Recording Sky channels onto an external hd or memory stick

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  1. Claire G

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    Hi I'm looking for recent advice (late 2008/early 2009) on recording from a Sky HD box onto an external drive.

    1) is it poss to download/record onto a PS3, a memory stick or a pc?

    2) can all channels be downloaded/recorded?

    3) if I have to record onto a dvd player can I then view those recordings on a tv which isn't connected to a Sky box? (i read somewhere that progs are encrypted)

    Apologies if this is a repeat on another thread, but I'm a bit threaded out!

    Thanks
     
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    There is a program that allows you transfer recorded files onto a Hard Drive but they can only be watched using a sky box I think. There is a thread on it somewhere.
     
  3. Claire G

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    Thanks. Couple more questions:

    1) can all channels be recorded, esp History and Discovery channels?

    2) if i record onto dvd can the recordings then be watched on a tv which isn't connected to a Sky box or a pc, i read somewhere that progs are encrypted? (I'm a teacher and want to use the recorded progs in my lessons).

    3) which make of dvds are best for recording on?
     
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    Yes but only in SD. Easiest way is on to DVD (you could set up a TV capture card etc and do it that way)
    You can watch them on any dvd player. Nothing that comes out the SCART socket is encrypted.

    No idea I'm afraid - though I doubt if it matters.


    James
     
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    As with everything you can get good cheap brands & unreliable cheap brands. If you're going to be "archiving" to keep for a while with repeated watching I'd personally go with a brand I've heard of. You can get a 50 drum of datawrites (they've been OK for me) for just under £6 compared to £10 for 50 maxells at bigpockets, who are pretty good. I certainly wouldn't get any on the high street.

    If you "archiving" to watch maybe once get some RW.
     
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    Careful with the Copyright and Performing Rights people!
     
  7. Claire G

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    Thanks so much to everyone. Hadn't even thought about copyright! How does it work with that, should I contact the different channels?

    C
     
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    Encrypted no, but protected, sometimes, yes. Sky have used Macrovision for a number of pay-per-view events and box office movies, which a DVD recorder (if it adheres to the specifications) will usually refuse point-blank to record.

    Really unusual, but it can happen. I ran into an example - although I can't remember exactly what it was now - trying to record a PPV event to D-VHS.
     
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