Sky (SD) Box £73.40 / Sky+ HD Box £194.77 / FreeSAT Installation £73.40 - Tesco In-Store Only - HotUKDeals
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This is an offer that can benefit in many ways.

We all know that $ky have for quite a while been offering the Sky Once package, where by you pay a one off fee and you will initially get a small cardboard box delivered containing instructions to contact Sky to arrange installation.

Nothing special there, BUT this package is also available inside (bigger) Tesco stores with added benefit that you will be given the Sky Box Receiver in-store (without waiting for the Sky Installer to bring it).

By getting the Sky Box Receiver in-store this offers even greater value for money as explained below:

Sky Pay Once Watch Forever (SD) Package - £73.40

Amstrad DRX550 receiver (white)
Free Installation (Dish / Single LNB / Cable)
4 Months of 4 Entertainment Packages
No Tie In as long as you give 30 days notice prior to 4th Month.

The benefits for a:

Non-Sky User
This is a cheap way of getting some additional channels without being tied into a contract, but with the option to subscribe at a later date.

Sky User
This offer will allow you to purchase a spare Sky (SD) Receiver Box in case your existing receiver develops a fault (or is faulty) and is most likely cheaper than paying $ky each month for a warranty contract. Remember you have already been given the Sky Box Receiver in-store so you dont have to contact Sky to arrange installation etc!

FreeSAT (BBC / ITV) User
This offer is cheaper than paying for an official FreeSat installation (Usually £80 - £110). You will only get a single LNB installed, unless you pay the Sky installer on the day to fit a Quad LNB (for use with a FreeSAT HD PVR or if you would like Sky and FreeSAT concurrently for example) You can then enjoy? the benefits of 4 months of free Sky, and then sell the Sky Box Receiver afterwards to get some money back!

Suffering FreeView User
If you cannot get FreeView in your area this is a cheap way of getting most FreeView channels plus some additional channels without being tied into a contract.

Sky Once (HD) Package - £194.77

Sky+ HD Receiver
Free Installation (Dish / Quad LNB / Cable)
2 Months of Sky TV 4 Pack, Sky Movies 1, Sky Sports 1 & HD Pack
No Tie In as long as you give 30 days notice prior to 2nd Month otherwise £47 a month

Non-Sky User
To be honest if you were serious about getting Sky HD, Movies and Sports etc then subscribing would be more cost effective.
Look at http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/324671/free-sky-box-free-installation-free

Sky User
This offer will allow you to purchase a spare Sky (HD) Box in case your existing receiver develops a fault (or is faulty) and is most likely cheaper than paying $ky each month for a warranty contract. Remember you have already been given the Sky Box Receiver in-store so you dont have to contact Sky to arrange installation etc!

FreeSAT (BBC / ITV) User
Whilst this offer is not cheaper than paying for an official FreeSAT installation (Usually £80 - £110), you will get a Quad LNB / cable installed to allow connection of more than one FreeSAT receiver or for use with a FreeSAT HD PVR. You should be able to sell on the Sky+ HD Receiver to recoup some money back,

Suffering FreeView User
If you cannot get FreeView in your area this package is not justifiable, purchase the Sky Once (SD) Package.


Remember, you only get the receiver in store, and not when you order online. (Some people have said that they have tried ordering online, to collect in store. Some got the receiver but most just got the small cardboard box containing instructions to contact Sky for installation).

THIS OFFER IS BY NO MEANS CHEAP IF YOU 'REALLY' WANT TO SUBSCRIBE TO SKY (WHICH I DON'T, FREESAT FOR ME!) AND IS NOT MEANT TO BE A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE TO (OR COMPARED WITH) A SKY SUBSCRIPTION.

I hope I made sense.
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#1
A Thank You to the OP for explaining the offer in detail. I've tried before but not as well.

The Amstrad DRX550 is the same as the Thomson box you get from the installer.

If Tesco give you a box, I wonder if you can get a second box from the installer (if you dont mention that you got a box from Tesco), saving you at least £40 for the extra receiver? However, you will not be able to use both receivers together because you will only get one viewing card. But as a spare it's fine (you can take the card with you when you move from the lounge into the bedroom).

I mentioned to the installer that I wanted to connect a freesat box in another room and he installed a quad LNB for free. Worth a try. Now I can have 4 receivers or 2 PVRs connected to the same dish and receive FreeSky and Freesat with no subscription (Freeview channels only).

I personally think that if you don't want HD at the moment and you don't already have a dish installed (on 28 deg Astra), it is better to get the Sky offer. Freesat has less channels and doesn't offer +1 for many channels (More4, Fiver, Five US, etc.).

You can at any time buy a HD box, connect to the same dish and receive all Freesat and Freesat HD channels.

I wouldn't be surprised if this posting gets many cold votes because people don't understand the satellite business enough and simply are too brainwashed into the belief that if you have a Sky dish and receiver, that you have to pay Sky for the service. This is not true, but difficult to get across.

This is a good offer for someone to get set up for Satellite TV. But I fear, MYK-IT, that we are in a minority here.
#2
sorry to hijack same story line tho

if i buy this hd from tesco can i use it without subscription ??
ie will the record work i curently have sky + sd
#3
pet2000;4182964

You can at any time buy a HD box, connect to the same dish and receive all Freesat and Freesat HD channels.

I wouldn't be surprised if this posting gets many cold votes because people don't understand the satellite business enough and simply are too brainwashed into the belief that if you have a Sky dish and receiver, that you have to pay Sky for the service. This is not true, but difficult to get across.

This is a good offer for someone to get set up for Satellite TV. But I fear, MYK-IT, that we are in a minority here.


I already have sky+ but would like some sort of HD tv, free preferably.
Is it as easy as you say? just source a Sky Hd box (ebay?) and plug in existing satellite feed (and hdmi to tv of course) what channels can I get?
Thats a lot of ?'s :thinking:
#4
Just a couple of interesting quotes from elsewhere on the 'net.


Well got a £75 amstrad drx550 from tesco today and it did have the viewing card in the box i called sky when i got home i said what i brought gave them the code off the box told them i did not need to have it installed as i have a dish and done it myself then they sent a signal to the card so not bad £75 for a new sky box with 4 month viewing,

They also had the new sky HD amstrad in on shelf today which also has the viewing card with it for £199 i open the box for it in the shop and it is the amstrad HD box with viewing card included






Interesting indeed. Firstly that you can activate the viewing card without an install. I take it also that the viewing card will be replaced within 3 years if all cards are swapped (does it mention this jn any of the paperwork?)

Also interesting of the confirmation of the Sky HD POWF package for £199, so that's no longer a rumour, but now hard fact.

I wonder what that will do to ebay sales? At the moment it seems people are willing to pay about £160 for a second hand sky HD box on ebay. Surely if you can go into a shop and buy a new one, with the bonus of a viewing card and 12 month guarantee for £199 then nobody would ever pay £160 for a second hand box?

Also, does it say anything on the HD POWF pack what happens to the recording functions if you choose not to continue subscribing beyond the inclusive period? IF the recording functions remain active, then that effectively is a sky product at a price that would kill dead the sales of freesat PVR's about to come on sale.
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Without a Sky HD Subscription you would only get BBC1 HD & Channel 4 HD. (it did say on the box that there would be a £10 a month charge for this, though this may be to retain the Sky+ functionality?? maybe someone with Sky could clarify this?)

You could always get a FreeSAT HD receiver and plug it into the existing cable and you would get BBC1 HD and ITV HD. (Rumours that C4 HD 'may' go onto FreeSAT at end of year, but they are contracted to Sky at present)

Check out a brilliant online EPG called ZingZing that covers FreeView, FreeSAT, Sky and Virgin to get an idea whats available etc.

Finally, Thanks pet2000 for your support and understanding!
#6
Fixngrout
I already have sky+ but would like some sort of HD tv, free preferably.
Is it as easy as you say? just source a Sky Hd box (ebay?) and plug in existing satellite feed (and hdmi to tv of course) what channels can I get?
Thats a lot of ?'s :thinking:


The answer is no. You will not be able to receive Sky HD without a subscription, no matter which box you connect to your dish. The same goes for Sky + (recording) But you can record from Sky with an ordinary VCR/DVD recorder through the scart socket of your Sky box (but no pause or instant replay)

You can however, connect a Freesat HD box to your dish with pause/replay and.or recod. Unscreww the LNB-in cable from the back of the Sky box and connect to the LNB-in to your new HD box. If you have a single LNB (one cable from the dish), you will not be able to connect Sky and HD box at the same time. For that you need a quad LNB (means you can connect 4 wires to the dish). If you have a quad LNB you can connect 4 single receiver boxes or 2 pvrs (with pause/replay). Or your existing Sky box plus up to 3 other single tuner receivers, or your Sky box, a single tuner receiver plus a pvr with twin tuner.

Hope this answers your question.
#7
wanderer
sorry to hijack same story line tho

if i buy this hd from tesco can i use it without subscription ??
ie will the record work i curently have sky + sd


You need to buy a Freesat HD with pvr to receive HD from Satellite. You Sky box will not work for HD or pvr without a subscription to Sky (I think it's £10 per month)

There is a lot of confusion about the words Sky and Satellite. Let me clarify

To receive TV from Satellite you need a dish on Astra 28 deg E plus:
(installation for dish about £80 - £120 or buy Sky box). You also need either:

1, FreeSat = No Subscription neccessary.
- You need a FreeSat box or FreeSat HD box with or without PVR.

2. FreeSky (also 'Pay once, Watch forever') = No Subscription
- You need a Sky box with viewing card (free with box) £73.40 (best choice if you don't have a dish yet because the price for dish and of installation is included in the purchase price)

3. FreeSat HD = No Subscription
- You need a FreeSat HD box with or without PVR.


see also my answer above.
#8
Freesat rocks. It will soon be internet ready and iplayer on board.

Why cant the cable be split at the end of the cable instead of multiple LNB? e.g. put a splitter at the end of the current single cable....?
#9
skeeter909
Freesat rocks. It will soon be internet ready and iplayer on board.

Why cant the cable be split at the end of the cable instead of multiple LNB? e.g. put a splitter at the end of the current single cable....?


the reason it cant be split is the lnb switches inside if you split it the lnb would not be able to split
it has vertical high vertical low horizontal low horizontal high ie 4 different signals mixed makes loads which allows for different freqs

... i was just checking the £10 still applies
going to get hd freeview from argos £98:p
#10
wanderer
the reason it cant be split is the lnb switches inside if you split it the lnb would not be able to split
it has vertical high vertical low horizontal low horizontal high ie 4 different signals mixed makes loads which allows for different freqs

... i was just checking the £10 still applies
going to get hd freeview from argos £98:p


Wow! What an explanation! lol. There are switches you can get to split a single cable for two receivers. They switch between the two (or more) receivers automatically. But you can ever only watch on one receiver, never on two at the same time.

Sorry, this answer was meant for skeeter909 (quoted the wrong comment)
#11
pet2000;4182964
I personally think that if you don't want HD at the moment and you don't already have a dish installed (on 28 deg Astra), it is better to get the Sky offer. Freesat has less channels and doesn't offer +1 for many channels (More4, Fiver, Five US, etc.).


This is incorrect. All of the channels that have +1 that you would expect to have. This is apart form Fiver and Five US which are not carried at all on Freesat (at the moment). :thumbsup:
#12
not_the_messiah
This is incorrect. All of the channels that have +1 that you would expect to have. This is apart form Fiver and Five US which are not carried at all on Freesat (at the moment). :thumbsup:


not_the_messiah

Satellite is my Hobby and I have all European Satellites and Freeview options inclusive Sky. I know exactly what is on which Satellite and Freeview for the UK and most of Europe and I know what is needed to receive TV on Satellite in Europe. So, what I said above is correct.

FreeSky = Fiver +1, Five US +1, all C4, E4, More4, Film4 with +1, and some minor channles with +1.

FreeSat = no More4 +1, no Film4 +1 and minor channels +1 (and no Fiver, no Five US at all)

There are more channels on FreeSky compared to Freesat..
#13
pet2000;4184449
not_the_messiah

Satellite is my Hobby and I have all European Satellites and Freeview options inclusive Sky. I know exactly what is on which Satellite and Freeview for the UK and most of Europe and I know what is needed to receive TV on Satellite in Europe. So, what I said above is correct.

FreeSky = Fiver +1, Five US +1, all C4, E4, More4, Film4 with +1, and some minor channles with +1.

FreeSat = no More4 +1, no Film4 +1 and minor channels +1 (and no Fiver, no Five US at all)

There are more channels on FreeSky compared to Freesat..


Well you're not very good at your hobby are you? I am currently watching More4+1 on my Humax Freesat HD box, not cos I want to, but because I can. I have just switched over to BBC 1 however to watch A Short Stay In Switzerland. I can also confirm that I have Film4+1 and all the ITV2/3/4+1 channels. Like I said, you can get all the +1 channels you would expect, apart from Fiver and Five US as these are not carried on Freesat, a bit like Virgin1.

I do not disagree that there are more channels on FreeSky tho, but I think you need to become better at your hobby, as what you say is, on the most part, hogwash. :whistling:
#14
not_the_messiah
Well you're not very good at your hobby are you? I am currently watching More4+1 on my Humax Freesat HD box, not cos I want to, but because I can. I have just switched over to BBC 1 however to watch A Short Stay In Switzerland. I can also confirm that I have Film4+1 and all the ITV2/3/4+1 channels. Like I said, you can get all the +1 channels you would expect, apart from Fiver and Five US as these are not carried on Freesat, a bit like Virgin1.

I do not disagree that there are more channels on FreeSky tho, but I think you need to become better at your hobby, as what you say is, on the most part, hogwash. :whistling:


I have not listed anything HD. All other details I gave are correct and you can keep your sarcasm to yourself
#15
pet2000;4185516
I have not listed anything HD. All other details I gave are correct and you can keep your sarcasm to yourself


No, they are not. None of the details I listed are HD either. Whilst it is true that the box I have is an HD box, this in no way affects the the list of channels I can receive, apart from the extra HD channels I can receive obviously. Given that there is a standard that every Freesat box has to adhere to, then because I can receive the +1 channels, then anyone else with a Freesat box will be able to. In fact (and I should have looked this up earlier actually), these channels are actually listed on the Freesat web site: http://www.freesat.co.uk/index.php?page=whatson.Main So, erm yeah, there you go. Think you need to brush up on your hobby son... :thinking:
#16
Without getting into the geeky side of things ;-)

I don't think there is any point in getting one as a spare box if you're a Sly customer. Even if you're out of warranty period just ring them up and they'll sort you out with something rather than lose your custom.

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