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Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?

Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?

Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Free
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Yes, but only "sort of".

Freeview is the name of the (BBC-backed) digital TV system that uses hilltop transmitters to rooftop aerials. It is run separately from the "Sky" satellite-to-dish service. free-to-VIEW is a term for satellite channels that need a viewing card to watch, but not to collect a subscription. free-to-AIR channels are ones that can be received without needing a viewing card or subscription.

The free-to-AIR satelite service backed by the BBC and ITV is called Freesat. The free-to-VIEW service operated by Sky is called fSfS or Freesat from Sky.



As long as you have finished your first year, you can leave Sky when you want. To do this just give Sky a call and tell them you don't want to subscribe any more.

If you stop subscribing you will be able to watch the hundred or so free-to-air channels listed on free channels list. This service is called Freesat from Sky (fSfS).

Some of the channels on the Freeview service are subscription only on satellite, specifically: 4Music, Challenge, Dave, Dave ja vu, Quest, VIVA and Yesterday . See these links to compare the TV channels on Freesat-from-Sky and Freeview, and to compare radio stations on Freeview and fSfS. Many homes have free satellite and Freeview to get the full range of channels.

You will still need to keep your Sky viewing card. If you stop subscribing on a Sky contract, you can keep using that card to watch 5USA, 5* and PICK TV, the so-called "free-to-view" channels. (All ITV channels are free-to-air).

It is not possible to plug an aerial into a Sky Digibox to receive Freeview channels because the boxes have not been designed this way.

You will continue to get the full Sky EPG listings; you just will not be able to watch subscription channels.

If you want to go for High Definition, HD, you can swap out your Sky box for a Freesat one very easily.

A card is not needed to watch BBC services, but it is needed to get the correct BBC ONE and BBC TWO regions on 101 and 102.

Another option is to disconnect your Sky Digibox altogether and Upgrade from Sky to Freesat - ukfree.tv. If you have an HD-Ready TV and a standard Sky box, this is a good option.



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Friday, 14 April 2017
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Glynn
6:29 PM

I have a new sky q dish and later this year I want to cancel and have freesat I have been hearing freesat won't work with the new sky dish ? What do you suggest

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StevensOnln1
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6:48 PM

Glynn: The receiver block (LNB) on the dish arm used for Sky Q isn't compatible with Freesat or SkyHD boxes, unless a hybrid LNB was fitted which is compatible with both. You would need to replace the Sky Q LNB with either a hybrid LNB or universal LNB used by Freesat and SkyHD boxes.

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Glynn
7:37 PM

StevensOnln1: is this a simple job or would I have to get an installer in to do it?

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017
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Ian Simpson
8:24 PM

I'm cancelling Sky Q but I'm told by Sky that the dish will not now work with any other system, either down grading to Sky+ or any other satellite box. Is this correct?

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StevensOnln1
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11:11 PM

Ian Simpson: Sky Q uses a different type of LNB (the receiver on the end of the dish arm) which is not compatible with Sky+/SkyHD or Freesat receivers, unless you requested a hybrid LNB when Sky Q was installed. If the dish is easily accessible you can swap the LNB over yourself, or call out a satellite installer to change it for you.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017
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Anne
1:05 PM

I am thinking of cancelling my sky subscription, buying a free sat box that records shows, and subscribing to Now TV in order to get Sky Sports and Sky Atlantic. Will I be able to use my Freesat box to record the Sky Shows?

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4:47 PM

Anne: It isn't possible to record from Now TV whether you are using a Freesat box or any other recording device. Programs from the entertainment and movie channels can generally be viewed on catchup after they have been broadcast, however there is unfortunately no catchup service for any of the Sky Sports channels on Now TV.

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017
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John
10:43 PM

i have a just bought a smart tv with freeview and freesat build in. I am unable to put up an outside areil or dish. Can I use an indoor aerial to receive these services?

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StevensOnln1
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10:59 PM

John: You might be able to receive Freeview with an indoor aerial if you're in an area with reasonably strong signal. The best type of indoor aerials are ones that look like a smaller version of a roof aerial, avoid anything with a loop or flat panel design as these generally consist of little more than a piece of wire sticking out of an amplifier. If you enter your postcode into this website you will be able to access the coverage prediction for your location. Reception of Freesat requires a satellite dish with a clear view of the 28E orbital position, it is not possible to receive a satellite signal with any kind of indoor aerial.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017
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her run ebon
12:06 AM

I have a Samsung 28 inchtv when I put channels 12 13141516 thechannels
Come on for about 20 seconds then the picture goes off the then repeats all
Over again. I have retuned it over and over still no joy
Any suggestions please





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