I have recently moved over to TalkTalk from Sky after 3-years of the subscriptions creeping up in price and the broadband becoming weaker. Our TV arial was damaged last week with the weather so in the meantime I still wish to access free view channels via the Sky Box. How can I find out which channels I can access via free View? Will my Sky Box become a Freeview Box?
Not quite. Sky use satellite (i.e. received through a dish), and Freeview is a terrestrial service (i.e. received through an aerial).
When you stop subscribing to Sky, or remove the card, your Sky box is limited to 'Free-to-Air' channels. All the main terrrestrial channels are there in SD and HD, all BBC HD channels are there, the More4/E4/ITV2/ITV3 etc. are SD only (as C4 and ITV have deals with Sky that mean ITV2-4HD, More4H, E4HD etc. are Pay-TV).
Without a card you'll get ITV Central on 103 I think, and BBC One London on 101. With a viewing card you'll continue to get the regional channels you had previously on 101 and 103.
This is NOT Freeview - it's effectively Freesat from Sky (if you use your old a viewing card)
You won't be able to record (that requires a subscription to Sky channels OR a £10/month Sky+ subscription)
We are mainly interested in the BBC channels including BBC news. Sky are attempting to offer me a basic TV package of £22 per month and I do not think it is value for money, if I can access the channels I require via Freeview. Any advice would be appreciated. When we can afford £100 for a new digital arial the problem will be solved. The idea of switching to TalkTalk was to reduce our outgoing, and we now have to pay for a funuarel for a close family member too.
Switch on your old Sky box connected to your dish and see if you get the channels you want. Chances are you will - but without recording.