[mythtv-users] Freeview channels on UK Sky Dish. FTA vs FTV? CAM required?
RobertCL at iname.com
Sat Dec 16 09:08:57 UTC 2006
> On 15 Dec 2006, at 20:23, Stuart Auchterlonie wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 15, 2006 at 07:31:15PM +0000, Stroller wrote:
>>> My understanding is that the BBC channels are "free to air" (FTA) and
>>> unencrypted and that these can be accessed using a Hauppage Nova-s
>>> DVB-S PCI card and Sky dish. I think that's what this chap <http://
>>> tinyurl.com/yza9yt> is doing.
>> Have a look at http://www.lyngsat.com/packages/skyuk.html
> (your updated link)
> Could I ask for just a little help translating this, please?
> Am I right in thinking that all the free-to-air channels are those
> with a pale-yellow background colour?
> (<td bgcolor="#ffffd0">)
I think thats right. There is kind of a key at the bottom of the page
but I too have spent hours staring at it trying to work out what is
available and what isn't... :-/
> Because this covers all the BBCs, all the ITVs and a bunch of other
> rubbish. Film 4 is a free-to-air channel? I remember when it started
> up it was the one channel I considered paying a subscription for!!
Yes, Film4 is available FTA (so is Film4+1) - I currently get them from
Astra 1D using my set-top box (though not through Mythtv yet, that is
this weekends task ;-) )
> And that the table makes no distinction between subscription & free-
> to-view channels? Both are listed as encrypted with a pale-brick
> background colour?
> (<td bgcolor="#ffd0a0">)
> This covers all the Sky channels, sports, filth & some other rubbish.
I think that the FTV channels are marked as encrypted - eg look at "E4
UK" - it has a peachy background and is marked as "videoguard". You can
get E4 free on Freeview in the UK (i.e. DVB-T), but it doesn't seem to
be free on DVB-S, which is annoying for those of us who can't get
DVB-T. I can't get this through my settop box - though presumably you
could if you bought the £20 card from Sky and had something to put it in.
> I had the impression there were only a handful of free-to-air
> channels, and substantially more free-to-view channels. This is
> supported by the previous post I referred to:
> Here in the UK, there are about 25 True TFA channels broadcasted
> over satellite, however with a one off payment (of about L19.00),
> one can buy a card which allows access to about 200 channels, with
> no subscription. <http://tinyurl.com/uus39>
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