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#268035 24-Feb-2020 19:35
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I subscribe to Sky TV and have one Sky box in the lounge. I ran a second cable from LNB to an old freeview sat box


and I have Freeview only in the bedroom. I see sat boxes on trade me like the openbox V8s and V9s. Do there really work


with the SKY card? (I have the right card they claim to work with) I just want to be able to take the card to the bedroom on


the odd occasion when I want to watch SKY in the bedroom. I can stream Sky but I don't have unlimited internet so the dish


option is better for me.  What is the best 3rd party box to Watch & Record SKY & freeview?  Is anyone using the openbox V8S or V9S ?


Is one better than the other? I don't need wifi and only need HDMI. The sat pass-through option is not important either. 


Also, is the fast forward 30x like my Sky box?  My old Freeview box is only 6x  and it is a royal pain.




Thank you for any advice,



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  #2426630 24-Feb-2020 21:06
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There are some that work.  Not sure the brand, but caravan clubs use them as they can get one that runs on 12v for DC use.  They just take their subscription card with them.

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  #2426706 25-Feb-2020 07:08
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I've used a few openbox's in the past, not the models you list, they are truly horrible things.
I would recommend you look at the Vu+ brand of satellite boxes, you are best buying them from overseas. Have a search of the forums and you'll see previous discussions about them.
The Vu+ boxes support a wide range of images, so you can find an image that supports the features you want.


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  #2426733 25-Feb-2020 09:10
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Open Box have the worst User Interfaces and is buggy. I think I got the V7 to test. At that time you were able to add a SKY card in and unlock HD channels without the HD fee. This was when the legacy decoders were here. 

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