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Sky+ Archiving

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by matt80, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. matt80

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    Hi,

    I'm considering getting Sky+... what are my options with regards to archiving recordings that I want to keep long term?

    Presumably I can get a DVD recorder to record to. Can I record to my PC aswell?

    Cheers,
    Matt
     
  2. Nick_UK

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    A DVD recorder would probably be the most convenient option. You could record to your PC if you have an AV capture card.
     
  3. matt80

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    Are there any legal implications? e.g. recording movies from Sky Movies then burning them to DVD? Would this be considered illegal?
     
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    Technically it is illegal to make copies of anything which you don't own the coyright of, or have a licence to own a copy of. The copyright situation in the UK is different to everywhere else in the world, in that when the DVD media you have purchased has worn out, so does your right to own it, i.e you are not allowed to make backup copies.
     
  5. matt80

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    I see... but I guess there is nothing to stop you from doing this? They don't scramble the signals or anything which makes it impossible to record?
     
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    Some movies on Sky are encrypted with macrovision, but that is not too big a problem these days with the correct connecting cable.
     
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    Only Sky Box Office use copy protection.Standard movies are free to record.If you plan to only record uninterrupted movies a dvd only recorder will be ok,but if you want to archive anything with commercials a dvd/hdd combo is far more useful
     
  8. matt80

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    Why is this? What would that allow me to do?
     
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    He means that with a dvd/hdd combo recorder, you can edit out commercial breaks before burning them on to DVD.
     
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    And what are these cables called Nick, and where can you get one?

    Thinking of going down the Sky+ route (currently telewest). Currently wondering whether to get normal + or the 160+ (or upgrade the normal one) but if I can just archive stuff over to the the XS32 via this cable then I would just get the normal sky +

    STeve
     
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    I'm sorry, but under the new forum rules I am not allowed to discuss Macrovision removal here. Usually I find that a quick search on Google usually brings up what I want.
     
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    Steve I have sent you a Private Message with the cable details. :smashin:

    Ian.
     
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    Even though at the top of the page there is a banner ad for macrovision filters? Bit weird?

    Steve
     
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    Yeah I know. Maybe a case of "Do as I say, not do as I do" ? I'm sure I recall the new ruling, but I must admit it's not obvious to new members, because I couldn't find it on a search. Maybe I was dreaming it ?
     
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    matt80,

    Just for your reference if your considering buying a DVD recorder then have a look at the 'Which DVD Recorder?' link in my signature. It explains the pros and cons of getting a model with a HDD among other things.

    But as the others have said the ideal companion for Sky+ is a HDD/DVDR combi. There are some models you would be best to avoid - Philips, Liteon, Mustek - but aside from that there is a wide choice available. Decent models can be picked up for £300-odd these days.
     

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