Setting Sky+ when not at home

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  1. MikeGr

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    I know that one user requested feature of Sky+ is a way to set it to record programs when you're not at home. Perhaps that USB port on the Sky+ 160 box was meant for it. I was disappointed that it wasn't an ethernet port.

    Since Sky have not managed to add this feature, has anyone produced a workaround? Obviously, this would be a system that allowed the user to access the EPG over the internet (assuming there is a downloadable source for it like the TiVo uses) and choose a program to record. The application would then need to transmit the correct infra-red codes to the Sky+ box to set it. Does this exist? It's obviously far from ideal, but it would be better than nothing at this point.

    A cleverer alternative might be a way to use a video capture card to scan the EPG directly from the Sky box and display it to the end user. It could also give proper access to add/delete from the Sky+ Program Planner. Again it would be using infra-red codes to drive the Sky+ box. If the coaxial output 2 was used then the infra-red codes could be sent through the cable (as used by the TV-Link).

    Again, is this all a pipedream or is there something in existance that's doing some of this?
     
  2. johndon

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    I believe that it's something that Sky are working on at the moment - I think the idea is that you'll be able to set the box with, amongst other things, your mobile phone.

    No idea when it's going to be ready though....

    John
     
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    I was thinking exactly the same about my ordinary Sky+ box. The box already has a built in modem so why cant you phone up the box and use some sort of video+ programming?

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    Do bear in mind that Sky boxes can be controlled via a PC, I don't know about Sky+ boxes (that is, whether the codes are the same etc).

    http://www.redremote.co.uk/serial/

    Mike.
     

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