TV Options?

We shall be purchasing our own property soon, it is all going through at the moment.
Thus the question of TV comes into play, our last place we had Sky with 3/4 mixes on a Sky+ box and had internet with them as well.
Our internet this time round will be with be there, and for the last year we have just done with Freeview.

So what are the options you would suggest along with prices etc?
Were not huge TV lovers, but like lots of things like National Geographic, and also Sky 1 would be nice.

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Original Poster

So it seems I have a few options of:
Sky+HD - No more Sky+ it seems.
Virgin Media - although seems cable only, and don't think we are in a cabled area.
BT Vision - Doesnt look that appealing unless I'm wrong.
FreeSat HD - Seems a good idea, but seems setup costs are fairly high for everything.

So what have people got and opinions? Obviously guessing most will have Sky.

Were getting a sky+HD box installed today but we havent taken out the extra HD package if that any help.

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dmtuk;8269676

Were getting a sky+HD box installed today but we havent taken out the … Were getting a sky+HD box installed today but we havent taken out the extra HD package if that any help.



Well I thought I'd be a little tempted to get the HD pack if we got Sky+HD, but I've been told certain HD channels you get anyway.

awoodhall2003;8269518

So it seems I have a few options of:Sky+HD - No more Sky+ it seems.Virgin … So it seems I have a few options of:Sky+HD - No more Sky+ it seems.Virgin Media - although seems cable only, and don't think we are in a cabled area.BT Vision - Doesnt look that appealing unless I'm wrong.FreeSat HD - Seems a good idea, but seems setup costs are fairly high for everything.So what have people got and opinions? Obviously guessing most will have Sky.



Sky don't offer standard Sky+ boxes anymore, only HD ones. You don't need to take out the HD subscription however. That said, I had HD installed at the beginning of the week (took advantage of Sky offering free HD subscription for a year) and the quality is fantastic. I'd definitely recommend it.

It sounds to me that Sky is probably your best bet from what you've said, I'd give them a call and ask what offers they have. Mention you used to be a customer, they seem to have good deals for people to come back....

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civms47;8269803

Sky don't offer standard Sky+ boxes anymore, only HD ones. You don't … Sky don't offer standard Sky+ boxes anymore, only HD ones. You don't need to take out the HD subscription however. That said, I had HD installed at the beginning of the week (took advantage of Sky offering free HD subscription for a year) and the quality is fantastic. I'd definitely recommend it.It sounds to me that Sky is probably your best bet from what you've said, I'd give them a call and ask what offers they have. Mention you used to be a customer, they seem to have good deals for people to come back....



Yeah well there is two of us, I've been a customer before but my fiancee hasnt, so depends if new or old customers get the better deal.
I was just thinking I've heard a few people mention freesat before, but just seems expensive upfront.

awoodhall2003;8269819

Yeah well there is two of us, I've been a customer before but my fiancee … Yeah well there is two of us, I've been a customer before but my fiancee hasnt, so depends if new or old customers get the better deal.I was just thinking I've heard a few people mention freesat before, but just seems expensive upfront.



Best of both worlds then!!! I've never had freesat so don't know much about it, but HD is brilliant. I was skeptical about the quality difference before, but after watching a few different programmes the difference is very noticeable imo. HD is the way forward!!

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civms47;8269845

Best of both worlds then!!! I've never had freesat so don't know much … Best of both worlds then!!! I've never had freesat so don't know much about it, but HD is brilliant. I was skeptical about the quality difference before, but after watching a few different programmes the difference is very noticeable imo. HD is the way forward!!



So can you confirm you get some HD channels without paying for the HD pack?
I never had a problem with the Sky+ with a decent scart card anyway.

You buying a new tele too...

Saw an advert for a 1 yesterday, looked good.

3D ready too.

awoodhall2003;8269887

So can you confirm you get some HD channels without paying for the HD … So can you confirm you get some HD channels without paying for the HD pack?I never had a problem with the Sky+ with a decent scart card anyway.



You'll get BBC HD, ITV1 HD (I think that's available now, as of yesterday) and Channel 4 HD at present. I believe that Five HD and Luxe HD will become available at some point this year too.

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vengod;8269897

You buying a new tele too...Saw an advert for a 1 yesterday, looked … You buying a new tele too...Saw an advert for a 1 yesterday, looked good.3D ready too.


Nah I've got a 42" LG Plasma that I am more then happy with. :thumbsup:

cookiemonster83;8269994

You'll get BBC HD, ITV1 HD (I think that's available now, as of … You'll get BBC HD, ITV1 HD (I think that's available now, as of yesterday) and Channel 4 HD at present. I believe that Five HD and Luxe HD will become available at some point this year too.


civms47;8270030

I'd imagine you'll get these … I'd imagine you'll get these channelshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8593490.stm


Cheers, looks alright then! That will suffice on the HD front.

awoodhall2003;8270049

Nah I've got a 42" LG Plasma that I am more then happy with. … Nah I've got a 42" LG Plasma that I am more then happy with. :thumbsup:Cheers, looks alright then! That will suffice on the HD front.



I'm cancelling my Sky subs next month as it hit me that the vast majority of my HD viewing is on BBC HD and Channel 4 HD, so I'm just going to get a Sky Freesat card. The only downside of course is losing the Sky+ functionality, but I think I'd probably rather pay that (£10 a month) and hopefully an HD Freesat recorder will be much cheaper in say, a years time.

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cookiemonster83;8270111

I'm cancelling my Sky subs next month as it hit me that the vast majority … I'm cancelling my Sky subs next month as it hit me that the vast majority of my HD viewing is on BBC HD and Channel 4 HD, so I'm just going to get a Sky Freesat card. The only downside of course is losing the Sky+ functionality, but I think I'd probably rather pay that (£10 a month) and hopefully an HD Freesat recorder will be much cheaper in say, a years time.


Yeah do miss the recording facility.
dcx_badass;8270164

Freesat isn't that expensive, HD box is like £50 and you can install your … Freesat isn't that expensive, HD box is like £50 and you can install your dish yourself, we just got an old sky dish from a friend that they didn't use and put that up. Also you could also look at freesat from sky.


I was looking at the HD+ box though, we have a communal dish but we only have one satellite point in the apartment, so we need to either get a secondary line somehow. Also not allowed to mount dishes on the building, I'm sure it will be in the contract.

Original Poster

Rep left for all so far. Cheers.

To be honest, if you have a Plasma TV, I doubt that you will notice much difference between SD ( normal ) and HD, Plasma TV's seem better at displaying SD broadcasts.

dcx_badass;8270164

Freesat isn't that expensive, HD box is like £50 and you can install your … Freesat isn't that expensive, HD box is like £50 and you can install your dish yourself, we just got an old sky dish from a friend that they didn't use and put that up. Also you could also look at freesat from sky.



It's cheap for a standard box, but the price gets higher and higher if you want HD and PVR facilities.

Original Poster

Inactive;8271758

To be honest, if you have a Plasma TV, I doubt that you will notice much … To be honest, if you have a Plasma TV, I doubt that you will notice much difference between SD ( normal ) and HD, Plasma TV's seem better at displaying SD broadcasts.


Yeah Sky+ over a THOR scart looked amazing on the 42" LG Plasma from about 8ft away. Obviously you could tell the difference between SD and then PS3/360/Bluray but I believe the HD transmission bitrate is quite significantly lower then that of a bluray.

cookiemonster83;8272266

It's cheap for a standard box, but the price gets higher and higher if … It's cheap for a standard box, but the price gets higher and higher if you want HD and PVR facilities.


Yeah ideally I'd want a recording device.

awoodhall2003;8269758

Well I thought I'd be a little tempted to get the HD pack if we got … Well I thought I'd be a little tempted to get the HD pack if we got Sky+HD, but I've been told certain HD channels you get anyway.



freeview hd is out not and built into the new sony models id get that there very good plus you can save money on the monthly out goings

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tradeingplaces45;8272954

freeview hd is out not and built into the new sony models id get that … freeview hd is out not and built into the new sony models id get that there very good plus you can save money on the monthly out goings



Yeah it is:
freesat.co.uk/ind…ain
:thumbsup:
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