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Do you need a satellite dish for Sky?

Do you need a satellite dish for Sky?

Sky is a satellite TV service, but thanks to technological advances — including digital TV — you can still get Sky without a satellite dish.

With top-notch sports, movies and TV programmes, it’s no wonder so many people want to get Sky. For many people, the only barrier to signing up for a Sky subscription is the difficulty of getting a satellite dish installed.

Sky has recently announced that starting in 2018, the company will be offering a dish-less service through their Sky Q. Until then, however, you still need a satellite dish for a Sky subscription, although there are some workarounds.

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Sky in a block of flats

Row of flats in London

If you live in a block of four or more flats, you don’t need an individual satellite dish to watch Sky if your building already has a communal TV system.

Communal TV systems let residents in flats subscribe to Sky without the need to get an individual satellite dish. Sky has three different types of communal TV systems: a shared dish, an integrated reception system and a single cable solution. Regardless of the system your block of flats has, you won’t need a satellite dish for Sky.

You can learn more about getting Sky in a block of flats in our guide.

Sky without a satellite

Although Sky’s dish-less service is still a year off, you can access Sky content without a satellite dish — or a Sky subscription.

Watch Sky Sports

Watch F1 racing on Sky Sports

Sky makes it incredibly easy for you to get access to Sky Sports regardless of who your provider is or whether or not you even have a TV provider.

NOW TV is Sky’s streaming service, and it airs a wide variety of Sky content on its TV passes. You can get a daily, weekly or monthly Sky Sports pass through NOW TV, which allows you to watch live and on-demand content on compatible devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops or NOW TV boxes.

If you already have a TV package through another provider, chances are very high you’ll be able to get a Sky Sports add-on. TalkTalk and Virgin Media both offer bundles of all 10 Sky Sports channels so you won’t miss anything from Sky Sports. If you’re a BT subscriber, you can only get two Sky Sports channels through BT, but you still have the option of signing up for a NOW TV pass.

NOW TV will soon be available on BT's YouView boxes, including live channel feeds, so BT subscribers will be able to watch every Premier League match if they sign up for BT Sport and a Sky Sports NOW TV pass.

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Watch Sky Cinema

Watch Sky Cinema

Sky also makes it very easy to get Sky Cinema channels without a Sky subscription.

All 11 Sky Cinema channels, plus their on-demand movies, are available through NOW TV’s Sky Cinema pass, which you can get on a monthly basis.

If you already have a TV subscription, you’ll probably be able to add a Sky Cinema bundle to your subscription for a monthly fee. TalkTalk, BT and Virgin Media all offer Sky Cinema add-ons. Both TalkTalk and Virgin Media offer combined Sky passes that bundle Sky Cinema and Sky Sports for a discounted monthly fee.

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Watch Sky Atlantic

Watch Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic

Sky knows their Sky Atlantic content is top-notch and highly sought after — which is why they don’t let other providers air Sky Atlantic.

The only way to watch Sky Atlantic outside of a Sky subscription is through a NOW TV Entertainment pass. The Entertainment pass gives you access to Sky Atlantic and 11 other pay TV channels live or on-demand on a rolling monthly basis so you can keep up to date with all the latest series.

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