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    Joining Sky

    This is a discussion on Joining Sky within the Sky / Sky+ / Sky+ HD forums, part of the Joining or leaving Sky category; Virgin Media have given me a poor deal compared to the current deal for new sky customers. I will be ...

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      Joining Sky

      Virgin Media have given me a poor deal compared to the current deal for new sky customers. I will be looking at BB & phone unlimited, Sky + downstairs and basic mulitroom box upstairs in bedroom. The new deal with Sky will come in at approx 8/month better than I can get with Virgin.
      Before I finally sign up just a few questions.
      1) can I use the basic box with Sky Anytime + or do I need a Sky + box for this?
      2) what is the best Sky + box to get. Is the 500gb OK or do you need the bigger box if you are using Anytime?
      3) what is the best make of Sky + box or are they all the same?

      Sorry if these are basic questions, but this is the first time I have moved from Virgin Media as I have been with them for over 10 years.
      Thanks in advance


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      Re: Joining Sky

      1) can I use the basic box with Sky Anytime + or do I need a Sky + box for this?
      No you need an HD box or the very latest Sky+ box.
      2) what is the best Sky + box to get. Is the 500gb OK or do you need the bigger box if you are using Anytime?
      Buy from Sky you have a choice of a 500Gb Amstrad or a 1Tb Amstrad, they do not supply any other types now. The 1 Tb is advised.
      3) what is the best make of Sky + box or are they all the same?
      As said they only supply one make, Amstrad and they own it

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      Re: Joining Sky

      Quote Originally Posted by Timbolla View Post
      1) can I use the basic box with Sky Anytime + or do I need a Sky + box for this?
      All new customers are now supplie a Sky+ HD STB as standard. This STB can connect to you Internet and from there you can download any Anytime+ content.

      If you have Multi-room added, the additional free STB is the SkyHD STB. This box does not have a drive and is not capable of receiving Anytime or Anytime+. However Sky are currently working on the ability for it to be able to access the Sky+ HD STB and stream recorded content off that.

      Quote Originally Posted by Timbolla View Post
      2) what is the best Sky + box to get. Is the 500gb OK or do you need the bigger box if you are using Anytime?
      If you want to keep any recordings for future viewing, whether Anytime+ or normal, then they are placed on the hard drive. If you are in the habit of keeping a lot of material, then you have a few choices:
      1. the standard Sky+ HD STB has a 500GB drive, of which 250GB is available for your usage
      2. the 1TB Sky+ HD STB has a 1.5TB drive installed, of which 1TB is availble for your usage
      3. consider getting the Sky+ HD STB and fitting your own 1, 1.5 or 2TB hard drive at a later date ( you could do this with the 1TB STB, but you don't benefit as much)
      The 3rd option would invalidate your warranty. Instructions and links to the software to helpyou complete this are available on this forum.

      Quote Originally Posted by Timbolla View Post
      Sorry if these are basic questions, but this is the first time I have moved from Virgin Media as I have been with them for over 10 years.
      Welcome to Sky. Far more choice of TV viewing.

      You'll find some drawbacks, such as the poor search facility, but personally I prefer Sky's system to VM.

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      Previous ADSL2+ Speed 19999 kbps 1153 kbps, Line Attenuation 17.5 db 6.9 db, Noise Margin 7.5 dB 8.7 dB
      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Joining Sky

      Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.

     

     

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