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Upgrading to Sky HD

Are you a Sky or Sky+ customer? If so you must have thought about upgrading to HD – here are the details and answers to any questions you may have about upgrading to Sky HD.

Firstly, what are the benefits? Well, as long as you have an HD-ready TV you’re suddenly going to have up to 55 channels in glorious high definition – we say ‘up to’ 55 as the HD channels you’ll get will match the channels you already have in your Sky TV package, so if you already have a Sky Sports package you’ll get those channels in HD once you upgrade, same with the 6 TV Packs. One of the highlights of Sky HD at the moment is the new Sky Atlantic channel in high definition – the channel is part of the Variety Pack but is included in all Sky packages as an introductory special until Aug 31st 2011 and it features the best of quality drama from the states such as Mad Men and Six Feet Under and new programmes Boardwalk Empire and Blue Bloods.

How to Upgrade to Sky+ HD

If you already have a Sky+ HD Box then all you need to do is add the HD Pack for an extra £10.25 a month and no extra set-up.

To get a Sky+ HD Box you have 3 options – with self set-up, engineer set-up or with Multiroom.

  • >> Self Set-Up £15 one-off fee plus the £10.25 a month for the HD Pack – the box is sent to you by courier.
  • >> Engineer Set-Up £60 one-off fee plus the £10.25 a month for the HD Pack – an engineer comes to install the box for you.
  • >> Multiroom Free set-up then £10.25 a month for the HD Pack and £10.25 a month for Multiroom, total £20.50 a month.

Channels on Sky+ HD

Here is a reminder of the channels currently available on Sky HD (depending on which packages you subscribe to)

Free to air HD channels

  • BBC One HD
  • BBC HD
  • ITV1 HD
  • ITV2 HD
  • ITV3 HD
  • ITV4 HD
  • Luxury Life HD

Free to view HD channels

  • Channel 4 HD
  • Channel Five HD

Included in the Variety Pack

  • Sky1 HD
  • Sky Atlantic HD
  • FX HD
  • Syfy HD
  • Universal Channel HD
  • Comedy Central HD
  • Living HD

Included in the Knowledge Pack

  • Bio. HD
  • Discovery HD
  • National Geographic Channel HD
  • Nat Geo Wild HD
  • History HD
  • Crime & Investigation Network HD
  • Eden HD

Included in the News and Events Pack

  • Eurosport HD
  • Rush HD

Included in the Style and Culture Pack

  • Sky Arts 1 HD
  • Sky Arts 2 HD
  • Good Food HD

Included in the Children’s Pack

  • Nickelodeon HD
  • Disney XD HD

Included in the Music Pack


Sports Pack (click here for more info)

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

Movies Pack (click here for more info)

  • 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
  • MGM HD
  • Disney Cinemagic HD

Included in the HD Pack

  • E4 HD
  • ITV2 HD
  • Sky Sports News HD
  • Sky News HD

Included in the Sky World Package

  • Sky 3D

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

  • ESPN America HD

Pay Per View

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

Click here or on the banner above to upgrade to Sky+ HD.

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