Which is better Sky+ HD or V+ HD ?

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Found 20th Jan 2010
I've been with Sky for many years, using both TV and broadband services. Because of the distance of my house from the exchange I can only get 1.5Meg AT BEST.

I just been infomed that Virgin now have fibre to my door with speeds upto 50Mg !!!!!! Problem is I love my Sky+ box. I'm not after any of the premium channels just standard ones do me.

Question - how does the V+ box compre with the Sky+ box? Is it fast? etc

There's some stonking cashback deals on virgin - but do I move? Anyone moved care to comment?

...and from what I can see Virgin don't charge extra from HD.
...and another thing if I move from sky will I not stil be able to get free to air channels?

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Sky box is better for HD.

You are a bit confusing though, as there seems to be a lot on your mind rather than just a simple "which box is best" question.

Personally I'd go for sky based on TV-use, but internet confuses things.

Having had the both, i'd say sky. Interactive text is better i.e weather, share prices and local news etc. Also, the 'red button' on sky sports for the european football is not available on virgin.

Virgin is far far better by miles and miles and more miles...


ps will you now sell me your Sky HD box for cheap saying you won't need it?

and another thing if I move from sky will I not stil be able to get free … and another thing if I move from sky will I not stil be able to get free to air channels?



Yep as long as you still have your dish

What you will get with Virgin.......V+ box that has 80hrs of recording,free hd channels though only 7/8 so far(does include ESPN HD if you go for XL package) plus great On demand tv choices and catch up tv including BBC i player,ITV netplayer and C4OD

I have V+ and am thoroughly happy with it,on demand and catchup services I use a lot and this is where Virgin is better I think.

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Dreambox HD is the best. :-D

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Virgin box painfully slow compared to Sky + not experienced a Sky HD box yet so can't comment.

I only want the Sky HD box to use the HDMI socket.

Sky+ HD has a better interface and more hd channels.

V+ HD has more tuners, loads of on demand content and doesnt cost anything extra per month.

@soled73,

I'm in the same predicament. We have now cancelled our Sky subscription, which was sky+ and broadband. Were now looking to move to Virgin and get V+ HD. I have done some investigating and from what I have seen Virgin currently have only 7 HD channels in comparison to Sky, which currently have 33 HD channels. By July this year Virgin plan to have 20 - 30 HD channels, therefore having a much bigger selection. With Virgin if you take the XL package you get the HD subscription for free, which includes ESPN HD. (ESPN costs £12 extra per month with Sky)

The V+ box has 80Gb of storage and a huge on-demand collection. Another benefit of Virgin is that there is no service or maintenance charges, I've had so many problems with my Skybox over the years it gets so annoying. Fair enough I have never paid Sky for a call out as I've always resolved the issue myself, but now the hard drive has gone and Sky wanted £65 to confirm the hard drive had gone. (Funny enough they offered this for free when I cancelled)
Oh and one extra thing, with Virgin you can record two channels at the same time and watch a third.

Then there is the difference in broadband, I can't wait to use fibre optic and get off my rubbish 512kb connection I currently have, again due to the distance from my exchange. I'll be looking to get the phone package as well, which will give us a good saving overall.

I'm currently tracking all Virgin Media deals, so I will let you know when I find a good one.

Regards

Rob

guv;7605830

Dreambox HD is the best. :-D



until Nagra III knocks it off later this year and you have to pay

slackrat77;7617974

until Nagra III knocks it off later this year and you have to pay



That's for cable not sky. Dreambox is good however lacks on sky plus features, I.e single tuner so will only record what you currently have on the box

woz;7619185

That's for cable not sky. Dreambox is good however lacks on sky plus … That's for cable not sky. Dreambox is good however lacks on sky plus features, I.e single tuner so will only record what you currently have on the box



certainly is for now but the euro satellite providers have been using it for years now and I wouldnt be surprised if Sky does eventully bring it in.

another thing is on virgin is you can record 2 programmes while watching a third however on sky its record 1 programme while watching another progamme

guv;7605830

Dreambox HD is the best. :-D



+1 :-D

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surely the benefits of having 10-50 times faster broadband outweighs any slight differences between the boxes. V+ box seems great when I have used it around my parents.

Isnt VM cheaper overall too?

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Textreme;7620284

another thing is on virgin is you can record 2 programmes while watching … another thing is on virgin is you can record 2 programmes while watching a third however on sky its record 1 programme while watching another progamme


Here endeth the discussion imho.

only the ability to record 1 channel at a time is a major drawback

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slackrat77;7617974

until Nagra III knocks it off later this year and you have to pay



What?

You maaaaad?

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csiman;7620346

Here endeth the discussion imho.only the ability to record 1 channel at a … Here endeth the discussion imho.only the ability to record 1 channel at a time is a major drawback



Depends if your life revolves around TV I guess.

I've probably got 5000 channels and have the ability to record via sky+ or my PC hard drive. If I found out I recorded more than one program per month in the last year, I'd be shocked. (OK - maybe not as I have used series links - but its not that far off.)

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guv;7620368

Depends if your life revolves around TV I guess.I've probably got 5000 … Depends if your life revolves around TV I guess.I've probably got 5000 channels and have the ability to record via sky+ or my PC hard drive. If I found out I recorded more than one program per month in the last year, I'd be shocked. (OK - maybe not as I have used series links - but its not that far off.)


My life doesnt revolve around TV (the pub gets most of it :-D)

I find the only decent freeview programmes are on between 8 and 10pm and the good ones (imho) are always clashing.

e.g. tonight [URL="javascript:popup(57145585);"]Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World[/URL] & Silent Witness clash

This sort of thing happens all the time.

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guv;7620368

Depends if your life revolves around TV I guess.I've probably got 5000 … Depends if your life revolves around TV I guess.I've probably got 5000 channels and have the ability to record via sky+ or my PC hard drive. If I found out I recorded more than one program per month in the last year, I'd be shocked. (OK - maybe not as I have used series links - but its not that far off.)


5000 channels!!!

Does your life revolve around TV then? ;-)

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csiman;7620395

My life doesnt revolve around TV (the pub gets most of it :-D)



csiman;7620398

5000 channels!!!Does your life revolve around TV then? ;-)



I think I caught that the first time!

I could have added that I also have 1 42" Plasma, 1 37" Plasma, 1 37" LCD and 2 32" LCDs (plus 2 portables)

But the answer remains the same. The only time I would say I will be watching for sure, is when football is on. Any other time, its pretty much just in the background and not being watched by me.

(PS - all the larger TVs can also get the 5000+ channels and operate independently of each other as they all have their own satellite receivers and seperate feeds. I'm a gadget person... not a TV addict!)

I read that as VD then, was going to plum for Sky+ :lol: :?

Oh btw, sky are due to add 15 new HD channels this year.

However Freesat is also due to add more HD channels and BBC & ITV player on TV's that have networking capabilities

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guv;7620566

I think I caught that the first time!I could have added that I also have … I think I caught that the first time!I could have added that I also have 1 42" Plasma, 1 37" Plasma, 1 37" LCD and 2 32" LCDs (plus 2 portables)But the answer remains the same. The only time I would say I will be watching for sure, is when football is on. Any other time, its pretty much just in the background and not being watched by me.(PS - all the larger TVs can also get the 5000+ channels and operate independently of each other as they all have their own satellite receivers and seperate feeds. I'm a gadget person... not a TV addict!)


Blimey! Impressive but why no big screen TV? :-D

Original Poster

loll1es;7620627

Oh btw, sky are due to add 15 new HD channels this year.However Freesat … Oh btw, sky are due to add 15 new HD channels this year.However Freesat is also due to add more HD channels and BBC & ITV player on TV's that have networking capabilities



I've just added iplayer to my Tv via my Wii - blooming great. Everything is merging with everything else.
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