Hi Not been able to get on here for a while now. Still loving the 46" Tosh !! Hope u r all well.....I have had a quick scan through the first few pages and didnt see this posted - so sorry if it is a dupe. "Sky delivers extensive official update on its high def plans - including first snippets about its HD receiver Following, verbatim, is the information weve just received direct from Sky concerning its upcoming high definition services. Much of the content merely confirms what weve covered in various previous news stories, but theres some tantalising new info on the Sky HD receiver box WHEN IS SKY LAUNCHING HDTV? * Sky is on track to launch a High Definition Television (HDTV) service in 2006. * Sky's HDTV channel line-up will include a combination of sports, movies, entertainment and documentary programming. Full details will be announced in due course. * Pricing details will be announced in due course. WHAT BENEFITS WILL HDTV DELIVER? * HDTV offers a step change in picture quality, delivering a home viewing experience similar to that offered in cinemas. * Viewers will see greater depth and tone of colours and textures. The improved clarity of HDTV broadcasts will bring an even greater sense of excitement and drama to a wide range of programme genres. * HDTV can provide more than four times more data on a display screen than a Standard Definition broadcast. This is because of the increased picture resolution that HD broadcasts deliver and HD display devices will be able to deliver. * Pictures are delivered in widescreen format. WHAT KIND OF TV SET WILL YOU NEED TO RECEIVE SKY'S HDTV SERVICE? * Any kind of screen or TV set could be connected to Sky's HD STB but, to truly experience Sky's HDTV picture quality, customers will need a 26" or larger "HD Ready" plasma, LCD or DLP TV. HOW MUCH WILL SKY'S HDTV SERVICE COST? * Pricing details for Sky's HDTV service will be announced in due course. WHAT DOES "HD READY" MEAN? * "HD Ready" is a labelling scheme that is being introduced by the TV manufacturer's organisation EICTA. The "HD Ready" logo will appear on an increasing number of TV displays in shops over the coming months. Any TV set that carries the "HD Ready" label will work with Sky's HDTV service. WHAT KIND OF DIGITAL TV RECEIVER WILL YOU NEED TO RECEIVE SKY'S HDTV SERVICE? * Sky is introducing a new HDTV receiver that will initially be manufactured by Thomson. * The receiver will feature a similar Personal Video Recorder capability to the existing Sky+ box**, enabling viewers to easily record and re-play programmes without video tapes. (** PVR capability will require a Sky+ subscription.) HOW WILL SKY'S HDTV RECEIVER CONNECT TO THE TV DISPLAY? * The receiver will have an HDMI connector (High Definition Multimedia Interface) as its primary means of connecting to an HD display. HDMI can also be connected to DVI equipped displays using a suitable adapter cable. * Most HDTV content will be protected by HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection). This means most HDTV content will only be able to be viewed on display devices that have HDCP software built into them. WHAT FORMAT WILL SKY'S HDTV SYSTEM USE? * Sky 's HDTV broadcasting system and HDTV receiver will support two HDTV formats: 720 / P / 50 (Progressively Scanned picture) and 1080 / I / 25 (Interlaced picture) * Sky believes the progressively scanned picture format is better suited for the delivery and viewing of HD content on large screen, flat panel displays (mostly plasma or LCD) that are increasingly available in electrical and specialist retailers. However, Sky does accept that for some types of programming, the higher screen resolution offered by the 1080 Interlaced format may be preferable. * Broadcasters planning on launching HD services on the digital satellite platform will be able to choose whether to broadcast content in 720 / P / 50 or 1080 / I / 25. * Sky's HD service will also utilise the advanced compression technology MPEG4. MPEG4 is a more efficient means of compressing the data in a TV picture." News Taken From Home Cinema Choice Website. Dave, Oldham.