Light Blue EPGs

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INTRODUCED: SEPTEMBER 2005, FINAL UPDATE: JUNE 2010
AVAILABILITY: COMMON

In 2004, Sky assumed a new corporate identity, introducing the glass logo. This EPG was introduced in response to the increased number of channels available on Sky's services. which saw the need to introduce 16 new channel categories across two EPG pages. At the same time, Sky decided to give the EPG a fresh new look. Throughout the years, this EPG has commonly been updated to add support for HD, Anytime, Auto Standby and the System Health Check.

For Sky Digiboxes, and Sky+ units, this style EPG was the final version to be released in 2010. You can still find this on many boxes today.

3.3b.5 (2005)

PACE DS430N

3.3b.5 was the very first version of the light blue EPG. This is a rare version, since the Personal Planner option is still on '0' instead of 'Green'. It was introduced in September 2005, and replaced in early 2006.

3.4.4b (2006)

This EPG is known to exist, however, Old Digibox has no record of it at this time, and also introduced the capability to add additional favourite channels, displayed in their own section of the EPG.

It is thought that this EPG introduce the new two-page EPG format.

3.5.3 (2006)

PACE DS445NB

3.5.3 introduced the System Health Check option.

3.6.4.18 (2008)

THOMSON DSI4101

3.6.4.18 introduced support for HD channel display, with the full EPG listings being downloaded for these channels. An on-screen message was shown to invite users to call to upgrade to Sky HD.

3.7.6(ns) (2009)

GRUNDIG GDS200

This version aimed to solve memory issues with the ever-increasing size of the EPG, by removing the full listings for HD channels, instead replacing them with a message to call to upgrade, directly on the EPG. Also introduced the auto standby functionality to the Digiboxes.

3.8.8(ns) (2010)

PACE BSKYB2200 TP2

This is the final EPG version to be released, and therefore, the most commonly available one. The only visible change is the text change from 'Using your Sky Digibox' to simply 'Using your Sky Box'. System Health Check no longer PIN protected.

Sky+ Versions

sky+1.30.n (2005)

THOMSON DSI8210

sky+1.30.n was released and replaced at the same time as 3.3b.5, however, this was a significantly larger update. This brought the Sky+ units in line with the Digiboxes with regards to parental control and radio channel numbers.

sky+4.00.o (2006)

This EPG is known to exist, however, Old Digibox has no record of it at this time, also introduced changes to favourites.

It is thought that this EPG introduced the new two-page EPG format to Plus boxes.

sky+4.01.a (2006)

This EPG is known to exist, however, Old Digibox has no record of it at this time.

sky+4.10.c (2006)

PACE BSKYB3100

This EPG introduced support for Sky+'s remote record service, as well as adding the 'System Health Check' option,

sky+4.20.a (2007)

PACE BSKYB3100

It is unknown what changes this EPG version introduced at this time.

5.02.f (2007)

THOMSON DSI8210

A major change to the Sky+ recording system, which introduced Anytime TV functionality to compatible PVR3 boxes. This is the earliest EPG version to support recording after January 2017. This update also changed the 'A-Z' text to 'Search A-Z' for Sky+ boxes only.

5.03.g (2007)

PACE BSKYB3100

Apparently fixes a bug with clocks changing and recordings being made incorrectly.

5.04.d (2008)

PACE BSKYB3100

It is unknown what this update introduced.

5.04.e (2009)

AMSTRAD DRX180

This EPG was introduced to fix widescreen copy issues, however, was quickly withdrawn from service, as it was reported that this version forced Amstrad boxes into standby. It is reported that Amstrad boxes were reset to 5.02.f and other boxes were reset to 5.04.d.

5.07.u (2009)

PACE TDS470N

EPG 5.07.u added the 'Auto Standby' option to the 'Services' menu and moved it out of the 'Sky+ Setup' menu. Also addressed the same memory restrictions that EPG 3.7.6 introduced.

5.08.6 (2010)

PACE BSKYB 3100

The very last OpenTV 1.3 EPG firmware introduced to Sky+ boxes, and this is the latest version available. System Health Check is no longer PIN protected.

Sky+HD Versions

From its launch in 2006, up until 2009, Sky+HD used the same menu style as these boxes. Sky+HD boxes on these versions are considered to be incredibly rare, almost impossible to find. HD versions were usually released alongside standard Plus versions.

HD 3.10.q (2006)

THOMSON DSI8215

Thought to be one of the first HD firmwares released, possibly first post-launch EPG.

5.02.fHD (2007)

THOMSON DSI8215

Moved 'HD Channels' option to number 2, and other options down by one. Introduced Anytime TV support, and is the earliest to support recording as of 2017.

Note: In June 2021, the old push Anytime TV services were removed, removing the option from the display of these versions.

5.10.jHD (2008)

PACE TDS850NB

Initial release for Samsung/Pace PVR4s.

5.10.kHD (2008)

SAMSUNG HDSKY

Final Sky+HD version to use the 5.x/OpenTV 1.31 middleware.