What will it cost?
If you have a Sky subscription the Sky+ record/playback facility is free. If you buy a 2nd and Sky+ Digibox to replace your standard Sky Digibox, phone Sky to activate your viewing card in it and ask for the recording facility to be enabled (for free). See our LNB upgrade kit and our LNB installation page
Q. I want to be able to record Free To Air programmes (or Free To View) but I don't want a Sky subscription. Can I do this?
A. Yes, but you will have to pay Sky £10 per month for the pleasure. Most Sky operators don't even know this is an option so you will probably need to ask to speak to a supervisor.
(Latest news is that the only way to do this is to subscribe to the minimum package then cancel within your "cooling off" period but insist that you still want to pay £10 a month for the recording facility).
What do I need?
Apart from the Sky+ Digibox, you will need two cables from a dish fitted with a twin-output LNB* (minimum) or a quad-output LNB or an 8-output OCTO LNB or two feeds from an apartment distribution system.
*Twin-output LNBs are not available for a Sky minidish.
See our LNB upgrade kit and our LNB installation page
I have a caravan and about to purchase a satellite dish. I have Sky+ at home. Can I use my SKY+ digibox in conjunction with a portable dish?
You can use it with any correctly aligned dish that is fitted with a universal LNB having two or more outputs (for full functionality - but see below).
I wish to upgrade from Sky Digital to Sky+, and I understand that two coax cables are required to run from the dish to the receiver.
I believe that my current cable is CT100, does this need to be replaced with two CT63 spec. cables, or can this remain and a CT63 spec. cable run alongside ? Someone told me that CT63 is expensive crap.
CT63 "shotgun" twin cable (obsolete - superseded by WF65) is made to the same high standards as CT100 (obsolete - superseded by H109 then by WC100). However it has higher losses than CT100 or H109/WC100/WF100 so we recommend that you do not use it for a distance greater than 20 metres, unless you increase your dish size to compensate. It is not expensive if you bear in mind that it is TWIN cable and compare it with WC100 of twice the length.
The main reason for using WF65 is that it is narrower and will fit through an existing 10 mm diameter hole in the wall. It can also be held to the wall with single 9 mm clips, resulting (usually) in a neater installation with less weight hanging from the LNB (See page 10).
Apart from the length consideration, it doesn't matter whether you use WF65, WC100 or both. You can also use these cable types for a single input Digibox, for Freesat, Freeview terrestrial, analogue terrestrial and most security camera systems.
WF65 has a thinner central core wire than standard coaxial cable. If the LNB or tuner connector that you will plug it in to has been used with a thicker cable previously, its contacts may have sprung apart and might not make reliable contact with WF65.
If you are wiring a new house I recommend you run at least FOUR cables to each room - and even this may not be enough! Don't forget to take into account security cameras, piping TV to and from a loft distribution system, computer TV card requirements, Freeview terrestrial, doorbells (we have two - one for our children so we don't have to answer the door to their friends every ten minutes!) and telephone systems. Also don't forget you might want a local computer network one day.
Then there's the consideration that you might want to pipe stereo sound to various rooms. That's two more shielded cables. CT63 is ideal for that and you can ignore the high frequency losses because they are negligible at audio frequencies. Use whatever length you need.
See the cable page of our catalogue for details.
How is the LNB input selected?
At power up, input 1 will be used for live viewing, and input 2 for recording. However if the recording is for the currently viewed channel, input 1 will be used. Switching channel during the recording will therefore result in input 2 being used for live viewing. In this situation the use of the inputs is reversed.
The Digibox will never change input in the middle of either a recording or viewing from any particular channel.