I am subscriber of Sky a few 15 years. Nowadays use more Netflix than the Sky, but for news and sports the Sky is still useful. In January I was surprised once again with price increase. While some operators choose not to walk up prices, Sky applies every year the IGP-M.
I decided to then take a look at the site and noticed that there are new packages with more channels and cost less than what I had. It is also common on Sky, they create new packages with more channels and lower cost, but the customer has to check it periodically and calling asking to Exchange package, otherwise, you're paying more expensive and don't even realize it.
Linking to the Sky, they offered me a package with more HD channels. But I checked the website and the decoder of the package is the Zapper model/Slim, a fairly simple model, It does not record and only has HDMI output. But, the clerk assured me that I could continue with my HD Slim, that makes recording on an external HD and I wouldn't miss this functionality. I asked her to confirm that, She confirmed with the supervisor and reaffirmed that I wouldn't miss the external recording feature.
I took the package change, what took about 48 hours to be activated. Formerly the changes were automatic package, now there are more. Really I could stay with my Slim HD decoder, but at the moment they applied the new package I lost the external recording feature. Press the record button now results in a black screen and nothing happens. Even the recordings I've ever had could not be assisted. Unfortunately, the Sky is a mess and its employees do not pass correct information by not knowing the system itself.
And that's not all, before the change I promised with a package of 2015 I could hire a optional package (Extra HD 2) more 14 HDs channels, but after changing any attendant managed to include this optional package.
Complain to the Sky to no avail, so I was forced to go to the site consumidor.gov.br. Then the optional package was finally included. However the issue of external recording with Slim decoders is impossible to be held. Sky crashed their systems in such a way that there is no way to make exceptions, can only write with the decoder Slim who's with a package of 2013. Changed to the 2015? Lost! Yes, they take a functionality that is the device through a software command. Apparently had a lot of problems with the Slim device and decided to stop working with him. Who changes can keep the appliance package, that is better than the Zapper current/Slim, but lose the external recording.
Until I was offered the possibility of return to package 2013, but not accepted, because I'd pay more for fewer channels. They offered an alternative solution: an additional point with the HDTV decoder Plus, that makes recordings on internal HD and has a number of features the most. They asked for it, but give me a bonus of the same amount for a year. I noticed that in this case it was better to migrate to another package best, that already offered this same point with this decoder, more channels (I could cancel the HD Extra Pack 2) and the price difference would be smaller. Have agreed to make this change and still keep the discount offer. It's not ideal for me, but it seemed reasonable to, accepted.
The change of the package was carried out the next day and arranged so the installation of the new point. The coach brought a decoder model SHR23, which is now out of line a few years ago. As is already somewhat scratched, I assume that was removed from the home of a client cancel, or the appliance malfunction, was changed and now, already refurbished, was given to me.
Sky HDTV Decoder Plus SHR23
I didn't see any major problems with the decoder model SHR23, because the device is with the client in lending, If you give any defect they shall exchange. Furthermore, I've seen several complaints of the newer model (SHR26) in forums. Many people prefer the SHR23. The advantages of SHR26 are apparently only the small size, the TV module and the larger HD (1TB versus 500 GB of SHR23).
How to size, the way was to adapt. The old Sky decoder was on top of my Blu-ray Player, occupying the same niche. The SH23 needed a niche all to himself. I put then the Blu-ray Player and the WDTV Live in the niche formerly occupied by the Super Nintendo and by Playstation One that, by sua time, passed to occupy a space on the top of the rack, next to the Mega Drive.
The size of the HD is not a big problem for me, Since I don't usually write so much, 500GB should be enough. And the SHR23 has two doors, an eSATA port back and a front USB port, where said to be possible to connect an external HD and the recordings would be made in it. Is something that I still need to test.
Por fim, the issue of open TV module to be embedded in the SHR26. When I was reading about this I just found out that my previous Slim HDTV decoder (SH26) also had this embedded module and I didn't even know. In his case it would only use an adapter called “Diplexer” to put the UHF signal and the signal coming from the Sky in the same cable LNBf. It's the same case in SHR26. But the SHR23 doesn't have the embedded module, You must use a separate module. I have been searching for this module and I found the TV module Open Sky HDTV SIM25 (S-IM25-700).
TV module Open Sky HDTV SIM25 (S-IM25-700)
The first modules of open Sky TV were huge, so great when the decoder itself and stayed on top of him. But TV module Open Sky HDTV SIM25 (S-IM25-700) is less than an external HD.
The TV module Open Sky HDTV SIM25 (S-IM25-700) connects to SHR23 (and other Sky decoders) using a USB cable (the decoders have a USB port on the back). It has a coaxial input for UHF antenna and tune the Digital Terrestrial TV channels. These channels are tuned by the decoder from Sky channels 302-1 on. Simply add the number 3 in front of the virtual channel number in UHF.
I believe that Sky should offer this module for free, but this was not the case. As I'm already tired of their service, I ended up getting the TV module Open Sky HDTV SIM25 (S-IM25-700) by R 9,50 and installed it myself.
My room has TV tune digital channels, so at first it would be silly to want to tune them also on Sky, but I got a couple of good reasons for this:
- My slave in the Office is with an analog TV. To tune digital channels on it I use a Receptor de TV Digital Terrestre Ekotech ZBT-670N, but he is somewhat problematic with some schedules, especially football games where he eventually gives some jacksonvan and tranquinhos. Furthermore, to switch between digital terrestrial channels and Sky I need to move in a Switch audio/composite video and S-Video, It has no remote control.
- With the TV module Open Sky HDTV SIM25 (S-IM25-700) I can record TV in Sky decoder. I can also do this with the Receptor de TV Digital Terrestre Ekotech ZBT-670N, with the advantage that the recording is not encrypted and can transfer it to the PC. But the Sky decoder takes the advantage I can see the writing on the TV in the room.
The TV module Open Sky HDTV SIM25 (S-IM25-700) came in a Sky box and instruction manual. The installation was very quiet. As my amplifier and signal splitters are in a rack, It was enough to change the splitter 3 terrestrial TV outputs for a watershed 4 outputs and use the additional output in module.
When you connect the decoder with the module installed, already a message appeared on the screen asking if I wanted to set it up. To search for channels and soon was made the list appeared on the screen. You can also check the signal strength for each channel.
The open channels appear in the guide along with the other, only with a different color to highlight. You can select subtitles and audios using Sky's own menus. Names and logos of channels showed up normally, However the names of the programs did not appear, same 12 hours after installation.
Another problem I've noticed is that the SBT was no audio. Audio menu appear two options: Portuguese and English, but both are without sound. It seems some signal SBT mismatch with what is expected for the Sky. But the SBT has normally sound on TV and on the Ekotech ZBT-670N, so the problem seems to be with the Sky software. The same conclusion I apply to the issue of programming does not appear.
Por fim, I noticed that the audio output of the decoder open channels is always PCM 2.0, even if the selected audio is AAC 5.1. Thus, with the Sky we were limited to the stereo sound of open channels, Unable to hear the audio 5.1.
The recording feature is pretty cool. The Receptor de TV Digital Terrestre Ekotech ZBT-670N It has two tuners, then you can write an open channel and watch another at the same time, or even record two channels while watching a locked channel. In total you can record up to 4 channels simultaneously, being 2 open and 2 closed (or 2 terrestrial and 2 via satellite, to be more precise). Note, however, I like the programming grid is not loaded, only the manual recording is possible. Pause live worked fine, being possible to forward and backward after set it.
Weeks ago I was reading about the postponement of the closure of analogue transmissions in Brazil. The report gave the impression that the fault was of the population who have not updated their equipment for digital TV. But the fact is that inside there are still many channels that have not yet provided digital signal and, furthermore, the only alternative to get digital TV quality is buying a new TV with built-in decoder, because apparently there's not a really good receiver equipment in the market.
Given the limitations, I can't make a positive assessment of this equipment and this resource. It's just another limited equipment and problematic for watch digital TV in Brazil, as well as all other. Will have any use for me Yes, but limited by defects introduced. Fortunately the cost was very low (R$ 9,50) and pay only once. It is worth remembering that in the old days the Sky was charging R$ 20,00 monthly for the service/rent TV module, which I think is an enormous abuse.
On the other hand, for those who have an older TV that does not tune digital channels and a Sky decoder compatible, the TV module Open Sky HDTV SIM25 (S-IM25-700) is a very cheap alternative to watch and record the Digital Terrestrial TV, Since any digital terrestrial receiver today costs at least 10 times more expensive.