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Old 09-05-2006, 02:48 PM
r4qm4n r4qm4n is offline
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Controlling Sky or Sky+ Digibox from SageTV - without IR !

Hi All,

For those trying to control Sky digibox from PC, just a quick plug for a hardware solution that I stumbled across over on the Snapstream forums...

...a very neat little USB device that connects to RF2 on the Sky digibox (I think most have RF2) to control channel changes. Works great with SageTV via 'exetuner' controlling a Grundig GDS3000 digibox.

The only small issue was that the supplied CLI software, when launched via exetuner, it briefly flashed up a cmd window, but wrapping the command in a VBscript that hides itself worked round that.

Hope that's useful to someone

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Old 09-10-2006, 10:34 AM
obbiie obbiie is offline
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Can you help with a little detail on how you got it working? I have the sky control device and use it easily in Beyond TV (and it's flawless) but can't get it to work using EXEtuner. I've tried adding to the registry telling exetuner to call up the exe and issue the --sky --channel command but it doesn't seem to work.

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Old 09-16-2006, 02:53 PM
r4qm4n r4qm4n is offline
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Hi obbiie,

Sure, no problem, took me a bit of fiddling to get it working.

See my config details below. If you still have problems, it may be worth double checking that the the channel change event is actually firing, by just putting something like this in the reg entry:

echo %CHANNEL% >> c:\channel.txt

..then changing channels and checking the text file, you should see a list of the channel numbers that you changed. If that is not working, the problem is with Sage/ExeTunerPlugin rather than the Sky Control.

This is my EXETunerPlugin reg entry:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"command"="wscript C:\\\\changer.vbs %CHANNEL%"

..and this is the script:
Dim oShell
Set oShell = WScript.CreateObject ("") "sky-control-usb --sky --channel " & WScript.Arguments(0), 0, true

Hope that helps !
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Old 05-29-2010, 02:04 AM
AdeG43 AdeG43 is offline
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Hi, I had this working in XP and it was great. I've upgraded to Vista and I can't get the combination of registry entry, script and sky-control application to work. With some tweaking of the script above I know that the registry entry is passing the channel number to the wscript file successfully, but I get an error message that the script cannot find the file (ie the sky-control app).

My code is:
Registry entry cmd:
wscript C:\changer.vbs %CHANNEL%

Dim oShell
Set oShell = WScript.CreateObject ("") "sky-control-usb --sky+ --channel " & WScript.Arguments(1)

The sky control app is in the same folder. If I hard code a channel number into the script eg "sky-control --sky+ --channel 116" and run the script then it finds the sky-control app and the channel changes in sageTV (albeit it opens a cmd window briefly which this script is supposed to prevent). It's the combination of registry entry, script and app that don't work. I've tried turning off User Access control but the script for some reason can't seem to find the sky-control when activated by the exeplugin.
Thanks for any advice you may have.

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Old 07-14-2010, 12:42 AM
cbrazie cbrazie is offline
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I am very new to the software side of things. I hope someone can help me with the setup :

I have a Hauppage HD PVR, SKY+ HD Box and SageTV installed. I cannot get the SKY TV guide to show inside the SageTV program, so I cannot schedule any recordings.

Can someone plese help me how to set this up. I would be forever greatful.

Many thanks.
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