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Pre-purchase query r.e. Sky+

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by PoochJD, Aug 25, 2002.

  1. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if some of you may be willing to help answer this query for me please, regarding Sky+. I don't think it's been asked before, so here goes...

    I am going to be buying a Sky+ box soon. It will be connected to my TV, alongside my VCR and DVD player. The reason being, so that if two TV shows clash, and both are on late, I can record one to the Sky+ box, and the other to my VCR.

    Now, the question I have is this: is it possible to:-

    1) Record one Sky channel (say E4), to the Sky+ box'x hard-drive, whilst also
    2) Recording a second Sky channel (e.g. FilmFour Extreme) to my VCR.

    I'm worried, that I won't be able to do this, as my VCR won't be able to distinguish which signal it is meant to be receiving from the Sky+ box. (At the minute, it's easy. The Sky box is either on or it's off.) With Sky+ though, you can receive two different signals at the same time, but is there a way to tell either the VCR or the Sky+ box which signal is to go to the hard-drive, and which is to be sent to the VCR or TV set (as if I were going to watch/video it like from a normal Sky set-top box)?

    Apologies if this is rather long-winded, but I hope it makes sense.

    Thanks, in advance,

    Pooch
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  2. lmccauley

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    When the Sky+ box is recording onto its internal hard disk, it records the digital signal - it doesn't do the mpeg decoding (there's only 1 mpeg decoder in the box), so there is no way that this could end up going out of a SCART socket to be seen by your VCR. The VCR would only see the channel that you were watching.

    So, you should have no problems.

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
  3. Starburst

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    Two channel simulataneous recording is going to be included in a future software upgrade on SKY+ which should make things a little easier also be advised that SKY+ does not have the autoview feature a standard digibox has.
     
  4. rct

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    In a word, yes... the channel recorded by your VCR is the on shown on the TV screen.

    The channel recoded by Sky+ is not displayed unless you tune into the same channel.

    As lmccauley said, soon you'll be able to record two digital streams at once which is even better! :D
     
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    Hi
    I have had Sky+ since it came out. I have an NTL Digital box as well as Sky. I frequently record both to Sky+ and the video at the same time with no probs as well as being able to record from NTL to video. You will be fine - hope this helps
     
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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks sooo much for that help! You have really set my mind at ease! ;)

    Now, let's hope I can swindle some kind of "deal" with Sky, to get the Sky+ box cheaper and the installation reduced as well.

    Pooch
     

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