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What FTA channels are available after Sky Q?

  • 13-09-2021 8:10pm
    Registered Users Posts: 45,797 ✭✭✭✭

    After the contract is up for Sky Q what FTA channels are available?

    In days of old lots of free channels were available using the Sky+ boxes but Im not sure what the position is now with Sky Q.


  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 11,495 Mod ✭✭✭✭icdg

    With Sky Q you’ve to give the box back if you cancel, you only rent it. With previous Sky tech you owned the box but since Sky Q was introduced it is now rented (doesn’t stop them charging you a hefty “upgrade fee” though in some instances).

  • Registered Users Posts: 45,797 ✭✭✭✭muffler

    Yeah Im aware of the need to return the Q box when the contract is up. But I understand a dish is also being fitted (first time customer) so Im wondering if said dish can be used to get FTA channels when the box is returned?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,398 ✭✭✭swoofer

    You will have to change the LNB as well unless they fit a hybrid lnb that will have legacy ports.

  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 11,495 Mod ✭✭✭✭icdg

    The answer is yes, subject to several caveats;

    • You might have thought ahead and requested a hybrid LNB.
    • You replace the LNB yourself
    • You replace the Sky box with an Arris Freesat 4K receiver (the only one that will work with a wideband LNB)

    The fact that you had Sky Q won’t effect what channels you can receive with your new solution.

  • Registered Users Posts: 45,797 ✭✭✭✭muffler

    So is it just a case of changing the lnb? Would that be sufficient then to get the FTA channels or is there anything else I should watch out for? There is an old Sky+ box somewhere in the house.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 80,988 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    An alternative to changing the LNB is to instead buy a current generation official Freesat box, these will work with existing setup, you can get a non recordable version and recordable versions. Amazon, Argos UK and Richersounds stock them...

    Here's a list of the channels you will get...

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,398 ✭✭✭swoofer

    Look at the lnb and if it has 6 outputs then it will be ok. using an old sky + box can mean 2 things, if its very old it will only pick up SD channels and if its the HD box then it will need a UK freesat card to get the Free to air channels. These cards used to be on adverts ie or done deal. Very cheap.

  • Registered Users Posts: 45,797 ✭✭✭✭muffler

    Thanks guys for all the replies.

    Its actually my daughter who is getting Sky installed on Friday next. I never had SkyQ myself so couldnt really help her with the couple of questions she had. She was trying to keep her options open wrt the end of contract. As I see it now she can (if she leaves Sky in a year from now) look about getting the lnb replaced and use an old Sky+ box with a Freesat card ... I have a couple of those cards here or she can keep the dish and lnb as it is and buy an official Freesat box.

    I might pop over on Friday when the installer is there and speak nice to him in the hope he will fit one of the hybrid lnb's.

  • Registered Users Posts: 45,797 ✭✭✭✭muffler

    Forgot to add that this is a first time installation so everything including dish will be new.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,529 ✭✭✭Gerry Wicklow

    Just a reminder that not all FTA channels are available on FreeSat, especially CH4 HD. Likewise Irish channels are not FTA on the UK satellites. A hybrid LNB would open the options to get a combo box for full access to all satellite FTA and terrestrial versions of the Irish channels. The hybrid also gives the option for 2 FTA boxes in other locations while still using Sky Q.

    That said replacing an LNB when the time comes is a fairly simple DIY job if you have safe, easy access to the dish.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 45,797 ✭✭✭✭muffler

    Thanks Gerry. Much appreciated.