Question - Sky Multi Room..... Is it ok to do this ?? / Would Sky ever know ??

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Found 1st Feb 2011
Quick question...

My sister has moved out of our parents house and she had a Sky multi room plus box in her bedroom.

The new property she has gone to already has a sky dish wired up with 2 feeds.. As the area has no free view, I suggested just taking down her existing sky box and card and plugging it in of which it works fine with all channels etc..

The question is..... Do sky pro-actively or can they remotely check the location of the sky box and cross reference it to the default address it should be used at ??

She was going to get Sky anyway.... but using this method it will only cost her the extra £10 per month under the current package at the other address compared to a full subscription.

Plus... she only planning to be at this new address for 6 months too...

Also... the Sky contract is out of the 12 month contract period so all equipment is owned.

Cheers

Rick
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Does it not call in using the telephone if you have multiroom?
I'm sure you have to have a working phoneline connected to multiroom boxes so that Sky can periodically connect to it to make sure it's still in your household. So the answer would be no.
it wont work in the new place - the box is tied to the viewing card.
If you want multi-room you need to pay for it.
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Eventually you will get letters, and they could eventually put the price up. Apparently. It's fraud, but who cares about that these days?

I'm a sky customer of many years, well out of contract etc etc, and I pretty much do what you said. I've not had any letters yet, nor any problems.

But in answer to your question - yes they can remotely check - the box will "phone home" randomly, and if it doesn't check in for a while, they could start hassling you.

Do it until they send letters?
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gary_rip

Does it not call in using the telephone if you have multiroom?



It been disconneted from a phone line for over 3 years... so i guess it does not matter....

(when it was installed I remember her just running an lose laid extension lead from the bottom of the stairs (so the engineer was happy.)
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It won't work.
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Babbabooey

it wont work in the new place - the box is tied to the viewing card.If … it wont work in the new place - the box is tied to the viewing card.If you want multi-room you need to pay for it.



Huh? She will be using the same viewing card I assume.

To clarify OP.... I assume you currently have 2 boxes under a multiroom subscription. You want to take one box elsewhere?

That will work, just don't connect the phoneline in the new place. You'll prob get at least 3 months, probably more.

But its very much against sky's terms etc.
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Syzable

It won't work.



Dude - read the OP. It will work. I know this for a fact because...... ahem.

It will work - the OP said the DISH will be "new" - but the box and card will be the same, paired up, and will work. The boxes don't talk to the LNB or dish.
Edited by: "vibeone" 1st Feb 2011
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Its been working ok for around a week so far, (the "multi room sky box and card have both been taken to the new property.) and there is not a phone line in the new property.

Thinking about it...... Can sky do a check on a sky box via satalite ? if not, how could they ever check ? It's only like a multi room box been turned off for a few months which would not dial home ?



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vibeone

Dude - read the OP. It will work. I know this for a fact because...... … Dude - read the OP. It will work. I know this for a fact because...... ahem.It will work - the OP said the DISH will be "new" - but the box and card will be the same, paired up, and will work. The boxes don't talk to the LNB or dish.



I mean in the long run..........she'll be watching and then bam. Especially with the new EPG rolling out now.
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RickT

It been disconneted from a phone line for over 3 years... so i guess it … It been disconneted from a phone line for over 3 years... so i guess it does not matter.... (when it was installed I remember her just running an lose laid extension lead from the bottom of the stairs (so the engineer was happy.)



Sounds like your in a similar situation to me. My phoneline was crap, and the sky box used to cause problems for the internet, so i disconnected it a lot, got the letters warning me, plugged it in, then disconnected it again.

Sky at some point seemed to get bored of this, and now havent sent me letters for 3 years or more. Eventually you might get caught, but based on what you've stated, it will work.

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Syzable

I mean in the long run..........she'll be watching and then bam. … I mean in the long run..........she'll be watching and then bam. Especially with the new EPG rolling out now.



You could be right, but read my post above - it seems sky have lost/forgotten some customers. neither box is connected to a phoneline, but i never get letters, nor get charged.

You just can't use box office through the box.
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In that case it all might be good then
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vibeone

To clarify OP.... I assume you currently have 2 boxes under a multiroom … To clarify OP.... I assume you currently have 2 boxes under a multiroom subscription. You want to take one box elsewhere?That will work, just don't connect the phoneline in the new place. You'll prob get at least 3 months, probably more.



Yes - That's whats been done.


Will just run it as it is and get her to still pay my parents the £10 a month she normally pays!

I guess if Sky get in touch.. or the new EPG causes issues, she could take it back to the home address for an over night holiday!

Thanks to all who have replied.

Rick

Edited by: "RickT" 1st Feb 2011
This is exactly why Sky Boxes call home spefically not to get ripped off via their own multiroom boxes, calling home verifies where the box is via caller id, not fullproof but very cumbersome to get around/fake.

She should cancel sky imo, save the money.
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Worse case is they demand you connect it to a phoneline, at which point you give up and admit defeat.
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vibeone

Worse case is they demand you connect it to a phoneline, at which point … Worse case is they demand you connect it to a phoneline, at which point you give up and admit defeat.



yeah.... and then she / my parents can cancel the multi room
Edited by: "RickT" 1st Feb 2011
Mine has never been connected to a phone line, they only ask this so you might be tempted to pay for box office and games!
vibeone

Worse case is they demand you connect it to a phoneline, at which point … Worse case is they demand you connect it to a phoneline, at which point you give up and admit defeat.



Or charge your a full subscription rate for the second box, which some forums suggest might happen.
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Babbabooey

Or charge your a full subscription rate for the second box, which some … Or charge your a full subscription rate for the second box, which some forums suggest might happen.



Yeah - for the next month. Please point towards anyone suggesting you would get back charged - never gonna happen.

I do it will my eyes wide open - I could get caught, and if I do, I'd cancel sky (not in a fit of rage etc, just because its too much for what I use it).
i had my sky line diconneccted from the phone line ever since i had sky. it kept interfering with the internet so disconnected it, never got calls, letters saying to connect it back and ive been with them 1 year and was disconnected for about 51 weeks from that time
I couldn't be bothered to read all of the replies... Sorry if this has already been mentioned.

I've manually installed multi room and then informed Sky of the new box. The only time you need to connect the telephone line, is to register the card. I simply took the box down stairs, connected it to the coaxial and phone line. Called sky, activated the card and then took it back up stairs.

Two years later, no letters, phone calls etc to ask why neither of our sky boxes are connected to a telephone line?!
My parents have a static caravan which is on a site miles and miles away from their home. They called sky out and had multiroom installed and then took the box to the van. Never connected to the phone line as there arent any on the site!
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Get a couple of dream boxes.
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guv

Get a couple of dream boxes.



That's sexist.
works just dont plug phoneline in and ignore on screen instructions to do it, press backup, works fine lol!
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vibeone

That's sexist.



Nope. On these boxes, there are no holes on the front to poke anything in to them! X)

jellybaby22

As others have said I have 3 sky boxes... None of them have ever been … As others have said I have 3 sky boxes... None of them have ever been connected to a phone line and I have never had a letter in 5+ years



Are you paying for a multiroom sub ?

If you are not paying for a multiroom sub they they don't need to be connected that's why you haven't had a letter
I have lived in my current address for 2 years. I dont have a sky subscription but when we moved in Sky was linked in the living room and my bedroom. I have never plugged them into the phone lines.

My mum sometimes gives the kids her sky card to watch the subscription channels (kids ones) which we use for about a week a time. Never had any problems

Edit- i purchased 2 boxes and just plugged them in....
Edited by: "parisp" 1st Feb 2011
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