Sky+ HD Starter
If you want to get into HD television but don’t need the full range of channels then the Sky+HD starter package is what you’re looking for. It gives you the benefits of Sky+ thanks to the Sky+HD Box, access to HD channels depending on the TV package you choose and Sky’s broadband and landline service too. The Sky+HD starter bundle consists of the following -
- >> Sky+HD box to pause, rewind and record live TV
- >> The Sky Entertainment Pack
- >> The Sky HD Pack
- >> Channels including Sky Atlantic, Sky1, Sky Living, Sky Arts, FX, Comedy Central and SyFy
- >> Sky Broadband Everyday Lite – 2GB monthly usage
- >> Sky Talk Weekends with unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines
This costs £31.75 a month plus telephone line rental of £14.50. You need an HD ready TV in order to watch HD content.
Details of the Sky+ HD Starter package
The TV element of the package consists of the Sky+HD Box, the HD Pack and the Sky Entertainment Pack. First to the box, this enables you to pause and rewind live TV and to record and store content in the hard drive. Although there is a bigger box available with 1 terabyte of memory the regular Sky+HD box has 500GB of storage space, and this is split in half, giving you 250GB for personal use and 250GB that the box uses to download and store Sky on-demand content.
The Entertainment Pack gives you all the channels from the Variety Pack and Style & Culture Pack - more about Sky TV packages here. If you'd like all of the channels from all 6 Sky Entertainment Packs you can upgrade to Entertainment Extra which is £25 a month. Similarly Sky Sports and Sky Movies can be added to your package as premium channels at any time.
The HD Pack is the £10.25 a month add-on which enables you to watch any of the channels in your chosen package in HD if there is an HD version. So for example if the Sky Living channel is included in the pack you choose you will also be able to watch Sky Living HD. The HD Pack is the only difference between this package and the Sky+ Starter bundle. Sky has the best choice of HD channels by quite a long way - you need an HD ready TV to be able to watch HD TV.
Sky Broadband Everyday Lite has a monthly usage cap of 2GB, which is enough for checking your emails and browsing the web. The package also comes with 24/7 technical support, free Sky wireless router worth £50 and a 3 month free trial of McAfee Internet Security.
Sky Talk Weekends comes with included weekend calls to UK landlines - you need to pay Sky line rental in order to get Sky Talk.