How to Use Sky DVR Without a Subscription

Written by joshua laud
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When you first get a Sky+ box (the Sky name for their DVR product), you will be bound to a contrac--typically 12 months. Sky requires you pay a subscription fee to use all the features of your Sky+ box, however, there are still many things you can do with your Sky+ after the subscription contract expires. The Sky features you can use without a subscription are the same as those on Freesat. If you have just moved into a house with a Sky+ box but are not interested in a subscription, you still may be intrigued as to how to use the box.

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  1. 1

    Turn your TV on and then press the "Power" button on your Sky+ remote control. This will turn your Sky+ box on. The Sky channel will automatically switch on, via the scart connection.

  2. 2

    Press "TV Guide" to open your TV guide. Press "Select" with the first option highlighted. This will show you the entire TV guide.

  3. 3

    Scroll through channels by pressing the up and down arrows. Scroll through periods of time by pressing the left and right arrows.

  4. 4

    Press "Select" when you have found a channel you want to watch. You can use the arrow keys in the same way when watching TV, as you can in the TV guide.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to know which channels are available to you without a subscription, check the Freesat list.

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