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About me: Hello, I'm Grace a student from sunny Stoke. If I miss you out when returning reads/ rates please just let me know. I'm also on dooyoo under the same name, happy reviewing :)

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Sky+ HD- An Exceptional TV Experience.

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02.11.2011

Advantages:
Great picture, great features .

Disadvantages:
None .

Recommendable Yes:

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Range of Features

Value for Money

Remote ControlExcellent Quality

InstructionsVery Helpful / Very Easy to Understand

DurabilityExcellent

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When we moved into our flat a couple of months ago it hadnít really crossed my mind to get Sky. My Mum and Dad has Sky until about 3 years ago when they got rid of it as their TV had freeview built in anyway and they just couldnít justify the monthly payment. My partner was used to Sky though as her Mum and Dad had it in their house and was keen that we got it too. We had a look online and were offered the Entertainment Plus package, free Sky+ HD box, installation and £50 worth of M&S vouchers for £25 a month which is a lot better than the price I was expecting.

TV Guide/ Planner

I was in on my own when the Sky was in put in so when the engineer left I had full reign to explore the different features of Sky. Initially I found the menu hard to navigate as I was used to the older version and thereís the added Ď+í element which allows you to record and pause live TV. At the top of the TV thereís options to looks at the main TV, Planner which is recorded programmes, Box Office and Radio as well as setting and parental controls, this is basically the main hub and then whatever you select is displayed below. It was a bit different for me but I found I picked it up quite quickly just by using it and finding out what did what.

Watching Sky+ HD

Obviously the stand out features of the box is the HD, which is getting better and better. I was a bit sceptical if Iím honest, how different could it be? I was shocked by just how crisp and clear the picture was, itís noticeably different from the standard picture and I was very impressed. At the moment thereís about 60 HD channels, and more are being added all the time, of this about 15 are either sports of movies which we donít subscribe to as it adds a considerable amount to the bill but for what we do get Iíve been very pleased. Itís worth mentioning that just because a programme is on a HD channel doesnít necessarily mean its HD, sometimes they donít scale everything up. Iím not a fan of nature channels but I do find myself watching them now just because the quality of the picture is so good and I find it really fascinating.

The pause function on the TV is great, how often does the phone go in the middle of Corrie or thereís a film on BBC with no adverts and youíre gasping for a drink but donít want to miss out? I thought we wouldnít use this function much as Iíd never had it before and never thought I was missing out but how wrong I was. Itís become second nature to pause TV and pop off to do something else, itís irritating now watching TV that I canít pause and rewind whenever I want. Obviously another advantage is being able to record programmes, especially when it comes to films as weíve got a collection stored in the boxes memory which is about 100 hours. We often record X Factor, with its many adverts and watch it half an hour after it started. This allows us to fast forward over all the adverts and filler; we do the same with the Sunday night elimination as really thereís only about 15 minutes of the 1 hour show worth watching.

I know that we used to have a lot of trouble with Sky freezing at my Mum and Dadís or cutting to the annoying blue screen, especially in bad weather. Since weíve had the Sky+ HD box it has never frozen once and weíve had really heavy rain and never had any signal problems so this problem must have been solved.

The Sky Box

Another important factor to me is the box itself. The Sky+ HD box is black and silver, itís very sleek, modern and I feel would fit into most living room, it fits into our perfectly and doesnít stick out like a sore thumb like the light grey ones used to. The box plugs into a HDMI port in the back of the TV to enable the HD quality images and then obviously into a wall socket. The remote matches the box and is again very modern, it sits nicely in the hand and enables you to make the most of all the services the Sky box gives you. Weíre getting a 3D TV later on in the month, and at the moment I wouldnít consider upgrading but as more channels use 3D I would definitely consider it if we also added the movies package to our subscription- itís all extra money though!

Overall

Overall, Iíve been really impressed with my use of Sky+ HD, the box looks good and after a bit of use everything is really easy to navigate. The picture quality it a step up from the norm and I think you can really tell the difference, itís great now that more channels are starting to convert to HD. The pause and record is a great feature and one that I now wouldnít be without. Iím looking forward to being able to record all bits of Christmas TV and then watching them back whilst eating my body weight in turkey. If youíre considering getting Sky+ HD Iíd definitely recommend it.


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Graygirl 02.11.2011 16:56

We got this in March, and absolutely love it. Great review. x

ithoughtyoudneverask 02.11.2011 15:48

I would love Sky+ but we can't get it in our current house!

Luvlylana 02.11.2011 15:14

Just freeview for us! xxx

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