Upgrade to Sky HD

Sky HD

HD or High Definition TV gives a new level of depth and clarity to your viewing experience and Sky Digital are the UK leaders in HD in terms of content and channels. There are great deals for new HD customers and existing customers alike, so if you want to upgrade to Sky HD here are the details – if you’re a new customer go to our Sky+HD Starter page.

Existing Sky TV customers who upgrade to HD get a free Sky+HD box and free set-up (depending on the box you currently have – see below. If you already have the new black Sky+ box you don’t even need to change it, just add the HD Pack to your subscription as the box is HD ready. After that you’ll be able to watch any HD variants of the channels in your package – Sky has over 50 HD channels available but you can only watch the HD channel if you subscribe to the standard definition version.

If you have an older Sky box – that is, not the black one – you will need to upgrade to the new one for HD, in which case the box is still free but a £60 set-up fee applies.

Of course, you need an HD ready TV in order to watch HD.

Details of the Upgrade to Sky HD package

The Sky+HD Box

The Sky+HD Box enables you to pause and rewind live TV and to record and store content in the hard drive. Although there is a bigger box available with 1 terabyte of memory the regular Sky+HD box has 500GB of storage space, and this is split in half, giving you 250GB for personal use and 250GB that the box uses to download and store Sky on-demand content.

HD Channels on Sky

How many HD channels you will get depends on the TV package you subscribe to. The Sky Entertainment Pack (this used to be Variety and Style & Culture pack channels) 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

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

Anyone with the Sky Movies Pack will be able to receive the following channels in HD;

  • 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

And finally if you have the Sky Sports Pack you can get thses HD variants;

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