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Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels

Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels?

Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get
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You can get the following Freeview channels on with an ex-contract digital satellite receiver (once it is connected). Items marked with a star require either a Freesat from Sky (fSfS) card, or a expired Sky subscription card to view.

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Saturday, 4 June 2011
7:19 PM

Hi Brian, my package with sky runs out soon. I will revert to sky freesat. I think i can use main box downstairs to record if I pay them £10? I have 2 basic boxes upstairs that will still receive basic sky? Can I replace 1 of these boxes with a hd box bought off ebay. What will I need to do for it to work? I obviously dont expect to receive hd or record upstairs. Just a better box and some routine hd channels. If so what box would you advise plz. Amstrad? Thomson or Samsung. Many thanks, Keith.

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Keith's 1 post GB
10:26 PM

I have a sky+box in living room - went on roof earlier and put another cable in spare space of satellite and routed cable to bedroom and plugged into my last pace box - picture is great but audio is terrible !!! - HELP !!!!
Also Dad gave me card fro free channels but sky box saying its not the right card - argghh- only 3 channels and bad audio !!

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davis's 1 post GB
Sunday, 5 June 2011

4:46 PM

davis: You should get all the Freesat-from-Sky channels (except 5*, 5USA and PICKTV) without any card at all.

The signal from the satellite can't effect the sound, check your SCART cable is in good order and the settings.

If you have "three channels and bad audio" this suggest you have an analogue terrestrial signal on a transmitter that is switching over.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
12:11 PM

Hi Briantist,

I'm going on vacation to Spain and the flat there will have a Sky box but no card. I don't have a Sky box (or card) and don't care about premium channels. Can I purchase an expired card on eBay to watch the free channels? Any compatibility issues I need to be aware of?

Thank you!

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riccume's 1 post GB

1:01 PM

riccume: You don't need a card to watch the free-to-air channels. It only provides access to PICK TV, 5* and 5USA.

If you want to buy a card, get it direct from Sky on 08442 411 602.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
6:14 PM

Hi, I use an old Sky box & card to watch tv in my bedroom. I live in the London area but my on the ITV channel, the region has changed to from London to ITV Central West, which covers Birmingham etc. Any idea how to change it back? Thanks.

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Catherine's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 9 June 2011
5:35 PM

The previous tennants in my new flat had sky installed - the dish and two wires are still in the flat, but the cables don't look like the coax cable.

My question is: are the cables currently in the flat ok to use with FreeSat?

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Ben's 1 post GB
Friday, 10 June 2011

8:33 AM

Ben: Yes.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Monday, 13 June 2011

5:35 PM

Catherine: You will need to get a new "Freesat from Sky" card, as this is what controls the ITV region you see, or spend the money on a Freesat box, where you can select any postcode you like yourself.

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