Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




5 posts

Wannabe Geek


Topic # 147098 9-Jun-2014 11:14
Send private message

Love the MySky but dislike paying the huge monthly fee.  I am interested in purchasing the best alternative, that will provide all that MySky offers and also I am interested in online streaming/recording.  Can anyone update me on the latest technology out there at the moment please?  Thank you in advance.

Create new topic
3235 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 917


  Reply # 1061695 9-Jun-2014 11:26
Send private message

Tivo is the best alternative, I think.   Just a great UI. 

There are tons of el-cheapo boxes on the market but most have tricky UI's. 



Banana?
3998 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 834

Subscriber

  Reply # 1061702 9-Jun-2014 11:36
Send private message

There isn't and off the shelf alternative if you still want the SKY channels.

You can build a PC with a card reader that will pick up the Sky channels off a satellite card and decode them using your Sky card, but you need the right card, which will involve paying the same subscription anyway.

Are you in a Freeview UHF area?

TiVo has a nice UI, but you cannot buy them new currently. (UHF)

Panasonic do a pretty decent range of recorders, but they aren't cheap. (UHF)

There are plenty of MyFreeview boxes on the market also, and they all do and OK, if not stellar, Job. (Both UHF and Satellite).

I would like to dump Sky and just use a Freeview recorder (I have a MagicTV 3700 and a TiVo at home still in boxes) and Plex for movies and AppleTV for Netflix.

 
 
 
 


712 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 96

Subscriber

  Reply # 1061711 9-Jun-2014 11:53
Send private message

How much can you spend?

The only unit that can do absolutely everything is an HTPC, which can be set up to watch and record Freeview, and also watch stuff off the internet, DVDs etc.

You can do most of this just with an old laptop plugged into your TV, but you need to spend more if you want something really nice.




HTPC: Antec NSK2480B case, AMD A4-5300 CPU, Asus F2A85-M LE mobo, WD Caviar Green 64Mb 2TB HDD, HD Homerun, Win7 Home Premium, RAM 1600Mhz 4Gb.
iPad air 2




5 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 1061799 9-Jun-2014 14:48
Send private message

A huge thank you to all those people that have commented.  I have realised I didn't explain myself very clearly.  What I enjoy about MySky is the ability to record two channels and watch a third, FF, pause, rewind at different speeds etc.  This is the alternative I am looking plus I would like to live stream and if possible  watch movies off a external hard drive or USB stick.  I have had a look at the Ultra XPlus 9200 but stumbled across the Vu+ which was talked about a few years ago in the these forums.  I am wondering if they are still worth looking at or has something else appeared on the market.  I am unsure whether you can purchase the vu+ in NZ and if not, not sure why.  Any comments about the two mentioned above or anything else as good would be appreciated.  I have a satellite dish and UHF aerial.  Thanks

Banana?
3998 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 834

Subscriber

  Reply # 1061811 9-Jun-2014 15:01
Send private message

Most of the units available at retail here in NZ are twin tuner, so record one, watch another or record two, watch a separate recording. The MySky has (I believe) 4 Tuners, though only 3 are available to the end user (the fourth is used for downloading 'On Demand' content to a section of the unit's hard drive).

With a twin tuner UHF box, you can of course record two channels, and then watch a third by switching back to the TV's tuner. Also, the +1 channels do make it a lot easier to schedule recordings so that you do not have clashes.

 

As for the Vu+, I am not sure why it is not available here, but a few people around here did get one.

423 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 37


  Reply # 1064393 12-Jun-2014 20:21
Send private message

just set up my mum with a twin tuner avermedia  UHF card and a $20 HP media remote control and receiver.
First thing she noticed was how much better freeveiw HD was than SD sky signal. (now she's actually getting the picture she paid for with  her HD TV). ive just got it setup on Windows media center for her and she loves how easy it is to use and record/series record stuff onto the hard drive.
She is now with slingshot global so have set  her up with BBC iplayer and a few sports streaming sites. to get her the content she wants

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Nokia 8 review: Classy midrange pure Android phone
Posted 16-Oct-2017 07:27


Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study, MVNOs
Posted 13-Oct-2017 09:42


Fitbit launches Ionic, its health and fitness smartwatch
Posted 12-Oct-2017 15:52


Xero launches machine learning automation to improve coding accuracy for small businesses
Posted 12-Oct-2017 15:45


Bank of New Zealand uses Intel AI to detect financial crime
Posted 12-Oct-2017 15:39


Sony launches Xperia XZ1, a smartphone with real-time 3D capture
Posted 11-Oct-2017 10:26


Notes on Nokia’s phone comeback
Posted 10-Oct-2017 10:06


Air New Zealand begins Inflight Wi-Fi rollout
Posted 9-Oct-2017 20:16


The latest mobile phones in perspective
Posted 9-Oct-2017 18:34


Review: Acronis True Image 2018 — serious backup
Posted 8-Oct-2017 11:22


Lenovo launches ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25
Posted 7-Oct-2017 23:16


Less fone, more tech as Vodafone gets brand make-over
Posted 6-Oct-2017 08:16


API Talent Achieves AWS MSP Partner Status
Posted 5-Oct-2017 21:20


Stellar Consulting Group now a Domo Partner
Posted 5-Oct-2017 21:03


Xero passes quarter of a million subscriber milestone in UK
Posted 5-Oct-2017 21:02



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.