It’ll go down as one of the defining dates of the tech year – Sky HD will go on sale to James and Jenny Public from next Wednesday 12th April.
Before you start inviting friends over for your HD World Cup, though, a word of caution: installations won’t start until May, when you’ll be put in a queue behind all the people who managed to pre-order before the deadline last night.
Sky can’t guarantee installation dates even for these early birds, so its advice is to order ‘as soon as possible’ if you want HD Rooney in June.
If you do take the plunge next week you will get free installation, an offer which will be available ‘while initial stocks last’. Let’s hope those first stock piles are a bit higher than Microsoft’s first batch of Xbox 360s.
The pricing will be the same as the pre-ordering deal – it’ll be £300 for the lovely HD box above, plus £10 a month on top of the standard Sky digital subscription.
This means if you’re an existing subscriber and want all Sky HD channels, you’ll be facing a bill of £52.50 a month. Well, that water bill can go for a start.
New subscribers will get a slightly better deal for the first three months thanks to Sky’s introductory offer.
The HD channels you get will also depend on your standard Sky digital package. Luckily for wildlife documentary addicts National Geographic’s HD penguins (below) will be available for everyone from the off along with Sky One, Artsworld, Discovery and Sky Box Office.
To get super-sharp overhead kicks from Lampard and the like, though, you’ll need to be subscribing to Sky Sports in your standard package.
To order Sky HD either go to this link or call 08702 40 40 20. Now, get a move on…
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