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5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
I'm looking to buy a new TV with either freesat HD or Freeview HD functionality. Once bought I plan to stop paying Sky for the TV channels, as I don't really have time to watch other than terrestial + sky news.

I've read that once I cancel the service I will also loose the sky+ functionality which to be honest is a very good service.

Does anyone know of any decent equivalent boxes/services that can be purchased to replace the sky+ functionlity...
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5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
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#1
I cancelled Sky and brought this http://www.richersounds.com/product/freeview-freesat-pvr/humax/foxsat-hdr/huma-foxsat-hdr-box, has all the functions of Sky+ just plug your sky cables into the back of it and it tunes all channels in automatically including all the free HD channels.

The recording works well and its about double the HD size of the sky+ box
#2
Agree. Humax are excellent. Only thing you might notice is that very occasionally, the last few minutes can be missed off a prog. You can get round this by changing the setting to add 5 mins at the end of all recordings but then it won't let you record a series if you have added the 5 mins.(_;)

Have never been keen on monthly subscriptions........I just wish the Discovery channel was on freeview
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#4
BT Vision box is a very good alternative imo

edit- but you need BT Broadband

Edited By: Joey Bloggsy on Mar 21, 2011 10:59
#5
I just pay the £10 or whatever it is to Sky for the recording facility, have kept my Sky HD box and using the Sky+ facility, so just watch the free channels (no other subscription).
I've bought and sold 2 of the Humax boxes in the past but they were never great (not as easy to use as Sky) and cost quite a bit if you want to record from Freesat/Freeview HD ie £200+.
So the cost saving to me is quite a good and didn't have to quickly watch all the stuff we'd recorded before losing Sky+ service!
Can record any free channel & this includes the free HD channels, a good alternative to buying a new box :)
#6
Very interesting thanks. That is my worry, are the Humax (etc) of equivalent quality I suspect not but I'll do some more research I thnk.

darkovo
I just pay the £10 or whatever it is to Sky for the recording facility, have kept my Sky HD box and using the Sky+ facility, so just watch the free channels (no other subscription).
I've bought and sold 2 of the Humax boxes in the past but they were never great (not as easy to use as Sky) and cost quite a bit if you want to record from Freesat/Freeview HD ie £200+.
So the cost saving to me is quite a good and didn't have to quickly watch all the stuff we'd recorded before losing Sky+ service!
Can record any free channel & this includes the free HD channels, a good alternative to buying a new box :)
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andrpro
I cancelled Sky and brought thishttp://www.richersounds.com/product/freeview-freesat-pvr/humax/foxsat-hdr/huma-foxsat-hdr-box, has all the functions of Sky+ just plug your sky cables into the back of it and it tunes all channels in automatically including all the free HD channels.

The recording works well and its about double the HD size of the sky+ box

iglimpse
Agree. Humax are excellent. Only thing you might notice is that very occasionally, the last few minutes can be missed off a prog. You can get round this by changing the setting to add 5 mins at the end of all recordings but then it won't let you record a series if you have added the 5 mins.(_;)

Have never been keen on monthly subscriptions........I just wish the Discovery channel was on freeview


Thanks people, I think my requirements are some type of box with a large hard drve capacity. I don't need the freeview HD/freesat HD capability as I can get this from the TV.

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