We tried to get Sky however the installer was lazy. He tried putting the dish at the back door where there were trees blocking the signal. Despite the fact that the obvious solution was to put the dish at the apex of the roof round the corner he couldn't be bothered to get a big ladder.
So we ended up getting ITV Digital. I was annoyed as we got it during the only week that they were not giving out the Monkeys
Had the Philips box, which of course was a lump, and a relatively low level subscription but it was a complete revelation compared to analogue.
Course it didn't last long and we were left in the strange limbo period between ITV Digital going bust and Freeview launching. We did not send our box back...
We then had the joy of the pre-freeview experience, The Hits barker channel of a dozen songs on repeat, various static cards etc. Then eventually freeview came along.
Next was the Goodmans GDB2 for my bedroom, an amazing little box that was lightning fast, and amazingly had a full firmware upgrade mid life that vastly improved the user experience. Plus if you charmed the right person on digital spy they'd send you the better remote control out for free. A GDB3 followed for my bedroom with the 2 moving downstairs. Eventually the ITV Digital box died at about the same time Lidl were selling STBs for a tenner, so the rest of the TVs got converted en-masse at the same time we replaced that.
I should point out that, at this time, there was only one widescreen tv in the house: a "reoc" (a Beko TV rebadged for Safeway) with the oldest TV being a rock solid philips 14" one in the kitchen from 1989 which amazingly had a scart lead.
Obv since then TV's at mum's house have been replaced with LCD models with freeview / freeview hd built in.
I meanwhile have had Virgin for the past 13 years. Started with a scientific atlanta V box, before upgrading to V+ (amazingly managed to get the vastly superior Samsung box first time). Got TiVo when it was brand new (and got to keep the V+ in a second room) although that little freebie has long since expired meaning there's a redundant and annoying cable in my bedroom.
The V6 box is lightyears ahead of the original TiVo and shows what Virgin can do when they bother to spend money on hardware. Shame they can't do the same with their routers.
Meanwhile I only recently got rid of my old TV table, which was silver, to match the TVs of that time. Since then we had the gloss black period, the matte black period and seem to be moving towards some accessories being white, as bezels from the TV's themselves become ever more invisible.
I am sick of been persicuted by you immature TV Forumers!