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# 223102 12-Sep-2017 23:45
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I refer to the closed thread https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?topicid=173676&page_no=2

 

That thread discusses freeview satellite decoders that can take a Sky card. Posters in that forum thread which has been locked for a couple of years stated that Sky may seek to lock down their cards at some point in the future to stop them working in 3rd party set top boxes. I am just wondering if anyone here knows whether that future has arrived yet?

 

Some friends and I have just bought a bach down south which has a Sky dish. We're not keen on getting Sky installed as we won't be there enough to justify it, and besides, we don't plan to sit there glued to the tv the whole time we are there that's for sure. But it would be nice to be able to catch the odd rugby game etc if it happens to be on while we are there.

 

Not too concerned about HD as the tv we'll be using is an old 32" SD plasma. Someone on Trademe is advertising a second hand "Skybox" decoder which apparently can do freeview and Sky. I have MySky at home which was installed about 18 months ago, and the convenience of transporting just the Sky card to the bach is very appealing (rather than the whole decoder). I haven't looked at the card in the decoder but I assume it's most likely from a recent card batch.


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  # 1863117 13-Sep-2017 00:00
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From prior Bathurst experience. Using someone elses card (with sports acct) in your decoder that doesn't subscribe. Won't work

 

 

 

Not much help, but there does appear to be some locking relationship there.


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  # 1863182 13-Sep-2017 08:29
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Check with Sky but I think it's possible to add Multiroom and use the Multiroom box at the Bach. Then you just need to take the card with you. Or you could just take your MySky box with you.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1863216 13-Sep-2017 08:54
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From what I recall a Vu+ Solo 2 (for example) will allow FTA viewing naturally and with the right softcam, allow decoding of a Sky Viewing card.  You need to google the right tools but it does appear to quite a simple installation for OSCam and then that requires configuring to work... As others have mentioned, the simpler way is to bring your box with you and just plug it in.


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  # 1863225 13-Sep-2017 09:02
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There are boxes that are sold primarily to the motorhome brigade, that do Freeview and Sky (with your card).

 

I bought one for our bach and it works fine. Supposedly you can record if you add a USB HDD but we've never bothered with that.

 

 





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  # 1863250 13-Sep-2017 09:12
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kiwifidget:

 

There are boxes that are sold primarily to the motorhome brigade, that do Freeview and Sky (with your card).

 

I bought one for our bach and it works fine. Supposedly you can record if you add a USB HDD but we've never bothered with that.

 

 

 

 

What brand/model do you have? Did it work for Sky straight out of the box or did you have to fiddle around with it? I am trying to keep ongoing costs as low as possible. We considered doing the Sky multiroom address switcheroo as a lot of people do, but would rather just pay a one off cost for a 3rd party decoder that we can leave at the property, and which will still work for the freeview channels if the Sky card is not present.


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  # 1863334 13-Sep-2017 10:18
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http://www.rvshop.co.nz/catalog/rv-webshop/tvs-satellites/decoders

 

We initially got the M3 but the picture was really choppy.

 

Changed to the V8 and it works fine. Several people use our bach and they just take their card to watch their subscribed channels.

 

If no Sky card, the freeview channels still work. (that is satellite freeview btw, so no HD)

 

The interface is awful, but for the price you learn to live with it!

 

I dont recall the Ultraplus being available when we were looking. It doesnt say Sky compatible specifically, but it does have a smart card reader so it might be.

 

 





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  # 1863341 13-Sep-2017 10:24
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I wonder - will these boxes still work when Sky turns off it's support for their old MPEG2(?) boxes?


 
 
 
 


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  # 1863347 13-Sep-2017 10:27
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trig42:

 

I wonder - will these boxes still work when Sky turns off it's support for their old MPEG2(?) boxes?

 

 

Even if they do, the RV market will still require something.

 

 

 

 





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  # 1864416 13-Sep-2017 11:52
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As long as the boxes are DVB-S2 compatible and have the right codecs for video streaming H264/5 content then yes they will be fine.  Unlike the UK which paired cards to boxes for HD content, NZ doesn't do that... I believe that you don't even need the HD sub to access the HD channels if your not using the sky box as they're not 'hidden', instead there is a bouquet dedicated to Sky HD Channels - #2 is Auckland HD channel list - this is the entire sky listing as you find on the HD Box with the HD channels instead of the SD channels; there is a corresponding SD one out there too.


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  # 1864523 13-Sep-2017 14:30
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Benoire:

 

 I believe that you don't even need the HD sub to access the HD channels if your not using the sky box as they're not 'hidden', instead there is a bouquet dedicated to Sky HD Channels - #2 is Auckland HD channel list - this is the entire sky listing as you find on the HD Box with the HD channels instead of the SD channels; there is a corresponding SD one out there too.

 

 

My KI Plus Android Box with DVB-S2 Tuner doesn't see the HD Freeview Channels from Sky. Detects them as encrypted along with all the other Sky Channels.


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  # 1864550 13-Sep-2017 15:08
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You still need the sky card to decrypt them, you just may not need the HD package as Sky sell it.


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  # 1864590 13-Sep-2017 15:59
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Blue card here with "lights camera action" written on one side.

 

Works fine in ancient ultraplus 9200 box

 

 


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