Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by gizlaroc, Aug 3, 2005.
How much will you pay for Skys' HDTV Box?
At last, I got the poll to load.
Whatever it costs although another option of £499 would have been my first choice since that is what I believe it will come in at including of course the install charge.
No doubt the extra install cost would be waived if you were talking multiroom which I am sure SKY will offer, they rarely miss a trick
It took 3 goes to get that bloody poll up there! Then I realised I didn't have space for £499, but if someone is willing to pay £499 I bet they will pay £599.
And I put the apostrophe after the s on SKYS' when it is singular and should be before! All those years at school wasted!
I've gone for a provisional up to £299, which could well change to whatever it costs depending on programme content.
My main concern is not what it will cost, but what progs they will show/get hold of and the broadcast quality we'll get.
...already nearly 70% of us are only prepared to go up to £299 - and that's from a selection of individuals who, in the main, are fairly hard core/passionate about HD. It's all the other peeps Sky need to sell this product to.
I am going to post this poll again in the Sky section and see how different the response is.
As I am only interested in High def movies (not sport) I don't think I am going to bother with Sky HD - I'll just buy HD DVD and BluRay when they become available (the former by the end of this year ).
The (suspected) 400GB HDD of the High Def box is tempting but I'm yet to fill my current 200GB so think I can live without it! I normally buy Sky's products the instant they become available - and normally end up paying through the nose compared to people who follow a few months later (paying for the Sky Digital box for example when everyone else got it free!) - but not this time.
When the BBC launches it's high def service I'll go for that though whatever the cost
The box would have to be about £200 and total subscription about £10/month with a decent set of channels available on HD. I have Freeview with Hard disc recording and most of the channels that I would ever want all for the basic cost of the recorder - £200 ish. It would have been nice to have Sky1, Discovery, UK Gold and HD but I would not be prepared to pay more than about a tenna for these.
Have sky hinted at any prices at all?.Do we just pay for the box and the same price for channel subscriptions as non hd subscribers or will the channel subcription fees also rise to receive hd content?....
Given that Sky might read this should we all not just lie
I paid over £500 for my existing Sky + box, I've got no problem paying the same again for HD.
The general assumption (not sure how based in fact it is) will be £399 for the Digibox. Installation possible around £50? And as to what subscription costs may be - well, I dread to think!
How much!?! I don't remember how much I paid but I'm sure it wasn't £500. Then again I suppose it may have been...
Pay for installation? Can't we just install the new box ourselves if we've already got Sky+? Isn't it just a case of unplugging all cables from Sky+ then connect to new STB, or is there some extra technical thing involved?
They won't install mine here, as they have to go to the top of their ladder and they are not allowed!
If you buy direct from SKY there will be an installation charge even if they just bring you the box and you set it up
IF there are retail outlets then there may be the option to buy the STB and install yourself (Same as SKY+) which of course would be cheaper since it should just be a straight swap if you have the two LNB feeds already.
Same here, they refused to install SKY+ on the dish that SKY had installed back in 1998!
Went to an independent who did a fantastic job for £35. I would only consider getting SKY to install if they had the special heights team at no extra cost and replaced the dish/lnb and the four existing cables.
SDI moded SKY+ perhaps.
Nice if it was
For TV, I don't care about movies or Sport in HD, although early on I might use a HD box office.
Main draw for me would simply be to have whatever I currently watch in HD. Unfortunately thats spread over several channels so is unlikely. Still, if enough of my faves get the treatment then I'd jump at it. Many are US shows that are surely shot in HD already eg
BBC Natural history anything
I don't want to pay more than £199 to be honest, but to watch football again and enjoy it (without low bitrate) then I would pay anything
It really depends on what content is offered and how much subscription is per month to tempt me back.18 months ago I ditched sky in favour of freeview which has all the content I want for now't other than the £36 freeview box I bought to use alongside the sky which I use now only for the free channels.
I hated paying £19 per month for the basic package which was poo anyway,99 channels and nothing worth watching.
I think you will be sticking to Freeview
SKY+ HD will certainly not be cheap and I doubt SKY will make the HD package an option unless you have the normal SD package as well, certainly a standalone HD bundle will be within a few quid of SKYworld if only to make the alterative attractive.
It's possible the BBC will offer some HD sooner rather than later but early on a FTA HD STB will be expensive and without other FTA broadcasters joining in (very doubtful due to cost and lack of any practial return) an impractical proposition.
In the short to meduium term I suspect HD-DVD or Blu-ray for movies will be more your cup of tea with hopefully a movie rental presence in the market.
Long term then mpeg4 broadcasts on DTT could be the future although we are talking analogue switch off timescale unless there is a culling of DTT broadcasters to make some room.
Just because it is HD it doesn't mean it will be compression artifact free. I know HD1 doesn't use H264 compression as Sky will, but HD1 still get compression artifacts, quite bad at times, albeit in higher resolution.
Thanks for your comments,its not that I won't pay more than £19 per month for HD quality signal.Its just that I don't want all the crap channels and programming that you have to pay for to get just a few channels that you really watch.
As you say probably HD via dvd is probably going to be the way to go for me,at least untill the BBC get going with HD.Is there any likeley timescale as to when HD will be available terrrestrialy.
I bet it will be another 7 years or so.
You will be better off to buy an HD sky box and go for the free package, I bet when the BBC go HD that will be part of it anyway.
Quite possibly. There are quite a few rumours suggesting that the London Olympics in 2012 would be the ideal event to launch the UK terrestial High Def service - especially as bandwidth will be freed by the end of analogue broadcasts.
There are also rumours of a 2006/2007 launch for satellite based BBC high def services though! I would pay any price for these.
The BBC have just spent millions on a transponder on Astra 2A, so maybe that is for HD services.
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