Sky+HD box slashed to £49

Sky is giving a hearty V sign to the recession today, slashing the cost of its Sky+HD box to just £49 in an effort to get even more UK TV lovers

Sky is giving a hearty V sign to the recession today, slashing the cost of its Sky+HD box to just £49 in an effort to get even more UK TV lovers to turn to hi–def. The new deal comes as 188,000 homes got involved with Sky HD between September and December last year, after Murdoch's men initially cut the cost of the box to £75.

New punters won't need to fork over a set up fee either, with free installation for newbies. Existing customers are still being clobbered though, having to hand over £30 for the privilege of an upgrade.

Sky is now showing 31 HD channels, ranging from the Premier League fest of Sky Sports, right through to National Geographic and Disney Cinemagic. There's also access to the BBC and Channel 4's hi–def efforts.

In terms of monthly charges, you'll need to hand over £16.50 for a basic package and then an extra £9.75 for the HD pack. It's still pricey, but at £49, at least the cost of getting proper HD TV is coming down. With Freesat rearing its head, it's good to see Sky getting on the cut price bandwagon.

What do you think? Is it worth it? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

Essentials

Sky+HD

Price: £49

On sale: Now

Contact: Sky