Whilst sky may say you cannot resubscribe as a new customer for 12 months if they ring you after you have cancelled and offer you something that's a different story.
Also consider a nowtv box we have some for movies as it's £8.99 a month with multiple boxes in the house.
I was under the impression that for recording to work you needed an active Sky account?
also River Monsters is on Netflix and if you go down the NowTV route side load Plex on to it.
@Pyroman We only get Freesat channels although I have found that with DVB Viewer it picks up free channels from around the globe so say for instance USA gets Disney Channel for free we receive USA's Disney channel we also get from other places like Iraq etc... But we don't understand the language so we get rid of these. There are also unlockable codes if you do some searching online so that you can get paid british channels for free. Though I didn't do this I have 480 Channels as it is I don't need any more. Really cool setup you should try it!
Edit: Some channels we get include all of CBS Channels, Fox, Disney Channel, Comedy Central, just off the top of my head
Last edited by abillybob; 31st January 2014 at 12:24 PM.
Pyroman (31st January 2014)
I am hoping to set up a htpc with twin satellite feeds, pvr and of course xbmc.
How do you find the pvr function integrates with the satellite? Can you schedule recordings? series link? Can the pc hibernate when not being used and start up for recordings??
Edit: I have just noticed this thread is old, oh well its info for anyone that wants to know.
There are too many posts to read, but if you cancel Sky, all the recording functions on your Sky box will be switched off. You will not be able to play back any recording content or live pause.
If you want to keep the recording functions without a Sky subscription you have to pay £11.15 per month.
There was a time when you could switch off the box before cancelling and leave it off for a few months, the box would then miss the "turn off recordings" signal, but those days are long gone with the new firmware and cards.
It is apparently against EU law to brick the box so it cannot record, but Sky allegedly use a loop hole to bypass this law.
You can cancel and then go back to Sky at any time. There is no year limit as others have said.
Sorry if this has already been said.
Last edited by Alkaline; 4th October 2014 at 03:51 PM.
What's the loophole?
To be honest I don't see why Sky would need to "brick" the box as when something is bricked it's unuseable they have granular control over what services are available to their subscriber depending on the subscription so I don't see that as a loophole it's their business model?
An expired viewing card shouldn't stop you recording free channels though.
I am currently in my 30 days cancellation window, have allready been offered 35% for the next year if I continue with them.
I have a Plex server and netflix, ruckus and chrome devices everywhere.
It's the Mrs that's going to be the issue, she likes the sky PVR and the on demand stuff.
Yup on demand is great and the recording is one of the best, we have a sky tv sub which I got reduced after saying I was going to leave and have movies on a now tv subscription as that's cheaper than adding it to the sky package.
Sky should start offering internet connected sky boxes now rather than needing a dish as it's just an extension of what you can do with now tv anyway.
I've never paid for a box, it's always been free with the install. Why is it naughty to make you pay for a feature? I think it's perfectly acceptable for them to sell you something (namely the ability to record programs from their satellite feed) and then withdraw the feature once you stop paying for it.
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