Is a SkyQ self setup possible?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in TV MoneySaving
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  • edited 10 October 2018 at 5:08PM
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    edited 10 October 2018 at 5:08PM
    The OP doesn't really care that its Skys property tbh, its my property now.
    As someone just posted, if it all doesn't work i'll just salvage the hdd and put it in my PC...
    There also appear to be loads of them for sale (with bids) on ebay...

    As stated in my OP, I already have the new LNB which was on the dish at the house..

    From what I have read you only need a Q sub for UHD, accessing extra tuners, using wifi miniboxes, pausing from room to room etc, but you can use the box without a Q sub perfectly well with 4 tuners as a standalone box, which is all I want..

    Oh well just a case of swapping LNB and box over and seeing if it pairs up then..??
    Just found a youtube video that says you CAN pair up manually, but Q box needs a card starting with 6 or above... mine is 5.. that's where my problems will start.
    Will need to get a new card from Sky now first and tell them mine is playing up or something, probably at a cost.

    I've plugged the box in with no sat feed and it comes on and the menu etc is on screen and I can browse the menus but it says "no satellite feed" so the box itself is still working (for now)!!
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    So, the question is "Will a Sky Q box work, in isolation with no subscription to Sky?"
    If not, they are just good for extracting the HDD I assume.
    Not as good as the older HD box then, that often will record & show Freesat channels - long after a contract has expired.
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    I have a sky sub, if I can get anew card and pair it, but not a Q one, which from what I have read you don't need for the box to function as a base level...
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    The OP doesn't really care that its Skys property tbh, its my property now.
    That's blatant theft, of course, since you know it's not yours to keep. Hardly in the spirit of Moneysaving. Return it to Sky.
    There also appear to be loads of them for sale (with bids) on ebay..
    What others are doing does not excuse your assertion that the decoder is now "your" property. Like Virgin, Sky will doubtless charge customers failing to return equipment.
    HWW wrote: »
    Not as good as the older HD box then, that often will record & show Freesat channels - long after a contract has expired.
    Do please realise (as per the rest of this thread) that Sky Q is rented equipment, so the ability (or otherwise) of the box to show anything once the contract is cancelled is irrelevant since the decoder must be returned to Sky. Sky have adopted the Virgin model of providing equipment on a rental basis.
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    That's blatant theft, of course, since you know it's not yours to keep.
    IMO sounds like they are an involuntary bailee in this case.


    As far as the man on the Clapham omnibus would be concerned, the goods left behind are the property of the previous owner / tenant who is the bailor, same as if there were to be a TV left behind the assumption would be it was the property of the previous inhabitant, not of Radio Rentals / Rumbelows etc. , so the bailee should write to the bailor giving them a reasonable time to come and collect their property. 14 days should do it.
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    so the bailee should write to the bailor giving them a reasonable time to come and collect their property. 14 days should do it.
    As I've said all along, return the errant decoder to Sky and arrange a formal installation of Sky Q. :)
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    As I've said all along, return the errant decoder to Sky
    Returning the Sky Q box to Sky (if indeed Sky requested its return) was the responsibility of the original Sky Q subscriber.

    Neither the OP's sister nor the OP have any obligation to Sky in this regard.

    If Sky did want its Sky Q box returned then it will have to pursue the original subscriber for payment of the non-return charge.
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    Chino wrote: »
    If Sky did want its Sky Q box returned then it will have to pursue the original subscriber for payment of the non-return charge.
    As I'm sure they will be (or have already) done. That does not make the box then the property of the OP and they certainly won't be allowed to reactivate the box without a Sky Q subscription.
  • HWWHWW Forumite
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    Do please realise (as per the rest of this thread) that Sky Q is rented equipment, so the ability (or otherwise) of the box to show anything once the contract is cancelled is irrelevant since the decoder must be returned to Sky. Sky have adopted the Virgin model of providing equipment on a rental basis.


    Yes, Moneyineptitude - Virgin boxes are 10 a penny round Auctions, Car boots & other sales places - I expect the same fate awaits Sky Q boxes, in the "Real world" - where people, move, die, Emigrate & otherwise vanish from properties.
    They are a handy source of Hard drives, beyond that electronic junk is what they become.
    You seem very defensive of Sky's methods, do you work for them?
  • edited 11 October 2018 at 3:31PM
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    edited 11 October 2018 at 3:31PM
    HWW wrote: »

    You seem very defensive of Sky's methods, do you work for them?
    Yes, that's why I mainly inhabit the PPI and Consumer boards! :D

    Just to clarify, I have the same opinion of Virgin decoders being put on sale by people who don't own them but I don't work for Virgin either!

    We are losing sight of the topic of this thread, which is whether a Q box can be self-installed. The answer is that Sky will not allow a Q box to be (re) activated without an accompanying Sky Q subscription. Sky charge for the conversion of Sky+HD to Q and I can't see them making any exception simply because the previous occupant of the property has left their Q decoder behind.

    (I also agree that the Q box being rental removes the possibility of it being used by ex-customers to view Free To Air channels after cancellation. Obviously, a deliberate ploy by Sky which I definitely do not support)
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