The Sky Web EPG is a complete recreation pixel-for-pixel of the Sky EPG (from the Digiboxes and Sky+ boxes), based from versions 3.8.8 and 5.08.6. This accurate recreation was first conceived by sabianmateinnit and gazlene from our Discord server.
It is hosted on GitHub, so you can report issues and track changes & releases.
Written in C++, this smart program by Chelmsford IT cleverly re-creates the EPG Background Audio as if it was real.
How it works: the selected Sky Digibox (or + box) is hooked up to a SCART capture device (with a splitter so it can still output to the TV). The program records any audio coming from the PC, and broadcasts it through the SCART capture device. The audio is muted, unless you go onto the EPG. The program detects when you're on the EPG using colour detection.
The demo video to the right presents an early version of the project.
Contributions to the HackRF and HackTV Projects
A HackRF device is an analogue and digital TV transmitter that allows you to transmit anything locally to analogue and/or digital satellite or aerial receivers. We have been able to accomplish just about anything with it so far.
Transmitting to an Analogue Decoder
Chelmsford IT picked up an old Toshiba TS-540 (rebadged Pace MSS500), an old analogue decoder (with VideoCrypt support), possibly unused since 2001, when all the Sky Analogue channels had shut down. However, with the HackRF device, and the HackTV code, we have been able to get the unit working again.
Transmitting to a Digibox
With this fabled HackRF device, and the HackTV code, we have also been able to transmit any video we wish to a Sky Digibox using the dish input port. Ever had a dream where you were watching an old ident on a real box? Your dreams have come true.