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What channels do you get on SKY with no subscription ?

Richierea Avatar
9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
Hi all,

I'm looking at cancelling my SKY subscription, but keeping the box for free channels.
As I understand it, some channels require the card to be inserted, such as ITV.
Assuming I keep my card (do SKY actually ask for them to be returned ?) does anyone know where there is a list of free channels that can be received ?
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9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
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Full list here. And you'll be allowed to keep the card. :thumbsup:
#4
Syzable
Full list here. And you'll be allowed to keep the card. :thumbsup:


Thanks for the quick reply :thumbsup:

Just noticed the Freesat from SKY, I guess that channel list is what I would get (and the same as you just gave, not compared them yet)

Freesat list is here:
http://www.freesatfromsky.com/?pID=3

SKY charge £20 for a viewing card, but I would hope to keep mine as you say.

What about the SKY+ recordings? I know you need a subscription to use SKY+, but can you view existing recordings without a subscription ? (guess I could pull the card out and see if it still works, but will let gf finish watching TV first, I value my life;-) )
#5
SLOW DOWN, SLOW DOWN!!!!!

Thanks for the replies, guess I have a few lists now, cheers all:thumbsup:
#6
Sky used to charge £10/month for Sky+ activation if you had no premimer chans/package.

Now Sky only do Sky+ activation (ongoing broadcast to keep record function working afaik) if you ANY Sky package.

Which means no normal Sky+ will work on Freesat FTV afaik.
#7
Easy answer. Take the card out. :thumbsup:
#8
Thats terrible that, you have to buy a box then they wont let you use it without a subscription so if you ever cancel you are screwed.
#9
peteivy
Easy answer. Take the card out. :thumbsup:


Confused, why take the card out ?
#10
ryouga
Thats terrible that, you have to buy a box then they wont let you use it without a subscription so if you ever cancel you are screwed.


But from the replies above, after you cancel you get all free to view and free to air channels.....(just keep the card)
#11
Im just confused with what it says about activation, thought it meant you needed an active sub to use it.
#12
ryouga
Thats terrible that, you have to buy a box then they wont let you use it without a subscription so if you ever cancel you are screwed.

all you have to do is have the subscription for 12 months + then you then get to keep your box and the sum of your direct debits AND Sky off your back - that's what i call win/win!
#13
Just to clarify.

With a working normal Sky Digibox and an FTV viewing card you need no active subscription to Sky for FTV channels of any kind

With a working normal Sky+ Digibox you NEED an ACTIVE subscription to Sky mixes (could even be lowest £15/month subscroption) in order for the ongoing Sky+ activation code to be broadcast to your Sky+ box, no active paid subscription to Sky = no recording function on a Sky+ box. Sky+ box with an FTV = a normal working digibox function afaik.

Bearing in mind with any FTV card it needs to be matched to the serial number of any digibox in order to work fully otherwise you will just get unencrypted channels only (BBC chans, Sky News, CNN and some others)

Unless someone knows of a way round this, if you do, please post.
#14
schizoboy


Bearing in mind with any FTV card it needs to be matched to the serial number of any digibox in order to work fully otherwise you will just get unencrypted channels only (BBC chans, Sky News, CNN and some others)

Unless someone knows of a way round this, if you do, please post.


Wrong, an active Free to Air Sky Card, even one that was a subscription card will work in any Sky Receiver.

All free to air channels will work without a card, with the exception of Channel 4, Channel 5's ( all 3 of them ) and Sky 3, these are the only " free "channels that are still encrypted, and still need a card to view.
#15
A viewing card that WAS on a subscription will already be matched to the Digibox from the previous viewing, just it's viewing level downgraded to FTV as happens to all viewing cards where a subscription is cancelled.

Any NEW viewing card will need to be matched up and requires calling Sky to do this which is what I should of said :)
#16
schizoboy
A viewing card that WAS on a subscription will already be matched to the Digibox from the previous viewing, just it's viewing level downgraded to FTV as happens to all viewing cards where a subscription is cancelled.

Any NEW viewing card will need to be matched up and requires calling Sky to do this which is what I should of said :)


That's better.. ;-) it now makes sense.

But just to repeat any active ( ex - subscription ) Sky Card will work in any sky Receiver.
#17
Inactive
Wrong, an active Free to Air Sky Card, even one that was a subscription card will work in any Sky Receiver.

All free to air channels will work without a card, with the exception of Channel 4, Channel 5's ( all 3 of them ) and Sky 3, these are the only " free "channels that are still encrypted, and still need a card to view.


Interesting, I tried removing my card yesterday and I could get BBC 1, BBC2, but not ITV.

Anyway, thanks for all the responses. I'll look into cancelling and keeping my card.

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