Sky Digital Without Subscription

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by Wilbur, Sep 3, 2002.

  1. Wilbur

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    After failing with a Pact FTA box I have decided to bite the bullet and go sky digital.

    The building I live in was wired for sky digital when I moved - a dish on the roof and threaded connections piped into the living rooms of each of the 46 flats. I really only want sky in order to improve the quality of my exisiting picture (severe ghosting caused by Canary Wharf towers).

    So... if I were to buy a second hand sky digibox, and connect it to the socket in the wall would it work or do I need a sky engineer to activate the service or some kind of viewing card etc?

    I know £12 a month isn't much but I really don't watch telly that much and am only interested in channels 1-4 (and maybe 5)!

    Thanks in advance.

    Wilbur
     
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    From www.bbc.co.uk : -
    "If you just want the BBC channels (plus other free-to-view channels) and don’t want to subscribe
    to Sky digital you will need to call us to get a free satellite viewing card to go in the front of your
    digibox. The number to call is 0870 243 8000 between 8:30am and 11pm daily."
     
  3. Wilbur

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    I'm on the phone right now!!! Thanks very much for this... now all I need is a digibox - I'll scan the forums to find recommendations but are there any in particular I should look out for?
     
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    The more recent models are faster when using the menus and really do make a difference in day to day use compared to the first generation machines.
    Some Grundigs have s-video output while the Sony has an optical audio output. Panasonic are reputed to have the fastest menus, Pace and Amstrad are pretty much reference design.
    I don't think you can really got too far wrong with any of the latest models.

    Makes & Models
     
  5. Wilbur

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    Great, thank you for the recommendations. Any comments on the Sony VTX-S750U. Was the S760 a real advance over this version (just seen quite a nice deal on one!!!)
     
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    I've got an Amstrad DRX300 digibox in the classified adverts if your interested...
     
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    I've got the Panasonic. No problems. Good picture - particularly if your TV has an RGB scart - and sound. Can recommend.
     
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    Ive fitted every make going and have to say the panasonic is best , stay clear of the older grundig and amstrad models.
     

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