Sky HD

Sky HD (or Sky+ HD to give it its proper name) was launched in 2006 and takes the picture and sound quality of Sky TV to a whole new level.

Sky HD What Do I Need?

In order to get it you need a Sky+ HD box, the Sky HD Pack and an HD ready TV.

What’s on Sky+ HD?

Movies – including Premiere, Comedy, Family, Modern Greats and Screen1 and Screen2, Sport – 5 Sky Sports HD channels plus ESPN, Eurosport and more, Sky Box Office – in glorious HD and lots more – including Arts, Sci-Fi, History and BBC and Channel 4 HD.

The Sky+HD Box is now free when you join Sky TV with the HD Pack (Standard set-up is normally £30 but that’s also free now!) plus there is usually a Marks & Spencers voucher offer when you join online, although this deal changes from time to time. The HD Pack costs £10.25 a month extra on top of your regular Sky subscription.

Sky HD Channels

With 50 HD channels available and increasing all the time, Sky has easily the largest selection of HD programmes at the moment, although Virgin TV are working hard to catch up. Sky HD channels work on a system called ‘linear entitlement’, where HD Pack customers will only have access to the HD channels that are aligned with the entertainment packs to which they subscribe. So to watch Sky1 HD, they must have a HD subscription and the Entertainment Pack, as Sky1 is part of that pack.

HD Channels in the Entertainment Pack

The Sky Entertainment Pack gives you 15 HD channels plus six free to air HD channels which are available without subscription.

  • Sky1 HD
  • Sky Atlantic HD
  • Sky Living HD
  • Sky Arts 1 HD
  • Sky Arts 2 HD
  • FX HD
  • Syfy HD
  • Universal Channel HD
  • Sky News HD
  • Comedy Central HD
  • Good Food HD
  • E4 HD
  • BBC HD
  • BBC1 HD
  • ITV1 HD
  • ITV2 HD
  • ITV3 HD
  • ITV4 HD
  • Channel 4 HD
  • NHK HD
  • Five HD

HD Channels in the Entertainment Extra Pack

If you take the Sky Entertainment Extra Pack for an extra £5 a month you get all these channels plus the following;

  • Discovery HD
  • History HD
  • National Geographic Channel HD
  • Nat Geo Wild HD
  • Bio. HD
  • Crime & Investigation Network HD
  • Eden HD
  • MTVN HD.
  • Sky Sports News HD
  • Eurosport HD
  • Cartoon Network HD
  • Disney Channel HD
  • Disney XD HD
  • Nickelodeon HD

Sky Movies HD Channels

  • Sky Movies Premiere HD
  • Sky Movies Showcase HD
  • Sky Movies Comedy HD
  • Sky Movies Action & Adventure HD
  • Sky Movies Family HD
  • Sky Movies Crime & Thriller HD
  • Sky Movies Drama & Romance HD
  • Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror HD
  • Sky Movies Modern Greats HD
  • Sky Movies Indie HD
  • Sky Movies Classics HD
  • Disney Cinemagic HD

Sky Sports HD Channels

  • Sky Sports HD1
  • Sky Sports HD2
  • Sky Sports HD3
  • Sky Sports HD4

Included in the Sky World Package

  • Sky 3D

Premium (Standalone channels you can add for a monthly fee)

  • ESPN America HD
  • ESPN HD

Pay Per View

  • Sky Box Office HD 1
  • Sky Box Office HD 2

Sky HD is broadcast in the formats 720p (standard HDTV resolution) and 1080i (used by Full HD and HD ready displays like high-end LCD, plasma and rear projection TVs). As of May 2011 just under 3.7 million customers had taken Sky HD – the first quarter of 2010 was a huge time (428,000 new subscribers) as the free Sky+HD box was offered for the first time, however the first quarter of 2011 was healthy with 189,000 new HD subscribers. This is largely down to the increasing choice of content in HD, with channels like Sky Atlantic HD bringing very high quality US drama to the UK.

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