Sky HD installs arrive in time for World Cup

Jammy dodgers that we are, the engineers from Sky turned up at Stuff Towers this morning to wire us up for high definition. We’re not here to gloat, t

Jammy dodgers that we are, the engineers from Sky turned up at Stuff Towers this morning to wire us up for high definition. We’re not here to gloat, though, as we have good news for you: Sky HD starts getting installed in homes around the country on 22nd May.

According to the satellite broadcaster – which’ll be the only way to watch the BBC’s World Cup matches in high-def – more than 40,000 early adopters have already signed on the dotted line. That’s more customers than Sky+ attracted in its entire first year: not bad for a service that only went on sale a month ago [story here].

Sky’s also been tantalising us with more details of what, exactly, you’ll be able to watch. The first week throws up some cool stuff on the ten high-def launch channels, including Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – that opening space battle in HD? Yes, please – and the England versus Sri Lanka Second Test cricket.

There’s also high-def art over on Artsworld, Wallace and Gromit’s Were-Rabbit laughfest and the Rugby Union Guiness Premiership final on Sky, both on Sky Box Office.

The cherry, of course, is the BBC’s channel, featuring super detailed Englanders playing in the World Cup, plus HD repeats of Bleak House and Planet Earth.

If you can’t wait, we’ll have a story for you this weekend, replete with our first thoughts on the Sky HD box.