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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
OK, ive got one of those usb tv sticks for my pc. Theres this channel on sky digital, its free and about gaming (279). How can i recieve the channel through my usb stick? Ta :santa:
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Civic EG6
OK, ive got one of those usb tv sticks for my pc. Theres this channel on sky digital, its free and about gaming (279). How can i recieve the channel through my usb stick? Ta :santa:



USB Stick is Freeview, not all Sky Free to Air Channels are available on Freeview, including the gaming one, so the answer is, sorry you cannot.
#2
isnt there a way to scan for it, using the frequency or whatever?
#3
Civic EG6
isnt there a way to scan for it, using the frequency or whatever?



Sorry, you can scan all day, but it cannot receive what is not broadcast on Freeview.

It can only receive the available Freeview Channels, which are different to those broadcast by Sky.
#4
alright, whats all this hotbird stuff all about then?
#5
Civic EG6
alright, whats all this hotbird stuff all about then?


That is all satellite stuff, again your USB Stick cannot receive anything from any satellite, it can only receive Freeview, which is based upon an aerial for it's signal, not a satellite dish.
#6
Just to clarify:

1. Freeview - this is terrestrial broadcast. Nothing to do with Sky or satellites for this matter.
2. FTA (Free To Air) - free channels from satellites. For example, you can pick up hundreds of FTA channels from any satellite (Astra 28.2 - this is where Sky is, for example) and watch it for free. No charge and no cards needed.
3. FTV (Free To View) - these channels are free, but still encrypted. You need Sky card to watch these (one off payment of 20 quid I believe). You can use this card with Sky receiver or some other satellite receivers, such as Dreambox for example.

You can't receive freeview on satellite receiver. No satellite reception on freeview box either.


Hotbird is a satellite (several satellites to be precise) and has nothing to do with both Sky and Freeview.

Here is a list of channels you can receive from Hotbird if you have dish, LNB and digital receiver:
http://www.lyngsat.com/hotbird.html
#7
so whats the best option for me if i want to watch free channels, what do you recommend?
#8
If you can receive Freeview, go for it. If you can't then buy a dish (or use Sky's one if you have it) and get a receiver. You won't get Channel 4 and 5 on FTA from satellite.
#9
Civic EG6
so whats the best option for me if i want to watch free channels, what do you recommend?



Best let us know which channels you want to watch??? ;-)
#10
eye eye, i like documentries, sport channels, and gaming channels. I can get freeview on my usb stick but the channels are pretty ****
#11
A decent receiver + setup will cost you at least 150 quid and watching some channels would require receiver hacking (called 'patching'). Take a look at the list above and see if there are channels (designated as 'F') you're interested in. Also check Astra 28.2.
From what I learned, no free footie (with English commentary) is available on satellite.
#12
that game one channel on

11075 V
tp 128

looks the business.

Can i hook up one of those boxes to my computer?
#13
Civic EG6
eye eye, i like documentries, sport channels, and gaming channels. I can get freeview on my usb stick but the channels are pretty ****

Only real option is satellite then, to gain a better insight in to what is involved, you may wish to take a look at DigitalSpy Forum, Satellite Section, you will find almost all of the answers there.

Cheers.
#14
ive actually tried that digitalspy forum, however i carnt register as they dont take hotmail yahoo etc accounts.
#15
Civic EG6
that game one channel on

11075 V
tp 128

looks the business.

Can i hook up one of those boxes to my computer?
On that transponder only the Viva Polska is free.

As for computer connection - go for something with Ethernet interface, such as TM9100 or DM500 (these are the cheapest).
#16
ive heard that to get hotbird you need a dish thats at least 70cm wide
#17
Depends on where you are.
Visit http://www.satellitehelp.co.uk/ - these guys are very friendly :)
banned#18
hi all,
Right..
Well im going to university and i want to be able to watch television i.e. Sky(If possible), Freeview and this Free to Air stuff. Without paying for a tv licence i.e. stream through my laptop.

What do i need?
#19
For freeview - USB stick
For Sky - subscription + sat dish + satellite USB card with CI (not sure if such thing exists).
For Free To Air - sat dish + satellite USB card.

BTW, isn't licence payable per tuner, not per screen?
#20
fessen
hi all,
Right..
Well im going to university and i want to be able to watch television i.e. Sky(If possible), Freeview and this Free to Air stuff. Without paying for a tv licence i.e. stream through my laptop.

What do i need?


A TV Licence..
#21
some uni accommodation has the tv license included with the fees
banned#22
so if i just got a USB Stick for freeview, would i need a tv licence?
#23
no

fessen
so if i just got a USB Stick for freeview, would i need a tv licence?
#24
fessen
so if i just got a USB Stick for freeview, would i need a tv licence?


Yes

Do I need a licence?


You need a TV Licence to use any television receiving equipment such as a TV set, set-top boxes, video or DVD recorders, computers or mobile phones to watch or record TV programmes as they are being shown on TV.

If you use a set-top box with a hi-fi system or another device that can only be used to produce sounds and can't display TV programmes, and you don't install or use any other TV receiving equipment, you don't need a TV Licence.


http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/information/index.jsp





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banned#25
:S, thats pointless then..
#26
Civic EG6
some uni accommodation has the tv license included with the fees

As Civic pointed out this would mean you personally wouldn't have to buy a licence.


Other accommodation would need one though

I share with other people - is it my responsibility to provide a TV Licence?

If you are going to be sharing a house, a separate tenancy agreement would normally mean your room is classified a separately occupied place. In this case, if you have a TV in your room, you will need your own TV Licence.

However, if there is only one TV in a communal area, then only one TV Licence is required. Similarly, if your house can be treated as one place shared by all, then only one TV Licence is required - a joint tenancy agreement would normally indicate that there is only one separately occupied place.

Ultimately, if your address is unlicensed, both you and your landlord could face prosecution and a fine of £1,000 regardless of your tenancy agreement.
banned#27
so theres no way to access Tv via a laptop without having a tv licence?
#28
fessen
so theres no way to access Tv via a laptop without having a tv licence?


No..... if you have tv but no tv aerial you still need a tv licence. You need a tv licence for pocket tvs
#29
pavilion
No..... if you have tv but no tv aerial you still need a tv licence. You need a tv licence for pocket tvs


Not entire true, you don't need a licence for playing games for example using a TV to view.

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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]When you only use a TV for:
- playing video games
- watch pre-recorded videos [VCR/DVD]*
- closed circuit monitoring [CCD]
- displaying -for example- presentations using your PC
Then -again- you do NOT need a TV licence.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]All of the above are isolated set-ups as they are not connected to an aerial. Make sure, however, to detune TV receiving equipment as such that it only displays noise whatever channel chosen. Note: some of the older types of VCR's don't have a video output [SCART or RGB]. In that case the TV must be tuned to channel 3 and/or 4 in order to allow viewing over coax cable.[/FONT]


http://www.tvlicensing.biz/info_on_tvlicensing/index.htm
#30
barneydog
Not entire true, you don't need a licence for playing games for example using a TV to view.

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http://www.tvlicensing.biz/info_on_tvlicensing/index.htm



OH YES YOU DO. ive been done for it. Just ring Tv licencing tomoz

Y do you think wen you buy a dvd player from places like asda and they ask you to sign a form sayin that you have a licence ect
banned#31
you cant need a tv for a pocket tv?
Thats taking the ****.
banned#32
Civic EG6
isnt there a way to scan for it, using the frequency or whatever?


No - particulary if the USB stick hasn't got a dish sticking out of it!
banned#33
fessen
you cant need a tv for a pocket tv?
Thats taking the ****.


You need a TV license for ANY equipment capable of receiving a TV signal - period.
#34
guv
You need a TV license for ANY equipment capable of receiving a TV signal - period.


You need a license if you have a desktop PC with a stick, you need a license if you have a mains powered television set.

If you are using a TV for games consoles/DVDs, nothing to do with television then so long as it's not tuned in there's no case to answer, you don't need a license. However, ignorance or occasional use is no excuse - even if you're only using it to watch the occasional program, you NEED a license.

It gets a bit more complicated - if you have a portable handheld telly powered only by it's own internal battery (not mains powered) then you are covered on your parents license if they have one. Whether this extends to a laptop running off battery (not mains) is a grey area, TVL said that you need a license for that setup but they're crooks after money.

Besides, if they come knocking, if they've got no warrant don't even bother answering the door, you're under no obligation to tell them what you do or don't have. I had 3 threatening letters last year telling me how I needed a license (when i didn't even take a telly to uni). They just send them to everyone, wasn't even addressed to me, just to 'the occupier'

Have a license in this house we've moved into but if we get anyone knocking in case anyone buys a new telly i'll tell them where to go. Not sure if it's still the case but when my gran bought me a telly 10 years back they sent the threatening **** out because she wasn't the name on the license for the delivery address.
banned#35
Bossworld
You need a license if you have a desktop PC with a stick, you need a license if you have a mains powered television set.

If you are using a TV for games consoles/DVDs, nothing to do with television then so long as it's not tuned in there's no case to answer, you don't need a license. However, ignorance or occasional use is no excuse - even if you're only using it to watch the occasional program, you NEED a license.



If the "TV" is just a monitor (ie it has no inbuilt receiver) then using a DVD player or console is fine. If the TV has a tuner, then you need a license. It doesnt matter if you genuinely dont use it. They wont take that as an excuse.

However, if this is genuinely the case, you need to notify them and they may visit. Dont tell them - and you are screwed.

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/gethelp/faqs.jsp?question=1#link1
banned#36
Bossworld
You need a license if you have a desktop PC with a stick, you need a license if you have a mains powered television set.

If you are using a TV for games consoles/DVDs, nothing to do with television then so long as it's not tuned in there's no case to answer, you don't need a license. However, ignorance or occasional use is no excuse - even if you're only using it to watch the occasional program, you NEED a license.

It gets a bit more complicated - if you have a portable handheld telly powered only by it's own internal battery (not mains powered) then you are covered on your parents license if they have one. Whether this extends to a laptop running off battery (not mains) is a grey area, TVL said that you need a license for that setup but they're crooks after money.

Besides, if they come knocking, if they've got no warrant don't even bother answering the door, you're under no obligation to tell them what you do or don't have. I had 3 threatening letters last year telling me how I needed a license (when i didn't even take a telly to uni). They just send them to everyone, wasn't even addressed to me, just to 'the occupier'

Have a license in this house we've moved into but if we get anyone knocking in case anyone buys a new telly i'll tell them where to go. Not sure if it's still the case but when my gran bought me a telly 10 years back they sent the threatening **** out because she wasn't the name on the license for the delivery address.


Thats what happened to us!

I had a computer PCI card delivered to the shop my wife works in (and owned by her father). A letter was sent there in my name. My FIL has a TV licence for the shop - as do I for home. Yet they still sent out a threatening letter. Whats worse - it says you have to call them on their 0870 number to notify them. (I did this because I didnt want anything to come of it - since its my FIL's shop. Took ages to get through, told them I thought they were incompetant a*seholes - which made me feel better.

Note though - this was not even a TV - it was a peice of computer equipment.
#37
guv
If the "TV" is just a monitor (ie it has no inbuilt receiver) then using a DVD player or console is fine. If the TV has a tuner, then you need a license. It doesnt matter if you genuinely dont use it. They wont take that as an excuse.

However, if this is genuinely the case, you need to notify them and they may visit. Dont tell them - and you are screwed.

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/gethelp/faqs.jsp?question=1#link1


I'm sorry mate but that's simply not true, if it's not being used to receive TV signals then you don't have to pay. It's a tax for receiving broadcast signals not for owning equipment.

You don't have to notify them at all, they'll still come around and visit if you do. They have no right to enter your property, they can send whatever threatening letters they like, but without a warrant they have no right to come in. Here in written answers from Question Time

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2006-05-15a.69812.h&s=TV+Licence#g69812.r0
banned#38
Bossworld
I'm sorry mate but that's simply not true, if it's not being used to receive TV signals then you don't have to pay. It's a tax for receiving broadcast signals not for owning equipment.

You don't have to notify them at all, they'll still come around and visit if you do. They have no right to enter your property, they can send whatever threatening letters they like, but without a warrant they have no right to come in. Here in written answers from Question Time

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2006-05-15a.69812.h&s=TV+Licence#g69812.r0


Would you really want to take the chance and get that visit? I'm with you in the sense of Big brother and all that, but the link I provided was an official link on licensing - not an MPs answer to a question.

I'm aware they are not allowed to enter your premesis without a warrant - but that is obtainable. And they do obtain them! If they know you have a TV, they will want you to prove you do not have an aerial connected to it (obvioulsy not one unplugged by thee set either!) and want to see that the TV does not receive any broadcast pictures - no matter how bad.

The TV licensing site may have overstepped the mark with their comment, but regardless, they would likely to persue someone they knew had a TV on the premesis - and your refusal for entry would more likely gain that entrance by other means.

Despite what you say - they do have the right to enter your premesis. If that wasnt the case, then a warrant could not be issued if you refused them entry without one at the door.
#39
guv
Would you really want to take the chance and get that visit? I'm with you in the sense of Big brother and all that, but the link I provided was an official link on licensing - not an MPs answer to a question.

I'm aware they are not allowed to enter your premesis without a warrant - but that is obtainable. And they do obtain them! If they know you have a TV, they will want you to prove you do not have an aerial connected to it (obvioulsy not one unplugged by thee set either!) and want to see that the TV does not receive any broadcast pictures - no matter how bad.

The TV licensing site may have overstepped the mark with their comment, but regardless, they would likely to persue someone they knew had a TV on the premesis - and your refusal for entry would more likely gain that entrance by other means.

Despite what you say - they do have the right to enter your premesis. If that wasnt the case, then a warrant could not be issued if you refused them entry without one at the door.


I understand your concern but it's misplaced mate. They aren't the gestapo, though they are a bunch of cowboys, as seen by recent examples of enforcement officers writing false confessions.

If you tell them you haven't got anything they may check and visit.
If you don't tell them, they will send many letters, and possibly visit.

Either way you LEGALLY ARE NOT OBLIGED to let them in. The MPs letter is the official written questions used by MPs to answer their constituents in order to ascertain British law through government ministers - in this case Department for Culture, Media & Sport to which the licensing program is subservient. TV licensing is not above the law and what is written there is black and white, you can show it to the TV licensing man or post it to TVLA if you like. You do not have to tell them! You are allowed to own a TV, it is not a crime and you shouldn't feel that you owe anyone an explanation.

Tell them to go away and get a warrant, they won't come back. They have to have sufficient evidence that you are breaking the law to obtain the warrant, and to serve that warrant they have to be accompanied by a police officer. If they've got **** all on you aside from a lack of a license, they're not going to get a warrant. And why on earth would you tell them you have a TV in the first place?

They have no right to enter your premesis without your permission, and you can tell them to leave at any time. If I rolled up on your doorstep and asked to look around your house, I'd like to think you'd give me the same answer - "**** off".

It's fairly well known they don't have scanning equipment and if they did it's not sufficient evidence, what they use is a database of people without licenses and they use that to persecute and to pester, as well as underhand tactics such as trying to sell a license at the door to catch people out. If you're down as not having a license they'll harass you whatever you choose to tell them/not tell them.
#40
guv
No - particulary if the USB stick hasn't got a dish sticking out of it!


Their vans pick up the signal being transfered from the aerial when in use.

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