SkyHD box with SD subscription


Standard Member
Just bought a new telly (sony KDL-32D3000) and wondered if a SkyHD box connected HDMI would work with my existing basic Sky subscription? (without having pay the extra £10pm for HD channels)

would the standard def channels look noticeably better than they do out of my crappy old (free) amstrad digibox via scart?

and would any free to air HD broadcasts actually come through HD??

Jaycee Dove

Active Member
You CAN watch the free HD channels in HD without a Sky HD sub and the SD channels are usually better.

You need a Sky card (thoiugh not an HD sub) to watch Channel 4 HD, but not BBC HD. This is completely FTA.


Standard Member
excellent news! anyone got a recommendation of a decent current HD box with good sound?

my trusty old AVR is Denon 3805 which doesn't have HDMI. does anyone know if i sent HDMI to telly and coaxial digital (or optical digital) to AVR if there might be any AV sync issues?

Black Noir

Active Member
You can offset the optical audio output on the Thompson Sky HD box (in milliseconds), so any delay could be corrected.


Distinguished Member
I believe that all HD boxes are Thomson at the moment... although Amstrad, Pace et al are all going to be making them sooner rather than later.

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