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It's bigger, better and sharper and will transform TV viewing forever,(HD ready TV required). HD makes TV look incredible with intensely colorful, extremely clear and stunningly sharp images.

Sky is broadcasting a whole range programming including Premiership football, international Rugby, Movies, Sports, entertainment and documentaries.

It also has a Personal Video Recorder (PVR)(Same functions as Sky+) that allows you to record (without videotapes) direct to the hard drive, pause Live TV and record one channel whilst recording another, and you can even set up the series link so you never miss an episode of your favorite program again. So there will always be something you want to watch at a time that suits you.

What you will need
High Definition broadcasts carry four times more information than the standard TV we watch today. To be able to view HD you will need a HD Sky Digibox, relevant subscription and HD ready Plasma/LCD. Your television must have a connection called HDMI or DVI with HDCP (High bandwidth digital copyright protection). Only screens with a resolution capable of displaying 720p or 1080i lines will work with HD.

Should you require any further information or questions about your current television set up, please feel free to contact us, +33 (0)4 68 87 18 30.

A Sky HD box can be used as a standard box for all the FTA & FTA HD channels. You will get a much clearer picture because of the HDMI connection on all the standard channels. But for the best viewing and to take advantage of the recording functions a Subscription is required.

"High Definition TV will be the biggest revolution in TV picture quality in decades!"

high definition tv
More about the picture quality

Product Details

  • 300 gb hard drive - 160gb for customer recordings , 140gb reserved for Sky anytime
  • v90 ( 56k bps) Modem
  • 128Mb General RAM & 32 MB Decode RAM
  • 2 x 16Mb Flash Memory (software downloads)
  • 32Kb NVRAM ( user settings storage)
  • Digital Optical Output - supporting Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Support for down sampling Dolby Digital to Dolby Prologic for other outputs
  • MPEG2 / MPEG4 Decoder
  • PAL i UHF Modulator (channel21 -69 controlled by software ) with 2 RF outputs (one capable of providing 9v to power TV link and accept remote commands )
  • HDMI connector
  • TV SCART ( composite video out , RGB in )
  • VCR SCART ( composite video in / out RGB in )
  • S-Video output
  • RJ11 telephone socket
  • left and right Phono outputs
  • 2 ISO 7816 compatible Smartcard Slots
  • 2 USB ports ( 1 front & 1 rear ) reserved for future use
  • 2 cooling fans 1 in base, 1 on front left side of box
  • RJ45 / Ethernet socket - reserved for future use
  • SATA interface - reserved for Future use
  • Use VCR style facilities (FF/RWD/STOP/Pause)
  • Smoothly accelerate from pause to fast forward
  • Links recordings to BSKYB Electronic Programe Guide (EPG) for ease of recording and retrieving from the disc
  • 12-Month warranty

Included with the box

  • New HD style remote & batteries
  • Scart, coax & power lead
  • HDMI cable
  • Manual - in English

Please note that for all of the above functions a monthly Subscription is required.

HD subscription an additional £9.75 a month.

Shy HD channels:(subject to subscription package)

Ch4 HD BBC HD Sky1 HD FX HD Bio HD SciFi HD
Sky Arts 1 HD Sky Arts 2 HD Luxe HD SkyrealLiveHD SkyPremiereHD Sky Sc1HD
Sky Sc2HD SkyComedy HD Sky Action HD Sky FamilyHD Sky DramaHD Sky SciFi HD
Sky MdnGrtsHD MTVN HD SkySports1HD SkySports2HD SkySports3HD Eurosport HD
Rush HD Discovery HD Nat Geo HD NatGeoWild HD History HD Crime HD
Disney Cine HD     SBO1HD* SBO2HD*  

*only available with a France telecom telephone line and PPV Digidialer.

Jargon Buster!

Aspect Ratio: The ratio of the width to height of a TV screen. The most popular are 4:3, which was the norm until the nineties, and 16:9 otherwise known as widescreen, which is more popular now and is the format used by HD.

DLP: Digital Light Processor. A device that uses millions of little mirrors - one for each pixel - to create a projected image on a screen. Most of these devices are HD.

Dolby Digital: Multi-channel digital audio surround sound format will accompany many of Sky's HD movies.

High Definition (HD) Television: Generally described as TV with at least four times the amount of picture data as current digital and analogue TV systems, making the picture sharper, with more intense colours and a greater sense of depth.

'HD Ready': This is the all important label to look for if you are thinking about buying an HD TV. If a TV set carries the 'HD Ready' label, it will be compatible with Sky's HD broadcasts. Many new screens in the shops now sport 'HD Ready' labels.

HDCP: High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection is a copyright protection system which ensures that content providers are happy to make their HD content available for viewing. HDCP is incorporated into Sky's HD box and 'HD Ready' sets in order to prevent unauthorised duplication and distribution of protected content.

HDMI: High-Definition Multimedia Interface. Sometimes billed as the digital Scart, HDMI is a digital video connector that can conveniently transmit digital audio and video signals.

LCD: A Liquid Crystal Display television uses liquid crystals that act as 'shutters' within the television screen. Some LCD screens are compatible with Sky's HD broadcasts.

MPEG4: MPEG4 is an efficient means of compressing the data that is sent to a TV. It will be used by Sky for its HD service.

Pixel: Picture and element condensed into one word. A pixel is a tiny sample of video information, the "little squares" that make up an overall picture.

Plasma: A Plasma display uses hundreds of thousands of miniature, embedded cells to produce a picture. Some plasmas are compatible with HD broadcasts.

Resolution: The higher the resolution, the more picture detail there is, the better the picture quality.

720p: One of the two main HD formats. 720p means that the resolution of the picture is 1,280 vertical pixels by 720 horizontal pixels. The 'p' stands for progressive scanning. Progressive scanning offers a smoother picture, as 720 horizontal lines are scanned progressively.

1080i: One of two HD formats. The resolution of the picture is 1,920 vertical pixels by 1,080 horizontal pixels and 'i' stands for interlaced scanning. Interlaced scanning is based on the principle that the screen shows every odd line at one scan of the screen and then all the even lines in a second scan.

The comparison chart below showing the difference between satellite decoders.

 
A standard satellite receiver
BBC Freesat SD
BBC Freesat HD
BBC Freesat HD PVR
Standard Sky box
Sky+
SkyHD
FTA UK Channels
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
FTV UK Channels
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
UK Subscription
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
Setanta*& ESPN
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
Other Pay Channels
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
EPG - TV guide
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
Interactive red button
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
Dual tuners
 
 
 
X
 
X
X
Hard drive recorder - PVR
 
 
 
X
 
X
X
High definition
 
 
X
X
 
 
X
Programs auto update
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
Box software auto update
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
RF outlet
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
Usable/Recommended for other satellites
X
 
 
 
 
 
 

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