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    Sky+ Advice Please

    I am having Sky+ installed this afternoon. If the installer has a selection of makes of boxes can anyone advise what to try and get and what to avoid.

    Also, are there any known issues using a Sky remote eye with any of the Sky+ boxes?

    Thanks,

    Steve

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    each have there good points and bad as far as i know.
    Pace were always good for me though

    dont accept grundig if you have a choice,,,dire,,,

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    longbowassassin;4776527

    dont accept grundig if you have a choice,,,dire,,,



    Thanks for the advice.... what's the problems with the Grundig box, just so i'm aware if they have no choices.

    Steve

    longbowassassin;4776527

    dont accept grundig if you have a choice,,,dire,,,



    Grundig haven't produced Sky+ boxes in ages :?

    You'll receive on of the following:

    Pace
    Thomson
    Amstrad

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    midlandscomics;4776623

    Grundig haven't produced Sky+ boxes in ages :?You'll receive on of the … Grundig haven't produced Sky+ boxes in ages :?You'll receive on of the following:PaceThomsonAmstrad



    Thanks for the information, appreciated.

    Steve

    freebiehunter;4776627

    Thanks for the information, appreciated.Steve



    No worries

    There's very little in it between the Pace and Thomson receivers - I'd try and avoid Amstrad ones if you can. Although at the end of the day, as long as it works fine there shouldn't be an issue over whichever one you have.

    Word of advice though. After about 6 months you'll start receiving letters through from a company offering extended warranties for your box. It sounds like its from Sky but it's not - avoid it all costs. Within the first 12 months Sky will come out and repair for free, and after that they'll try and charge £65 for the callout/repair - usually threatening to cancel your subs (as there's no point paying for something you can't watch) gets you a free repair :-D

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    midlandscomics;4776674

    No worries :)There's very little in it between the Pace and Thomson … No worries :)There's very little in it between the Pace and Thomson receivers - I'd try and avoid Amstrad ones if you can. Although at the end of the day, as long as it works fine there shouldn't be an issue over whichever one you have.Word of advice though. After about 6 months you'll start receiving letters through from a company offering extended warranties for your box. It sounds like its from Sky but it's not - avoid it all costs. Within the first 12 months Sky will come out and repair for free, and after that they'll try and charge £65 for the callout/repair - usually threatening to cancel your subs (as there's no point paying for something you can't watch) gets you a free repair :-D




    Many thanks for all of the info. Yes, i'm not one for extended warranties myself, especially as it will be covered for 12 months anyway. I have been with Sky for 9 years and my standard box had been playing up (or so I thought - it turned out to be the auto system standby option but Sky Tech didn't tell me this!). When I thought the current box was broken I phoned Sky and they wanted £65 to repair it, in the end after 1hr of calls I cancelled the contract and then at the very end I was then offered Sky+ for a one-off £15, so in the end I have done ok I reckon. Being fitted between 12 and 5 today so i'll let you know what box they supply me.

    Steve

    I've installed two of my own Sky+ boxes and the general consensus I got from doing research is that the Pace box is the best.

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    Ungreat;4777124

    I've installed two of my own Sky+ boxes and the general consensus I got … I've installed two of my own Sky+ boxes and the general consensus I got from doing research is that the Pace box is the best.



    Thank you for the info,

    Steve

    Would avoid amstrad if possible - seem to have the most problems

    midlandscomics;4776623

    Grundig haven't produced Sky+ boxes in ages :?You'll receive on of the … Grundig haven't produced Sky+ boxes in ages :?You'll receive on of the following:PaceThomsonAmstrad



    I don't think Grundig have ever produced Sky+ receivers, they went out of business years ago.:)

    Original Poster

    Just had the box installed, it was an Amstrad. I asked if they had any others but they only had those. It's a 160gb model, picture quality and sound seem pretty good and all seems ok.

    Steve

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    I spoke too soon.... The Amstrad box has been playing up since installed. Planner has has to be rebuilt twice, record / playback failed several times, loss of sound on recorded programs. New one on the way on Monday, I hope it'll be a Pace or Thompson this time!

    Steve
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