Need DVD-R that will control Sky digibox

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by PeterC, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. PeterC

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    G'day All !
    We recently moved here from NZ and are really enjoying UK telly, so want to record Freeview channels on a quality DVD-R.

    Unfortunately our patch of Suffolk can't receive terrestrial Freeview so I'm considering a basic Sky box with Freeview card. ( I don't want to subscribe to other Sky channels. Sorry Rupert. )

    So the plan is to buy a good DVD-R with HDD that can control a Sky digibox and thus change channels for multiple timer recordings.

    I understand the Toshiba RDXS34 will do this.

    1. Is my plan sound?

    2. Will any other quality sub £500 DVD-Rs with HDDs do the above?

    3. Possibly off forum a little, but any comments on suitable Sky boxes?

    All help appreciated.
    Thanks
    Peter
     
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    I use my XS34 to control my Sky box, and it works very well. I have read, on this forum, that there is a problem with Sky+. This should not be a problem for you with a basic box requirement.
     
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    Thanks Alan.
    That's reassuring.

    Mind me asking exactly which Sky box you have?
    Rgds
    Peter
     
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    An old Pace box, must be seven years old now.
     
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    The new crop of Pioneers do this. And they have GuidePlus (TM) to make the job a bit easier.
     
  6. PeterC

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    Thanks Guys.
    Nigel (LV426) according to a What Video & Widescreen TV October review, the new
    Pioneer DVR-433H doesn't have "set-top box control" - which is what I think I need.

    Either that or a basic Sky Box (with Sky 'Freeview' card but no Sky subscription)
    that can change channels unattended. Am I on the right track?
     
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    More to the point to allow the Sky box to control the DVD recorder, I think. All Sky digiboxes (but not the Sky+) can do this and most DVD recorders (and many VCRs) are compatible. Just use the Digibox VCR scart for the DVD connection and set a reminder for the programme to be recorded using the Sky EPG, not forgetting to push the autoview button. You will probably need to put the DVDR into standby though this will vary according to brand/model.
     
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    Indeed and sorry for misleading you. The 530 is the Pioneer I was thinking of.
     
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    Guys, can you hep me a little more please? As I'm a Sky virgin - as it were..

    XXXX wrote: ".... and set a reminder for the programme to be recorded using the Sky EPG, not forgetting to push the autoview button."

    Will I have access to the Sky EPG and these functions if I just have their digibox and Freesat card but NOT a subscription? Sorry if this question is rather basic.
    Thanks again
    Peter
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Thanks again. I think I'm onto this now.
    If I have a basic modern Sky digibox & free 2 view card but no Sky subscription
    plus a modern DVD-R such as Panasonic DMR-EH50 or Sony RDR-HX510
    connected via the digibox VCR Scart
    I can programme the digibox via Sky EPG to trigger the DVD-R to record
    several shows on different channels, say F1 on ITV-1 and "She Who Must Be Obeyed"s
    choice on BBC4 ?
    Mission achieved; Kimi & Fernando on HDD and me in SWMBO's good books..
     
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    You just need to check that the DVDR supports the function. AFAIK the Panasonic does. I don't know about the Sony. Read the online manuals and look for phrases like "auto-record". All Sky digiboxes (not the Sky+) certainly support the function, with or without subscription.
     

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