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    I'm thinking of ditching Sky after, dunno bloody can't remember it's been that long.

    Only thing I'm fanatical about watching is motogp and looks like my Samsung TV now has all of that on the BT sport app (with spoilers though )

    We also have Amazon Prime (via TV) and are thinking of getting now TV which again can be watched via TV.

    But Mrs was saying should we get a freeview box for the very odd live stuff. I'm assuming my old Sky+ box should do this? It's upstairs in a cupboard (looks like Sky will ask for the current box back). If that fails can I just buy any old box to watch live TV presumably via the Sky dish and record stuff?

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    I ditched Sky earlier in the year.

    My 12 year old Sony TV has Freeview built in, which I use, but you can use your Skybox for FreeSat, you just need to ask Sky to enable your viewing card for freesat when you cancel.

    They'll try to sell you a £5 subscription that will allow you to still use the live pause and recording, but you don't have to take it.

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    I think you mean 'Freesat' from what you're saying...most modern TVs include a Freeview tuner for watching via a standard aerial, whereas very few have Freesat.

    The old Sky+ box will be fine for normal channels, watching live.
    We have been using a Humax HB1000S box in the main lounge and have a 1TB disk attached to it, which works very well.

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    Sorry should have explained. My TV is freeview, but the TV aerial fell off the roof sometime ago! I'm assuming it'll cost me more to get a new aerial than use the old Sky box or freesat box?

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    If you've got a sky box and a viewing card it's all free.

    But you won't be able to record or pause live TV any more without an additional £5pm 'SkyPlus' subscription.

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    Assuming you can return if it doesn't work, try something like this:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Gain-F.../dp/B007JPOX8O

    I've had very good luck with small antennas and Freeview...though not at home where there's a mountain range between us and the nearest transmitter.

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    I'm still using my old Sky+HD box in FReesat mode plus a dish for the times I CBA to trawl through the Apps across all my media bozes. It's just more convenient.

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    This thread reminded me to ring Sky.

    I was on a special price for tnternets and phone line of £27.

    Three months into that contract I cancelled my Sky TV, which shouldn't have affected my tinternets, but the price shot up to £40.99.

    That was three months ago and I kept forgetting to call them.

    I've just rung them, got a lovely Fronch girl who couldn't help enough.

    Phone and tinternets are now £25pm and they're crediting back £41.97

    Result.

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    Do your maths. I cancelled my sky what was basic package BB and phone. Went to plusnet for fibre and phone and its not a great deal cheaper than the sky package i had.

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    Tbh, in these days , with catch up, you no longer really need a PVR. I have one, but have never used the recording function. Itís a Humax box... it good.
    when Virgin decided that it was correct to charge me 140 gbp for the same services they give to newbies at 70 gbp, I left left. Not missed anything yet ...

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    Stripped our package back to a more basic one and saved a good few quid by doing so. I do occasionally miss Discovery and Eden, but not enough to upgrade the subscription again. I'm reluctant to leave sky completely, simply because I hate the UI of Virgin and BT! I have Prime and Netflix though Apple TV but CBA to search for anything most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    Stripped our package back to a more basic one and saved a good few quid by doing so. I do occasionally miss Discovery and Eden, but not enough to upgrade the subscription again. I'm reluctant to leave sky completely, simply because I hate the UI of Virgin and BT! I have Prime and Netflix though Apple TV but CBA to search for anything most of the time.
    I've had dozens of emails from Sky since leaving begging me to come back and offering all the premium stuff half price for 6 months and the basic package for £10.

    the first was about three days after cancelling.

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    I use a Humax box which records too, it's brilliant.

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    Been using Humax for around 14 years now. It just works. Records all we need and picks up HD as well.

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    In a similar situation at the moment and thinking of sacking off Sky and getting a PVR like a Humax.
    Only kept Sky because of my wife's addiction to bloody GOT on Sky Atlantic, we have Freesat HD built in to the TV and also Netflix which we use most of the time - Sky ios a bit of a rip of as far as I'm concerned

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