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Death of a Sky+ box

October 18, 2010

This weekend I discovered what its like to be suddenly faced with no TV. My first thought was ‘what am I going to do for entertainment’. This is a bit rich, coming from someone who grew up with no TV at home until he was well into his teens and lived on his own with no TV for many years. Oh how short our memories are.

The pain started Saturday morning when the Sky+ box stopped responding to the remote and had to be restarted by turning off the power at the socket. This is not the first time that has happened, and some form of non-response has meant there have been regular restarts over the past couple of years.

What made this weekends experience different is that post restart the Sky+ planner, with all our recorded programs on, was not accessible. Since we watch practically all out TV by recording it onto Sky+ and then watching it when we want, this was a major pain. Add to that a couple of series which had been left to build up would be utterly lost.

So the box was restarted again….

…and would not come back on at all.

Now we were into proper household disaster area. No TV! We’d have to actually talk to each other! Over the course of that morning and into the afternoon the Sky+ box was powered off, left for a while and powered on again. Only once more did it burst into life and still no access to recorded programs.

Some research on various tech forums reveals that a faulty power module in the Sky+ box is common and there are kits available to repair or replace components to bring the box back to life again. Interesting that there is a whole market devoted to providing replacement components for what should be a reliable home entertainment product because the manufacturer insists on shipping it with components that are known to be faulty.

Family discussion on the matter resulted in the decision that for the time and cost and hassle in repairing the Sky+ box, given that it might also have a dead hard disk, we may as well take up Sky on their offer of a free Sky+ HD box and commit to a year Sky HD subscription. So that’s what’s been done.

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2 Comments
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