Sky announces 'affordable' second room SkyHD boxFree for new customers, £49 for existing ones

16 March 2011

SkyHD box

The SkyHD box is not a PVR, it has no hard drive so can't record programs.

Sky has announced a new SkyHD box that's designed for use with its Multiroom subscription.

The new box, which is free if signing up for Multiroom for the first time or £49 per box for existing subscribers, is not a PVR – it has no hard drive. It does, however, offer a cheaper way to access Sky HD in a second room, as previously customers had to purchase the £199 Sky+ HD box.

Depending on the package, Sky HD customers can get up to 50 HD channels, including those from terrestrial TV broadcasters the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and HD films and sports from Sky's own channels.

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Extra costs

The new SkyHD box isn't quite the bargain it first appears, however. Multiroom subscriptions cost £10.25 per month per box, and there's an additional £10.25 per room per box for Multiroom in HD. 

That's £20.50 per month for the extra box, and there are set-up costs as well - £30 for new customers, £60 for existing customers. A new customer can expect to pay £276 in the first year of Multiroom, on top of their main Sky subscription cost.

Read our guide to cable TV, satellite TV and digital TV packages and compare Sky with Virgin Media, BT Vision and Top-up TV. 

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