Sky HD prices to tumble next month
Sky is to knock £99 off the price of its Sky HD satellite TV set-top box, reducing the price of the hardware from £249 to £150.
It's hard to see the decision not motivated by the arrival of Freesat and its free-to-air HD offering, but whatever Sky's reasons, the move will see installation cost new subscribers £30 - upgraders have to pay £60.
To get the HD channels, you'll need to cough up for a tenner-a-month package - down from £16 a month.
The price reduction will be accompanied by a small name change: the box will become Sky+ HD, the better to tie it in with Sky's current standard-definition DVR offering, not to mention all the Sky+ advertising it's doing at the moment.
Sky's HD line-up includes Freesat stalwart BBC HD, but also Channel 4 HD, in addition to HD versions of Sky's own SkyOne, SkyMovies, SkyArts and SkySports, plus Discovery, National Geographic and the Hitler Channel... sorry... History Channel - must be all the many World War II documentaries it runs...
The Sky HD price cut comes into force next month.
Is the hitler channel really in high def!?
just what i have been waiting for "Army Group Centre" in 1080p
....mine the high-def coat, next to the shiney shiney boots of leather
As soon as the HD PVR comes out
Sorry sky but as soon as Humax bring out their HD PVR I'll be walking, multi room HD TV for ZIP per month.
Competition at last
As soon as Humax bring out their HD PVR, I'm walking. Multi-room, Multi-channel, No ongoing cost, makes sense.
Remove the £10 extra sub first
Yup. I agree 100%. The price of the box is a one-off pain soon forgotten but the £10 a month for very little extra, especially now that FreeSatHD is available for no monthly fee, is too much.
Maybe they could do what they did with Sky+ in the early days. When Sky+ first launched there was an additional monthly fee (also £10 I think) but after a while they changed the rules so that if you already subscribed to a sufficiently expensive package of channels (it was about £30 per month minimum channel subscription fees I think) then they waived the £10 Sky+ supplement and you got that for just the incremental price of the box.
A box that works properly would be a good start!
Ha that's still £100 too much for the bug ridden box of cr@p they send you. Or 4th box in my case. The HD-box has been built so cheaply that it's an unreliable hunk of junk that the user then has to sort out themselves by doing the following.
1. Replace the hard disk with a much more reliable and much larger, quieter and cooler one.
2. Replace either the individual capacitors on the HD-box's PSU or replace the whole psu itself.
Once you have done these two things you'll wind up with a rather good HD box but it will still be prone to Sly's random software errors and glitches. Then to add insult to injury you still have to pay the £10 extra a month for a very limited number of true HD programmes.
Somebody please remind me why I do this......Oh yeah cos there's no competition in the market and Virgin Media are 20x worse.
Paris coz she knows how to shaft her customers too.