Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by Goonboy, Sep 28, 2005.
I have no more idea than has been posted before ... 2006
Stuff magazine says Feb 2006 - I was hoping they'd sneak a few out in time for XMas!
It would appear that they are missing a rather large opportunity ... but when did SKY ever make sense ?
I've just spent over a year and several thousand pounds getting all my equipment from black to silver...
What do sky do..
Make it a predominately black box...
Hopefully it will have replaceable covers like the Xbox 360 so you can make it match, the only bit of black i ave left is my Xbox.
i like the way the top of the thing collapses under the weight of the remote lol
I read there is a real shortage - overdemand - for the newest MPEG4 decoder chips.
I expect Sky what to have comfidence in supplying any demand they generate.
Cheers, Dave C.
this world revolves within sky, sky does not revolve around the world, if you want it, tou will get it when mr murdoch says so, and not before.
funny I've only ever seen people complaining about all their kit being black and sky being 'silver' .....why can't they just do them in both varieties.....surely it can't be too difficult??
Got rid of all black kits years ago ... wish new Sky HD was silver or white or aluminium or platinum coloured.
Does it matter what it looks like if Sky just get some cheap electronics firm to make them? The picture it produces is the most important factor.
sorry cant agree with that, if you have a high end system and it looks very smart in black, would you really want to spoil the effect of it all with a silver or white box, bit of a sore thumb. i know some people dont give a dam about what the system looks like but how it performs, for me personally it has to both perform and look the part, after all it is in my living room and i have to look at it most days.
I am sure MAW will make you a cardboard cutout of the sky HD box in any colour you want, it's his thing , does a lovely panny LCD 500
By the way, the card slot on the right is for your credit card, to electronically extract the HD subscriptions
Well, somehow I just can't get excited about a HD box made by Amstrad. Just call me an old cynic
Aren't Thomson making them? They're OK aren't they?
Yes, Thomson are making the first gen HD box. Not having owned anything made by them, I can't comment on their general reliability.
Rather than start a new thread I thought my question could be answered here.
On Tuesday I got a new JVC LT26DSB HDTV LCD for my bedroom. The main TV downstairs is a 30" CRT TV. Which has a standard Sky box.
Now I want to take up Skys offer of getting Sky installed in another room for £50 for the box, free installation and £10 extra a month.
But once Sky HD comes out I will want a HD feed for my TV upstairs. So as its only going to be 4-5 months should I wait for Sky HD? Just pay the £50 for the box and pay out again in February?
Any idea how much the HD box would cost? I'm wondering if I tell Sky I'm planning on getting HD Sky when it comes out, would they do a deal on a free box in the interim?
Also can you have an non HD feed on one TV and a HD feed on another from the same satellite?
It sounds like you can afford to "waste" £50 for a few months!
I'm hoping there will be a HD Sky+ Box available. I know not all channels will be broadcast in HD but a bigger HDD will be needed to record a normal channels wit HD Movies thrown in.
The new HD box does have 2 tuners with Sky+ features and I would expect it to have a large HDD - hopefully at least 400Gb.
Nick-uk you are nothing more than an av snob
the boxes are made to sky spec so it does not matter if it has an amstrad name on it bang&olufson, nakamichi bose or THOMPSON what the fudge! the workings will all be the same,
who for gods sake are pace???
but i do know what you mean, my old sky box was amstrad but i did ask if i could perhaps have a panasonic ..
In principle you are totally correct however in practice the situation is not so clear cut.
Yep the spec is the same but each manufacturer can choose the components they deem acceptable (well apart from NDS supplied parts) and therefore price/performance and reliabilty become a factor in construction and ultimately the final product.
No matter what SKY says there are differences between PACE, Amstrad and Thomsons sourced SKY+ units and even though I want to say that it shouldn't make any real difference I would be foolish to say it doesn't
It's a shame but if Amstrad were making the first SKY+ HD I would be worried after their very poor showing with their second and subsequent SKY+ models (vertical banding, slow menus, noise etc etc).
No, it's just that I've been around these forums rather longer than you have, and I seem to recall that just about every box that Amstrad have ever released has been plagued with problems of one sort or another. I'm not an "AV snob", but I'm a firm believer in the old saying "You get what you pay for", and one of the aspects of Sky that I do not like is the ability to choose from a range of boxes. The "one size fits all" Sky policy suits Sky, but does not suit me. I would happily pay a little more for a better quality box.
hope you didnt take offence nick , that was totally tongue in cheek.
i think its fair to say we all know where amstrad lie in the quality of their products, i do find it a bit strange that sky only commision the low end manufacturers to produce the bulk of their equipment, i do know panasonic did have their finger in the sky box pie but these seem to be few and far between,i also dont understand why sky dont use a quality manufacturer and give us the consumer a choice, if we want premium products we should at least be given the option of an upgrade at a suitable cost.I would gladly pay extra to keep the names on my equipment topgrade
I'll be interested to know whether this box will do a half decent job of upscaling SD... I would suspect it does a p**s poor job of it and that many people will be spending a fortune for "HD" and watching crappy upscaling for 99% of their viewing just so they can use the HD port on their telly.
I tried getting in touch with sky to find out if they would be doing price reductions or deals on HD boxes when they ccme out for those that take up a sky+ sub now. Unfortunately i got bored listening to the machines with scottish accents and thought I would waste my time here instead.
So, has anyone else with nothing else to do for an hour contacted sky to find out ????
I doubt whether you'll see any special offers on HD for at least 2 years. Do you really think Sky are going to discount the price when there are people already waiting with cheque books in hand, when nobody actually knows what the price is going to be ?
Also, having seen what people are expecting of this new HD box - an upscaler, a hard disk of at least 400GB, digital and analogue outputs, USB ports, etc, I think some big subsidies are going to have to be found if the box is going to hit the shops at £399
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