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Sky+ Recordings To Pc

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by JimmyCobra, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. JimmyCobra

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    hello

    i am thinking of ordering sky+ but i know very little about
    the hardware.

    I already have freeview through a topfeild 5800 pvr, this
    piece of harware alows me to take my recordings to my pc
    via usb.

    do the latest boxes from sky allow this, as i have noticed
    they have added a usb port to some models.

    also i might have to use a scart switcher or component to
    get the signal to the plasma. as the dvd player is daisy chained through the freeview box

    any help please
     
  2. Cyril

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    No. $ky+ does not have this facility.
    In fact I am fairly certain Murdoch will do his best to stop anyone else transferring content in digital fashion as it might cause a dent in his profits.

    You can now however get a digital satellite card for your PC which will allow this.
     
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    ?...Don;t what you mean Cyril, of course you can record stuff to PC from Sky+ box...if you have the right equipment.

    If you have a capture card in your PC, you can record to your PC from SKy+ box. I do it regularly, but using s-video connector from sky+ box to input of capture card - Hauppage WINTV PVR. Capture card is able to capture from low quality svcd format to mpeg12, although size of this file would be huge....
     
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    I think he meant built-in! For pure digital transfer!

    Of course you can record anything you want via analogue out!
     
  5. JimmyCobra

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    sorry guys

    The topfield freeview pvr allows you to transfer the digital
    recorded file to a pc via usb in its original format. using some other video tools like TMPGEnc dvd author you can edit out adds and burn to dvd if you wish.as it changes it
    from a digital video broadcast [dvb] to mpeg2

    i would still like to know what the usb port on the pace TDS470N (Sky+2.5) Personal Video Recorder is for.

    http://www.pacemicro.com/corporate/products/prodinfo.asp?PID=TDS470N

    thanks again
     
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    New Sky+ boxes have USB ports for connecting a new gizmo which will soon be available, which is like a video i-pod. You'll be able to transfer movies and other programmes to watch when you're "out and about". Since the announcement of this new gadget, things have gone a bit quiet. Whether this will enable the USB ports to be used for transfer to other devices is unclear, but unlikely for copyright reasons.
     
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    i should not think its a copyright issue as its only the same as saving to a vhs tape. all i am trying to do is increase
    my recording capacity by using hard drives on my pc.

    and there are no legal issues with the topfield, they supply
    the software to transfer files to and from the pvr.

    think i might leave the sky alone if they nitpick about the
    file transfer

    thanks jimmy
     
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    You could of course get a SDI modified SKY+ and feed that to a SDI card in your PC, digital all the way but mighty expensive:)

    With SKY hardware there is no return for packing in extra features above the standard spec, SKY simply would not pay extra for them and without selliing thousands of units to SKY the open market is not profitable enough let alone the difficulty of getting hold of licensed NDS components.

    The Toppy along with other STB's only operate in the open market and therefore have a incentive to have more features even if they come with a ridiculous price tag:)
     
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    Unfortunately it's not the same. Digital recordings are of broadcast quality.
     
  10. JimmyCobra

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    thats exacty what the topfield does digital broadcast quality, records to built in hard drive but you can transfer
    those recordings to pc via usb, all still dvb

    also some topfield satalite stuff
    http://www.turbosat.com/acatalog/Turbosat_Ltd_Topfield_41.html
     
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    reply from pace


    Hello,
    Thank you for your email regarding the Pace TDS470N.
    The USB port can theoretically be used to control any USB multi-media
    device, however for detailed information you should contact Sky.
    Hope this information is useful to you.

    Best Regards
    Customer Front Office
    Pace Micro Technology plc
    Victoria Road, Saltaire, West Yorkshire. BD18 3LF
     
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    Hi Jimmy

    it looks like that they have given you a standard response.

    As has been mentioned already, you can record from your Sky box to Pc. The cheapest way is with a TV card (from around £30) , up to £700 if you want bit perfect quality (via SDI). There are many people going for a middle ground solution, using a PC capture card called SweetSpot, which takes the RGB signal from your box (the best analogue signal that your box can produce) , at a cost of around £150.

    hope that helps, if there is anything else that you need then let me know.

    cheers
     

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