Adding Multiroom to Existing Sky+

Hi

I have a friend who has had Sky+ for years. He now wants to have it in another room as well.

I'm sure that Sky will try to tell him that he must have Sky Q, which he doesn't want or need.

Will Sky supply a second card for him to use in a box bought from eBay, or even supply a box themselves?

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  • Neil_Jones
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    If the intention is to watch what's on the Sky box (recorded or otherwise) in another room, multiroom is the only option.

    Alternatively you would have to run extra cabling from the dish to the second room, or (if the Sky+ is old enough) run it as aerial out, but you'd only be able to see what the main box is showing. Magic Eye (or an equivalent) could be another choice.
  • Mister_G
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    Neil_Jones wrote: »
    If the intention is to watch what's on the Sky box (recorded or otherwise) in another room, multiroom is the only option.

    Alternatively you would have to run extra cabling from the dish to the second room, or (if the Sky+ is old enough) run it as aerial out, but you'd only be able to see what the main box is showing. Magic Eye (or an equivalent) could be another choice.

    Luckily he has a feed from the dish in the room he wants the second box in (wife's bedroom), so all that is required is the box.

    The question is - will Sky supply a second card (at whatever rate they charge for multiroom is) or will they insist on him going down the Sky Q route?
  • Neil_Jones
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    Sky Q is probably going to be the recommended way forward.

    However it may be more beneficial to get a Freesat box and use that in the bedroom? Same dish, same cables, some will record but obviously you won't get the Sky premium channels this way.
  • almillar
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    If the intention is to watch what's on the Sky box (recorded or otherwise) in another room, multiroom is the only option.

    No - I think you mean watch something OTHER THAN what's on that Sky box. You can use the RF output of the Sky box, and feed it to another room, with a Magic Eye, and watch it like an analogue channel on another TV, with the ability to use the Sky remote. Restriction - it's only one box, so you can only watch one thing at a time. A multiroom subscription would allow 2 different boxes to watch/record 2 different things.

    If you're going to have to add an extra double feed from the dish anyway, think about using the RF from the one Sky box.

    If it really is Sky+ he has, and not Sky HD+, take the opportunity to upgrade to an HD box for under £20 on Gumtree or whatever. You put the card in, and follow the instructions to pair it to the box.

    Sky Q will be much more expensive than this. The above is the money saving option!
  • Mister_G
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    They need to be able to watch different channels on Sky at the same time - one downstairs and one upstairs. Hence the need for multiroom.

    I'll get him to ring Sky to see if they will supply another card - obviously with a multiroom subscription.
  • almillar
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    They need to be able to watch different channels on Sky at the same time

    If that's the case, then multiroom is the only answer. Either via your method, via a cheap Sky box and another sub card, or by installing Sky Q. It'll cost you either way. I don't honestly know what Sky's solution is to upgrading non 'Q' people, but surely they'd be happy to take ~£12 per month extra from anyone!
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    Mister_G wrote: »
    I'll get him to ring Sky to see if they will supply another card - obviously with a multiroom subscription.
    Sky will certainly provide another viewing card and charge £12 a month for it. Remember that it must be for use in the same address as the main subscription and that the box must therefore be connected to the internet or a 'phone line.

    As others have said above, any attempt to upgrade will likely result in an attempt to sell you Sky Q.
  • Boohoo
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    Sky will certainly provide another viewing card and charge £12 a month for it. Remember that it must be for use in the same address as the main subscription and that the box must therefore be connected to the internet or a 'phone line.

    As others have said above, any attempt to upgrade will likely result in an attempt to sell you Sky Q.

    £13 per month for multiroom now!!!!!
  • [Deleted User]
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    Boohoo wrote: »
    £13 per month for multiroom now!!!!!
    I stand corrected..
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