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    This is a discussion on Sky accelerates new set-top box launch within the Sky Rumour Mill forums, part of the Sky news and announcements category; I'd love to see SD dropped, but this would upset a lot of people who still have their old TVs ...

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      Re: Sky accelerates new set-top box launch

      I'd love to see SD dropped, but this would upset a lot of people who still have their old TVs and would also chew up the HD storage space.

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      True - the Sky+ subscription did reduce from 10 per month. Forgot that one! It now shows as 0 unders "Yours at no extra cost".

      Was the Sky+ sub originally 10 per STB and then they reduced it to 10 per household (irrespective of how many STBs)? Or am I mis-remembering in that point?
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      Re: Sky accelerates new set-top box launch

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I'd love to see SD dropped, but this would upset a lot of people who still have their old TVs and would also chew up the HD storage space.
      No way! My parents still got SD White Box. If Sky removed all SD channels then lot of customers who still got old white box will complaints to Sky. And remember they not interesting to pay extra for the HD premium.

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      Quote Originally Posted by speedyrite View Post
      True - the Sky+ subscription did reduce from 10 per month. Forgot that one! It now shows as 0 unders "Yours at no extra cost".

      Was the Sky+ sub originally 10 per STB and then they reduced it to 10 per household (irrespective of how many STBs)? Or am I mis-remembering in that point?
      Not really Sky is cheat! They did put extra 10 on top of the smaller package. As it all rubbish talk by Sky "Yours at no extra cost" - yeah rite!

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      Re: Sky accelerates new set-top box launch

      I notice that for the ROI which never had the split HD pack (Family + HD) the cost of HD has been reduced from €15 to €10 per month. Could this mark the start of a reduction (eventually to no extra cost) for HD, as it becomes the norm and 4K becomes the new premium viewing experience?

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      Re: Sky accelerates new set-top box launch

      There are still many legacy (SD) TVs around and so it is too soon to drop SD broadcasts,
      but it is way past the time when HD should be considered the normal service with SD provided only for compatibility with older sets. Some hope!
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      Re: Sky accelerates new set-top box launch

      Quote Originally Posted by snooker147 View Post
      No way! My parents still got SD White Box. If Sky removed all SD channels then lot of customers who still got old white box will complaints to Sky. And remember they not interesting to pay extra for the HD premium.
      Fair comments.

      Since their rather old STB is very likely to die in the near future (no I'm not wishing this upon anyone), would it not be a wise idea to consider getting a replacement sooner rather than later?

      Sky stopped supplying the white Sky+ STBs several years ago to new customers. They then started replacing the Sky+ STBs with a Sky+ HD STB. For a few years now you have been unable to get a reconditioned Sky+ STB from Sky, so basically the writing is on the wall.

      The possibility that the hard drive will fail after this many years of use is growing daily. I would get any long-term archived recordings burned off to a DVD ASAP and consider whether to get a new Sky+ HD STB from Sky or a second hand one from somewhere else.

      Getting back to the broadcast format, with SD gone, then why would Sky be able to charge for an optional extra? They would simply have to drop the separate charge. Ok in all likelihood some accountant would work out how to hide it in everyone's subscriptions, but it would be gone as a separate charge.

      With 4K UHD TV on the horizon (rumours it'll launch in Easter), it would be simple enough for Sky to add a suitable charge for 4K subscriptions instead.

      Quote Originally Posted by snooker147 View Post
      Not really Sky is cheat! They did put extra 10 on top of the smaller package. As it all rubbish talk by Sky "Yours at no extra cost" - yeah rite!
      Ok, please be careful about your allegations. There are legal issues about making unfounded statements. I wasn't a Sky subscriber when Sky dropped the Sky+ charges so I wouldn't know what the prices were at the time or how they changed after.

      Are you able to produce some figures to back up your statement?

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      Re: Sky accelerates new set-top box launch

      As long as the boxes continue to have scart output & onboard downscaler, surely it doesn't matter if SD channels were removed?

      Back when i had a CRT tv in my bedroom i'd always watch the HD version of a channel because the picture was better.

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      Re: Sky accelerates new set-top box launch

      Quote Originally Posted by gymno View Post
      As long as the boxes continue to have scart output & onboard downscaler, surely it doesn't matter if SD channels were removed?
      It would instantly render the original white Sky+ box obsolete, not to mention digiboxes.

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      Re: Sky accelerates new set-top box launch

      True.

      I guess they'd have to wait until there were only a certain number still in use.
      Then upgrade people like they did with the thomsons knowing they'd still be quids in due to savings made by not having to broadcast any SD channels.

      Oh & not charge extra for HD.

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      Re: Sky accelerates new set-top box launch

      Of course (just to throw a spanner in the works) Freesat owners would also be affected too.

      They will have all bought their own STBs and many are being sold with SD only features.

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