Sky+ Receiver Decoder Digibox – Amstrad DRX280
There are a few types of Sky+ / Sky Plus digibox that look very similar. The best performer is the Pace 3100. The Amstrad DRX280 can be identified by the fact that the Sky viewing card slot is on the right hand side of the front panel. I have found that this box does not perform as well as the two Pace Sky+ boxes.
This Sky+ digibox offered by Amstrad which features an upgraded 160Gb hard disk (approximately 40 hours of storable recorded footage). This digibox enables you to pause live TV or record one programme while watching another. You can even instruct the receiver to record episodes from your favourite series, all this without the use of videotapes. The onscreen menu is very easy to use, simply highlight the channel you wish to record and press the record button. It will automatically record at the time the programme starts, plus if you have instructed it to record several other programmes at different times it will record those as well.
A Sky+ subscription required to use Personal Video Recorder features of Sky+ (free while you subscribe to any Sky digital package, otherwise £10 a month).
Please note that a Sky Plus digibox requires two separate cable connections from your satellite dish. This means that your dish needs to be fitted with either a Twin or a Quad LNB. If the LNB on your dish only has one output port on it then you will have to upgrade your LNB.
It is possible to upgrade the hard disk drive for larger capacity and to provide more recording hours.
BSkyB Amstrad DRX280 Specifications
DVB-compliant audio and video decoding
IF inputs from twin LNBs
Modem telephone line
Input from terrestrial via analogue RF
RF Output to primary TV Set
RF Output to secondary location
Left and Right Audio Outputs – Two audio outputs are avaiable on the back of the Sky+ digibox
TV and VCR SCART
USB 2.0 front and rear
Optical Digital Audio Output
Second card reader on front panel for interactive applications
High Speed Data Port
NDS Condiional Access with integral smart card reader
V.90 PSTN Modem
Sky Guide electronic programme guide
Enhanced RC including keys dedicated to time-shifted playback
Two satellite feeds (tuner/demod.)
Hard disk capacity: 160GB (80GB personal storage space)
MPEG 2 audio decoder
Dolby AC-3 output and Dolby Pro Logic output
Supports over air download of new software into FLASH memory
256 colour OSD from palette of 16k colours
Open TV middleware
IP Internet Protocols for Interactive Services Consumer Features
Pause Live TV
Record programmes in Digtal Quality without Videotapes
Watch one digital channel while recording another, or record 2 channels simultaneously
Automatically record every episode of your favourite programme (only when Broadcaster transmits link data)
Enjoy Dolby Digital compatible broadcasts (in conjunction with suitable decoder)
Pay Per View compatible
Dimensions – 380mm x 243mm x 72mm