I want to cancel sky

Hi all

i want to cancel sky. But I’m abit confused. 

If we don’t have sky do we just plug the wires from the sky dish into our tv (freeview built in) and would it still work for free channels?? 

I’m not to worried about recording as you can get it all on catch up. 

I’m confused as when I move the Ariel’s from the sky box to my tv now it doesn’t work 

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  • razord
    razord Posts: 565
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    edited 6 January 2023 at 4:18PM
    If your TV has a screw type connection the same as your sky box, you should be able to transfer just one of the cables (if you have two) to the TV. You'll need to then tune the TV for satellite in it's menu.

    Then it will work as you described, with Freesat channels.
  • Detail_Merchant
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    edited 6 January 2023 at 4:19PM
    Freeview needs a connection from a TV aerial, not a satellite dish.
    Some TVs can do Freesat but that's a different thing to Freeview.
    Can you say what make/model your TV is?
    If it does support Freesat then the connection from the dish needs to go in to the correct connector at the back of the TV, which might say "Satellite In", not one that says "Antenna In".
    Do you have a TV aerial?
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/help-guides/freeview/what-type-of-aerial-do-i-need
  • we ditched Sky last year. Still use the Sky HD box as a free view box. Didn't have to do anything.
  • Olinda99
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    we ditched Sky last year. Still use the Sky HD box as a free view box. Didn't have to do anything.
    you will be using it as a freesat device, not freeview
  • wild666
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    When my daughter cancelled Sky the channels she received were not the full Freeview channel line up channels! Channels like Dave, I think it was Dave, and some other channels you had to pay £1 per month for but she just used the TV to watch any channels on Freeview but not on the Sky offering.
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  • Freeview needs a connection from a TV aerial, not a satellite dish.
    Some TVs can do Freesat but that's a different thing to Freeview.
    Can you say what make/model your TV is?
    If it does support Freesat then the connection from the dish needs to go in to the correct connector at the back of the TV, which might say "Satellite In", not one that says "Antenna In".
    Do you have a TV aerial?
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/help-guides/freeview/what-type-of-aerial-do-i-need
    Unless she's using a Sky Q system with a Q LNB, in which case she would need to change the LNB.
  • 400ixl
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    Unless she's using a Sky Q system with a Q LNB, in which case she would need to change the LNB.
    With a Sky Q box if you cancel the contract you have to send them back as you only rent them, unlike the older Sky HD boxes.
  • Freeview needs a connection from a TV aerial, not a satellite dish.
    Some TVs can do Freesat but that's a different thing to Freeview.
    Can you say what make/model your TV is?
    If it does support Freesat then the connection from the dish needs to go in to the correct connector at the back of the TV, which might say "Satellite In", not one that says "Antenna In".
    Do you have a TV aerial?
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/help-guides/freeview/what-type-of-aerial-do-i-need
    Unless she's using a Sky Q system with a Q LNB, in which case she would need to change the LNB.
    Good point (unless by luck she had a hybrid LNB, but I think Sky only give these to customers on request).
    I'm still on Sky+ HD with the old style LNB.
  • lindabea
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    Also worth knowing is that if the OP has SKY Q with a wideband LNB, the new FREESAT 4K box is compatible.  All you need to do is screw the cables from the satellite dish into the freesat box and link the TV with an HDMI cable.   
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