Sky HD TV

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#2
TBU

I got a HDMI splitter so I have HD TV and then press a button on the splitter and it is the PS3. HD TV rocks, especially the sport. Recording programmes, pausing to get a beer etc are well worth it.

Only warning was the HDMI splitter thingy from Dixons (IIRC) was the best part of 50 notes, but is much easier than trying to change cable!!!! (and less likely to damage).
 
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Thanks o-f-o :D

I have currently got Sky+ How many HD channels are available now? I have noticed a fair few when flicking through the TV channels. Do all the HD channels appear separately or do you have to trawl through the standard menu to select them?
 

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HD channels are available under their own menu group. I believe there's about 25ish now.
 
#7
psychobabble said:
vandyke said:
I ordered HD last week only to be told that it was a pre-order and I can order it for real in 6-8 weeks.
We got told the same, though in reality it was 2 weeks when the box came rather than 6-8.
Thanks, A mate works for sky and told me it would probably be sooner.
He also said they needed to recall 80,000 HD boxes so that was one of the reasons for the wait
 
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one-flew-over said:
Only warning was the HDMI splitter thingy from Dixons (IIRC) was the best part of 50 notes, but is much easier than trying to change cable!!!! (and less likely to damage).
Always check online when buying electronics, especially from the likes of Dixons. Heres a 3 port HDMI splitter with remote for £21. Also as ive found out to my cost, a £5 HDMI cables does the same job as a £30 one. Which magazine done a test where they sat a bunch of TV and Audio spotters down to test this and they couldnt spot a difference, a digital signal does not need fancy cables in home scenarios.
 
#9
I have recently upgraded to HD. However, I was not willing to wait the quoted 3 months for a box and bought one from Ebay (£146) As opposed to £49 from Sky. I duly signed up to HD and eveything works fine. However, I was then contacted by Sky who told me my Sky box was available after a wait of 2 weeks not 3 months!

Too late, I had already bought one off Ebay. I then contacted them and asked for the £49 box as I had signed up for the promotion. No way Jose. As far as they were concerned I had signed up, and was not entitled to the promotional box. After speaking to 5 different depts I gave up.....as they intended of course.

Moral of the story? Don't be impatient like I was. The 3 month lead time is just arrse covering on their part, in reality you will get your box relatively quickly. DOH!!!!
 
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I'd be cautious about sweeping statements implying that a £5 HDMI cable is as good as a £30 one: it all depends what you're using it for. I found that for a full 1080p connection (Blu-Ray player to a full 1080p TV), I had to buy a very expensive cable before everything worked correctly and I got the genuine Blu-Ray high definition experience. Cheaper cables simply wouldn't hack it.

It's true that the signals are digital but at the kind of bandwidths we're talking about cable quality, connector quality and cable length all matter a great deal.

Broadly speaking, the lower the resolution, colour depth and refresh rate, the cheaper the cable you can get away with. If you get the chance to check with someone else who has the same kit as you, and find out what worked for them, it may save you some pain and money wasted.

Having said all of which — if there are any honest to god experts out there who can shed more light on this, I'd be interested to learn more.
 
#11
Just got Sky+HD installed on Monday. Some good HD channels especially if you like documentaries. I didn't get the sport on movies ones as I'm not bothered about them but if you are then I'd say go for it.
 
#12
Do you receive a download of Anytime HD programmes are they the same ones/selection as on Sky+?
 
#13
Another question, sorry if it appears that I am being a techno-mong, I’m just trying to suss it all out before I commit to getting Sky HD.

My set up would be TV with 1 x HDMI input socket, PS3 with HDMI output and Sky HD box with HDMI output.

I would need a HDMI splitter cable (£21-£50ish) which would plug into the back of the TV and then a further 2 HDMI cables, one from the Sky box and another one from the PS3 into the splitter box.

I’m assuming that I don’t require any Scart leads at all, just the two HDMI leads one from each box as above. Is this correct?

Thanks to all or the info. :D
 
#14
if you want to see how good HD really is, if you goto the sky arts page in HD i think its 284 dont quote me, and look for a programme called "Aquariavision" usually the last programme of the night approx 0230am record this in HD then watch it, it is truly outstanding and if you want keep it and use it to impress all your non HD friends.
 
#15
It's definitely worth it now but i'd invest in a decent telly first.

Btw Pioneer have recently announced that they're pulling out of the tv business which is a damned shame as their KUROS plasmas are the best around.

Grab one while you can!!!
 
#16
I can't be arsed upgrading to SkyHD as I'm hardly ever at home and can't justify forking out the extra money on it. I've got Sky at the moment but want to upgrade to Sky+. Has anyone got any tips on how to blag a free/cheap upgrade? I've been with Sky 16 months now.
 
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Tell them you want to cancel your package as you are in HM Forces, usually gets you lots of freebies. Failing that ring them up and tell them you want to cancel because of the credit crunch and you need to save some money, they will probably give you 3 months free of all channels -sports and movies if you ask to speak to a supervisor they sometimes give you 4-6 months of free channels
 
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TheBigUn said:
Another question, sorry if it appears that I am being a techno-mong, I’m just trying to suss it all out before I commit to getting Sky HD.

My set up would be TV with 1 x HDMI input socket, PS3 with HDMI output and Sky HD box with HDMI output.

I would need a HDMI splitter cable (£21-£50ish) which would plug into the back of the TV and then a further 2 HDMI cables, one from the Sky box and another one from the PS3 into the splitter box.

I’m assuming that I don’t require any Scart leads at all, just the two HDMI leads one from each box as above. Is this correct?

Thanks to all or the info. :D
Our box came with an HDMI cable to attach it to the TV with and the quality is just as good as the £35 Microsoft one that I got for the XBox 360. Ours is a 1080 LG tv too, so a difference would be noticeable .

Our TV has an input menu and the HD box is connected via SCART and HDMI. We find the non HD progs look better through the SCART lead than the HDMI (which is clearly best for HD).

Other great programs in HD are Time Team (every little blade of grass and bit of dirt) and Wainwright Walks (every little detail of Lake District scenery and every little bit of Julia Bradbury! Ok, I'll stop now....lol)
 
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I'm currently using a Sky box just to view the standard channels and was thinking of going the 'HD Sky +' route. I know it means getting a Quad LNB, but to get the HD channels do I have to actually pay Sky or do I just need the box and keep subscription free?

I'm not 'tight' but I can't see the point of paying a monthly fee when all I ever watch is BBC1-4, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five. HD would be an improvement but I doubt I'd watch anything other than I do now.
 

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Plant-Pilot said:
I'm currently using a Sky box just to view the standard channels and was thinking of going the 'HD Sky +' route. I know it means getting a Quad LNB, but to get the HD channels do I have to actually pay Sky or do I just need the box and keep subscription free?

I'm not 'tight' but I can't see the point of paying a monthly fee when all I ever watch is BBC1-4, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five. HD would be an improvement but I doubt I'd watch anything other than I do now.
You don't need a quad LNB. You need a dual LNB for Sky+ functionality, a quad is for Sky+ with Multiroom.

As well as the Sky HD box, you will require a HD subscription from them as well to enable the HD channels - this is £9.75 on top of whatever subscription you already have. The only exception to this is BBC HD which is free, but only has programmes broadcast in the evening (or the occassional sporting fixture, 6 Nations games for example).

A single LNB will still work with HD, you just won't have the ability to record a different channel to the one you are watching.
 

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