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This message was authored by MPower1 This message was authored by: MPower1

Turning off my sky box

Is there any issues with turning off my sky box each night....currently I leave it on stand by ...but due to the increase in electricity prices I am looking at saving costs so want to turn the power off (at maisn socket) to the box each night .  I don't want to damage the box.

 

Also, if I do turn off the power to the box will it impact any programmes I have set to record to planner?


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This message was authored by caesarome This message was authored by: caesarome Answer

Re: Turning off my sky box

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If you have set recordings for overnight then they will not record while the box is off. From time to time Sky send updates out to the boxes overnight which again will be missed. There is an eco mode you can put your box into if you want as this uses very little power if you want to leave it on.

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This message was authored by caesarome This message was authored by: caesarome Answer

Re: Turning off my sky box

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If you have set recordings for overnight then they will not record while the box is off. From time to time Sky send updates out to the boxes overnight which again will be missed. There is an eco mode you can put your box into if you want as this uses very little power if you want to leave it on.

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This message was authored by Mark39 This message was authored by: Mark39

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You can switch it off, but it won't receive (infrequent) software updates or be able to record anything while it's unpowered. A better solution might be to turn on Eco mode in your Sky box's standby settings which will put the box in deep sleep mode overnight, when it uses around 1w of power, but still allows it to wake up and record etc. 

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@MPower1  Obviously turning it off would stop any programes being recorded overnight.  

 

Turning it on & off repeatedly may cause long term damage and shorten the life of the box, given the low power consumption in standby mode I doubt you would see any significant savings. 

 

If as suggested by @Mark39  & @caesarome  you put it in eco mode then you will be using minimal power.

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This message was authored by techman9 This message was authored by: techman9

Re: Turning off my sky box


Turning it on & off repeatedly may cause long term damage and shorten the life of the box, given the low power consumption in standby mode I doubt you would see any significant savings. 

 


@GD1   Glass users are screwed then 😂

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@MPower1  Switching off every night will also result in you missing any software updates (although these are very rare now, there may be the occasional emergency updates similar to the bug fix for the bst clock change issue)


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This message was authored by Julian54 This message was authored by: Julian54

Re: Turning off my sky box

I just want to power-down the thing to save energy: I don't have any night-time recordings and don't worry about missed updates.. Please just advise how to power-down and how to put into Eco mode

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@Julian54 wrote:

and how to put into Eco mode


Press services on your Sky+ remote then go to Options > Standby Mode and change this to Eco and press the green button to save and the Sky button to exit.

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This message was authored by Julian54 This message was authored by: Julian54

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I couldn't see 'Services' on my Sky remote,  but found via the settings menu in the sidebar, which let me set the 'ECO' mode.  Now I just have to go back and check that I 'SAVED' it.

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@Julian54 sounds like you have Sky Q, not Sky+. Eco mode works in the same way for Sky Q. You won't miss any recordings you set during the low power period, and software updates will continue to take place normally.

This message was authored by Chippy3 This message was authored by: Chippy3

Re: Turning off my sky box

Recently we lost signal etc and engineer said don't switch the box off as it stops important updates but it can be left in standby mode I believe as sky can reboot the box overnight 

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@Chippy3 wrote:

Recently we lost signal etc and engineer said don't switch the box off as it stops important updates but it can be left in standby mode I believe as sky can reboot the box overnight 


That doesn't really apply to Sky+ boxes, which haven't received an update for many months, and, as recently confirmed by Sky, won't receive any future updates.
 

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