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Manage your recordings

Manage recordings

The Planner is available on all Sky+ and Sky+HD boxes, and offers two main features:

  1. Viewing and managing recordings.
  2. Viewing and managing reminders.

With the Planner, programmes are saved directly to your Sky+ or Sky+ HD box – you can even set to record an entire series in one go. And with Remote Record, you don't even need to be in front of the TV when deciding what to watch later.

  • Sky+/Sky+HD

    To set up a recording, find a programme by pressing TV guide and searching the listings, or through the Now, Next & Later banner, then press the record button. If the programme is part of a series, you will be given an option to Record Once or Record Series. Reminders work the same way, but instead of recording the programme, this option will display a message on your TV screen just before the programme starts.

    All your planned reminders and recordings, plus programmes you've already recorded, are listed in your Planner. To view all your chosen programmes, press tv guide then the green button. You'll see your recordings and a thin bar with a percentage figure, indicating how much disk space is available for future recordings.

    Browsing recordings and reminders

    1. Press the left/right arrow buttons to highlight the All tab.
    2. Press the select button.
    3. Press the up/down arrow buttons to scroll through the list of recordings and reminders.
    4. Press the ch +/- buttons to move up and down pages of recordings and reminders.
    5. Press the i button to see more information about a selected recording, e.g. duration and disk space usage.

    Browsing the Planner by A-Z

    The middle ribbon of the Planner contains an A-Z tab. Go to this tab to order all recordings and reminders alphabetically. Highlight any programme in the A-Z list and you'll then be able to jump through the list by using the Sky remote to enter the first letter of the programme. For example, to get to EastEnders, press the 3 button twice to jump to the E section of the list. Press the back up button to delete a letter and then enter another one.

    Playing back a recording

    To watch a programme you've recorded, highlight it in the Planner and press select. You can choose a starting point for viewing. Previously viewed recordings will remember the point at which viewing stopped, allowing you to pick up where you left off. To choose a specific point in the recording to start viewing, type in a number of minutes. After you have finished viewing the recording, press back up to return to the Planner, or sky to return to live TV.

    Manual recordings

    Rather than record a specific programme, you can set the Planner to record a particular channel for a defined period. This can be useful for recording parts of very long broadcasts or when it's likely that a broadcast will overrun for a long period. Here's how to add a manual record to the Planner:

    1. Press services on your Sky remote to highlight the Options menu.
    2. Press select and you'll see the Sky+ Setup menu highlighted.
    3. Press the left/right arrows to highlight Man Rec.
    4. Press select to highlight the Channel Number and Channel Name items.
    5. Type in the desired channel number, or press the left/right arrow buttons to cycle through the available channels.
    6. Press the down arrow button to highlight Day.
    7. Press the left/right arrow buttons to select the day of recording. The default option is Today. You may select to record up to six days in advance.
    8. Press the down arrow button to highlight Start Time.
    9. Press the number buttons to enter the start time.
    10. Press the left/right arrow buttons to switch between AM and PM.
    11. Press the down arrow button to highlight End Time.
    12. Press the number buttons to enter the end time.
    13. Press the left/right arrow buttons to switch between AM and PM.
    14. Press the down arrow button to highlight Frequency.
    15. Press the left/right arrow buttons to select the frequency of the recording. The default option is Once, which is for one-off recordings.
    16. Press the yellow button to add the manual recording to the Planner.


    When looking at the manual recording in the Planner, you will see the recording titled with the date and time. When trying to watch a manual recording in the Planner, you will be asked to enter your Sky TV PIN. This applies to all manual recordings, whatever their content.

    Recording radio broadcasts

    The Planner lets you record radio broadcasts as manual recordings.

    1. Using the Sky remote, enter the channel number of the radio station you'd like to record, e.g. 0101 for Radio 1.
    2. Press the record button. You'll see the Manual Rec page, with the Channel Number and Channel Name items already filled in.
    3. Press the down arrow button to highlight Day.
    4. Press the left/right arrow buttons to select the day of recording. The default option is Today. You may select to record up to six days in advance.
    5. Press the down arrow button to highlight Start Time.
    6. Press the number buttons to enter the start time.
    7. Press the left/right arrow buttons to switch between AM and PM.
    8. Press the down arrow button to highlight End Time.
    9. Press the number buttons to enter the end time.
    10. Press the left/right arrow buttons to switch between AM and PM.
    11. Press the down arrow button to highlight Frequency.
    12. Press the left/right arrow buttons to select the frequency of the recording. The default option is Once, which is for one-off recordings.
    13. Press the yellow button to add the manual recording to the Planner.


    When looking at the manual recording in the Planner, you will see the recording titled with the date and time. When trying to watch a manual recording in the Planner, you will be asked to enter your Sky TV PIN. This applies to all manual recordings, whatever their content.

    Can I restore recordings I've deleted?

    Yes. To restore a recently deleted recording to the Planner:

    1. In the Planner, make sure the middle ribbon is highlighted, showing the categories of recordings, e.g. All, Entertain, Docs.
    2. Press the left/right arrows to highlight Deleted.
    3. Press select.
    4. Press the up/down arrows to highlight the deleted recording you wish to restore.
    5. Press the green button.
    6. Repeat the process for any other recordings you wish to restore.


      Restored recordings will disappear from the Deleted tab and reappear in the All tab, and can now be watched again as usual.


    Note: The Deleted tab's yellow button allows you to permanently delete recordings, but doing so does not change the percentage of available disk space in the Planner. This is because the Planner calculates available disk space on the assumption that deleted recordings will be removed automatically when space is required for new recordings.

  • Older Sky+ boxes

    To set up a recording: 1. Find the programme you'd like to record through the Search & Scan banner or the TV Guide. 2. Press the record button.

    Set up a programme reminder

    1. Find the programme you'd like to be reminded about through the Search & Scan banner or the TV Guide.
    2. Press the select button. You will see a reminder on your TV screen just before the programme starts.

    The basics: How do I use the Planner?

    The Planner shows recordings, programmes to be recorded, and reminders.

    1. Press the tv guide button.
    2. Press the green button to enter your Planner.
    3. Press the up/down arrow buttons to scroll through the list of recordings and reminders.
    4. Press the ch +/- buttons to move up and down pages of recordings and reminders.
    5. Press the i button to see more information about a selected recording, e.g. duration and disk space usage.

    Watch a recording

    After you've recorded a programme, press tv guide then the green button to see the Planner. Highlight the recording you wish to view, press select and choose the starting point for viewing. Previously viewed recordings will remember the point at which viewing stopped, allowing you to pick up where you left off. To choose a specific point in the recording to start viewing, type in a number of minutes.

    After you have finished viewing the recording, press the back up button to return to the Planner, or press the sky button to return to live TV.

    Record an entire series with Series Link

    Once you've set a programme to be recorded, you can use the Planner to record the entire series using the green button. A green Series Link symbol will appear next to the recording, indicating that the entire series will be recorded. You will see future episodes in that series start to appear in your planner as they become available.

    Manual recordings

    Rather than record a specific programme, you can set the Planner to record a particular channel for a defined period. This can be useful for recording parts of very long broadcasts or when it's likely that a broadcast will overrun for a long period. Here's how to add a manual record to the Planner:

    1. Using the Sky remote, press the services button.
    2. Press the up/down arrow buttons to highlight Manual Recording.
    3. Press the select button.

    The Channel Number and Channel Name items will be highlighted.

    1. Type in the desired channel number.
    2. Press the down arrow button to highlight Day.
    3. Press the left/right arrow buttons to select the day of recording. The default option is Today. You may select to record up to six days in advance.
    4. Press the down arrow button to highlight Start Time.
    5. Press the number buttons to enter the start time.
    6. Press the left/right arrow buttons to switch between AM and PM.
    7. Press the down arrow button to highlight End Time.
    8. Press the number buttons to enter the end time.
    9. Press the left/right arrow buttons to switch between AM and PM.
    10. Press the down arrow button to highlight Frequency.
    11. Press the left/right arrow buttons to select the frequency of the recording. The default option is Once, which is for one-off recordings.
    12. Press the down arrow button to highlight Add Manual Recording.
    13. Press the select button.


    When looking at the manual recording in the Planner, you will see the recording titled with the date and time. When trying to watch a manual recording in the Planner, you will be asked to enter your Sky TV PIN. This applies to all manual recordings, whatever their content.

    Recording radio broadcasts

    The Planner lets you record radio broadcasts as manual recordings.

    1. Using the Sky remote, enter the channel number of the radio station you'd like to record, e.g. 0101 for Radio 1.
    2. Press the record button.

      You'll see the Manual Recording page, with the Channel Number and Channel Name items already filled in.

    3. Press the down arrow button to highlight Day.

    4. Press the left/right arrow buttons to select the day of recording. The default option is Today. You may select to record up to six days in advance.

    5. Press the down arrow button to highlight Start Time.

    6. Press the number buttons to enter the start time.

    7. Press the left/right arrow buttons to switch between AM and PM.

    8. Press the down arrow button to highlight End Time.

    9. Press the number buttons to enter the end time.

    10. Press the left/right arrow buttons to switch between AM and PM.

    11. Press the down arrow button to highlight Frequency.

    12. Press the left/right arrow buttons to select the frequency of the recording. The default option is Once, which is for one-off recordings.

    13. Press the down arrow button to highlight Add Manual Recording.

    14. Press the select button.


    When looking at the manual recording in the Planner, you will see the recording titled with the date and time. When trying to watch a manual recording in the Planner, you will be asked to enter your Sky TV PIN. This applies to all manual recordings, whatever their content.