Sky+ HD with Sky Sports
If you want HD television with Sky Sports the most cost-effective way to get it is in a bundle like the Sky+HD with Sky Sports package. You can put together a Sky+HD package to your own taste with a choice of 2 Entertainment Packs (Entertainment and Entertainment Extra) and extra channels but here we assume you’re looking for the starter level HD bundle with the Sky Sports pack. The bundle 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 with Sky Sports consists of the following -
- >> Sky+HD box to pause, rewind and record live TV
- >> The Sky Entertainment Pack
- >> The Sky HD Pack
- >> Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Sky Sports News
- >> Sky Broadband Everyday Lite – 2GB monthly usage
- >> Sky Talk Weekends with unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines
The Sky+HD with Sky Sports package costs £52.75 a month plus telephone line rental of £14.50. The Sky Sports element costs £21 a month (included in the £52.75 total here). If you prefer you can choose to take only Sky Sports 1 or Sky Sports 2 in which case the package would cost £44.75 a month (£13 a month for Sky Sports 1 or 2). You need an HD ready TV in order to watch HD content.
Details of the Sky+ HD with Sky Sports package
The Sky Sports pack consists of -
- >> Sky Sports 1
- >> Sky Sports 2
- >> Sky Sports 3
- >> Sky Sports 4
- >> Sky Sports News
All of these channels are available in HD with this package as it includes the HD pack - Sky is the only provider to offer all 5 Sky Sports channels in HD, the nearest rival is Sky Sports on Virgin Media which has 1, 2, 3 and 4 but only 1 and 2 in HD.
You get all manner of great sports coverage on Sky Sports, from football, rugby, cricket and golf to the smaller events like speedway, wrestling and ice hockey - if you're a sports fan you'll never be bored.
The TV element of this 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. The Sky Entertainment Pack comprises the channels from the old Variety and Style & Culture packs - more about Sky TV packages here. The Sky+HD starter package includes this but you can upgrade to Entertainment Extra if you wish for an extra monthly fee. Similarly Sky Movies can be added to your package as a premium add-on 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 Arts 1 channel is included in the pack you choose you will also be able to watch Sky Arts 1 HD. 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 unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines - Sky line rental payable.