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    If I cancel a Sky HD subscription can I still watch FTA HD and use as a PVR?

    Im looking for a deal for my parents and they want a basic pay TV package (Sky Arts etc) and getting Sky HD+ with the HD subscription seems a good deal with £95 TopCashback and a £25 M&S voucher.

    When the 1st year is up when they cancel the HD subscription what do they lose?
    I presume they can still use the box as a PVR and watch BBC HD etc!
    So will they just lose access to any other HD channels that are part of their package?

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    Yes what you say is correct.

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    bluebindy123;8575424

    Yes what you say is correct.



    Correct.... As long as they have a sub, they will get PVR..... and regardless, will always receive the freebie HD channels on an HD receiver.

    Original Poster

    Thanks. I just wanted to check. :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    When the year is up if they cancel Sky completely do they get to keep the box?

    What capacity HDD do the current boxes use?

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    Agharta;8575604

    When the year is up if they cancel Sky completely do they get to keep the … When the year is up if they cancel Sky completely do they get to keep the box?



    Yes. The box was theirs from day 1. But if they do cancel, they can only use to view freesat and wont be able to record anything or playback anything already recorded.

    You have to pay £10 a month to use all PVR features, plus £20 for a Sky Freesat card.

    cookiemonster83;8575730

    You have to pay £10 a month to use all PVR features, plus £20 for a Sky F … You have to pay £10 a month to use all PVR features, plus £20 for a Sky Freesat card.



    you dont need a freesat card if you currently have a working sky card. It will just work as FTA when your subscription ends.

    To use sky+/HD box as a PVR is £10 a month though.

    milesy29;8575877

    you dont need a freesat card if you currently have a working sky card. It … you dont need a freesat card if you currently have a working sky card. It will just work as FTA when your subscription ends. To use sky+/HD box as a PVR is £10 a month though.



    I've got a Sky card in mine, but I'm not getting Virgin 1 or Dave ja vu, which I think are both FTA?

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    milesy29;8575877

    To use sky+/HD box as a PVR is £10 a month though.


    If I keep a subscription but cancel the £10 HD part of it I still get to use it as a PVR though?

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    cookiemonster83;8575960

    I've got a Sky card in mine, but I'm not getting Virgin 1 or Dave ja vu, … I've got a Sky card in mine, but I'm not getting Virgin 1 or Dave ja vu, which I think are both FTA?


    They are part of the Variety Pack according to en.wikipedia.org/wik…tal

    Agharta;8575968

    If I keep a subscription but cancel the £10 HD part of it I still get to … If I keep a subscription but cancel the £10 HD part of it I still get to use it as a PVR though?



    If you keep a basic subscription, which will be a minimum of one lack, costing 18 quid per month.

    Agharta;8575987

    They are part of the Variety Pack according to … They are part of the Variety Pack according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_channels_on_Sky_Digital



    What a con, they're freeview channels!

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    cookiemonster83;8576114

    What a con, they're freeview channels!


    I assume it’s up to the broadcaster to decide if they want to go FTA (which still costs them money to transmit) or try and make some money from Sky.

    cookiemonster83;8576114

    What a con, they're freeview channels!



    Indeed, as is Quest and a few other channels, but this is greedy Murdoch we are talking about.

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    Inactive;8576203

    Indeed, as is Quest and a few other channels, but this is greedy Murdoch … Indeed, as is Quest and a few other channels, but this is greedy Murdoch we are talking about.


    It's not Sky's fault as surely it’s up to the channel owner if they want to go FTA!
    I presume they don’t go that route as they make money if they don’t go FTA.
    It costs the channel owner to go FTA as it’s not a free service to broadcast a TV station over [SIZE="3"]someone else’s satellite[/SIZE].

    Agharta;8576209

    It's not Sky's fault as surely it’s up to the channel owner if they want t … It's not Sky's fault as surely it’s up to the channel owner if they want to go FTA!I presume they don’t go that route as they make money if they don’t go FTA.It costs the channel owner to go FTA as it’s not a free service to broadcast a TV station over [SIZE="3"]someone else’s satellite[/SIZE].



    It does, but of course they get advertising income, so if they can do it on Freeview, there is no reason that they cannot do it on Sky. ( other than greed ).

    It may well be " someone else's satellite " but Sky control the running of it, the EPG etc.

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    Inactive;8576242

    It does, but of course they get advertising income, so if they can do it … It does, but of course they get advertising income, so if they can do it on Freeview, there is no reason that they cannot do it on Sky. ( other than greed ).


    There are plenty of Freeview channels that are FTA on Sky so I presume you mean that the broadcaster is being 'greedy'?

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    Do you still need to have the Sky box connected to a phone line these days?

    I checked and you do for some reason!!!

    Agharta;8576380

    Do you still need to have the Sky box connected to a phone line these … Do you still need to have the Sky box connected to a phone line these days?I checked and you do for some reason!!!



    Once you're out of contract you dont need to have it connected. So if your only using for FTA then no they cant make you.

    Just FYI, If you ever decide you want to go back to Sky subscription, this is a really nice and quick process.

    Just call up sales, and they can have you back on in 10 mins. They also tend to offer great deals for returning customers using sky box with FTA. I got 2 months free basic pack and 4 months at 25% off. No contract so can cancel after 1 month if you wanted.

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    milesy29;8581404

    Once you're out of contract you dont need to have it connected. So if … Once you're out of contract you dont need to have it connected. So if your only using for FTA then no they cant make you.Just FYI, If you ever decide you want to go back to Sky subscription, this is a really nice and quick process.Just call up sales, and they can have you back on in 10 mins. They also tend to offer great deals for returning customers using sky box with FTA. I got 2 months free basic pack and 4 months at 25% off. No contract so can cancel after 1 month if you wanted.


    Thanks, that’s worth knowing. My parents will probably take Sky for a year and then review the situation. Virgin Media may well have their TIVO boxes out by then and they can see what deals are available.
    They’ll currently save money with Sky and they’ll get more HD channels so it’s a win/win situation. I think they’ll find the Sky box easier to use than the V+ and it has a larger HDD; I’ve read reports that the V+ fills up very quickly when recoding HD content.

    Hi, I've currently got a Sky HD subscription. It's costing me ~ £30 per month.

    If I cancel down to the £10 pm option as stated above will I still get to use the PVR function on the FTA SD and HD channels?

    I hope so as I only really watch BBC and C4 channels.

    Thanks in advance

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