How to Set Up Widescreen for TV Using the Sky Decoder

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How to Set Up Widescreen for TV Using the Sky Decoder
Use your Sky TV remote control to choose the widescreen picture format. (sky+ remote control image by david hughes from

Sky Television is the United Kingdom's largest pay-TV operator with around 10 million customers receiving digital and high-definition, premium TV channels via satellite.

All Sky TV customers get a satellite receiver, known as a "digibox," as part of their subscriptions. There are three types of Sky digibox: the original Sky TV digital satellite receiver; the Sky Plus set-top box with integrated hard-disk recorder; and the Sky Plus HD high-definition receiver with integrated recorder. You can set all Sky satellite receivers to output TV pictures in a range of formats, including widescreen.

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Things you need

  • Sky TV satellite receiver
  • Sky TV remote control

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  1. 1

    Check your Sky receiver to ensure it is correctly connected to your TV set. A faulty connection or cable can prevent your TV from showing a true widescreen picture.

  2. 2

    Switch on your television set and Sky satellite receiver.

  3. 3

    Press the "Services" button on your Sky remote control.

  4. 4

    Scroll down, using the arrow buttons on your remote control, and select "System Setup."

  5. 5

    Scroll to "Picture Settings" and select.

  6. 6

    Select "Picture Format" and, using the right/left arrow buttons on your remote, choose the widescreen option marked "16:9."

  7. 7

    Scroll down to "Save New Settings" and select.

  8. 8

    Press "Back Up" on your remote control to return to exit the set-up and services menus.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a second TV set connected to the additional output jack on your Sky "digibox," change the picture format by following the same steps, but in the "Picture Settings" menu, choose "Second Location Picture Format."
  • Always disconnect equipment from the AC power supply before checking cables and connections.

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