Sky was well on its way to ubiquity before the dawn of hi-def broadcasting, and it doesn’t intend to start giving ground now. First out of the blocks with its HD PVR, Sky HD sets a standard its competitors blanch at the thought of reaching.
Connecting the box to your HD Ready TV via the HDMI output, Sky HD content – and there’s plenty of it – looks pristine. Colours are vibrant, and pictures are so detailed TV make-up artists will need to step things up. Some of Sky’s football coverage is so crisp, it looks like it was shot on film.
Apart from the price, though, there are a few shortcomings. Sky will happily tell you the HD box has a 300GB hard drive, but only 160GB is available for recordings – the rest is for mysterious ‘future upgrades’. 160GB is plenty if you plan to tear yourself away from the telly every now and then, but all the same…