Movie channels PIN code

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  1. gers1978

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    My Sky HD box keeps asking me for my PIN code if I try to view a movie that;s already started.

    How can I turn this off?

    Cheers
     
  2. .Griff.

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    EDIT - Go into Services, then Parental control, then "other restrictions" and then turn off "Pre-watershed pin restriction".
     
  3. gers1978

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    Did that, it's still asking for a PIN
     
  4. WilliamTM

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    Can't turn it off. It's due to Ofcom regulations, eg, they show 18 rated films in the day, they have to be pin protected.
     
  5. KeanosMagicHat

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    It's a crap situation.

    What's the point in being able to turn it off in the menu if it has absolutely no effect?

    :mad:

    Overkill in my opinion as I've said before. (Nanny state).
     
  6. AnthonyG

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    Thanks for this Griff, this was annoying the hell out of me, but I figured it was just a perminant thing that couldn't be removed.
     
  7. PeteIvy

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    If it wasn't there, then Sky wouldn't be able to show 15's and 18's during the day!
     
  8. KeanosMagicHat

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    It is.

    Selecting that option has made no difference on either of my two boxes so far.

    I think it was included in the hope that it would appease OFCOM, which it should have done.

    Unfortunately they thought otherwise.
     
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    I disagree.

    I support the PIN aspect and the whole stance for people with families.

    They should have the choice to restrict their children's viewing if they wish.

    As an adult single male though, I should be able to watch what I want without entering a PIN (as long as the option is there for me to switch it on should my circumstances change).

    That should have been enough for OFCOM.
     
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    I think the menu option is an old legacy item for the time before the decided to broadcast 15 & 18 certificates before 9pm.
     
  11. .Griff.

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    I must admit I simply checked the menu and assumed it would do as it said.

    And there was me trying to be helpful lol
     
  12. gers1978

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    The problem for me is "one PIN fits all" - I'd like to give my 18 year old the PIN so he can watch movies anytime, however by giving him that PIN, he'd also be able to book box office, go online, etc.

    One-PIN-fits-all is NOT an acceptable way of controlling anything IMO.
     
  13. Rob.butters

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    So any ideas what the pin number is or are they individually set to each box
     
  14. .Griff.

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    Last four numbers of your viewing card.
     
  15. D-an-W

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    As Griff said, but you can of course change this to a pin of your choice should you need to :lesson:
     
  16. jace989

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    how?
    hope i do not have to call sky

    :nono:
     
  17. chelsea.tone

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    Go to "services" scroll down to 3 (parental control) enter your PIN then you can change it

    Tony
     
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    Actually the last 4 numbers of the very first viewing card you got.
     
  19. .Griff.

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    My very first viewing card was back in 1999 and I can confirm the last four digits of that didn't get me very far ;)
     
  20. penna

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    I think this option in the menu does have a does - whether or not you have to enter a PIN to view recorded programs from your planner before the watershed. It just doesn't affect live viewing :mad:
     
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    If however you don't know your PIN & don't want to phone Sky to get them to change it then if you register on for My Sky on www.sky.com then you can change your PIN on the web.
     
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    If you actually read the menu item in services it is
    'turn off pin on pre-watershed PLAYBACK'

    That's PLAYBACK not viewing.

    You can't tunr off the pin for pre-watershed live veiwing because of ofcom regulations. But if you leave that restriction set to on it will ask for a pin if you try to playback a post watershed recorded program before the watershed. set it to off and it won't.

    What this does mean is that if you set it to off you can get rid of the pin request if you start recording the program and then play it from your planner rather than watching live. It's daft I know but but ofcom regs wont let sky disbale it for live viewing.
     
  23. Empgamer

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    Must admit I find this quite annoying, esp with the 'one PIN fits all'. No-one in our house under 17, that means I need to give 17 year old daughter the PIN to watch 15 rated films before 9pm (or whatever) but with which she could go online, order all manner of pay per view and, presumably, adult channels where films are pay per view. Brilliant solution Sky, just brilliant!!!! Appease Ofcom and screw up customer satisfaction.

    Fortunately I shall be in a position where I no longer am able to get Sky for a couple of years or so (overseas) so they can whistle for £50 pm!!
     
  24. Ultra2man

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    Probably quicker to enter the PIN then:D
     
  25. terryf

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    For Gods sake it is only four digits and takes about two seconds.
    Just hit the buttons and relax.:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    Only four digits it may be, which is fine if you happen to be watching it live, but problems arise when you want to record (unattended) something to an external device :(
     
  27. terryf

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    I can see your point. Could you not record to your sky box and then copy to your external device.
    I know this is a bit of a faff but might be better than missing the film.
     
  28. Empgamer

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    And....only four digits that MIGHT prove useful to prevent excessive pay per view use etc which now everyone has to have just to watch a flamin' film. Brilliant solution.
     
  29. terryf

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    Just a thought, can we tell in advance if film is going to ask for the pin or is it random.
     
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    Well, I could but my Sky HD is connected to my TiVo which will often record films I may like, when I'm not around, when I come to watch them, I just get a lovely blue screen with a message asking for my pin:mad:

    Also, up until this week, when I've been off work and had a chance to catch up with some viewing, my Sky box has been pretty much full, down to only a few percent free, so recording to there is not really an option (if only they'd let us have the Anytime bit of the disk back for our own use, but that's a whole other thread;))

    As for how you can tell what'll need a PIN, I think it's any movie above 12 certificate before either 8 or 9pm.

    Why they can't offer the simple solution of allowing people to turn off the PIN request completely, especially in adult only households, I don't know. I mean, does anyone really think that the PIN would stop a really determined kid to watch some of the movies anyway? I'm sure they're all pretty clued up on how to get hold of them via other means, either downloads or borrowing the DVD from their mates or all sorts of other ways.
     

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