DJBlu, one of the awesome devs on the mediaportal team has developed a series of modifications to the TVEngine that allows it to act like a set top box.
First things first. This mod WILL NOT allow you to watch Sky NZ without a valid sub card, this program on its own cannot do that. Also this is for DVB-S SKY NZ (including FTA HD channels) not MHEG-5 data (yet).
I've been having trouble getting a simple solution to replace my crappy mysky box that will get the HD channel data (not just now/next), the channel numbers, channel groups AND to keep them updated as and when Sky move things around (currently had to manually move channels, rescan and renumber). Thanks to DJBlu's awesome work he has amended his Sky UK plugin to work in New Zealand.
As of right now, you can get all the Sky NZ channels 7 day program guide, you can get Sky channel numbers, you can automatically have them in the right channel groups AND if you wish you can have them updated so that if sky move things around they get shifted automatically.
Without further ado, here is the link:
Follow the instructions carefully as his mods require certain actions to be completed on install to make it work.
As of this morning my TVServer is now the same as a sky box (barring the call home functionality for Box Office booking or interactive) and more impressively is that it can Series Link using the correct data from the satellite stream...
You'll also need to run his modified client to get the series link option but the client is fully compatible with other plugins. This is now built on 1.4 so is current.
IF you're interested in using this please check it out. Remember devs such as him and MM1352000 do this in their spare time so please be gentle with the questions. If you use it and think it is for you please 'like' the thread... The more people that like his work, the more opportunity that this approach might be included in future MP updates automatically.
If you have any questions, I can attempt to answer them here first.