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Sky HD FTV Channels Help- No Subscription

pieman4000 Avatar
6y, 3w agoPosted 6 years, 3 weeks ago
Hi all,
I recently bought a sky hd box of ebay (inc white viewing card) but im unable to receive various channels, such as C4HD, Five/HD, Five USA because the box is not paired to the viewing card. I have called sky asking if they can pair the two but they said it is not possible because the viewing card is not mine, and they tried to push me to buy a viewing card from them. Any help on the matter would be much appreciated. Cheers
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6y, 3w agoPosted 6 years, 3 weeks ago
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#1
nothing you can do but contact the seller see if they can pair it up if its in thier name if not you will need a new card
#2
Thanks :)
#3
I can't see this working unless you take out a sky sub. Especially now that sky know you're in posession of someone else's viewing card linked to their sky account/subscription (if it's not already been cancelled).

You can add the SD channels from five manually but they will appear under 'Other Channels' menu in the 'Options' section. You'll find the instructions through google.

You should have really looked up what you can receive without a legitimate sky card before buying the HD box.
#4
I already subscribe to sky but have got two other boxes that aren't signed up and only receive FTV channels. The user I bought the HD box cancelled his sub with sky but the card is still registered in his name.
I have already done the add five in other channels but thanks for the heads up.
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#5
there is nothing you can do but buy a legit sky card. sky dont allow their cards to be "sold on" but some do happen to make it to ebay etc but most of the auctions get stopped as sky always own the rights to the card. you wont have this problem if you were using it in a old sky box but i think that is why sky have cottoned on with the HD boxes and make you pair the card. the seller wont be able to do anything as if he calls sky & tells them he sold you/gave you the card he will get in trouble from them. anyway shouldnt the card already be paired to the box if it was the card he was using in the box himself ?
#6
Multiroom or hdmi feeds from the subscribed box is the only other option I can think of
#7
Jimston
there is nothing you can do but buy a legit sky card. sky dont allow their cards to be "sold on" but some do happen to make it to ebay etc but most of the auctions get stopped as sky always own the rights to the card. you wont have this problem if you were using it in a old sky box but i think that is why sky have cottoned on with the HD boxes and make you pair the card. the seller wont be able to do anything as if he calls sky & tells them he sold you/gave you the card he will get in trouble from them. anyway shouldnt the card already be paired to the box if it was the card he was using in the box himself ?
I called up sky and they quoted me £25 for a new card which would give me the encrypted channels (C4HD, 5HD Etc) but you do make a good point, don't see why the card and box would be unpaired by being connected to a different dish. I can live without the channels I should get but it would be nice to have them is all.
#8
Painkiller
Multiroom or hdmi feeds from the subscribed box is the only other option I can think of
Although multi-room is £10 I feel it would be too much to pay for the privilege, as my current sky sub is around £40. Im guessing the hdmi feeds enables me to watch the same channels as what is being watch by the source of the feed (other sky hd box)?
#9
2xSkyHD boxes NOT on Sky Subscription, but were in the last two years, so still actively registered recieving BBC1HD/BBCHD/CH4HD/FiveHD all fine, however Film4HD is cable only i think and E4HD is Sky Subs only i think?

I think long term I will considering FreeviewHD, having to pay £20 every 5 years to Sky just to "refresh" a pairing of Sky Viewing Card to Hardware is extortionate.

Freesat and/or FreeviewHD def the way forward.

Edited By: schizoboy on Nov 14, 2010 20:56
#10
schizoboy
2xSkyHD boxes NOT on Sky Subscription, but were in the last two years, so still actively registered recieving BBC1HD/BBCHD/CH4HD/FiveHD all fine, however Film4HD is cable only i think and E4HD is Sky Subs only i think?

I think long term I will considering FreeviewHD, having to pay £20 every 5 years to Sky just to "refresh" a pairing of Sky Viewing Card to Hardware is extortionate.

Freesat and/or FreeviewHD def the way forward.


I was tempted by freeviewHD but the boxes are a little pricey and im not sure will be as refined as sky, however as you said there isn't any problems with subs which is Nice and its a one-off cost for the box & service, but the question I ask myself is it worth paying £150-£200 for C4HD, C5HD, and a few others? Putting it like that it seems conclusive IMO but you have a good point.
#11
Probably best to get a freesat card from them, im pretty sure its a one off payment and they send you new ones when required

I already have Sky digital satellite equipment - what else do I need?

All you need to gain access to the free channels available on the digital satellite platform is a Freesat from Sky viewing card, which costs just £25. If you’d like to access the interactive services available, you’ll also need a working phone line. To purchase a viewing card please phone Sky on 08448 244 400

Edited By: deanos on Nov 14, 2010 22:03

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