Wondering will Sky record if TV unplugged? Stay with us to find out!
The Sky TV Box is an excellent tool to capture any episodes on any channel when you’re away and can’t watch the premiere.
However, sometimes we’ve got scheduled recordings but we don’t want to leave our TV working the entire time.
Can the Sky Box record without a TV?
The Sky TV Box will record with the TV being turned ON or plugged into the power and will not go into Standby Mode until ALL scheduled recordings are completed. The TV (output monitor) is only necessary to configure and schedule the capturing sessions!
Let’s next learn more about how Sky TV Box records to answer some questions!
The Sky TV Box allows users to record upcoming episodes automatically or record once, which is a good functionality.
You only need to find the channel you want to record and you start…
In order to record a show, you need to press the “R” (record) button on the remote control.
In case the show is part of a series, every next episode from now on will be automatically captured.
To record once, press the “R” (record) button again to switch the option.
Let’s next learn more about what role in the setup the TV plays and whether we can record without one.
The television is only the Sky TV Box output monitor and it’s not the device that is actually streaming the channels.
The recording is also a feature on the Sky TV Box and not on your TV. In that set of thoughts, we can understand the outcome of turning OFF our TV.
- Unplugging your TV will not stop the Sky Box recording!
Even if you disconnect the Sky Box from the TV, won’t as well impact the recording in any way, since we’re speaking for an output monitor.
To visualise this better, ask yourselves this:
- Will my computer stop working if I disconnect the monitor?
Of course not, the same goes for almost any streaming box including Sky.
In order for your Sky Box to record, the device has to be plugged into the power and working.
In addition, the recording settings should be configured on which channels you wish to record.
However, disconnecting the Sky TV Box will most certainly stop the recording in any variety!
As we’ve already mentioned, the TV is only an output monitor for your Sky Box, which works just like a computer.
Disconnecting your TV from the power source or switching the unit OFF, won’t prevent the scheduled recordings from executing as long as the Sky Box is working.
The Sky Box will record entirety without a TV, as long as the recording schedule is configured with an output monitor (TV) beforehand.
Without having access to the Sky Box’s settings you can’t configure the recording schedule, hence, can’t record without connecting to the TV first.
💡Tip: You can keep the TV disconnected from the Sky Box for as long as there are scheduled recordings.
Well, sometimes things get complicated but we’ll describe the operational mode limitations as concisely as possible.
By default, your Sky TV Box won’t go into Standby Mode until ALL scheduled recordings are completed.
Sometimes, when we put the Sky Box into Standby manually, the TV Box will turn ON/OFF during the recordings the process will fail.
We can, however, easily disable the Standby Mode!
- To disable the Standy Mode on the Sky TV Box press and hold the Standby Button at the front of the device!
The Sky TV Box should return to normal operation and will be able to fulfil any scheduled records regardless of whether a TV is connected or not.
It’s important to avoid putting the Sky TV Box into Standby Mode when you have scheduled recordings to be captured.
In case you’re curious what the difference between electricity consumption, keep reading!
We now know if I unplug my TV will my Sky still record, let’s take a look at what we’ll spent leaking our device turned on the entire time.
Turning OFF our TV is quite a save on the monthly bill, so let’s take a look at how much electricity your Sky TV Box would spend…
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As we can tell, you’re going to be paying more for your Sky Box but will in the meantime save by switching OFF your TV when not watching.
When the scheduled recordings are over, you can again, either switch OFF your Sky Box when not recording/watching or put it in Standby Mode.
💡Note: The Sky Box Standby Mode can be recognised by the Amber Light.
The combination most users do is TV = OFF, Sky Box = ON. This is the perfect method to capture ALL episodes you need while you’re on a holiday.
In case you’re wondering how much time your setup can last like this, you should be worried at all.
The Sky TV Box is equipped with 500 hours of SD storage, which means that you can capture a quote lot of recordings before you run out of space.
As far as the TV, it doesn’t have to be working even for a minute for all recordings to be captured and saved.
💡Note: It depends on how many scheduled recordings you’ve got as well as available storage!
In case your TV is not turning ON, or temporarily don’t have an output monitor and want to stop your Sky Box from recording, it’s possible.
You simply need to switch OFF the Sky Box, otherwise, you would need to enter Shecudles > Cancel Recording.
Navigating through the settings might not be possible when there is no output monitor.
This is why turning OFF the Sky Box will definitely stop any scheduled records.
Later when you mount your TV or regain access, you can re-enable any schedules and record whatever you need.
💡Note: To delete recordings go to Manage > Select Recording > Delete!
That was everything about Sky Box recording without a TV so let’s recap what we’ve learned!
Hence, the Sky TV Box will be able to record without having the TV turned on or even plugged into the power source. The Sky Box will not automatically enter Standby Mode when there are pending recordings, which prevents failure.
Now that we know will Sky record if TV unplugged we can confidently turn OFF our television when we’re going to bed and have a piece of mind that we’ll still get the recordings.
If there is one general requirement is that your Sky TV Box should be manually put into Standby or disconnected from the power.
We hope that this guide was helpful and for more Sky-relevant content, check our blog!
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Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.