Using the Sky TV Guide

TV Guide home screen

Sky TV Guide is the collective name for what you can access when you press tv guide on your Sky remote. This includes:

How to set up your favourite channels

  1. Press services on your Sky remote, select Options and then select Favourites.
  2. Highlight the channel(s) to set up as a favourite and press yellow. A tick appears next to the channels selected.
  3. Once complete, press green to save the setting and then sky to return to your viewing.

Access your favourite channels

  1. Press blue on your Sky remote to bring up the Search and Scan banner.
  2. Continue pressing blue to scroll through your favourite channel list.
  3. Once you can see the channel required, press select to view it.

How to add, watch and remove channels that are not listed in the TV guide

You'll need to know the Frequency, Polarisation, Symbol rate and FEC for the channel you want to add, before you start.

You won't be able to see regional variations of channels in your TV Guide, for example, BBC Scotland.

On your Sky+HD box:

  1. Press Home on your Sky remote, then select Services, then Options and then Add channels.
  2. Select Add a channel.
  3. Enter the Frequency, Polarisation, Symbol rate and FEC for the channel.
  • You'll need to type in the Frequency using the remote keypad, and then press Select.
  • All other settings will give a list of option for you to choose from. Select the required setting. Press the Yellow button to find channels.
  1. The Sky+HD box will search and display the available channels. Select the channels you want to keep, then press Save channels.
  2. Press back up or sky to return to your programme.

Note: Channels you've already added will not display in your search results.

On your Sky+HD box

  1. Press Services on your Sky remote, then select Options, and then Other channels.
  2. Select the channel you want to watch.

Note: When watching a manually added channel, it's not possible to access the TV Guide and it's also not possible to record, pause, rewind or fast forward manually added channels.

On your Sky+HD box:

  1. Press Services on your Sky+ remote, then select Options, and then Other channels.
  2. Highlight the channel and press the yellow button to remove it.

How to highlight HD programmes in the TV Guide

High Definition (HD) programmes can be highlighted in yellow or orange text in the TV Guide to make them easier to find.

  1. Press services on your Sky remote, select Options and then select Customise.
  2. Highlight Highlight Programmes Originated in HD and switch the setting ON.
  3. Press green to save the setting, then sky to return to your viewing.

How to swap the Kids tile or the Sports tile on the TV Guide Homepage

  1. Press services on your Sky remote, select Options and then select Customise.
  2. Press CH- to access the next page, highlight Personalise Homepage and choose Sports or Kids.
  3. Press green to save the setting, then sky to return to your viewing.

How to change the BACKUP to TV Guide setting On or Off

The Back Up to TV Guide feature lets you return back to the TV Guide when you're viewing a programme by pressing Back Up on your Sky remote.

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  1. Press services on your Sky remote, select Options and then select Customise.
  2. If necessary, press CH+/- to access the 2nd page and switch BACK UP to TV Guide to ON.
  3. Press green to save the setting, then sky to return to your viewing.

To turn BACKUP to TV off, just choose OFF instead.

How to turn the Mini-TV on or off

  1. Press services on your Sky remote, select Options and then select Customise.
  2. Switch Mini TV Mode ON or OFF.
  3. Press green to save the setting, then sky to return to your viewing.

Letter, rating and content code meanings

The codes shown alongside programmes in the TV Guide describe accessibility options, sound, high definition (HD) features and age restrictions.

Letter codes

  • AD - You can turn on Audio Description, which is an additional commentary for blind or partially sighted people.
  • HD - This is a High Definition (HD) programme. These programmes are shown in widescreen. S - You can turn on subtitles.
  • SL - Sign language. These are dedicated versions of the programme, so the signer can't be turned on or off.

Rating codes

  • U - Universal, suitable for audiences of all ages.
  • PG - Parental guidance is recommended. May not be suitable for younger or impressionable children.
  • 12 - Suitable for viewers aged 12 years or over. More mature themes or language may make the film unsuitable for young children.
  • 15 - Suitable for viewers aged 15 years or over. May contain stronger language.
  • 18 - Suitable only for adult viewers aged 18 or over.
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