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    Leaving Sky For Download Service?

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      Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      Hi,

      I'm after a bit of advice.

      I'm in Kent and both my broadband and television are with Sky at present, the broadband is not by choice as I moved from Sky to BE a couple of years back but they've now been bought by Sky. I'm also not convinced that Sky is good value for money ... we don't have the movie channels or sports but do have some of the additional packs as we have children (now grown up). Up until now I have "filled in the gaps" of films/programs I miss by buying the DVD or blu-rays ... I'm a bit of a collector so this works for me but it's expensive and I'm beginning to run out of room. I imagine that will get worse if I leave Sky.

      My limited research indicates that I could drop off sky to FreeSat but I'm unsure what that gets you ... channels seem OK but I've seen some things that hint I would no longer be able record programs. If that makes sense do I simply ask Sky for a FreeSat card (two actually since I have two Sky boxes) or what?

      That will mean I lose a whole shed-load of programs I like and, not being particularly keen on illegal downloads, I was thinking of supplementing that with something like Netflix or Lovefilm but I honestly don't know what the advantages are with each of these services. I realise that this will deprive me of seeing series as they first hit TV but I'm not sure how long it is until these programs typically become available to download or stream.

      It's a bit archaic I know (I'm old AKA dinosaur) but are there any download services that allow you to record to a box of some kind like the Sky box does so I can record (or download) a whole series and watch it later at my leisure?

      Thx for any advice

      Keke


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      Re: Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      If you cancel your Sky TV subscription there is a notice period of 31 days after which your Sky boxes will no longer be able to record or playback any previous recordings. At this point you will be able to receive the same selection of channels that a Freesat from Sky customer receives as listed at FREESAT from Sky - What can I watch?. There is no requirement to purchase any new viewing cards.

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      Re: Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      Just to add to seawright's response, Freesat from Sky doesn't allow you to record unless you pay the monthly fee. I believe this is 15 per month but could be 10 per month.

      Alternatively you could purchase a Freesat+ STB and enjoy full access to the Freesat content.

      If you do stick with Freesat from Sky (i.e. use the Sky STB) you will not be able to view any of the recordings on the STB. Even if you pay the monthly fee, any recordings you have from the encrypted channels will also not play back. This includes ITV2 HD, ITV3 HD, ITV4 HD, Film 4 and a few more. FTA channels and FTV channels can be seen.

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      Re: Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Just to add to seawright's response, Freesat from Sky doesn't allow you to record unless you pay the monthly fee. I believe this is 15 per month but could be 10 per month.
      It's 10.00 per month per box to record without the tv package.

      The rest of Scubbie's post is correct.

      Unfortunately the Sky box does give the best and most integrated selection of options through a single box.

      Freesat+Freetime boxes are the next best option for a one-off cost but do not currently support all the terrestrial catch-up services.
      Youview boxes do have all terrestrial catch-up services but they are limited to the channels available through your aerial unless you pay for an additional package.

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      Re: Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      Is itv and 4od available thru the sky box without a a sub? The reason I ask is that the tv adds suggest that only bbc I player is available without a sub.

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      Re: Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      Quote Originally Posted by reddwarfcrew View Post
      Is itv and 4od available thru the sky box without a a sub? The reason I ask is that the tv adds suggest that only bbc I player is available without a sub.
      yes or no, only iplayer is available without tv subscription, ie with freesat and sky+ subscription.

      as an edit to the above post I believe the freesat+free time boxes now have the main terrestrial catchup services (at least according to this review) along with a youtube player app. If netflix and lovefilm instant and the new Wauki.tv apps are added then it would prove the next best option which even if all three subs were taken would, I think, still be cheaper than Sky's Entertainment extra plus package in terms of monthly cost.

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      Re: Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      There are a number of alternative methods of getting all the terrestrial CUTV players on a TV now. I'm not sure which services Xbox and PS3 have available, but there is also Boxee which isn't too expensive.

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/D-Link-Boxee.../dp/B0043EV3MS

      Do double check what is available first though as Boxee were taken over by Samsung earlier this year and a few things may have changed or may change in the future. Otherwise it looks a nice piece of kit.

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      Re: Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      Thanks for all the replies guys ... something to think about certainly.

      Just curious ... do you think it is "short-sighted" to leave Sky TV? By that I mean will it be harder or near impossible to get the programmes we want (mainly US SF, fantasy & dramas ... the sort of thing "Atlantic", "Fox", "Sky" & "Living" often carry).

      I do think Sky is good for showing programs but I pretty much hate their on demand service (never seem to be able to get what I want) and I resent adverts when I'm paying for the "privilege" of watching them.

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      Re: Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      I don't think there is one single service that really does what you want.

      Both Netflix and LOVEFiLM offer streaming services but not all of the programmes you watch will be available for quite some time on either. Blinkbox will let you rent most things (such as Game of Thrones), much sooner but the cost will soon start mounting up.

      Personally I think your best bet is to look at Freesat to replace your Sky service for FTA TV and main broadcaster catch up services (i.e. iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5), then add in LOVEFiLM's Instant + By Post service which starts at 7.99 a month.

      That way some of the content you want will be available to stream but also everything that is on Sky eventually gets released as a DVD or Blu-Ray, which you can watch to your hearts content.

      Expect a lag of 6 - 12 months before programmes on Sky are available on disc.

      In my opinion, LOVEFiLM Instant + By Post for 9.99 (2 discs at a time) and Netflix for 6 is a bargain compared to pay TV. Sure you have to wait a bit longer for some programmes but 15.99 for an absolute shed load of content is peanuts compared to even a basic Sky package, plus you can watch almost all of it in HD.
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      Re: Leaving Sky For Download Service?

      Quote Originally Posted by stereohaven View Post
      I don't think there is one single service that really does what you want.

      Both Netflix and LOVEFiLM offer streaming services but not all of the programmes you watch will be available for quite some time on either. Blinkbox will let you rent most things (such as Game of Thrones), much sooner but the cost will soon start mounting up.

      Personally I think your best bet is to look at Freesat to replace your Sky service for FTA TV and main broadcaster catch up services (i.e. iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5), then add in LOVEFiLM's Instant + By Post service which starts at 7.99 a month.

      That way some of the content you want will be available to stream but also everything that is on Sky eventually gets released as a DVD or Blu-Ray, which you can watch to your hearts content.

      Expect a lag of 6 - 12 months before programmes on Sky are available on disc.

      In my opinion, LOVEFiLM Instant + By Post for 9.99 (2 discs at a time) and Netflix for 6 is a bargain compared to pay TV. Sure you have to wait a bit longer for some programmes but 15.99 for an absolute shed load of content is peanuts compared to even a basic Sky package, plus you can watch almost all of it in HD.
      But didn't you call to cancel recently and got a deal that persuaded you that you would be better-off staying at least for another year?

     

     
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