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What is Sky HD?     What can I watch?     What do I need?     What does it Cost?

What do I need? FAQs

I already have a Sky+ box. Will I need to buy a Sky HD box?
Will I be able to record programmes in HD?
What format will Sky HD use?
How much will Sky HD cost?
Do I need to pay for Sky+ functionality?
How do I join Sky HD?
Will I need to have a new dish set up?
What kind of TV do I need to receive Sky HD?
What does HD Ready mean?
How will the Sky HD box connect to my TV?
How many HDMI connectors will the Sky HD box have?
Can I connect a second TV to the Sky HD box as a TV link?
Will I be able to record Sky HD programmes?
Will I be able to run a second TV using Sky HD?
Will the SKY HD box have one or two HDMI sockets?
What format will the Sky HD system use?
Will Sky be using the 1080i format to produce a better picture quality than 720p
 

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I already have a Sky+ box. Will I need to buy a Sky HD box?

Yes. The Sky HD box will replace your exisiting SkyPlus box, but still has all the usual SkyPlus features but now also includes High Definition capability.

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Will I be able to record programmes in HD?

Yes. The new Sky HD box will have all the benefits of SkyPlus. With the SkyPlus subscription you will be able to record whole series, record two programmes at a time and even pause live TV. It also has plenty of space for recording both HD and standard definition programmes.

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What format will Sky HD use?

Sky HD will support two HD formats: 720p and 1080i. Broadcasters and programme makers will choose which format is best for their programmes and your Sky HD box will display the format that best works with your TV.

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How much will Sky HD cost?

Sky HD costs 10 per month extra to the package of your choice

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Do I need to pay for Sky+ functionality?

No, the 10 surcharge has been dropped

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How do I join Sky HD?

Just click here to order!

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Will I need to have a new dish set up?

If you are new to Sky, you will need to have a suitable dish fitted and  aligned with Astra 2 at 28.2 degrees east.

If you're an existing SkyPlus customer the dish and cable requirements for Sky HD are exactly the same, so you’ll only need to change your SkyPlus box.

Customers with a standard Sky digibox will need to replace it with a Sky HD box and will also need to run an extra cable from the satellite dish to the digibox. The LNB will need to be replaced with a Quad LNB.  This can be bought from your local satellite TV shop.

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What kind of TV do I need to receive Sky HD?

Sky HD is designed to work with HD Ready televisions. So it is best to look for a TV carrying the HD Ready label.

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What does HD Ready mean?

HD Ready is a European standard agreed by the TV industry to describe High Definition compatible televisions. TVs must comply with a set of criteria in order to use the HD Ready label, . Sky HD is designed to work with HD Ready televisions.

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How will the Sky HD box connect to my TV?

Our Sky HD boxes will come with an HDMI cable. HDMI delivers the best possible picture quality by maintaining an all-digital connection. If your HD Ready TV has only a DVI connection, you can connect to the Sky HD box using a suitable adapter. Initial Sky HD boxes will also have analogue component connections to support older TVs.

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How many HDMI connectors will the Sky HD box have?

The Sky HD box will have one HDMI connector

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Can I connect a second TV to the Sky HD box as a TV link?

Yes, the main TV will display the high definition picture and additional TVs will display the standard definition picture.

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Will I be able to record Sky HD programmes?

The new Sky HD box with the relevant subscriptions will have SkyPlus functionality, so you will be able to pause and rewind live TV or record every episode in selected series.

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Will I be able to run a second TV using Sky HD?
Yes, but you will only be able to feed one TV in high definition and the other TV in standard definition.

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Will the SKY HD box have one or two HDMI sockets?

The Sky HD box will have one HDMI connector.

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What format will the Sky HD system use?

Sky 's HD broadcasting system and new HD Box will support two HD formats:

- 720p/50 (Progressively Scanned picture, 50 frames per second)
- 1080i/25 (Interlaced, 25 frames delivered by 50 interlaced fields per second)

Broadcasters planning on launching HD services on the digital satellite platform will be able to choose whether to broadcast  content in 720p/50 or 1080i/25

Sky HD will also utilise the advanced compression technology MPEG4 (also known as h.264). MPEG4 is a more efficient means of compressing the data in a TV picture than the MPEG2 system used today.

Sky HD will also support Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus multi channel  surround sound audio (as well as MPEG 1 layer 2 stereo audio)

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Will Sky be using the 1080i format to produce a better picture quality than 720p because it offers a greater number of horizontal lines?

Sky HD will support both 720p and 1080i to allow the programme makers to choose the best format for their programmes.

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