Hi-Def Sky box unveiled

Hot on the heels of the mind-blowing news about the satellite-led resurgence of gnomes, Sky has released the first pictures of its new hi-def satellit

Hot on the heels of the mind-blowing news about the satellite-led resurgence of gnomes, Sky has released the first pictures of its new hi-def satellite box. The HD service, which is expected to go live in early in 2006, will bring DVD-defying ,crystal-clear movies to your home – if you're willing to pay for the privilege. Many of today's top-end plasma and LCD screens are hi-def compatible, and the difference between standard resolution pictures is amazing. On your current TV, only half of the 576 lines of pixels are updated at a time, but with Sky's hi-def signals, all of the 720 lines are updated at once. That means the picture is more than twice as crisp, and is a real improvement on DVD too. There's plenty more info on hi-def on Sky's HD site and in the September edition of Stuff, out today.