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How to programme your Sky handset to work your TV

This page shows how to programme your Sky handset to switch the TV on/off and work the volume on your TV. You should also be able to change terrestrial channel on the TV from your Sky remote. The codes shown are for Sony TVs but full lists are available on other sites. The official SKY site is here

how to use your sky remote control

 

 

Manufacturer    Four-Digit Brand Code             Three-Digit Set Code

Sony                0000                                        981, 533, 038, 039, 064, 102, 130

 

Find out which code your remote is using

This procedure is used to establish which three digit code has been programmed into the Sky Remote.

It is useful to find out which code is being used so that the same code can be re-entered when batteries are replaced or the RCU loses the memory settings for any reason. Setting will be lost if the batteries are removed for more than 8 minutes.

1. Press the TV button on the Sky Remote Control Unit.

2. Press and Hold down the Select and Red buttons simultaneously on the Sky RCU until the LED blinks (flashes) twice.

3. Press the numbers 9,9,0 on the Remote Control Unit.

4. Key in 1 on the RCU and count the number of times the LED blinks. The number of blinks will indicate the first digit of the code.

5. Key in 2 on the RCU and count the number of times the LED blinks. The number of blinks will indicate the second digit of the code.

6. Key in 3 on the RCU and count the number of times the LED blinks. The number of blinks will indicate the third digit of the code.

Once the 3 digit code has been identified, the Remote Control Unit can then be reprogrammed using the Direct Set procedure.
 

'3 digit' or 'Direct Set' method

1. Turn on your TV.

2. Press TV on your Sky remote control.

3. Hold down select and the red button together for about two seconds, until the red light on the Sky remote control blinks twice.

4. Key in the three digits of the first 'Direct Set' code for the manufacturer of your TV; the red light on the Sky remote control will blink twice.

5. Press TV and try the handset, using all the function buttons like power, volume and channel etc. If it works all the TV functions, then try the TV guide button.

6. If the Direct set code did not work then start again from step 1 with the next three digit code in the list for the manufacturer of your TV.

7. Press TV guide .
If you see the TV Guide screen, the remote control setup process is complete.

If you did not see the TV Guide, you must now set the TV Guide function as follows:

8. Press TV on your Sky remote control.

9. Hold down select and the green button together for about two seconds, until the red light on the Sky remote control blinks twice.

10. Key in the number of the channel on your TV that you use for watching satellite TV (For scart switching, this may be one of the other buttons on your remote e.g. help, i or a colour button).

11. Press select on your Sky remote control. The red light blinks twice. The remote control setup process is complete.

 


 

'4 digit' or 'Brand Set' method

1. Turn on your TV.

2. Press TV on your Sky remote control.

3. Hold down select and the red button together for about two seconds, until the red light on the Sky remote control blinks twice.

4. Press TV on your Sky remote control again.

5. Key in the Brand Set code for your brand of TV. The light on the Sky remote control blinks twice.
If the light blinks once only, re check the code for your TV and start again at step 1.

6. Press the on/off button (power-top right button on your Sky remote control).

If your TV switched off, press select . The light on the Sky remote control blinks twice.

If your TV did not switch off, press TV , then press the on/off button. Repeat this (press TV , then on/off) until your TV turns off, then press select.

If the light on your Sky remote control blinks three times, your Sky digibox has checked all the possible settings for the code you used. Check that you have the right 4 digit code and start again at step 1.

7. Press TV guide .
If you see the TV Guide screen, the remote control setup process is complete.

If you did not see the TV Guide, you must now set the TV Guide function as follows:

8. Press TV on your Sky remote control.

9. Hold down select and the green button together for about two seconds, until the red light on the Sky remote control blinks twice. The remote control setup process is complete.

 


 

 

Sky Digibox software - forced downloads

 

The sky receiver software controls the services on the Sky Digibox. These includes the menu system, the available Sky Channels and interactive services.

If your digibox has been in constant use, your digibox should have the latest software. The Sky satellite automatically broadcasts updates to the digibox's software.

When a digibox has not been used for some time and its software is updated, you will notice various changes to the operation of the digibox like: new channels and interactive services and an updated programme guide.

It is recommended that the software be updated via a "Forced Download" when a digibox has not been used for some time. A digibox may have missed some updates from the Sky satellite when say, you have moved house or bought a receiver second-hand. A Forced Download is essential for all new installations.

To check the software version, press services on your Sky remote then enter the System Setup menu option.

To perform a forced download, follow these steps

  1. Press and hold the back up button on the receiver (not the one on the handset)

  2. While holding down the back up button, switch the receiver off at the mains, then back on again.

  3. After about 10 to 20 seconds all the lights on the front of the receiver will come on. You can now release the back up button.

    If your TV is connected to your digibox by SCART lead, a message will appear informing you that the system software is being updated and to wait for about 10 minutes. On the faster digiboxes it may only take 5 minutes.

  4. Once the software update is complete, the message will disappear from the TV screen. Wait for about 30 seconds then press the Sky button on your Sky remote.

  5. You can now go to the System Setup option in the Services menu to check the version