No matey, without subscription, you only get the standard Freeview channels etc...
With the anytime subscription (£9.99 per month), you would get UKTV Gold, UKTV Style and Cartoon Network iirc (they used to have more channel's but Channel 5 bought shares in Topup so they could use the Topup mux capacity for the likes of 5Life etc the gits lol), plus 600 hours of on-demand content per month from most of the popular channels like Living etc..
You can also subscribe to Setanta for premium sports for £9.99 per month and PictureBox for premium movies for £5.00 per month, im not sure if thats a channel or if its like the anytime service whereby the movies are on-demand, I think it's the latter.
The sat dishes can get upto 2000 channel's, but they will mostly be foreign channels as most of the channels on Astra 2D are locked to Sky system's only, there is about 100 or so that arnt, but they are mainly shite, I think a lot require a solus card or whatever they give out nawadays or a fomer Sky viewing card.
For these system's, usually they dont point to 28.2E but to like 13E which is a Hotbird sat iirc, and operators like Eutelsat and the like use it, not sure what channel's are on, probably the likes of MTV Europe and Viva etc, basically the digital version's of the old Analogue Sat service at 29 degree's before they all changed to digital??
If you are looking for a PVR for Freeview, given the interface is very tidy on this box, there is a lot of room for upgrading to future service and the price is much cheaper then competitor's, I can't see any reason to buy any other more expensive Freeview PVR's?