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Recordings and Planner

Using the Sky TV Guide

Sky Guide is the collective name for all the onscreen Sky menus that can be accessed through your Sky remote. With Sky Guide, you can check what's on in the TV Guide, watch recordings in the Planner, see what's available in Catch Up TV, Sky Box Sets and Sky Store, set up parental controls and much more.

To access the Sky Guide, press tv guide on your Sky remote control. You'll see the TV Guide tile highlighted. Pressing tv guide again will open the TV Guide.

The horizontal menu at the top of the TV Guide displays the current section you're in.

  1. Press the left/right arrow buttons to move across to the section you'd like to view.
  2. Once you've found the section you want, press the select button. This will highlight a sub-section in the horizontal menu in the middle of the screen. 
  3. With the desired sub-section highlighted, press the select button. This will move the highlight down into the lower half of the screen.
  4. You can now navigate through the lower half of the screen to make selections and change settings.

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  • Viewing the TV Guide

    1. Press tv guide on your Sky remote control. You'll see the TV Guide tile highlighted.
    2. Press select on your remote to open the TV Guide. All Channels will be highlighted.
    3. Press the up/down arrows to move through the channels in the TV listings.
    4. Press the left/right arrows to move through times of day in the TV listings.
    5. Press the ch +/- button to jump up and down through entire pages of TV listings.
    6. Press record to record a programme.
    7. Press the coloured buttons to access additional screens and Sky Guide features.

    When you're done, press the sky button on your Sky remote to return to live TV.

  • Personal Planner

    This is the section where you find, delete and manage your recordings and reminders if you have a Sky+ enabled box. To access your Planner:

    1. Press tv guide on your Sky remote.
    2. Use the arrow buttons to highlight Planner.
    3. Press select.

    You can find more information about your Planner in our Manage your recordings article.

  • Search the TV Guide

    Sky’s enhanced Search makes it easier to find the TV you want to watch, when you want to watch it. You can search by anything including title, actor, event or genre.

    If you aren't connected to your broadband you’ll only have the basic search which only allows you to search for the exact title. Read our article on how to Set up your Sky box to see how you can connect your compatible Sky+HD box to a router from any broadband provider.

    Find out if your Sky+ box is compatible

    How to use search

    Accessing Search

    To access search, simply press tv guide on your Sky remote followed by the blue button. If you have the new Search, you’ll see a screen like the one below:

    Perform a Search

    Use the number keys on your Sky remote to enter a word you’re searching for. For example, press the number 2 button once for ‘A’, and twice for ‘B’. Press 0 for a space.

    If you need to delete a letter press the left arrow button. Pressing back up will clear all words from the search box.

    As you type, popular suggestions will appear, meaning that you don’t always need to type in the full word.

    Use the down arrow to highlight the suggested search result and press select.

    If you want to search for something that’s not in the suggestions, press select to search for the word you’ve typed.

    Pressing the red button will take you back to the search box if you want to make a new search.

    You can also search in your Planner. Just start typing what you’re look for in your Planner and you’ll find it in no time.

    The results

    Results from the TV Guide in the next seven days and On Demand are grouped together. Multiple showings of the same programme are shown by a ‘stack’.

    Having problems with Search?

    If you’re having problems with Search, reboot your Sky box. To do this:

    1. Press and hold standby on your Sky remote until the remote light on the Sky box starts to flash.
    2. Release standby. The light on your Sky box will flash for about 15 seconds before turning red.
    3. Wait for at least three minutes, and then press sky on your Sky remote. You’ll see a green light on the front of your Sky box to show it’s successfully turned on.

    Please note: you may need to then wait a few more minutes to use Search.