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    Hi all

    an elderly neighbour would like sky to improve his picture he literally just needs the box no extra channels

    what is the cheapest way of him doing this?

    on the sky website it doesnt seem possible to just order a box on its own without adding channells he doesnt need

    thanks a lot

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    why not just buy a freeview box it would be easier and cheaper with sky you will have a monthly bill.

    does he already have a satalite dish ? only asking coz you say its box only that he needs.

    if he does have a dish he would be better buying a freesat box then no monthly fee. sky wont let you just have a box with out atleast entering into a 12 month contract at about £18 a month i think.

    Original Poster

    thanks for the prompt reply

    no he doesnt have a dish of any kind at present

    so a freeview box looks the better option? any reccommendations on that score?

    thanks

    Original Poster

    to throw a spanner in the works according to the freeview coverage website

    "freeview is not currently available in your area"

    strange considering just had a box put in at work less than 1 mile away

    Just stick up a 63 cms dish for starters and you have a choice of either Sky free to view channels or FreeSat as they both use the same satellite . Argos sell the cheapest Bush Freesat box [SD] for about £29 or a BUSH [HD] for about £67 .Or ,you can buy a cheap second hand Sky box ,pay Sky a one off payment of £25 for the free to views channels ......................no montly subscription ..you get a viewing card sent through the post ,ring Sky up and they activate the card .
    So, you have :
    FreeView ..................standard terestial arial .................free channels
    Freesat ....................Sky dish needed but its not Sky ...free channels
    FTV [free to view] from Sky .Fixed fee of £25 for a card ..free channels [but some channels are missing , like , Dave , Quest ]

    Original Poster

    as he isnt actually bothered about extra channels even though freeview isnt available were he lives will a freeview box still improve pic quality for 1,2,3 and 4?

    jbarnsie

    as he isnt actually bothered about extra channels even though freeview … as he isnt actually bothered about extra channels even though freeview isnt available were he lives will a freeview box still improve pic quality for 1,2,3 and 4?



    I would suggest the best option may be to borrow a freeview box from somebody (or from your work), plug it in at your neighbours house and then you'll know whether he can receive freeview or not.

    Oh and to answer your question, if he can't get freeview then he won't get any channels through a freeview box. Although all that will change when your analogue signal gets turned off.

    I would have added this to my last post, but don't seem to be able to edit since the site change - possibly doesn't like Google Chrome.

    Original Poster

    seems a good idea that mike

    considering the work address also isnt supposed to be able to receive freeview but does ill chance a 12 quid box of fleabay and if it doesnt work ill keep it for myself

    thanks

    cheap enough to get a box from Asda or Tesco

    Freesat and real digital seam like good options.

    realdigitaltv.com/ ( starts september 1st)

    freesat.co.uk/

    Both do not require a monthly subscription maplin.co.uk sell a range of sky dishes and boxes

    Original Poster

    thansk the mole

    bought a cheapie from argos this morning no signal picked up whatsoever

    My uncle was in a similar position a few months ago and I sorted out Freesat from Sky for him for a one off payment

    sky.com/sho…me/

    Good luck,

    Pete

    Blooming Heck ........................... £175 from Sky . that's an lot of money to fork out .
    My second hand Sky box [in perfect condition] cost £30 , the dish [ fitted myself] cost £23.00 and the Freesat card from Sky cost £19.50 .
    You can pick some great Sky boxes second hand from about £25 . A dish even from ebay for a few quid and the Sky cards now £25 .No ,way would I have paid £175 .

    Ricko,

    The question was about an elderly neighbour and NOT someone able to access eBay, climb ladders, fix and align a dish etc etc

    Original Poster

    thanks again guys will report back

    rowers

    Ricko,The question was about an elderly neighbour and NOT someone able to … Ricko,The question was about an elderly neighbour and NOT someone able to access eBay, climb ladders, fix and align a dish etc etc



    Yes , I agree , but how many elderly folk do you know who will be able to fork out £175 out of their pension. Fitting a dish is easy , for a friend , neighbor ,or relative ...................if you can use a electric drill and climb a ladder and NO the dish doesn't have to be on the chimney ,roof or anyware high , it can be at low level . It's suprising how many people would be willing to help an elderly person and not expect payment . I have an elderly neighbor in her 80's in the flat below who I help out .I've actually just fitted a new kitchen unit and sink , done the plumbing for her new washing machine as she wont trust strangers in her home . Only yesterday , she mentioned Freesat and I said I would put up a dish for her and do the wiring .
    Help is always at hand .

    Look into freesat. I use it on my TV down stairs and its great...

    There are cheap boxes come up but you will need a dish etc installed...
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