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MetalGearRex1,058 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
My mum's Sky HD box has just updated with the new look. Anyone else here think this is a SkyQ lookalike menu?

They're pushing the On Demand aspect of Sky with the new update.

Elsewhere, all Sky TV bundles now include Sky Q for new customers - the Sky+HD box is no longer being sold, but it's being supported for the foreseeable future.


Ooh, that's interesting, it used to cost more to upgrade to SkyQ from Sky+HD, to the tune of an extra £12 a month as you're obliged to take Multiroom by the looks of it. Yet for new customers that doesn't apply.

And SkyHD boxes are easily available anyway on the second hand market for existing Sky+HD customers, so when they do pack up (which they rarely do anyway as they're quite reliable pieces of kit hardware wise) there's no need to jump up to SkyQ.

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Probably the first step in Sky upgrading the platform to DVB S2, and I'd imagine that SD boxes will be pulled off completely by then. The SD box support is keeping Sky Box Office and to a lesser extent, Sky2, on life support.


There are no end of channels only available in SD. I very much doubt those old boxes are going anywhere for a long while and I believe they still make up a chunk of the viewer base - not a majority I'm sure - but sizeable.

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Also this is classic Sky - introduce a new product and then push for faster take up of the new services, echoing what they did with Sky Digital and Sky+.


But that's how Sky works and how it has always worked - they've always done aggressive marketing of their latest and greatest. SkyQ isn't any different in that regard. The only real difference between it and Sky+ is that they own the SkyQ equipment (for the moment, that may change) whereas you owned the Sky+ hardware.

It's obvious Sky are pushing Sky Q aggressively, it's their business model to ensure rapid take up of their latest STB technology. And I'd say that they would take their transponder switch to DVB S2 as quickly as possible, seeing that they've already completed it in Germany.

As for Sky Q becoming the main box for all new Sky TV customers, it's nice to see the service turn to a more cost effective manner, while its adoption will be boosted considerably by the changes that Sky have brought through.
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Neil Jones3,687 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Is it possible to purchase a Sky Q box and own it - last time I checked it looked like they were going down the 'permanent rental' solution?


Don't think so, apparently the principle is already in place in Germany and Italy where they own the boxes, so applying it to Sky Q makes logical sense.

Of course with the SkyHD+ boxes, there was nothing to stop you taking it to pieces and putting a bigger hard drive in it. That won't be an option with Sky Q, though that being said HD video takes up an obscene amount of hard drive space (350hrs on a 2Tb drive, supposedly) and Ultra HD recording will take even more.

I can see a 2Tb drive filling up fairly quickly when UHD becomes the norm, and when you need/want a bigger drive because you don't own the equipment you have to go back to Sky to get new equipment. Nice future little money spinner?
noggin12,354 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Is it possible to purchase a Sky Q box and own it - last time I checked it looked like they were going down the 'permanent rental' solution?


Don't think so, apparently the principle is already in place in Germany and Italy where they own the boxes, so applying it to Sky Q makes logical sense.

Of course with the SkyHD+ boxes, there was nothing to stop you taking it to pieces and putting a bigger hard drive in it. That won't be an option with Sky Q, though that being said HD video takes up an obscene amount of hard drive space (350hrs on a 2Tb drive, supposedly) and Ultra HD recording will take even more.

I can see a 2Tb drive filling up fairly quickly when UHD becomes the norm, and when you need/want a bigger drive because you don't own the equipment you have to go back to Sky to get new equipment. Nice future little money spinner?


Plus if you have a mini-box you will need to schedule recordings for both UHD and HD versions of content in UHD, as the Mini box can't play UHD recordings (it can't output UHD nor can it downscale internally - suspect it is H264 and MPEG 2 only)