odds and sods about the 7 day freeview epg trial
No, they dump the programme stream down at the bitrate at which it was
broadcast, as accurately as possible. This is why the MPEG doesn't look
like it's been put through a tumble-dryer unlike some other systems which
grab an analogue copy of a decode of something already compressed, and
recompress it (which naturally looks like hammered crap).
Is there anyway to get the streams off the box without going analogue?
From what I understand the Sky+ will has an optical out, so in theory
you can dump to a DVD recorder (not optimal because you mightn't
always want to waste a DVD to get your data off but at least you can
archive your favourite films to a medium).