Running Sky and Freesat at the same time

  Big Trev 08:55 05 Oct 2010

I am currently a Sky subscriber with a regukar Sky box in one room and a Sky+ box in the other. I pay an extra £10 per month for multiroom.

I am thinking of changing to Freesat, but while I can afford a regular Freesat box, a Freesat+ box, which allows recording, pausing etc of live TV is a little beyond reach at the moment.

Would it be possible to replace the regular Sky box with a Freesat box and keep Sky +, thereby cancelling the Sky multiroom option?

The aim would be to be able to watch different programmes in each room, as well as saving some money.


  BRYNIT 12:17 05 Oct 2010

You can cancel the multiroom, how easy it would be is difficult to say.

All paid fore sky channels would be blocked but your standard sky box should be able to receive most of the free view channels if not all.

If sky completely cancel the card you may have to get a free view card so you can view channel 5 and one or two other channels.

You shouldn't need to buy a freesat box unless you want the HD channels or your sky box needs replacing.

  Big Trev 13:12 05 Oct 2010

Sorry brynit, just so I'm clear, are you saying I can use the Sky box to receive Freview?

If so, can I also use the Sky+ box to pick up Freeview and still record programmes etc (I'm not interested in HD, particularly)?

If the answer to the foregoing is "yes", where do I get a Freeview card?


  Big Trev 13:18 05 Oct 2010

A correction. In all the foregoing when I said Freeview, what I really meant was Freesat.

Don't know if it makes a difference.

  BRYNIT 14:17 05 Oct 2010

Must check my spelling should have been Freesat.

Freeview is via aerial.

Freesat is via Sat dish.

Bothe gives free to air channel I think the Freesat gives a few more.

  BRYNIT 14:20 05 Oct 2010

Should have said. If you remove the sky card it will give you an idea of the channels available if the card is fully cancelled.

  rdave13 15:47 05 Oct 2010

I'm not sure about this but if you cancel your subscription to Sky then the Sky+ box will no longer record.

  Strawballs 22:47 05 Oct 2010

And you won't be able to watch any programs already recorded on it.

  morddwyd 07:19 06 Oct 2010

He's not cancelling Sky, nor getting rid of Sky+, just getting rid of multiroom and an ordinary Sky box.

I can't answer the question, but at the moment neither is anybody else!

  dms_05 08:44 06 Oct 2010

If you have a current Sky subscription that has run for longer than 12 months then you can cancel giving 30 days notice.

If you cancel all of your Sky subscriptions then the two boxes you have will revert to Freesat from Sky which is the same as Freesat but with a few additional channels (like FIVE USA) that are FTV (ie Free to View but not Free to Air as in FTA).

If you cancel a subscription including Multiroom then you would have two independent Freesat from Sky receivers.

Sky+ equipment works fully if you have a valid Sky subscription. If you cancel Sky then you loose the ability to record and playback any material including that recorded before you cancelled.

So the move to Freesat from Sky is free and you would wouldn't need any extra equipment. It also saves you your subscription and gives some extra channels over Freesat.

Cancelling Multiroom would leave your second receiver as a Freesat from Sky receiver - you'd loose all the paid for channels.

  Tim1964 00:17 07 Oct 2010

We have the same set up that the OP is after.
Sky HD downstairs, standard Sky+ box in my daughter's room. We no longer pay the £10/month for multiroom but she can still use the record/pause/rewind on it and TBH hasn't missed the channels she used to have on it.

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