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Posted by Rouretan - Created: 14 years ago
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Posted by gerbil-194494 - 14 years ago

There are also some Sky channels ("asian" and "adult") which will provide you with a card for a reasonable fixed fee (around £25 or less) with no ongoing subscription (as long as you don't view their programmes). These cards will also give access to BBC/ITV/CH4/CH5.

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Posted by gerbil-194494 - 14 years ago

The new Sky offer is a package only provided by Sky. There are no proposals to provide a "card only" offer.There is no specific timescale for the validity of the Sky or free2view cards. It depends to an extent on Sky. The two years comes from the assumption Sky will not change their cards/encryption system for that period of time, but nothing is definite and it could be longer given the cost to Sky or reissuing cards. The comments by Sky now confirm that and the current cards now look as though they will be valid until at least Dec 2006 and possibly longer.When Sky do change their encryption then the current Sky cards will probably not work after a set period of time. The assumption was the free2view cards would also stop working. However, Sky could allow the FTV cards to work by continuing to use the old encryption coding for ITV/CH4/CH5.It is by no means certain ITV/CH4/CH5 will continue to use Sky for encryption after their current agreement with Sky expires in the next year. ITV/CH4/CH5 could opt to go free-to-air in the same way as BBC so no card (or even Sky box) would be required - the signals could be received using any digital receiver. The UK government would undoubtedly support/press for this option as it would make the transition digital TV much easier. Then in the UK viewers could get digital BBC/ITV/CH4/CH5 using a digital box (satellite/Freeview) without any subscription or ongoing costs (apart from licence fee).I'm not sure paying over the odds for a card is really a bargain as they were originally sold for £23.50 at the beginning of the year.If you already own a Sky box and have a UK address you could probably subscribe to a full £13.50/month Sky package for one year for a similar cost (you wo'nt need the phone connection despite what Sky might say) and then cancel and still have a card which would allow you to receive BBC/ITV/CH4/CH5. See[url]http://www.sky.com/skycom/article/0,,91056-1125843,00.html[/url] for more info of options.There are also some Sky channels ("asian" and "adult") which will provide you with a card for a reasonable fixed fee (around £25 or less) with no ongoing subscription (as long as you don't view their programmes).

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Posted by Steve R-187639 - 14 years ago

Think that you should wait until the details are finalised.

Two days ago Murdoch Jnr announced Sky are launching a service to rival Freeview for £150.

Yesterday they announced this is likely to be only valid for 24 months before a new card is required.

Cheap at half the price.

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Posted by pintpot59-194241 - 14 years ago

I have lots of cards for sale but at the moment they are expensive ..and going up weekly,not because i greedy but because of supply and demand,you are better taking a sky package and paying subscription which i can get for you with no uk adresss needed www.alpinesat.com for more infoski bum

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Posted by Rouretan - 14 years ago

Ah yes, point taken (a day behind the times), but does anyone have any visibility on what one needs to do if one has a working set up (dish & receiver) and just needs the card?

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