RTE In the UK - Can you help?

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John,

Can I clarify your posting

1. I live in the UK and have an out of contract SKY box and card.
2. If I send this box and card over to my brother in Ireland and he connects it to his dish then the Irish channels will be activated on my card no contact required with SKY?.

Questions.
- Does this overwrite the UK free channels
- I thought RTE etc were only available to subscribers.

Thanks for your help

Not quite. RTE channels are neither FTA nor FTV. A subscription is required. If you live in the UK and have an out of contract SKY box and card, but want RTE, you can do this:

1. Remove your out of contract UK card and put it to one side - this is now an FTV card, needed for CH4, five, five US, five life and Sky3.

2. Send the digibox by itself over to the emerald isle, where your brother will need to call Sky and request a second hand contract - or viewing card only subscription (no new equipment / installation). This will be at least 2 mixes. Current price is €21.50 per month for this, current offer is first month free (regardless of chosen package). Packages here: https://survey.sky.com/order/Default.asp

3. When he receives the card from Sky, he calls to activate it. Upon activation, the account is live and 12 month minimum term contract begins.

4. Once activated, your brother sends the digibox and new card back to you in the UK for you to enjoy. Don't forget it's a 12 month contract with Sky though.


You will have, in your EPG:
RTÉ One
RTÉ Two
TV3
TG4
BBC One (Northern Ireland)
BBC Two (Northern Ireland)
Channel 4 (some programming blocked - this may change in 2008)

You can manually tune in to:
BBC One (All Regional Variants)
BBC Two (All Regional Variants)
BBC Three
BBC Four
ITV1 (All Regional Variants)
ITV2
ITV3
ITV4
UTV

You will not have:
five
five US
five life


If you can get it, the best subscription would be a Northern Ireland one. You'll get everything in your EPG then, except for ITV1 (UTV replaces it) and TG4.
 
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Hello again,

I have received an RoI sky card. It was sent to me in the UK and I phoned the Rep of Ireland sky number from UK (hid my number). The card was activated but Irish channels are showing up as "This programme is not available" . Should I phone SKY again to tell them this or will this blow my cover. Any advice gratefully received.
 
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Do you have RTE 1 as channel 101, RTE 2 as channel 102 etc.??
Does your card open channel 5 uk????
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Yes RTE 1 101, RTE2 102, TV3 103 TG4 104
all showing This programme is not available with blue screen


No CH5
BBC NI
Incidently no CH4, Cbeebies,CBBS either
 
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Call Sky with caller id blocked on your phone. Use the Irish name and address to which the card is registered. Tell them your problem and they will fix it.
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Thats me all set up. thanks for your help - Denis1501 especially.
 
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Dennis1501

You sound like man who knows what he is talking about. I was hopeing you could review my steps below which are the steps i plan to follow to try and recieve RTE in the UK.

First my situation in the Uk.
I have no sky box or dish, no phone line and us a free view box for TV.

My situation in ireland
i have an address which has a phone line (is this needed) but no subscribed Sky but it has a dish and some sort of card which is all free it was fitted by friend for my parents. This only works in one room however.

My plan.

1. Go on ebay and buy a Sky+ Box
2. Phone sky and get a contract only sent out to irish address and explain i already have an out of contract box.
3. Bring card to UK and insert the card in the box i have bought.
4. Phone sky ireland to activate new irish card giving all Irish details as per contract.

Queries

1. Do i need a sky dish also for the UK house. (i would of thought so.)
2. Do i need the phone line at the irish address as if in the future i require a full sky instalation at irish address i don't want service at the UK address effected.
3. What packages work best from sky through this set up
4. what type of sky box works best and what kind of money should i expext to pay for a new or very good box or where is the best place to find one.
also what should be included with box for full package and no hassle.

Thanks for your time
 
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Hi buddy,
I'll certainly try to help you out.
It sounds like your parents have a FTV card at the Irish house, ie no Sky sub, so no problems getting a card and contract sent to that address.
The only part where your plan may falter is that you intend to buy a Sky + box in which to activate the card. Sky MAY insist on the box having called back home before they will activate the card. This means you would have to connect your Sky + to an IRISH phone line in order to do the callback. Pretty difficult to do that if you're in London!

Your queries:

1. Do i need a sky dish also for the UK house. (i would of thought so.)
Absolutely yes, how do you expect to receive a signal?? And make sure you get a quad lnb, Sky + needs two inputs.

2. Do i need the phone line at the irish address as if in the future i require a full sky instalation at irish address i don't want service at the UK address effected.
Only if Sky require a callback before activation, then you can safely disconnect. No effect at UK home, just don't ever connect a phone line there.

3. What packages work best from sky through this set up
All packages work fine but to get RTE etc you must have the variety pack.

4. what type of sky box works best and what kind of money should i expect to pay for a new or very good box or where is the best place to find one.
A V3 Sky + should cost you around a hundred quid or so, I recently bought one for myself, a Pace, for €149. Otherwise you might like to go HD with the Thomson box for around £230 or so.

also what should be included with box for full package and no hassle.
In the case of Sky + all cabling you require for the box itself is included.
With the HD box you should also receive a HDMI lead and quad LNB.
Dish installation, cabling etc are separate, can't advise on those costs, sorry.

regards
D.
 
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Thanks Denis

just a few questions on the cabling and set up if you don't mind,

i have a tv socket in each room with a cable running to each room from under the stairs where i plan to put in a central multiple distributer which will give me tv in each room. is this only possible with cable tv now and not with sky

what is the benifit of the HD box if i don't have a HD tv and do i need a HD cable for it, also what size dish would suffice in London the reception must be good there

Again thanks for your help
 
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Hi there- Im looking for help on this matter- Im living in the UK and currently have no sky (dish, box etc..) In ireland- my parents have sky multiroom. Could I take out a sky sub here and change my address to an ROI one in order to get RTE etc..?
 
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You would need to subscribe at an Irish address. Use your parents one, but you will need a full price sub - you cant add on another multiroom sub for cheap viewing!
 
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so if my parents take out another multiroom subscription and send me the card- it should work? Can i simply take out my UK viewing card and throw it asside? What about connecting to a phone line (for both me and my parents)?
 
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Are you forced on Sky installation or can you say you do it DIY when you are a new subscriber?
 
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im not sure what the situation is with getting a dish independently installed- getting sky 2 do it would be handy all round.
 
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It's very simple, I don't know why others have been so complicated about it.

All you have to do is subscribe to Sky at your UK address. Get whatever package you want, minimum, full or anything in between - it doesn't matter. Let Sky come and install a dish and box for you. Go via www.quidco.com and receive £130 for doing it.

A week after install, email them (via online webform) and tell them you've moved to Ireland, and here's my Irish address. I recommend you give your parent's address + A. For example, if they live at 21 Viewmount Drive, ask Sky to change your address to 21A Viewmount Drive. That way it won't flag that the address you give already has an active Sky subscription in someone else's name. State that you've taken your dish and box with you, and are happy to install yourself and do not require an engineer. Sky will simply convert your current UK sub into an Irish sub (charge in Euros, of course). And bingo, ROI EPG - no extra cost to you, and no hassle either. Bye bye Five, hello TG4. ;)
 
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so if my parents take out another multiroom subscription and send me the card- it should work? Can i simply take out my UK viewing card and throw it asside? What about connecting to a phone line (for both me and my parents)?
You cant. Multi room has to be connected to the same phone line at all times - its actively policed to specifically stop people using multiroom in 2 locations..
 
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Are you forced on Sky installation or can you say you do it DIY when you are a new subscriber?
If you DIY you just need to ask for a "second hand box contract". No problems there.
 
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I am setting up a PO Box in Ireland, then email Sky customer service and ask for subscription and tell them i already have a Pace Sky box.

Would that work? will they send the card to the PO Box?
 
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I doubt it and don't think they'd action a request from an Email either.
 
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I tell them later that i live in a caravan without phone but only mobile phone and have no address, that's why i use a PO box.
 
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