Sky + Box for receiving FTA channels?

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Newbie here so apologies if this has been covered before.

I've got my eye on a second hand Sky+ box and am wondering if it is possible to receive the Astra sat channels without a viewing card? :confused

TIA, John
 
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Yes - although remember you wont have access to the recording facility unless you get a fsfs card and pay atenner a month fee to sky.

If you want to record get a Freesat PVR.
 
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Analoguesat said:
Yes - although remember you wont have access to the recording facility unless you get a fsfs card and pay atenner a month fee to sky.

If you want to record get a Freesat PVR.
Many thanks for the swift reply - glad I asked, it doesn't seem worth getting a plus box then if it only records with a card.

So a standard Sky box will receive all FTA channels?
 
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Yes of course it will :D

Fiver / +1 Five USA & Sky 3 are not fta and require a fsfs card.

There are a number of differences between the channels on Freeview and the free channels on Freesat so dont expect Dave and half a dozen others.

Which channels are vitally important to you?
 
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As does Channel4+1. Another one that requires a fsfs card.
 
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Analoguesat said:
Yes of course it will :D

Fiver / +1 Five USA & Sky 3 are not fta and require a fsfs card.

There are a number of differences between the channels on Freeview and the free channels on Freesat so dont expect Dave and half a dozen others.

Which channels are vitally important to you?

None are vital, so it sounds as though I could manage, thanks again:-thumb1
 
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As does Channel4+1. Another one that requires a fsfs card.
Does it?? C4 +1 is fta.
 
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Does it?? C4 +1 is fta.
Remove fsfs card, reboot and check EPG.
 
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Ok it might not be mapped onto the epg without a card for some insane reason.....
 
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As does Channel4+1. Another one that requires a fsfs card.

Yes to rephrase that, fsfs card or above for Ch4+1 to be listed on sky EPG, other wise it's add channels function. Certainly an interesting one.
 
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