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    Hi All,

    Am moving into a new flat shortly and noticed that the existing tenants have sky (the sky+ box under the TV gave it away!).

    I wouldn't mind having HD channels to watch on my Panny 42 and even the World Cup this summer.

    Should I get Sky HD or do people recommend Virgin instead or should I opt for a HD freeview box, something liek Foxsat? Am I right in assuming it can be easily plugged into existing Sky cables (when sky + box disappears?)

    What are peoples thoughts on the subject.

    Thanks in advance,

    J

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    It's swings and roundabouts I suppose. Virgin don't charge a monthly fee for HD but you can count the number of HD channels on the fingers of one hand. Sky on the other hand charge a monthly fee of £10 / month but have about 34 HD channels currently available. Whether you'd want to watch many of them is probably debatable but there's something for everyone.

    If you aint bothered about HD go with the freeview hd (if you have freeview hd box - Ithink)

    but if you want sky at the mo they are doing a deal where friends and family can get free install free hd box and 6 months free hd (dont worry Iaint a rep) if you want a refer code pm me your email

    i would recommend Freesat which will give you HD without extra cost - you always get a good signal and you can use the existing Sky dish connection.

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    zackariah;8747343

    If you aint bothered about HD go with the freeview hd (if you have … If you aint bothered about HD go with the freeview hd (if you have freeview hd box - Ithink)but if you want sky at the mo they are doing a deal where friends and family can get free install free hd box and 6 months free hd (dont worry Iaint a rep) if you want a refer code pm me your email



    so how much would that cost per month? how much is it to add movies HD and/or sport?

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    doogan9;8747514

    i would recommend Freesat which will give you HD without extra cost - you … i would recommend Freesat which will give you HD without extra cost - you always get a good signal and you can use the existing Sky dish connection.



    is it a case of plugging the leads that currently go into the sky+ box from the dish into a humaz foxsat type box instead? is it worth getting one with a hard drive or just grab a basic receiver?

    luvadealme;8751320

    so how much would that cost per month? how much is it to add movies HD … so how much would that cost per month? how much is it to add movies HD and/or sport?



    Not sure how much it cost per month probably 30-40 (dont quote me) but if you get the friend deal you dont pay for hd channels for six months

    Sorry about late reply - yes, just plug in to Freesat the same as for Sky. If you need a method of recording then better with hard drive but cost is a lot more. Personally I am still using a VHS recorder because of its versatility - taking the tape to another room when I want to.


    luvadealme;8751335

    is it a case of plugging the leads that currently go into the sky+ box … is it a case of plugging the leads that currently go into the sky+ box from the dish into a humaz foxsat type box instead? is it worth getting one with a hard drive or just grab a basic receiver?

    Having only used the V+ box for HD i'd have to highly recommend this as it Upscales to 720p / 1080i but for some reason not 1080p not sure what sky does - i'd have to presume that it would also upscale but it also has the £10/m extra for HD channels which Virgin are getting more of soon since they have signed a deal with sky.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for your advice guys, am still thinking. Thinking now that freesat might be good enough just so I can watch the footy in HD. Less of a commitment than the other options as well.

    Original Poster

    another thought, if the current tenant, threatened to leave sky, would they get offered a good retention deal? I.e better than new subscribers?

    Also do you have to commit to another 12 months with these retention deals?

    Thanks,

    James
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