[access-uk] Re: freesat

Hi both Adrian and Peter

Thanks for the clarification. What a load of old ... well a word that starts with S and ends with an E containing five letters. Anyway, no wonder the public don't know what to do in this mess they call digital switch-over.

My friend doesn't want Sky, and is mainly a soap watcher, so is quite happy with the AD on the channels the £20 one-off payment gave him through his Sky box.

Cheers folks.

Jackie

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Adrian Higginbotham" <adrian.higginbotham@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 3:44 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: freesat


No difference.
It's the same kit but with no subscription to sky packages.
If you don't have a dish and box then you pay 150 for the kit and installation. If you already have the equipment then you pay £20 for the freesat viewing card. If you have free sat you can subscribe to sky packages at any time you wish but you don't have to. The only difference between freeview and sky freesat is that with freesat you get more channels (most of them pretty awful looking) and coverage of about 97% of the country compared to about 73% coverage for freeview.

A bit confusing as bbc and ITV are jointly launching a freesat service shortly too with claimed similar coverage but as yet no details of cost of channels. As far as I can see the only advantage of the bbc/itv offering over traditional freeview if you live in a freeview coverage area is that the freesat is HD capable, so if you have an HD TV you can get HD programming. The Beeb do say that all their freesat boxes will be AD capable which would of course be excellent if it really happens, and that there will also be freesat onboard digital tv recorders in the set top box range. You'd hope that if the boxes are AD enabled and can record that they should be able to record the AD too but we shall see.

Adrian Higginbotham
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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jackie Cairns
Sent: 24 April 2008 15:32
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: freesat

Hi Phil, John et al

Could someone please tell me, privately if you've already covered this over the last few days, what Freesat is? I gather after browsing quickly through recent threads that it is an alternative Sky offering covering the Freeview channels? But why I am slightly confuzzled is because a friend of ours paid £20 to receive the Freeview channels from Sky as a one off payment by inserting a card into the DigiBox. And he receives AD on the channels he watches. So what then is the difference between this £20 payment for a card to get Freeview channels through Sky, and the Freesat being discussed here?

Thanks for any clarification.

Jackie

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----- Original Message -----
From: "phil stephenson" <phil@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 11:42 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: freesat


Hi John,

Ok so things may have changed and we've not actually got Sky up and
running
at mo even though we're still paying our £7 per month...we moved 2 months
ago and as I said we've not got round to getting new Sky dish installed
and
probably aren't going to...however I am pretty sure that when we started
off
on Freesat we were receiving AD on channel 974 as I did watch some BBC1
programmes with AD.  As I say things may have changed since when we

Cheers,

Phil


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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of
John Gallagher
Sent: 24 April 2008 10:56
To: access-uk-freelists.org
Subject: [access-uk] freesat

Hi Phil interesting about the ad on freesat we will check it out. can you
receive ad on 974?


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