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Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by billybriggs, Jun 10, 2004.

  1. billybriggs

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    :hiya: New to Av world!!
    I had Sky many years ago when it first evolved and I am considering it again.I have contacted Sky who offered Sky Digital system, installation and 1stmonth subscription(all free) or Sky+ for £149.99 +£5 installation(indeed I opted for Sky+but then cancelled next day!).My q's are therefore:
    1.On Sky you are contracted to initial 12 months subs(you can changed packages after 1st month).If after the 12 month contract do you keep the system even if you cancel subs. Is it possible after this period to pay for months at will?.........i.e. Say in the summer cancel for a few months.......or do they tie you to a new 12 month deal?
    2. Sky +..........is this different to above..........would I have to pay £10 subs even if I cancelled and re-started again.
    3. Finally.......Sky + has optical output.I have an optical in on my Panasonic SCHT 900.....Do I get digital sound improvement this way and do Sky transmit all films/ music with digital sound?
    Sorry to be long winded.........apologies for any inaccuracies in my Tech knowledge
    Thank you
     
  2. Starburst

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    Welcome:)

    1) The hardware is yours to keep, they can not take it away or charge a financial penalty if you have competed the 12 minimum term contract.
    It certainly is possible for a former subscriber to use the exisitng card/digibox to resubscribe for 1 month however SKY introduced a signon fee to prevent people from getting new version2 SKY smartcards on the cheap last year. I do not know if this fee was withdrawn or if it was only applicable to people who didn't have a current SKY issued smartcard.

    2) SKY+ has a 12 month minimum term as well, if you cancel the SKY+ service or do not have a suitable channel package then the SKY+ recording systems do not work, you can resubscribe but you would have to pay the £10 a month or have a suitable subscription package for the duration of the time you wanted to use the SKY+ facilities. Just lke the normal digibox you can resubscribe and you are not tied to another 12 month term if you have already completed the minimum term on that installation/hardware.

    3) Only three of the SKY movies channels carry DD5.1 audio, Disney channel uses the format as well for some movies. You should get better audio reproduction by using the DAC in the seperate amplifier as opposed to the one built into the SKY+ but that is very subjective:)
     
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    If something is transmitted in Dolby Surround, and you feed it into your AV amp to produce 5 channels via Dolby ProLogic II, then this will also sound better. A simple digibox converts the digital audio stream to analogue, that's piped to the AV amp, and converted back to digital again, before the PLII algorithm is applied. But a sky+ box has a digital audio output so you can bypass the D/A, A/D conversion and jump straight to the PLII part of the process - that will improve sound quality.

    For plain stereo or mono it's much less clearcut.
     

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