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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:25pm
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Clint2018

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Hi all

We move over very soon should we keep our sky box and account and can it work in Spain?

The villa we are renting apparently has broadband so I guess we should cancel our broadband?

Thanks in 

Movingon

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:51pm

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Location: Albatera

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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:51pm

Sky works but you'll need at least a 1.4m dish and preferably a 1.8m one. You can't use catchup though because that requires the box to be connected to the Internet but if you do that Sky will detect that you are not in the UK and block your card.

The advantage with Sky,for me anyway, is that it's a known quantity whereas with IPTV which most use can be very hit and miss and you'll be hard pressed to find anybody who hasn't had/is having problems with it ranging from simple but nevertheless annoying buffering to a complete loss of service barely weeks into paying for a year upfront. 

I've hedged my bets by having both but if anyone here is using an IPTV service which works faultlessly both on live TV and catchup I'd love to hear about it! 

PeteKnight

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:42pm

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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:42pm

You can use catchup TV, provided you have a way of masking your IP address so that it doesn’t appear that you’re in Spain.

I use SmartDNS Proxy:

https://www.smartdnsproxy.com/?afid=15502ab24903

The Terms and Conditions of your Sky contract say that it’s only for use within the UK, so when you cancel your contract, don’t tell them that it’s because you’re moving to Spain. If the new residents of your house want to take out a Sky contract then they may catch on to the fact that you’ve moved, but may not worry if you’re still paying your subscription!

Even without a contract or viewing card you can still get the FTA channels, but a Sky box isn’t the best way to do this as you can’t hide the subscription channels from the program guide.

Pete.

Andrew65

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:38pm

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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:38pm

To hide your location you could use Spider VPN, if you use their router it costs £10 for the router and first month's subscription, just connect to your existing router it's plug and play. Various packages available. I have no connection with them but have found the service excellent. 

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:50pm

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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:50pm

I’m an ex IT professional and I would never use a VPN service provided by a 3rd party, especially a free one.

Routing your data via a 3rd party allows it to be captured and sold to hackers so that they can extract unencrypted usernames and passwords. This is how many free VPN suppliers fund their services.

Pete.

Movingon

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:57pm

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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:57pm

They are not as anonymous as you are led to believe either.

Andrew65

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:13pm

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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:13pm

Not really a problem if you are just using to watch TV, anyone is welcome to see what rubbish I watch 

PeteKnight

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:37pm

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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:37pm

True, but if you go for the router option you described then all of your internet trafffic is going via the VPN, so every time you log on to this forum, use an online banking app, send an email or do an online purchase then that is going via the 3rd party servers.

Even if most of it is encrypted, any username or password sent as plain text can be used as a phrase to match against with the encrypted data (many people use the same username and/or password for multiple sites), allowing the encryption to be cracked (a bit like the way that the Enigma codes were cracked by Bletchley).

Even when using BBC iPlayer you can choose to log into your BBC account, or into your Sky account when using the Subscription button.

You really would be amazed at what people can do with seemingly random data in back rooms in China, Russia and India, and how much havoc that can cause when they capture an active username/password combination and start to use it.

Pete.

RayD

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:48pm

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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:48pm

Movingon wrote:

Sky works but you'll need at least a 1.4m dish and preferably a 1.8m one. You can't use catchup though because that requires the box to be connected to the Internet but if you do that Sky will detect that you are not in the UK and block your card.

The advantage with Sky,for me anyway, is that it's a known quantity whereas with IPTV which most use can be very hit and miss and you'll be hard pressed to find anybody who hasn't had/is having problems with it ranging from simple but nevertheless annoying buffering to a complete loss of service barely weeks into paying for a year upfront. 

I've hedged my bets by having both but if anyone here is using an IPTV service which works faultlessly both on live TV and catchup I'd love to hear about it! 

Movingon - you don't need a Sky box for satellite TV. I've got a couple of FreeSat boxes (Humax) and a couple of Chinese satellite boxes. They are just as effective as a Sky box and have no company ties and don't rely on subscription or cards. The freesat boxes have a full programme guide and the cheap Chinos have now and next.

Edit: I meant FreeSat, not Freeview, sorry

Movingon

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Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:24am

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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:24am

True but the OP did ask about a Sky box with an A/C !

If you have a 3rd party boxes which receive subscription channels without a card then pray do tell because I'm all ears.

No comments from anybody on trouble free IPTV services then ?

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