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Advice wanted: Changing sky box to sky plus box

blackpeppablackpeppa

I currently have a 5 yr old Sky box with a viewing card. It is used just for freeview channels.

Is it possible to buy a second hand Sky Plus box (from fleebay) and do a stright swop with my current box?

I want to use it to view freeview and to record programmes.

I don't want to pay for an expensive Sky package.

Rep will be added for all advice.

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    churchy2704
    The box will pick up the channels ok but the Sky+ features won't work, in other words you won't be able to record anything or watch what's on Sky Anytime. You'll need at least a basic subscription for these features.
    Fireball XL-5
    Yes, you can do a straight swap but my understanding is that the record function won't work unless you are a Sky subscriber. Also, if you have a card in the card slot you would need to ring Sky up to link it to the new box. In other words, unless you subscribe to Sky then you may as well stick to the box you've already got.
    gamesrus
    you may be better off getting a freeview box with a built in hard drive to recorde
    harlzter
    What no one is mentioning is you need two inputs from the sky dish to a sky+ box (one to record, one to view) you would need a new LNB unless you have a very good signal then it is possible to split this using a special adaptor.
    churchy2704
    harlzter
    What no one is mentioning is you need two inputs from the sky dish to a sky+ box (one to record, one to view) you would need a new LNB unless you have a very good signal then it is possible to split this using a special adaptor.


    Oooops! Yeah, forgot that bit! :oops: Thanks Harlzter :thumbsup:
    mattdawes699
    As others have said if its just for freeview, you would be better picking up a cheap Digital recorder, that way you can still pause and record etc, essentially the Sky+ benefits are only there if you actually subscribe so you better sticking with your current box.
    I just got the Mother in law a DVD recorder with hard drive, rather that her paying the extra for the sky+, get pretty much the same capabilities albeit a bit more fiddly, or maybe it was just trying to explain to the MIL how to work new technology (She got herself an LCD TV at the same time), good job I'm patient lol
    Xb0xGuru
    harlzter
    What no one is mentioning is you need two inputs from the sky dish to a sky+ box (one to record, one to view) you would need a new LNB unless you have a very good signal then it is possible to split this using a special adaptor.


    You can record with only 1 feed but you need to leave it on the channel you're recording. Ideal if you're off to bed, but no good if you want to watch something else apart from whatever's on freeview/terrestrial.

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