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If I cancel a Sky HD subscription can I still watch FTA HD and use as a PVR?

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Im looking for a deal for my parents and they want a basic pay TV package (Sky Arts etc) and getting Sky HD+ with the HD subscription seems a good deal with £95 TopCashback and a £25 M&S voucher. W… Read More
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7y, 2w agoPosted 7 years, 2 weeks ago
Im looking for a deal for my parents and they want a basic pay TV package (Sky Arts etc) and getting Sky HD+ with the HD subscription seems a good deal with £95 TopCashback and a £25 M&S voucher.

When the 1st year is up when they cancel the HD subscription what do they lose?
I presume they can still use the box as a PVR and watch BBC HD etc!
So will they just lose access to any other HD channels that are part of their package?
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7y, 2w agoPosted 7 years, 2 weeks ago
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suspended#1
Yes what you say is correct.
banned#2
bluebindy123
Yes what you say is correct.


Correct.... As long as they have a sub, they will get PVR..... and regardless, will always receive the freebie HD channels on an HD receiver.
#3
Thanks. I just wanted to check. :thumbsup:
#4
When the year is up if they cancel Sky completely do they get to keep the box?

What capacity HDD do the current boxes use?
banned#5
Agharta
When the year is up if they cancel Sky completely do they get to keep the box?


Yes. The box was theirs from day 1. But if they do cancel, they can only use to view freesat and wont be able to record anything or playback anything already recorded.
#6
You have to pay £10 a month to use all PVR features, plus £20 for a Sky Freesat card.
#7
cookiemonster83
You have to pay £10 a month to use all PVR features, plus £20 for a Sky Freesat card.


you dont need a freesat card if you currently have a working sky card. It will just work as FTA when your subscription ends.

To use sky+/HD box as a PVR is £10 a month though.
#8
milesy29
you dont need a freesat card if you currently have a working sky card. It will just work as FTA when your subscription ends.

To use sky+/HD box as a PVR is £10 a month though.


I've got a Sky card in mine, but I'm not getting Virgin 1 or Dave ja vu, which I think are both FTA?
#9
milesy29
To use sky+/HD box as a PVR is £10 a month though.

If I keep a subscription but cancel the £10 HD part of it I still get to use it as a PVR though?
#10
cookiemonster83
I've got a Sky card in mine, but I'm not getting Virgin 1 or Dave ja vu, which I think are both FTA?

They are part of the Variety Pack according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_channels_on_Sky_Digital
#11
Agharta
If I keep a subscription but cancel the £10 HD part of it I still get to use it as a PVR though?


If you keep a basic subscription, which will be a minimum of one lack, costing 18 quid per month.

Agharta
They are part of the Variety Pack according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_channels_on_Sky_Digital


What a con, they're freeview channels!
#12
cookiemonster83
What a con, they're freeview channels!

I assume it’s up to the broadcaster to decide if they want to go FTA (which still costs them money to transmit) or try and make some money from Sky.
#13
cookiemonster83



What a con, they're freeview channels!


Indeed, as is Quest and a few other channels, but this is greedy Murdoch we are talking about.
#14
Inactive
Indeed, as is Quest and a few other channels, but this is greedy Murdoch we are talking about.

It's not Sky's fault as surely it’s up to the channel owner if they want to go FTA!
I presume they don’t go that route as they make money if they don’t go FTA.
It costs the channel owner to go FTA as it’s not a free service to broadcast a TV station over [SIZE="3"]someone else’s satellite[/SIZE].
#15
Agharta
It's not Sky's fault as surely it’s up to the channel owner if they want to go FTA!
I presume they don’t go that route as they make money if they don’t go FTA.
It costs the channel owner to go FTA as it’s not a free service to broadcast a TV station over [SIZE="3"]someone else’s satellite[/SIZE].


It does, but of course they get advertising income, so if they can do it on Freeview, there is no reason that they cannot do it on Sky. ( other than greed ).

It may well be " someone else's satellite " but Sky control the running of it, the EPG etc.
#16
Inactive
It does, but of course they get advertising income, so if they can do it on Freeview, there is no reason that they cannot do it on Sky. ( other than greed ).

There are plenty of Freeview channels that are FTA on Sky so I presume you mean that the broadcaster is being 'greedy'?
#17
Do you still need to have the Sky box connected to a phone line these days?

I checked and you do for some reason!!!
#18
Agharta
Do you still need to have the Sky box connected to a phone line these days?

I checked and you do for some reason!!!


Once you're out of contract you dont need to have it connected. So if your only using for FTA then no they cant make you.

Just FYI, If you ever decide you want to go back to Sky subscription, this is a really nice and quick process.

Just call up sales, and they can have you back on in 10 mins. They also tend to offer great deals for returning customers using sky box with FTA. I got 2 months free basic pack and 4 months at 25% off. No contract so can cancel after 1 month if you wanted.
#19
milesy29
Once you're out of contract you dont need to have it connected. So if your only using for FTA then no they cant make you.
Just FYI, If you ever decide you want to go back to Sky subscription, this is a really nice and quick process.
Just call up sales, and they can have you back on in 10 mins. They also tend to offer great deals for returning customers using sky box with FTA. I got 2 months free basic pack and 4 months at 25% off. No contract so can cancel after 1 month if you wanted.

Thanks, that’s worth knowing. My parents will probably take Sky for a year and then review the situation. Virgin Media may well have their TIVO boxes out by then and they can see what deals are available.
They’ll currently save money with Sky and they’ll get more HD channels so it’s a win/win situation. I think they’ll find the Sky box easier to use than the V+ and it has a larger HDD; I’ve read reports that the V+ fills up very quickly when recoding HD content.
#20
Hi, I've currently got a Sky HD subscription. It's costing me ~ £30 per month.

If I cancel down to the £10 pm option as stated above will I still get to use the PVR function on the FTA SD and HD channels?

I hope so as I only really watch BBC and C4 channels.

Thanks in advance :)
#21
If I cancel my sky subscription and use sky box for free to air channels without using the viewing card, will I lose my settings for the parental controls that I have in place. at the moment the adult channels are removed from tv listings and can only be accessed by the pin number, will this remain or will the adult channels become visible and able to be viewed on the tv once sky contract is ended. . Are the settings kept on sky box or is it the sky card ? Any ideas please.

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