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How can I watch Channel 4 and five on satellite if I have no card or a free-to-v

How can I watch Channel 4 and five on satellite if I have no card or a free-to-view card?

How can I watch Channel 4 and five on satellite if I have no ca
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Get a replacement card from Freesat from Sky (fSfS)

Get a new free-to-view installation from Sky, by calling their hot-line on 0870-240 5651 and choose option 1. You can pay for a replacement Freesat from Sky (fSfS) card by paying £20 with a credit or debit card.

Get new Sky free-to-view installation

Get a new free-to-view installation from Sky, by calling their hot-line on 0870-606 1111. You will get a new dish, a new Digibox, a new free-to-view card and full installation.

Get a Freeview box

From £20: If you are in a Freeview reception area (see Freeview Reception) then you can get a Freeview box from a local store. This will give you several additional TV channels ( f-tn, The Box, TMF, UK Bright Ideas, UK History, Sky Sports News) and some extra radio stations.

This will keep your digital wide-screen reception of Channel 4 and five.

Subscribe to Sky for a year

From £157.50: If you have never had a free box and dish from Sky, then the best way is to get the offer from Sky and get a free Digibox, and subscribe to the Value Pack for one year.

Either phone 08705-800874 or visit

Re-subscribe to Sky

From £15: If you have been a Sky subscriber in the past, you should not have to complete the minimum term of one year. You can re-subscribe to Sky on the Value Pack and cancel again after one month. Either phone 08708-501 607 or visit

Watch on analogue cable

From Free: If you have ever had a cable TV service (analogue or digital), the law requires that itv-1, Channel 4 and five are kept available as an analogue service, even if you have stopped a subscription many years ago.

Most systems now use a digital TV receiver to produce the analogue picture for these channels, so the quality is good. However, it is not wide-screen.

You will need a cable to connect the TV Out socket on the cable box using a suitable cable (made from parts 16-0605 and 16-0445 from and you will have to re-tune your TV or video.

Because of the way that digital TV is carried on cable systems, you must connect the video and TV by a SCART cable, and tune in the video only.

Watch on analogue UHF

From Free: As a final backup, you may still be able to receive an analogue. The picture quality may be poor, and will not be wide-screen.

Updated 27/2/06 to reflect ITV channels being free-to-air

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

4:08 PM

Mike Dimmick: All the UK Channel 4 regions are free-to-air on Astra 2D. The only one that is encrypted is Channel 4 Ireland on Astra 2A

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NottsUK's 345 posts GB
Thursday, 19 May 2011
12:11 AM

i have a sky= and sky HD BOX CAN i use them as video recorders. i get a message telling me to insert my card.

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mike's 1 post GB

7:21 AM

mike: That's correct, you need a Sky subscription to permit the boxes to record/play/pause.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Monday, 30 May 2011
1:33 PM

i've got a TV with free sat, I autoscanned for channels but it didn't fine many channels including 3 4 and channel 5 plus film 4. how can i get these to show please?

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Freddi's 2 posts GB

1:41 PM

Freddi: Are you located in the UK?

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
1:51 PM

yes, I live in London. I used to be able to view ALL freeview channels on my currennt TV, but few days ago I when I turned my TV on I couldn't vew any channels whatsoever so I checked my attena on the roof and found there was a loose connection, I fixed that then I did an autoscan. I managed to find only very basic channels such as bbc 1 2 and dave, the rest have not been found. I wonder why... :/

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Freddi's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
anthony aldridge
1:55 PM

I live in spain and we receive our channells via a large satalite dish we have recently swithed to a h d box and it is wonderfull.I am told that if i purchase a card from u k i can increase my channels to include 5 usa is this possible .thank you.
Tony Aldridge

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anthony aldridge's 1 post ES

2:16 PM

anthony aldridge: If you have a Sky HD box and can call Sky on 08442 411 602 from the UK and have a card delivered to the UK, you can pay £25 for a card that provides PICK TV, 5* and 5USA.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
steve h

10:00 PM

channel 5 now appears on sky boxes without a card, what has changed?

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steve h's 23 posts GB
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