That distant rumbling is the sound of a web stampede racing over to Sky’s HD website – it’s just announced pricing for the service and is taking pre-orders for installations in May.
The HD Box costs £300, with the subscription adding an extra £10 a month to your existing Sky digital subs.
Your existing channels package will then determine which high-def channels you get – the HD versions of Sky One, Artsworld, National Geographic, Discovery and Sky Box Office will be available for everyone, but to get Sky Sports and Movies you’ll need to be subscribing to their equivalents in your digital package.
This means that if you’re an existing subscriber and want to get all the HD channels you’ll be paying a hefty £52.50 a month. New customers can get a slightly cheaper deal for the first three months thanks to Sky’s introductory offer.
To pre-order you need to pay a £30 deposit by midnight on 5th April – Sky will then call you back to get it installed in May.
If you don’t fancy shelling out for the deposit, you’ll have to wait for Sky HD’s public launch – there’s still no news on when this will be, but you might be cutting it fine for the Beeb’s World Cup coverage [story here].
For a full list of Sky HD’s pricing, go to its website here and click on the tiny ‘Join Sky HD’ link.