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How To: Switch on Your Sky+ HD Box and TV at Once


The modern living room set up is a marvel of technology. These days, it's not uncommon to see a huge flat panel TV, a 5.1 surround sound system, a Sky+ HD box and a blu-ray player all sat in the corner of a room. It's a bewildering set up for the uninitiated, but for those who've chosen their kit carefully, it can lead to some spectacular viewing experiences. It does, however, made something as simple as turning on the TV into a real task, with a mystifying amount of remote controls needed just to get into Sky and watching programmes. Multi-function remotes can be easily bought, but there is another way, and you can indeed use your Sky remote to turn on your TV.

In this guide, we'll be showing you how to do just that. Last time out, we looked at the way to fix partially recorded programmes within Sky+, so join us as we look at how you can simplify the switching on procedure.

Note that there isn't a standard set of rules to follow for this. The feature your TV must have, however, is support for the Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) capability. That allows HDMI devices (like your Sky+ HD box) to control each other and enables you to operate multiple devices with a single remote control. Most popular Tv manufacturers support for standard, and many newer and larger TVs have the feature too. Here's a list of some popular TV manufacturers and what they call the feature:

Hitachi: HDMI-CEC LG: SimpLink (find this setting in source selection screen) Mitsubishi: NetCommand Panasonic: Viera Link or HDAVI Control Philips: EasyLink Pioneer: Kuro Link Samsung: Anynet+ Sharp: Aquos Link Sony: Bravia Sync or Bravia Link Toshiba: Regza Link or CE-link

With that turned on, you can follow these steps to activate one button switch on.

1) Ensure that both your Sky box and TV are in standby mode via pressing the standby buttons on both your TV and Sky remote

2) Wait for at least 30 seconds and then press 'Sky' on your Sky remote

3) Both your TV and Sky box should not jump into life. From now on, if you want to switch both your TV and Sky box on, simply press the 'Sky' button on your remote.

Keep in mind that this only works if you have one of the modern Sky+ HD boxes, older models of the Sky+ box are not supported by this feature and will not work if you try.

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