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help...getting rid of SKY tv- what will we do withour CBeebies etc?

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darlingbud Tue 24-May-05 19:01:42

Due to being skint and having to wach the pennies we have decided to get rid of Sky as it is a luxury we can cut back on. this means that for a while until we can afford the freeview box that we will be Cbeebies/Nick Jr and Tiny Pops less.
DD is only 2. have been looking on ebay for some cheap DVDs but no luck. Anyone any ideas?

She doesn't watch TV all the time but sometimes when I am making tea it entertains her while I am busy.

lima Tue 24-May-05 19:09:02

mine liked videos of teletubbies etc at that age - I used tape them from the BBC as well as use readymade ones. Why not tape some progrrammes that she does like from the stuff that's on terrestial tv?

starshaker Tue 24-May-05 19:10:36

if u keep the box then u still get the free chanels which include cbeebies

astonished Tue 24-May-05 19:10:37

Lots of good progs on 5 in the morning, tape some of those. Lucky you my ds2 almost two won't sit and watch anything aghh

LIZS Tue 24-May-05 19:12:18

Does your local library rent out videos and dvd's ?

Surfermum Tue 24-May-05 19:27:34

CBeebies are on BBC 2 in the mornings. You could tape those, or what about buying videos in charity shops or at car boot sales?

maddyd Tue 24-May-05 19:34:00

We cant afford sky so we got a free view box from tescos for fifty pounds. It has c beebies, cartoon network,e4, itv 2, bbc3 for those great kids documentries and a music channel etc etc etc.

One off payment and happy kids

lemonice Tue 24-May-05 19:42:34

If you've been subsribing for more than 12 months then you cna unsubsrcibe and be left with some of the channels, might include cbeebies?

darlingbud Tue 24-May-05 21:07:46

I haven't told them I want to unsubscribe - I have just cancelled my direct debit. Will they just disconnect me and I still get standrad chanells or will it stop altogether - I only paid the minimum monthly fee anyway.

drdad Tue 24-May-05 21:12:20

We were in the same situation with ntl. We found that Freeview is more than adequate - in fact, we don't really miss cable at all.

It wasn't easy to get ntl to cancel our subscription, though. They ignored our letter and follow-up email and only disconnected us when we cancelled our direct debit. They still keep trying to bill us for the month after we told them we wanted to stop, have even got a debt collection agency to threaten us.

darlingbud Tue 24-May-05 21:13:48

do you think I should tell them or just wait for them to take the payment and contact me when they realise they won't get the money? Obviously they don't know yet and so we still have Sky connected.

darlingbud Tue 24-May-05 21:31:43

anyone-I don't want to get into trouble for doing the wrong thing.

lemonice Tue 24-May-05 21:31:55

I would definitely notify and kjeep a certifiable record

mummy2jake Tue 24-May-05 21:38:00

hi we have been using a sky box that we got off my sister when she moved house, it has the card that she had in it, and we get all the free to view channels, cbeebies, itv2, bbc three,etc main one we use is cbeebies.

darlingbud Tue 24-May-05 22:00:25

have tried to ring them but they won't talk to me as dh is account holder - even though I have the password and the same blinkin name as him.
He will have to ring them tomorrow.

starshaker Tue 24-May-05 22:29:06

i did this its fine they just send u an invoice for the payment and u keep the box (i still have mine) and u get all the free channels

anonymouseponymous Tue 24-May-05 22:30:50

We sell Freeview boxes in ASDA for £40.

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