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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #466931

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Hi guys, just wondered if anyone here uses a satelite dish and takes their sky viewing card with them?
Can you just use any sky box with your card and is it a simple process to set up or more hastle than its worth?
We have a sky Q box at home btw.
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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #466944

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Watching with interest. Would love to take my sky Q along as well.
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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #466949

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steve2019 wrote:
Hi guys, just wondered if anyone here uses a satelite dish and takes their sky viewing card with them?
Can you just use any sky box with your card and is it a simple process to set up or more hastle than its worth?
We have a sky Q box at home btw.
I thought that the card was registered to a particular box and couldn't be used in any other box. A few years ago, my brother in law, who has Sky Sports at home, tried to use it in my Sky Box (cheapskate that I am, I do not have Sky Sports), it didn't work.
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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #466954

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If thats the case Niall then it wouldnt be too much drama to take my sky box from home with me.
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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #466961

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For some technical reason Sky Q boxes and their card are not easily used away from home. A Sky thing.
We still use our Sky + HD box. The real killer is the type of LNB used Sky + is easy. Sky Q has a different system and I suspect some "not away from home " things.

Our current away from home Sky + HD box and card work very well indeed,. Buy an electronic sat finder tool, not the five light buzzer thing.
See this link www.satellitesuperstore.com/satellitemet...atcatcher_lacuna.htm
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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #467009

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Sky Q requires Internet connection to work, and the viewing card is incompatible with any previous box.
A Freesat-from-Sky viewing card (once off £25) or an expired subscription card will allow any earlier (i.e. non-Q box) to view free-to-air (FTA) channels wherever you are. If there are no premium channels (and with the two cards mentioned there will not be) then once activated the card can be used in any box. Indeed I am told that any subscription card that does not have premium channels (viz sport and movies) should also work in any box and will certainly work anywhere. However if the box has not been used for a while it may come up and say t cannot find particular channels even though you have a good signal: just leave the box on for 48 hours and it will come back and stay.
If you want to use it in Europe you will need a 60-65cm ovoid dish (i.e. not a Sky oval dish) and a small tripod BUT the footprint is such that reception is pretty good across the NW/SE of France down as far as the Jura and the W of France down as far as about the Vendee although on the edge alignment can be tricky to say the least. Certainly get a reception meter as Sky boxes are notoriously deaf and slow to respond when the signal level changes.
If you have an Android phone download (free) Satellite Director which will make life much much easier.
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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #467018

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Hi,

I take my Sky box with me, mainly because we go to places where the TV signal is poor. I have a Maxview portable satellite system which is easy to set up and use. Bear in mind that with Sky Q you need to make sure any dish you have had the correct LNB on it. I’ve recently had to buy a replacement for my Maxview system as the Sky Q uses a different one from the old Sky + System. In poor weather it just makes a change from reading/playing games etc but mainly I love F1 and it’s only on Sky! That’s my excuse anyway!!!

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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #467024

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Nicholasjahicks So you have and take Sky Q with you anywhere in the UK and together with a Maxview dish suitable for Sky Q get reception most anywhere? Just too be sure. Someone said that Sky Q boxes seem only to work at home something to do with internet?
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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #467031

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I have to be honest here. I’ve not yet taken the Sky Q box with me so I’m not sure about internet connection. For box sets films to download then yes you’ll need internet but for all the channels you subscribe to you shouldn’t need the internet. I plan to take it in the summer and see. Try speaking to the Sky and see what they say or Maxview who sell the portable dishes.
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Sky on the go 2 months 1 week ago #467033

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I know it's not A Sky box, but we tend to down load a lot of TV films and documentaries to our Freeview DVD player and take that with us if we are away for a week and the weather is supposed to be rubbish, It weighs about 1.5 kg so not too heavy to take. Great for France,
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