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I currently have Freeview in my new flat, but... I only get 15 channels rather than the 60 something that is normal. Its due to the fact that i have a shared aerial and signal boosters apparently do not work with Freeview so that rules that out.

 

I have a HDTV with a spare HDMI port, so I figured I might go for Sky+ HD. I just wondered if anyone has any experience with it and if its worth buying over freeview?

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I'm running Freesat at the moment. Sky is better (obviously), but it costs a bomb.

 

I guess it's down to how much TV you watch. Can you justify £60 a month just for TV channels?

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I would say most definitely, but I'm a massive TV fan.

 

Do you watch a lot of TV? Plus you can afford it (probably...) comfortably right? You might aswell. I adore Sky.

 

Theres just tonnes of stuff thats like "ooooh, thats cool" and such.

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My parents got it when it first came out (my step dad is a massive home cinema fan). They stopped paying the HD subsription after a year because it simply wasn't worth it.

 

Sky+ is great, though.

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I'm running Freesat at the moment. Sky is better (obviously), but it costs a bomb.

 

I guess it's down to how much TV you watch. Can you justify £60 a month just for TV channels?

 

I'd end up going for just: News, Entertainment, Music, Movies 1 and the HD addon, which is like £39 a month.

 

My parents got it when it first came out (my step dad is a massive home cinema fan). They stopped paying the HD subsription after a year because it simply wasn't worth it.

 

Sky+ is great, though.

 

Sky+ and the HD service is only £10 a month extra now i think rather than £20.

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Sky+ and the HD service is only £10 a month extra now i think rather than £20.

 

It was £10 when it first came out (unless you wanted it without the Sports/Movie packages, but without those it's even more pointless).

 

The main problem was that it looked great when you were looking at how great it is, but when you're watching a show you don't really notice that much.

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It was £10 when it first came out (unless you wanted it without the Sports/Movie packages, but without those it's even more pointless).

 

The main problem was that it looked great when you were looking at how great it is, but when you're watching a show you don't really notice that much.

 

Like hell you don't. I certainly do especially if you put them side by side or go back to SD after a long time of HD.

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Like hell you don't. I certainly do especially if you put them side by side or go back to SD after a long time of HD.

 

With many consoles having DVD upscalers and whatnot, I'd certainly say it's true that the jump for video from SD to HD isn't anywhere near as noticeable as it is with games. That's why DVDs will stick around for a long, long time.

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With many consoles having DVD upscalers and whatnot, I'd certainly say it's true that the jump for video from SD to HD isn't anywhere near as noticeable as it is with games. That's why DVDs will stick around for a long, long time.

 

Have you seen a decent HD-DVD/Blu-Ray transfer on a good 1080p TV? They look incredible! DVDs will stick around because they're cheap, it's the only reason i find myself buying them still. I'm gonna be going Blu for my new releases, shop around and stuff like Iron Man can be had for a couple of quid more than the DVD. Just waiting on the pre/post-Christmas price drop on the players

 

I'd end up going for just: News, Entertainment, Music, Movies 1 and the HD addon, which is like £39 a month.

 

It depends what you're after then really. If you're happy with the freeview range on channels then look at Freesat, if not then Sky. Both will boost your signal by the same amount. One thing i will say about Freesat though is the range of channels isn't great and only the BBC actually have a HD channel on there at the moment.

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You should have got it last month! Boxes were half price. I just got it and I am VERY impressed. Football looks stunning to be honest. I'm surprised at just how good the picture is. Nat Geo and Discovery are now 2 of my favourite channels.

 

If you can afford it I say go for it.

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Have you seen a decent HD-DVD/Blu-Ray transfer on a good 1080p TV? They look incredible! DVDs will stick around because they're cheap, it's the only reason i find myself buying them still. I'm gonna be going Blu for my new releases, shop around and stuff like Iron Man can be had for a couple of quid more than the DVD. Just waiting on the pre/post-Christmas price drop on the player

 

Well I have a 32" and since it's not really large enough to really warrant a 1080p resolution I'd say I'm probably viewing a similar thing (Casino Royale on BD) but maybe not the additional contrast ratio / colour depth a better TV provides (cracking TV though, still). It's much less obvious a jump than with games, but that's probably because you're interactive with games and are panning the camera yourself, so it seems more noticeable.

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We have sky+ HD and I think it's worth it because we watch alot of sport and the picture is just fantastic. There still aren't enough HD channels though, and the ones there are often don't have the best TV shows on them. It's probably because of the way they're filmed or whatever, but it's pretty annoying. Sky+ every time though, and HD if you have the money.

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I went for Freesat HD and it's great! BBC HD looks incredible.

 

If you went for Sky+ HD then it would probably be worth it for you to get the triple play package: TV, Phone and BB. I hear there's plans for Sky+ HD customers with Sky Broadband to get a video on demand service in the next few months. Not sure if you'll be able to get the Sky LLU Broadband package where you are though, you'll have to check it out.

 

I've also heard that after Sky cut the HD box to half price they ran out for the rest of the year so you might have to get a refurbished box instead of a new one. Good news is I hear they're even cheaper.

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