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#190916 16-Jan-2016 12:23
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I have the old Sky decoder (not MySky) and will presumably be upgraded to the New Sky Plus box sometime this year. Assuming I stick with Sky - which is a very big IF at this point.

I can connect the new box to the living room TV using HDMI if I get one, no problem there. However, my video distribution system for the rest of the house relies on the composite outputs from the decoder.

Mostly I record to a DVD recorder, which has DLNA sharing and lets recorded content be viewed in the bedroom, spare room, or on my tablet over WiFi. I also have a streaming box that streams the live feed from the decoder over the network - aging to the bedroom, spare room or tablet. The tablet option is particularly useful for getting the news in the kitchen while cooking etc.

Analog outputs on the current decoder don't have copy protection (Macrovision). I have heard a bunch of things about the MySky applying copy protection to the analog outputs for premium channels (Movies, SoHo etc). But I don't know whether the new Sky Plus box also does this. If it doesn't protect analog output, then I may upgrade. If it does, it will not be compatible with my video distribution

I am hoping that someone with the New Sky+ box, the movies and/or SoHo packages, and a DVD recorder or VCR could try recording some content off these channels, and let us all know whether they are recordable.

I think this is something that others here, as well as me, may also have an interest in.

NB: I know there is hardware I can use to strip the protection and/or stream off the HDMI output. In fact, I already own most of the needed kit. But it's more cables, switches and power adapters cluttering the entertainment unit and requiring power sockets, and it's probably too much hassle. Plus, the GF struggles with the number of remotes already without adding matrix splitters and wireless keyboards into the mix.

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  #1472569 16-Jan-2016 12:35
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Have you seen this thread from yesterday?

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  #1472869 16-Jan-2016 21:40
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RunningMan: Have you seen this thread from yesterday?

Yes, I had, and it was confusing.

The OP said first they didn't have a MySky and then talked about connecting to their MySky box, so I wasnt't certain what box they actually had.

A followup poster claimed they could record from a MySky to a DVD recorder using component cables, but as far as I know no DVD recorders sold in NZ actually have component inputs.

No one said anything about what channels they had tried. It may be, for instance, that the basic channels record but the premium ones don't - that's certainly how some of the setups in the US have worked previously.

Rather than unpick a tangled thread, I thought I would ask whether someone who was in a position to do so would kindly do some specific tests (ie Sky+, not MySky, to a recorder, for Movies and SoHo) and post the results.


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  #1473024 17-Jan-2016 10:12
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I have used a DVD recorder to record off the new Sky box using composite AV cables. I could record every channel except 1, 2, 3, Movies and On Demand content. I don't know about SoHo as I don't have that channel.

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  #1474063 18-Jan-2016 18:50
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wwesocks: [...] I could record every channel except 1, 2, 3, Movies and [...].


I think that settles it. Thanks for checking that out.


Although protecting 1,2 and 3 seems bizzare, as Freeview STBs don't.


Anyhow, Sky clearly don't want my money any more.

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