Is there any way to get rid of the sound? I would look in the manual, but it turns out paper (or even online PDF) manuals are a thing of the past.
vinnieg: Pretty sure under Sound or Custom options you can turn the splash screen sound off, it's something like "Logo sound"
I've got the same on both my Samsungs...but I like it :), even though at times it scares me, especially when I accidentally lean on the remote while dozing off and turn the TV back on
illicit: Using the Sky remote for volume is a big no no.
It DOESN'T turn your TV up and down, just sends less sound to the TV, therefore the audio amp in the TV has to work harder to put out less sound.
1 - Lower sound quality (from already poor speakers in current TVs)
2 - Other sources (ie DVD) will come on at the TV volume (ie: 50!)
3 - Overnight updates of the sky decoder will result in the sky volume being reset to FULL
4 - Other rooms (if connected to the decoder) will have lower volume for the sky feed, resulting in them turning the volume up high on their tv, then when they change channel.....
1 - One less remote
Conclusion: Don't be lazy and use the TV remote for volume.
If its technical ability vs age reason, its not hard to use the two buttons on the TV remote, I advise ALL my customers to use the TV remote for the above reasons.
IF they find it THAT difficult, get them a harmony remote.