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    Forced Software Download for Sky Receivers

    Can the "Forced Software Download for Sky Receivers" be used when the box is not connected to the phone line. Also I do not have a Sky card.

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    Re: Forced Software Download for Sky Receivers

    Hi and Welcome.

    The phone connection is required for a number of things but not softwrae updates.

    The phone line connection is used to police new subscription cards within 12 months of their sky contract, sky multiroom contratcs (for their duration), and any interactive features, like shopping on QVC, or voting on Celebs in Jungle Factors, or ordering SKy Box office Movies.

    All software updates are from the satellites, and are automatic.

    The basic sky receivers should have software 3.7.6 (but 3.6.1.4 works ok also)

    If you have a really old software version, where your box has not been swicthed on for a while, you can do a forced software update. BUt his may take some time as not all software for all sky boxes are "on stream" all the time. Infact I know that it took someone 6 weeks to get a box updated. And you need to do it when you know you have a good signal.

    In some cases it is best just to leave your sky box turned onto sky news whenever you are not watching another channel - and if an update is made available the box will downlaod it and reboot, and be in standby mode when you return. most software downlaods are sent during the night so as not to distrupt viewing.

    (if you have the autostanby feature then you do not need to turn this off, as youwill alreeady have the latest software)

    Doing the software download does not increase channel availability times. And in most cases even the previous version will be ok to use.

    You can use a sky box with or without a sky card. Without a sky card you will be able to receive all the free to air channels - such as BBC,1,2,3,4, itv1,2,3,4 c4,e4,m4, film4, Five and about 200 other free to air channels. (all depending onlocation and dish size)
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