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    HD TV? Get ready for FREESAT

    Give the old Sky box the heave-oh. Freesat will be transmitting shortly. Receivers cost around £30 or £90 for the HD version and what's best... NO SUBSCRIPTIONS. Connect it to your existing Sky dish, (you may require a replacement multi-LNB, double or quad output). A cost effective way of bringing in HD television without having Sky.

    freesat.co.uk
    Receivers available from many outlets and eBay (the prices will no doubt rise when transmission starts)

    Sky... You're Fired....

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    That sounds good, do you get all the channels as with sky
    Just checked it out - you do thanks for that rep added

    get real, course not, sky wouldn't let someone give it away for free would they lol
    ... at least not legally.

    freesat is the same as freeview, it just uses satellites instead of aerials

    Dont think so just took a look at the site and it gave a list of thing that freeview does not do, for one you can buy the HD Freestat Box, the number of channels you get include the movies so its sounds a bit better plus I do not have an ariel I have a dish to better for me

    any recommendations on receivers?

    OK ctuk I guess you were right, well a littl right there are some small differences
    uksatellitehelp.co.uk/200…ew/

    I just think Sky is such a rip off

    octobergirl;1689550

    Dont think so just took a look at the site and it gave a list of thing … Dont think so just took a look at the site and it gave a list of thing that freeview does not do, for one you can buy the HD Freestat Box, the number of channels you get include the movies so its sounds a bit better plus I do not have an ariel I have a dish to better for me



    Where does it mention you get the movies? Possible film4 you will get. Sky aren't gonna give there subscription channels away are they? All it mentions about channels (that I can see) is over 80 channels. It'll be freeview plus some more. Great for free HD though.

    Original Poster

    Also have a look here... astra2d.com/fre…htm

    and here.... freesatsettopbox.co.uk/

    Receivers are available on fleabay, just type in fta in the search window. MAKE SURE YOU PURCHASE A HD RECEIVER.
    Sorry for shouting out that bit

    Of course there is no movie channels (as per freeview) but this system gives you the opportunity of running your new HD TV at its full potential without forking cash out every month!

    Thanks for that - still good deal

    Hold your horses. No need to buy a receiver yet, any one that you buy now will not be able to pick up the full multi-day EPG as it won't have the right software. If Freesat is left completely unencrypted, then the likelihood is that the current FTA receivers will be able to pick up only the now and next EPG. This is because they have built up a new style of multi-day EPG (like Sky's) which is in a new stream format.
    Late spring is the launch date - so ages away!

    hotukdeals.com/ite…-s/

    octobergirl;1689583

    OK ctuk I guess you were right, well a littl right there are some small … OK ctuk I guess you were right, well a littl right there are some small differenceshttp://www.uksatellitehelp.co.uk/2007/08/02/freesat-vs-freeview/I just think Sky is such a rip off


    Thats freesat from sky, not free sat from the BBC and ITV

    What equipment will you require to watch Freesat?
    Viewers will require a Freesat digital satellite receiver, in order to obtain the services. No details are currently available, though Freesat will have its own EPG (Electronic Programme Guide). Alba, Humax, Panasonic, and Sagem have all been appointed to produce receivers for Freesat.
    Freesat receivers will be able from high street shops like Comet, Currys, John Lewis and Argos. The only cost is a one-off payment for a digital box and satellite dish.
    Retailers:
    Phase 1 - DSG, Comet, John Lewis
    Phase 2 - CIH Euronics, M & S, Argos, Tesco
    Phase 3 - non-Euronics independents in 2009
    Receivers:
    Freesat non-HD £35
    Freesat HD £99
    Freesat HD PVR £149

    definately one to watch i reckon but too early yet to go out and get a box, wait for launch and look for offers

    Couldn't most people who already have sky just cancel their subscription and just use their existing sky boxes any way to get the free channels. There is nothing on the site to say what channels you will get so it most likely be the stuff you are receiving on free view anyway.Also is the HD going to be Virgin HD with 2 or 3 channels with nowt much on.

    Will i be able to keep my sky for normal viewing e.g the sports and movies and use this for HD content?.

    Banned

    jaybizzle;1690166

    Will i be able to keep my sky for normal viewing e.g the sports and … Will i be able to keep my sky for normal viewing e.g the sports and movies and use this for HD content?.



    Yes.

    You would need to connect it to your exisiting dish and LNB. If you dont already have a quad LNB, you would need to replace it. Its not difficult and wont cost much.

    Wonder if Mr Murdoch will scrap his HD fee, if there is a real viable alternative for decent HD content

    octobergirl;1689550

    Dont think so just took a look at the site and it gave a list of thing … Dont think so just took a look at the site and it gave a list of thing that freeview does not do, for one you can buy the HD Freestat Box, the number of channels you get include the movies so its sounds a bit better plus I do not have an ariel I have a dish to better for me



    Ummm think u lookin at a different site from me

    octobergirl;1689583

    OK ctuk I guess you were right, well a littl right there are some small … OK ctuk I guess you were right, well a littl right there are some small differenceshttp://www.uksatellitehelp.co.uk/2007/08/02/freesat-vs-freeview/I just think Sky is such a rip off


    wrong service that review is about a different freesat service

    jaybizzle;1690166

    Will i be able to keep my sky for normal viewing e.g the sports and … Will i be able to keep my sky for normal viewing e.g the sports and movies and use this for HD content?.


    Depends on where u live but think the avg quoted as yes was quite high maybe as much as 75%

    Wooopee finally! The bbc moves on to hd bigtime

    Paddy_o_furniture;1690286

    Wonder if Mr Murdoch will scrap his HD fee, if there is a real viable … Wonder if Mr Murdoch will scrap his HD fee, if there is a real viable alternative for decent HD content


    Are you jokin?, mr murdoch dont do "Cut Price" lol

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    Paddy_o_furniture;1690286

    Wonder if Mr Murdoch will scrap his HD fee, if there is a real viable … Wonder if Mr Murdoch will scrap his HD fee, if there is a real viable alternative for decent HD content



    Market forces will probably dictate that eventually. Personally, I'm surprised at the number of people happy to shell out an extra £10 per month with such limited extra content in HD.

    Still undecided on which HD receiver I will buy. Probably the Technomate 6900. Which will be flashed to receive lots and lots of extra channels - for free.:whistling:

    Paddy_o_furniture;1690286

    Wonder if Mr Murdoch will scrap his HD fee, if there is a real viable … Wonder if Mr Murdoch will scrap his HD fee, if there is a real viable alternative for decent HD content


    It wont be too long until they phase out SD Transmission, maybe 10 years ?

    Thanks squirrelteam for the info.

    Soo. Who has/is going to buy a freesat box? (Argos have them online ready for expected launch next week)
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