay the £10 SKY+ sub or have a suitable SKY package that gives the SKY+ sub free of charge then non of the recording/playback facilities will work.
     
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    It's worse than that in some respects, as a redundant Sky+ box has less functionality than the ordinary digi box, in that it doesn't even have the personal programmer for selecting and changing the channels for you.
     
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    True and my VCR can not uses it ultra reliable sat control to change channels on SKY+.
    That VCR was a god send when using SKY D before and after the release of the PP update.
     
  9. HouseofMu

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    I do have normal Sky at the moment but for the past year my viewing has been mainly on FV channels, so it sounds like I'd be better off with one of the newer Twin Tuner FV boxes. The new (but as yet un-reviewed) Fusion FVRT100 for example. I think there are 2/3 others (Thomson/Pannasonic ?) about to be released , all with simliar functionality. Best to let the early adopters discover which is the better one ;)

    Cheers for confirming the Sky+ situation.

    neil.

    PS. But, of course if Sky were to drop the £10 sub ....
     

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