If you have a U.S. built Slingbox but live in the U.K. and other non U.S places and you have it connected to a Sky, Sky+ or Sky+HD box there is not a remote setup available for you.
If you do try to set up a Sky system the only options or boxes that it will allow you to conntect to and control are the Sky Tata box.
So what people have done is use Alan Richey’s custom-made remote binary PL BIN file to allow UK Sky customers to use a US Slingbox.
If you have not seen it yet or need it you can get it here.
If you are not aware of how a custom remote BIN file works take at How To Create Custom Remote Control Files for SlingPlayer.
But the basics are this.
Download a remote BIN file.
Put the file into your C:Program FilesSling MediaSlingplayerSBAV folder or if you run a Mac put it here /Applications/SlingPlayer/Contents/Slingbox Setup Assistant/Contents/Resources/SBAV/.
Now go into SlingPlayer and run Setup Assistant and ‘Configure Video Sources’, using Satellite Receiver as the device type.
This time use ‘Other’ as the brand and in the next screen use scroll to the bottom of the Code numbers, select ‘Custom’ and then type S2010 (NOT s2010, the code is case-sensitive) in the newly appeared Custom Code window.
That will make it so you can now control your Sky, Sky + box. But you will see that you do not get the pretty Sky + remote you get the basic looking remote.
What if you don’t like the Basic Remote look?
If you are using the Windows Stand Alone Player here is who you can use a custom remote skinhatt looks like the Sky remote, here is how.
This file is exactly the same file as the S2010_PL file shown above with only the setup code or name changed to S1175. All the settings and functions are the same as the S2010_PL code.
Do the same with the BIN file as shown above. Put it into your SBAV folder.
Then run your SlingBox SlingPlayer setup program. Change the settings to say you are in the U.K.
Click on “Setup Your Slingbox” and then select “United Kingdom”. Then click on “Apply”
You will see this error message.
Now go to “Configure Video Sources”. Select Satellite Receiver.
Select ‘SkyPerfect TV” and “Other”.
Select “Custom” and type in S1175.
Then test the remote using the “Power” button and click on “Next” It should take a few seconds but it should download a new remote skin file for you to use. If all goes fine you should see this.
Then just click on “Next”, “Apply” and “Close”
You should be good to go. Run your SlingPlayer for Windows program and check out your cool new remote.
The reason this works is because the SlingPlayer program know that the S1175 code is the one Sling Media has designated as the Sky Remote. When you use that code number the SlingPlayer for Windows program automatically downloads the proper remote for that code. Cool huh?
If you try this using the Mac player software and it works for you we would love to hear about it.
The trick is knowing what code number the SlingPlayer for Windows program is looking for that is associated to their custom remote skins. I am sure there are other custom skins that can be used. If you are looking for a particular one let us know.