Sky Eco

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  1. stewjoy

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    Hi.
    Yesterday I got an onscreen message: your sky unit will go into standby: in the the unit I found a section on standby, the choice is ECO,ACTIVE, NONE. What does ACTIVE mean ? If ECO is already there.
     
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    Google is your friend.
     
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    Ok in order to save power the sky box has two different standby modes.

    The first is the original Active mode which was introduced all the back when there was just Sky+.

    The second is the Eco mode which was added to newer Sky+HD boxes last year.

    Active standby works by automatically switching your sky box into standby after a period of inactivity.
    The period of inactivity is 4hours since you last pressed a button during the day but reduced to 2hours after 11 o'clock until about 5:00 am.

    The newer ECO mode includes the same feature as Active mode with an additional feature.

    Newer Sky+HD boxes feature a built in switch on the power supply which allows them to have two standby modes, the traditional standby (orange led) which cuts the video feed, spins down the HDD ect but not much else.
    And a low power mode (red led), which in effect cuts all power to the main board turning the box off.

    You can manually put your box in low power mode by holding down the standby button for about 6seconds until the led turns red, however your box won't come out of this mode until you hold down the standby button for 6seconds again. Also no recordings, downloads, showcase contend or remote records will take place while the box is in low power mode as it is essentially turned off.

    To meet EU regulations Sky should have been complying with when they released the box, in addition to the features of active mode, between approx 2:00am and 5:00am if no recordings are scheduled to take place ECO mode automatically places your box into the low power mode (red led).


    So to summarise:

    Active: puts your box in standby after either 4hrs or 2hrs without pressing a button.

    ECO: puts your box in standby after either 4hrs or 2hrs without pressing a button. And puts it into low power mode between 2 and 5 am if no recording are scheduled.
     
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    All of which the OP could (and SHOULD !) have found out for himself, by the simple expedient of doing a Google or Forum search (as was suggested already) !!!
     
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    Note also that "eco" standby mode cuts the feed through from RF In to RF outputs and so if other TVs are connected to RF2 output by magic eye etc then those TVs will lose any Freeview signal if the terrestrial aerial signal is fed to them via the Sky digibox - in this case "active" mode should be chosen if you wish to view Freeview channels on other TVs when the Sky box is in standby.
     
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    Oooooooh we are bitchy PhilipPhilip
     
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    The Forum rules put right on Phillip's side!
     
  8. stewjoy

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    Hi.
    I apologise.
     
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    Apology accepted ! ;)

    Quite why so many Posters (even seasoned ones !) don't do a simple Google or Forum search; or - Heaven Forbid ! - consult their Equipment's User Guide :mad: BEFORE posting, is beyond me !!!

    Worse still are those who start their Post with 'I'm sure this must have been asked before ...' :facepalm:
     
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    Note that Sky stopped supplying User Guides with new HD+ boxes over a year ago. The box I received just over a year ago stated this buried in the bumph supplied with it and a link to download a PDF of the guide - probably stopped supplying them because so few people actually bother reading them and post on forums instead or ring CS - perhaps not :rtfm:
     
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