Sky will stop offering SD set-top boxes to new customers, instead opting to provide its Sky+HD box as standard even if you decide not to opt for Sky’s HD service.
The announcement coincides with figures that showed subscribers to Sky+HD has passed the 2 million mark, while those hooked up to Sky has now reached 9.7 million subscribers.
Phasing out the SD boxes is seen as move by the company to move people onto the latest receivers that will also be able to deliver Sky 3D TV broadcasting.
For new customers who want to join the Sky+ revolution, but don’t want the HD pack, the box will set you back £49 with a £30 installation fee.
Existing customers looking to upgrade to Sky+ will have to pay £99 for a new box and a £60 installation fee.
If Sky newbies want the full HD experience, the box and installation is free, however a HD upgrade price for existing customers has yet to be confirmed by Sky.
If you still really want a SD box, Sky will offer the standard definition set-top box only as like-for-like replacements for existing SD receivers, or if you are upgrading to the Multiroom service.
Link: Broadband TV News