Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by Jonny1973, Aug 3, 2005.
Digital Spy have pictures of the new Sky HD Box!!
It's a tank!
Stevie wonder designed it!!
Hideous is the word, they have no idea about design obviously
Think it looks great, good ventilation at the sides too. Just wish they would upgrade that rubber remote to a sleaker version
You must be joking, total chanpagne gold finish would look good, to reflect the crazy price for one reason
Ethernet port - I wonder what that will be used for?
It should be the exact same shape but made entirely out of reflective silver metal to make it look as expensive as it inevitably will be.
Probably so you can connect it to your ADSL modem instead of the standard phone line like the current boxes do.
I think it looks nice. A wait and see (the price of subs) from me.
Yeah they said it would be broadband compatible.
I think it looks great and thank god it isn't another piece of silver looking tat!
All my gear is hidden in a cabinet so the colour doesn't really bother me but it does look bloody awful IMO.
I like it, best looking box with a SKY badge, which isn't saying much
However you would think an option to change the main colour of the body would make some sense, it surely wouldn't cost too much to offer that option for those who think it's a deal breaker
Aye, it looks alright - seen worst, but then seen a good bit better. It'll probably grow on you once you've got used to it.
It doesn't look like it's full width to me ...
Well, this is what japanese HDTV tuners look like!
This is the panasonic one that i use. Other makers make similar models that are slightly different in design, but basically they all do the same thing.
They are nice in design, low in cost (gradually getting lower) and small in size so they fit almost anywhere.
Dont know how the sky box will work, but the japanese system takes 2 different cards. (Theres a slot on the right under the smal panel you can make out)
Each card supports a different service. In japan we use "BS Hi Vision" which uses the "B-Cas Card" and "Digital Cable" which uses the "C-Cas Card"
Alltogether we get 100 plus digital chanels. All at 1125i (1080i)
Ive got to say our upcoming sky hd box looks like a super model at the side of that ugly panasonic box pictured above""COVER HER UP NOW AND SAVE HER DIGNITY!!""
That Panny box looks like a VCR deck from the 80's
A bit utilitarian for my tastes. Still, the TW PVR from another thread looks pretty tidy - and with (rumoured) HDMI for futureproofing (read as to save having to do another one in 12-18 months time), should be a winner.
The box looks great to me but neve mind the looks think of 100 HD channels, Japan 10 years ahead of the rest of the world as always !
Nothing a nice chintz table cloth would'nt cure!!!!!!!!!
AML, I've seen that decoder myself. A local electronics store imported it to show off HD on their plasmas. That Sky one is a monstrosity, reminds me of the Xbox, only chunkier! Let's hope the picture quality looks better than the decoder!
Yep - that Panasonic decoder is what is being used in many John Lewis stores (coupled with an IOData iLink hard drive) to demonstrate Panasonic HD ready plasmas.
The tuner section isn't used - but the HD MPEG2 decoder decodes a recorded MPEG2 HD stream (to analogue component on a Japanese "D" connector, which is converted with a cable to component via phonos)fed from the hard drive to the Panasonic box via the iLink interface, in the same way that a D-VHS replay might be handled.
You can actually use that japanese box in the Uk?
As you pointed out it does have a "D" conection. But its basically the same as component. All you need is a cable that does D conector to component.
Have a look at the pic.
By the way, for sound that panny box uses a digital optical cable conected to a digital amp.
I know a couple of people who use this forum that are using the LG HD receiver/pvr to watch all their off air HD stuff. You can swap over the hard drives with new ones full of new HD material.
Well - we can use part of it for a specific application! 1080/60i and 720/60p are part of the UK "HD Ready" specification - so 60Hz material replays fine. We obviously can't use the receiver bits - but the MPEG2 decoder works fine. I suspect it would work OK with a D-VHS machine as well (though JVC, unlike Mitsubishi, D-VHS machines include HD MPEG2 decoders so wouldn't require it)
Yep - a few Japanese AV things sold in the US and UK come with "D" to componente cables. (I think the Avel Linkplayer 2 is one such device?)
Yep - I think this is how it is being used in the John Lewis stores.
Some stores are also using the S-video output to feed a second screen in downconverted SD - and that looks surprisingly nice. (The source material is VERY flattering though - artefact free, VERY colourful, and lots of slow movement)
just cant picture it next to xbox360....?
Thats a thought. They could have it vertical isntead, but that would require a re-design.
The 360 can do both vertical and horizontal and if this design styles gets popular im sure other products will start to be designed the same way.
I dont think that sky box looks bad, just too chunky. The panny box is relatively small and light weight even if not everyone likes the design.
I thinks Sky's box look preety good myself.
I think it looks good too.
Separate names with a comma.