what is Tata Sky+ (Tata Sky Plus)?
Tata Sky+ is a new-age service that uses the personal video recorder technology to give you the power to control your TV viewing experience like never before. The Tata Sky Plus service will change the way you watch television forever. Tata Sky Plus is a premium set-top box with a personal video recorder that allows you to record up to 45 hours of live TV. Tata Sky+ gives you the power to record one programme while watching another, pause a live telecast and even rewind a TV programme that you are watching.
Pause Live TV: While watching TV, press pause on your Tata Sky Plus remote to Pause Live TV. To resume, press the play button.
Record Live TV: To record live TV programmes, choose a programme in the Guide or search & scan banner to record, then press the record button on your Tata Sky+ remote.
At the press of a button, you have the flexibility to:
- record one channel while you watch another channel
- record two channels simultaneously while you watch one of the channels being recorded
- record two channels simultaneously while you watch a previously recorded programme
- record a TV series automatically
You can playback the recorded programme at any time convenient to you. The hard disk capacity of the digicomb is 160 GB. You can record up to 45 hours of live TV with Tata Sky Plus. When the Digicomb’s hard disk is full, Tata Sky+ allows you to manage recordings in three modes – Automatic, Warning and Manual.
Automatic Mode is the default setting. In this mode, recorded programmes will be deleted automatically when there is insufficient disk space to record new programmes. Tata Sky+ will first delete recorded programmes that you have previously watched, followed by recorded programmes that you have not watched.
Warning Mode presents you with a warning screen when the disk is full. You can choose to delete recordings to free up disk space. If you do not delete old recordings, Tata Sky+ automatically deletes the recordings as stated in Automatic Mode.
In Manual Mode, the recording stops when the disk space runs low; no warning is displayed. It is up to you to ensure that unwanted recordings are regularly deleted to make space available for new recordings.
You can also save a programme from deletion by using the PIN protect feature. Tata Sky+ will not automatically delete any programme that has been PIN protected. To lock and delete such programmes you will need to enter a PIN.
You will not be able to transfer the recordings stored on your Tata Sky+ digicomp to any other electronic device like DVD or VCR.
Rewind Live TV: While watching TV, press rewind on your Tata Sky+ remote to Rewind Live TV. When you reach the point till which you want to rewind, press play to resume playback.
Series Link Deature: If you want to record all episodes of a programme back-to-back, you don’t need to set individual recordings for each episode. Just set a ‘series link’ for the programme after you set the programme for recording. This will ensure that all episodes of the programme get automatically recorded. You can now play back all the episodes at a time to convenient to you.
Playbacking a Recorded Programme
Press ‘plan’ on your Tata Sky+ remote to view a list of all programmes that have already been recorded or are currently recording or are set for future recording. Select the programme you want to playback from this list.
You can also regulate what children watch on TV with the parental control feature. This unique feature allows you to lock movies based on parental ratings or even an entire channel. Press ‘organiser’ button on your remote and select parental control to use this feature.
With the guide you can find out what’s playing on any channel up to 4 days in advance. You can also set reminders and recordings for 100 programmes that you wish to watch. You can also get synopses for programmes by highlight the programme in guide and pressing ‘i’ on your Tata Sky+ remote.
Special Features of Tata Sky+
Reminder: This feature allows you to set a reminder for your favourite programmes up to 4 days in advance, ensuring you never miss a beat of your favourite show again. You can also set a reminder for a programme or set a programme for recording from the search & scan banner.
Favourites: You can set up to 20 channels in the order of your preference as a part of your favourites list.
Search & Scan Banner: This feature allows you to find out what’s playing on another channel without changing the channel you are watching. The banner appears at the base of the television screen without interfering with what you are watching and disappears automatically after giving you the schedule of programmes across all channels.
How does Tata Sky+ work?
- Tata Sky uplinks all channels from broadcasters to its satellite (INSAT 4A).
- The satellite sends these channels in digital format to the minidish fixed outside your home.
- The minidish relays the channels to the digicomp which decodes the channels and sends them to your television, giving you an unparalleled television viewing experience with DVD quality picture and CD quality sound.
How is Tata Sky+ different from analog cable?
Unlike analog cable, you will be able to watch all TV channels on Tata Sky+ in DVD quality picture and CD quality sound. In addition, you can record live TV, play back a recorded programme and pause & rewind live TV.
How is Tata Sky+ service different from Tata Sky service?
Tata Sky+ has MPEG4 technology, and an in-built personal video recorder that enables you to record live TV, play back a recorded programme and pause & rewind live TV. These features are not available on Tata Sky service.
Does the service get affected by rains?
A few minutes of outage might occur during rains. This phenomenon is called RAIN OUTAGE and occurs in DTH platforms across the world. It will result in your TV losing reception for some time. TataSky equipments will try to cut down this time so it might happen only for one or two minutes in a year. This too is automatically detected and gets corrected by itself.
TataSky+ toll free number is 1860 425 6633 (MTNL/BSNL lines), and the SMS code is BUY to 56633
- Digicomp hardware: Rs 8,999 (inclusive of all taxes)
- Standard installation with 15 mtr cable length + installation warranty + activation charges: Rs 1,000 (inclusive of all taxes)
- Tata Sky+ usage fee: Rs 50 per month (inclusive of all taxes)
- Monthly subscription fee: Packages starting from Rs 125 per month (inclusive of all taxes)