Sky Plus, or Sky+, is the built in Personal Video Recorder (PVR) service that comes with Sky Digital TV. Originally launched in September 2001, Sky+ used to require a special box, distinct from the normal digibox, but in January 2010 this was phased out and the Sky+HD Box became the standard issue set-top box. Customers taking Sky TV now will all receive the Sky+HD Box and then choose whether or not to take the HD pack for an extra monthly fee.
What Does Sky Plus Do?
Sky+ enables viewers to pause, rewind and record live TV. Like any PVR it does this by storing the programme data in a hard drive – in the case of pausing and rewinding this is very temporary as the hard drive plays it back when you press play again and with recording it’s usually kept for a longer period but the principle is the same.
As a Sky+ customer you can
- Pause and rewind live TV
- Use Series Link – this records an entire series of a show at the touch of a button
- Record programmes easily – without setting a timer or looking around for tapes
- Watch Sky Anytime – a hand-picked collection of the best of the week’s TV
- Set your Sky+HD Box to record remotely – set recordings from your mobile phone up to 30 minutes before the start of the programme for a 25p charge
What Do I Need?
- Sky TV subscription
- A Sky+HD Box
The Sky+HD Box is now free for new Sky customers with a standard £30 set-up fee, although this is often reduced as part of special Sky TV deals so it’s often possible to get both box and set-up free.
You find PVRs in all digital TV services – in Virgin Media it’s the V+ service, BT Vision and Top Up TV boxes offer a similar facility and any Freeview box with the Freeview Plus logo is also equipped for pausing, rewinding and recording.
All new customers joining Sky TV have access to Sky+ as the basic starter bundles come with either the Sky+ box or the Sky+HD box, depending on whether you subscribe to the HD pack. This is different to Virgin Media where the TV packages do not feature the V+ service unless you choose to upgrade to a V+HD or TiVo box for an extra fee.
Sky Plus Boxes
There are essentially 2 versions of the Sky+ box available now, the regular Sky+HD box and the 1 terabyte version. The Sky+HD box has a 500GB hard drive, 250GB of which is available for you to use for recording and the other 250GB is used for the Sky Anytime service, which gives you access to a selection of on-demand content which is automatically saved to the hard drive overnight to be accessed on demand. The 1TB version of the box has the same features except with a 1TB hard drive for personal use and 500GB for the Sky Anytime service, so it has 4 times the storage of the regular box.
Sky TV Packages
Sky TV Starter Deal
£10 a month First 6 Months
Sky+ triple bundle with TV, broadband and calls. Free Sky+ Box with free standard set-up, 2GB broadband use, evening & weekend calls. Full price £20 a month plus £12.25 line rental
£20.25 a month First 6 Months
Get the HD box FREE with free set-up and have fantastic HD quality TV – includes broadband and Sky Talk Freetime. Full price £30.25 a month plus £12.25 line rental.
Sky+HD with Sky Movies
£36.25 a month First 6 Months
Movies in HD, 850 different movies a month, Free Sky+HD box, HD pack with wide choice of HD channels, broadband and talk. Full price £46.25 a month plus £12.25 line rental.
Sky+HD with Sky Sports
£40.25 a month First 6 Months
The fantastic Sky+HD Box, Sky Entertainment Pack plus Sky Sports! – over 100 sports with exclusive live coverage. Full price £50.25 a month plus £12.25 line rental.