[access-uk] Re: Sky Plus

  • From: "Amro Bilal" <amro_bilal@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 00:17:03 -0000

MessageHi, I too would like to know if I can get an accessible manual please. 
I'm getting a Sky+ very soon too! Though I haven't decided yet which digital 
box I'm getting. Thanks.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 7:23 PM
  Subject: [access-uk] Re: Sky Plus

  Many thanks for all your help.

  We are definitely going to go ahead and get it now.  My husband made some 
enquiries today and we will be getting an Amstrad box.  I wondered if the 
manual was available to download on the website or anywhere.  I did have a 
brief look, but couldn't find anything.

  Thanks again.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Steve Nutt
    Sent: 30 January 2005 23:04
    To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: [access-uk] Re: Sky Plus

    Hi Amro,

    Thanks for re-posting that, it saved me digging it out.

    Sharon, if you think you would get something out of the many features of 
Sky Plus, then go for it Girl, it's well worth it.

    Just one more little nugget of information, that I didn't know until 
recently.  Let's suppose you want to watch a programme in half an hour.  You 
put the box on the relevant channel now, ready to watch your blockbuster.  Then 
in three quarters of an hour, you have missed the beginning, because you forgot 
that it is on.  How about live rewind?  You go to your box, and simply hit the 
rewind key on the remote, and immediately you rewind live TV, just like you 
rewind a video tape.  Yes, you get silence as you are rewinding, but you are 
going back.  When you think you are back far enough, just hit play.  If you are 
not far enough back, just hit rewind again, then play again.  Note though, that 
you can only rewind the channel you are on.  In other words, if you miss the 
beginning of a programme, and you are not on that channel, then you've had it, 
but if your box is on that channel, it pre-records for half an hour, so up to 
half an hour's worth can be rewound.  This is really cool stuff.  But again, if 
you just switch to that channel, it will only start recording from that point.  
Go for it Sharon, if you like TV as I do.

    All the best
    Computer Room Services:  the long cane for blind computer users.
    Telephone Voice:  +44(0)1438 742286, Fax/BBS:  +44(0)1438 759589
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    Email:  Steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Web site:  http://www.comproom.co.uk 

      -----Original Message-----
      From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf 
Of Amro Bilal
      Sent: 30 January 2005 22:01
      To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
      Subject: [access-uk] Re: Sky Plus

      Hi Steve, I saved a message you sent sometime ago on this subject and I 
hope you don't mind me sending it to the group again. So, Sharon, please read 
below and hope you find it helpful as I certainly did, just like all Steve's 
contributions to this list!

      Nutt says:

      "OK, I'll try to answer this as best I can.

      It is accessible in that you can set up programmes for recording, play 
      back, set up series links, etc.  What you can't do as a blind person, is 
      set things up way in advance.  The problem is that because you can't see 
      EPG, you are never quite sure which programme is selected.  But you can't
      literally jump 24 hours.  So if it is now 7:00 p.m., and you want to 
      something tomorrow at 7:00 p.m., this is easy.  But if you want to record
      something at, say, 12:00 A.m. and it is now 7:00 p.m., this is more 
      simply because there is no sure way of moving from programme to programme.
      If you press right arrow once, you may move to the next programme, but 
      it would appear to me, if that programme is within the next half hour or 
      If the programme is longer, for example a film, it would take two jumps to
      move to the next programme, and you are never sure whether you have jumped
      one or two programmes, because you don't see the EPG.

      Having said all this, if I want to "series link" coronation street, what I
      do is to wait until 7:00 or there abouts on the night it is on at half 
      and then it is easy.  You simply do this:

      1.  Press TV Guide.

      2.  Press 1 for all channels.

      3.  Press 103, or 963 if you want audio description and are not in London
      for ITV1.

      4.  Press right arrow once.  This is because you are highlighting the
      current programme when you first land on the channel.  So one right arrow,
      will take us to 7:30.

      5.  Hit record.

      6.  Hit the Series Link button.

      7.  Press backup, until you hear the channel you were viewing again.

      Now what happens is that the box will record every single episode of Coro,
      until you delete the series link.

      One final example.  If you want to play back a program:

      1.  TV Guide.

      2.  Press 0 to enter the TV Planner.

      3.  Press the select key twice.

      This will play the oldest programme you have recorded.  So if you want the
      most recent one, you would just press up arrow, then select once.  If you
      hear silence, you know you have gone into a programme for playing.  If you
      don't, you are on a scheduled recording, which won't play, because it 
      been recorded yet.  If you get the silent treatment, because you are in a
      programme, just press select or the play key to play it.

      So yes, it is very, very accessible, apart from the fact that we can't see
      the EPG.  But I honestly wouldn't be without my Sky Plus box.  Not only
      that, but the sound quality is superior to the ordinary Sky boxes."

      Sharon, this isn't in any way criticising you, but I think it's always a 
good idea to search the lists archive. You don't know what you are missing! 
Though I'd have to admit that I don't do it sometimes ;)


        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Steve Nutt 
        To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2005 9:01 PM
        Subject: [access-uk] Re: Sky Plus

        Hi Sharon,

        I am myself totally blind, and wouldn't be without my Sky Plus box.  
It's a bit hit and miss, but certainly reasonably accessible, except for the 
EPG.  My wife is also blind, and we get on with it pretty well.

        All the best
        Computer Room Services:  the long cane for blind computer users.
        Telephone Voice:  +44(0)1438 742286, Fax/BBS:  +44(0)1438 759589
        mobile:  +44(0)7956 334938,
        Email:  Steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Web site:  http://www.comproom.co.uk 

           -----Original Message-----
          From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On 
          Sent: 30 January 2005 17:42
          To: Access UK
          Subject: [access-uk] Sky Plus


          We are thinking of changing over our sky box to a sky plus box.

          I was wondering how user friendly they are, as my husband and I are 
both totally blind.  I do have sighted children, but don't want to rely on them 
all the time to change a channel or record something, etc.

          Any guidance much appreciated.

          Thanks, and sorry I seem to have posted to this group rather a lot 
over the past week.


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