I agree with your comments especially to do with Sky!
I have a Sky+ box which I have to pay £10 a month for on top of my subscription taking my total bill up to nearly £30.
I have been to the Freeview website and I have checked that I can get it and I can so I am thinking about packing in Sky altogether and getting Freeview as like you said it is all repeats!
I will just need to buy a new aerial along with a Freeview digibox.
The reason being I find I am on my PC much more since upgrading to broadband some time ago leaving less time for the tv!
I much prefer the web.