Computers, Entertainment, Technology, Windows

Sky+ and Media Center

<![CDATA[Sky+ and Multiroom were installed this morning and everything works great 🙂

First I have to say the actual installation was done well and the engineer guy wasn’t even phased by the idea of connecting up to a computer instead of a TV. He did point out that they don’t supply an S-Video cable (which came with the TV card).

Anyway MCE is talking to my Sky box fine. The only niggle is that the IR transmitter is a little in the way (it’s picky about placement – get it wrong and it doesn’t always change channel). There may be a solution though. You can buy a cable that connects from the IR unit (the box that contains the IR receiver and that the IR blaster is connected to) directly to the Sky box. This works in exactly the same way as Sky’s own remote IR receiver. The device was actually originally created to allow TiVo boxes to control Sky boxes.

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PVR, DVR, Windows, Media Center]]>

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8 thoughts on “Sky+ and Media Center

  1. Firstly, the rf2Link works really well. So if you’re just using the real IR reciever temporarily then if you just point the IR blaster at the front of the Sky box from about a foot away it should work fine. It just has reliability issues and is prone to being knocked out of the way.

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  2. The Media Centre kit (which you either buy on it’s own or t comes with the media centre version of certain Hauppauge TV cards) works as an IR receiver and a transmitter at the same time. Basically it’s a box with a receiver on the front and then a wire coming out of it with a transmitter on the end.

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