Sky HD+ Box as Freesat ?

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  1. topgazza

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    I know I can use my Sky box as Freesat and for £10 a month keep the record facility and a few other channels (?)

    But would I get the same service/channels with a Humax Freesat box and in the long run save that £10 a month ?
     
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    Same channels? No.
    Why not just go to the Freesat (FS) site and check out the FS services to see what's there and then make your own mind up?
    Also bear in mind that some Freesat branded boxes will tune in non-Freesat mode enabling other FTA services to be tuned from your chosen sat.
    Pedro will likely pop up in a bit and extol the virtues of a motorised dish, whereby 'the world is your lobster':D
     
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    :rotfl:

    I'm sure he will :)

    One of the things I've been waiting for is improved set top boxes in terms of functionality and reliability. Both with Freeview and Freesat the only player seems to be Humax...in effect. Although Panasonic is out there and you would think higher quality ?

    Looking at the channels the difference is minimal now by the looks of it. Never bought into the number of channels as the vast majority, to me, are either complete crap or very niche, specialised. On Sky I watch 4-5 at the most on a regular basis. And even then record 90% of the time because of the awful..sponsor, trailers, ads, trailers, sponsors 5 minute cycle every 10 minutes.
     
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    I am aware that some peeps seem to have a 'must have' that is FTA on a Sky box but not on the Freesat EPG. So tune it in the non-Freesat mode. Simples.
     
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    I’d rather have a decent menu than save a few bob. So buying a box is not out of the question by any means. My perception is that the boxes are not of the highest quality across View and sat. But I guess it is what it is.
     
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    In the past there was a significant number of Free channels that were encrypted due to they being on pan - europe beams. These are known as FTV and require a sky card to watch them. Since the replacement of the SES Astra fleet at 28.2E the number of these has shrunk, many have gone FTA.

    As a result some of these are now on the Freesat epg.

    Not even sure if any FTV channels remain.

    In addition to £120.00/annum saving you can add an energy saving of about £25.00/annum in reduced electricity bills.

    Then there's the epg littered with channels you can't watch.

    The latest G2 Freesat+ boxes carry a full complement of catch up services with the backwards epg and on BBC channels watch from the beginning on a programme already started. In addition they have a selection of subscription streaming services including Netflix.

    The G2 Freesat epg is pretty good. Note the circular arrows they indicate view from the beginning is available.

    Does catch up still work on a Freesat From Sky setup ?

    LatestFreesatEpg.jpg
     
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    Thanks Graham. I did notice a significant change in the Freesat epg when I looked at the weekend in JL.Thats good news.

    What put me off using the Sky box was that cluttered EPG, as you say. What a mess. And yes, buying a box is a better investment long term than paying Sky £10 a month to use my box's features.
     

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