Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by tfraser, Jan 31, 2002.
Any info in whether Panasonic will be bringing out a Sky+ box?
I wouldn't expect any other manufacturer to release a SKY+ any time soon, the cost of setting up a production line for a share of such a small market isn't going to be profitable.
A year or so down the line who knows
*Can* anyone produce a Sky+ box? i.e. is it allowed, or do Pace have a monopolistic position after some "deal" with Sky?
I understand Thomson have the Tivo market sewn up this way in the UK. Other Tivo manufacturers exist in other markets but in the UK Thomson have the exclusive rights.
The reason I ask is although I agree that its a specialist market (and therefore the Sony's and Panasonic's of this world are unlikely to be too interested), there are a number of hi-end audio / home cinema manufacturers that might be interested.
I know for a fact that there are a fair number of Tag McLaren owners who have expressed an interest in spending a few thousand on a Tag Sky+ box, if Tag were interested in making one! Maybe me, for example
I would probably buy the Tag box if we could ever convince Udo but there will be some surprises for the AV192...SKY +?
To date I have never really been convinced enough to buy any of the Sky based equipment.
When Sky Digital launched there were only 1 or 2 Digiboxes around (Pace and Grundig, I think) for quite some time. A year or so later, when the customer-base had increased, people wanted to sign up or replace their first generation models, so there was a market for more manufacturers. It's probably the same with Sky+, where a large customer-base makes manufacturing alternative models an option.
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