'I have Sky basic digital because I can't get good reception on the 'free-to-air' channels. As I mostly watch these channels I am considering canceling my Sky and going to Freeview instead. Can you please tell me if I own the dish and if I can use it for Freeview or if I don't own the dish how much will Sky charge me for it?'
And this is the reply:
Thank you for your email,
ALL SKY equipment is SKY owned including the dish, Furthermore SKY do not sell and have no plans to sell this property to the public at present. Please refer your Freeview queries to TVNZ.
Please feel free to contact SKY Television Customer Services on 0800 759759 for further information, alternatively please respond via return email and we will endeavour to reply within 48hours.
So, the answer is as a clear as mud. Next stop is the Freeview consortium. I want to see what they have to say on the subject.
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Comment by TheBartender, on 4-May-2007 11:49
Whats the argument?
- Skytv owns the dish...
- They will not sell it as that would be selling off there infrastructure...
- If you dont want it at all on your house, they will come get it or you can return it...
- If you want freeview, your meant to buy your own dish...
Theres nothing stopping you from canceling your skytv service, the dish will be left there, and you using the dish for freeview instead...
The point to make, is your not meant to...but as skytv don't do property checks to check their dish is still there and what it is being used for...you could use it for whatever you want...
Another point, is that don't ask...you will be told no, and maybe gain unwanted attention preventing you from doing as such.
Comment by simon14, on 4-May-2007 12:11
Hey, my dad contracts to Sky TV and does installs for Sky customers all around Auckland, of course we also do private work including installing freeview.
When you cancel Sky, they leave the dish where it is, they never come and collect it. There are many reasons why they do this:
1 - It would cost them to send a technician out.
2 - The dish is used/old and won't be used for a new connection.
3 - The dish costs Sky bugger all, it costs us around $75 to buy the dish and stand from Sky.
4 - They leave the dish up in case you decide to get Sky again in the future or if you move house and the new owners want Sky - it's cheaper for Sky to get it installed if they don't have to pay a technician to put a dish up.
So if you cancel SKY, they won't touch the dish! They will want the decoder back of course.
Comment by ricky, on 6-Aug-2007 16:18
from what I hear there has been a court case on the north shore where the outcome was that the sky dish was considered a chattel of the house and therefore is owned by the owner of the house.
This is a grey zone as Sky do not want to have to come and collect them all, but don't want you using it for anything else...
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