Can I save stuff on my Sky + HD box hard drive, and then save them to a USB memory stick?
Submitted online by Frank
Sadly, the USB port(s) on a Sky box can’t be used to copy TV shows / movies onto a USB memory stick, or an external USB hard drive. And before you ask, you can’t use the Sky+ HD box SATA port to copy off content either.
So, how do I archive stuff?
Probably the easiest way is to connect your Sky+ box to either a DVD Recorder or a VHS Video Recorder using a SCART lead, then dub over your TV shows to DVD or video.
The other option, is to copy content over to your computer.
How do I copy to a computer?
You need to equip your computer with something that will allow it to record video content from a connected device. There are several products on the market that can do this. One that’s commonly available is the Dazzle Video Creator, made by Pinnacle:
The Pinnacle Dazzle connects to your PC’s USB port, and to your Sky box using Composite sockets, as shown in the picture below:
The Dazzle is supplied with Pinnacle Studio editing software and supports outputting to a range of video formats including AVI, DivX, RealVideo 8, WMV and MPEG-4. You can also burn to DVD using your PC’s DVD writer (if it has one), and transfer videos off to an iPhone, iPad or iPod device.