The Digibox Interface was created to interpret Satellite Control
Infra Red codes from a VCR flying lead or window type Infra Red transmitter and convert
these to the format used by the Sky Digibox Digital Satellite Receiver. Not all VCR systems have a Satellite control facility,
some popular brands that may incorporate this facility include Mitsubishi, Toshiba,
Panasonic, Hitachi & Sony.
The introduction of Sky+ has now caused another related
problem. The very latest Panasonic (and probably other manufacturers) VCR's
which include Digital Satellite control and work perfectly with the Sky
Digibox are unable to control the Sky+ Digibox.
There is now a version of the Digibox
Interface which allows control of the Sky+ box from your VCR. This solution
will work if your VCR has Digital Satellite control capable of operating the
Sky Digibox. If you have a VCR with Satellite control that does not control
the Sky Digibox a solution can still be provided for Sky+, please contact
All versions of the Digibox Interface are small enough to be housed in a matchbox
sized ABS plastic box.
The Satellite control facility of a VCR allows the VCR to switch
the Satellite receiver from standby if necessary and to the channel required for the
requested timed recording.