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Sky TV is the UK's premium satellite TV service, offering a huge range of content both live and on demand via the Sky+HD box, NOW TV or the Sky Go smartphone and tablet app. We give you all the info you need to decide if Sky TV is right for your household.

By on June 06, 2014 at 10:32 AM
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What are the benefits of Sky TV?

Sky offers more than just a great selection of channels when it comes to its digital TV service. As a Sky customer you will also be given access to a range of applications that make catching your favourite shows even easier.

Sky On Demand

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Whether you want to catch-up on your favourite soap, snuggle up in front of a romantic comedy or finally start watching that show all your friends have been talking about, Sky's On Demand service should be your first stop. An unrivalled list of full Box Sets of all the latest shows are available on the service, ready to watch back-to-back from the very beginning to the final episode, along with hundereds of movies available to any Sky Cinema subscriber.

TV on the move with Sky Go

Sky Go allows you to enjoy many of the same channels included in you Sky subscription streamed live to your laptop, PC or mobile device. Best of all, it's completely free to Sky TV customers, all you need to do is download the app to your iPhone, iPad or android powered device and simply sign in. You can also watch all the same on demand content at any time, even if something is already being streamed via your Sky+HD box.

Sky Multiscreen and Sky Q Multiscreen

Many of us have more than one place in your house where we can relax in front of the TV, or perhaps you live in a busy household where different people want to watch very different shows all at the same time. Sky Multiscreen and Sky Q Multiscreen offer you the chance to spread your TV package across every screen in your house, so there's no need for any arguments over the remote. For £12/month you'll recieve a Sky Q box, allowing you to watch your favourite shows in one room, while the kids enjoy a movie in another. Note: there is an additional £30 installation fee.

The best in movies and sport

Sky Cinema offers you unlimited access to over 800 movies, from the latest blockbusters through to all time classics, via one of 11 dedicated movie channels, or at a time that suits you best using Sky's On Demand service.

Sky Sports subscribers can catch all the action on and off the field, with 6 dedicated sports channels broadcasting a number of exclusive live matches throughout the day. Whether you need to know the latest football results or catch up with the PGA Tour, Sky Sports has got you covered.

What do I get from my Sky TV package?

Sky's best ever entry TV pack offers access to 240 of the best free-to-air channels, including favourites like E4 and Dave, along with 35 of Sky's best digital TV channels, including the popular Sky Atlantic and Sky 1. You can also catch up with any of the TV you missed, via the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD service availble from Sky On Demand.

Sky On Demand

The Entertainment Extra package builds on the previous bundle with 45 extra channels, including a number of great kids TV channels such as Nickleodeon and Disney.

With the Entertainment Extra+ package, you can enjoy over 80 Sky Entertainment channels, many of which are available in stunning HD quality. You can even catch up on the latest shows with the huge range of Box Sets available to watch any time on demand, including full series of The Wire and Elementary.

Sky TV and On Demand services

How to use the Sky+ HD box

What is Sky+?

When you connect your Sky+HD box to your broadband router, you will unlock all of its best features at no extra cost. With hours of catch-up TV from 60 channels, and the ability to pause, rewind, record all your favourite shows, you can be sure you will never be without something to watch again.

You don't even need to be at home to take control of your TV. Hear about a great show at work? You can set it to record right there and then with the Sky+ app, so you won't have to miss a moment.

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Sky+HD set top box features:

  • Catch up with your favourite shows from the last seven days
  • Watch all of your favourite episodes back to back with Sky Box Sets. 
  • See a snapshot of the best TV programmes shown during the week
  • Bolt-on Sky Sports and/or Movies for a few extra pounds
  • Use the Sky Go app to watch TV shows on your PC, smartphone or tablet
  • Enjoy crystal clear HD content on your HD ready TV
  • Get access to the UK's only dedicated 3DTV channel, when you take Sky+ Entertainment Extra

What do I need to start enjoying Sky + digital TV?

To get you up and running as quickly as possible, we'll give you a quick run down of what you need to start watching your favourite shows right away.

Select a Sky+ TV package

First of all, you need to decide on your Sky+ TV package. Unlike Freeview or Freesat, Sky is a subscription-based service. This means that you will receive a monthly bill for using the service. The amount of On Demand content you will have access to will depend on the type of the digital TV package you decide to go for. Every digital TV package comes with a brand new Sky+HD set top box from Sky, which is yours to keep. It also comes with one year warranty, should something go wrong. Click here to see all the packages that Sky currently offers.

Save with a Sky broadband and digital TV bundle

You don't have to be a Sky Broadband customer to enjoy their digital TV service, but bundling these services could save you money. Getting your services from a single provider is a great way of cutting costs and keeping track of your bills, as you can simply get one statement instead of two or three. 

Connect your Sky+ set top box to your broadband router

All you need to do now is to connect your Sky+HD box to your broadband router. The two main ways of achieving this are...

Directly by Ethernet cable

The simplest method is just to connect an Ethernet cable to both the Sky+HD box and your broadband router. The upside to this is there is little to no setup involved, however you will either need to own a long Ethernet cable or place your router near your Sky+ box in order for the connection to work

Over WiFi via the On Demand Connector

You can use your WiFi to access all the feature of Sky+ with the On Demand Connector, available from sky for £21.95. The setup for this device will depend on the Sky+ box you own, however Sky has a full guide for every option on their website.

The Sky 3D channel

Sky 3D is the UK's first dedicated 3D TV channel. From seeing every drop of sweat during an epic Premiere League final, to feeling like you could reach out and touch a penguin during a David Attenborough adventure, your Sky+ HD box with 3D offers some amazing experiences.

What is the Sky 3D channel all about?

Three dimensional TV content is either broadcast through a special 3D channel like Sky 3D or decoded by a 3D-compatible TV from a 3D Blu Ray disc. You would be surprised at the variety of 3D content now available on Sky 3D - you can watch 3D premiere league matches on Sky Sports, enjoy amazing documentaries that were specially filmed to look breathtaking in 3D, or watch family movies in full 3D and keep the kids entertained for hours

Should I get Sky 3D and what will I need?

3D is great for families If you have a busy household with sports fans, movie buffs and documentary fans then Sky 3D could be a good way to make family time even more special.

Buying the 3D TV set
If you're considering an upgrade to 3D, you'll need a 3D ready TV set. These are now considerably less pricey than when they first landed in the UK back in Spring, 2010. You need to choose between a 3D TV that requires polarised glasses (passive 3D), or active 3D which requires active shutter glasses. You can enjoy watching Sky 3D on either.

You'll need a 3D TV deal from Sky Currently the only 3D digital TV channel available in the UK is Sky 3D. You can access it if you sign up to Sky Entertainment Extra +.

What 3D shows are there on Sky 3D?

  • Natural History Museum Alive
  • Storm City
  • The Bachelor King 3D With David Attenborough
  • Unravelling the Cosmos 3D
  • Ryder Cup
  • World Darts Championship
  • Monsters University
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Man Of Steel

To watch movies or sports in 3D, you have to subscribe to Sky Sports and Sky Cinema for a little extra per month. Want to know what's on Sky this month? Check out our up-to-date Sky digital TV listings.

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*Sky TV prices will increase on 1 September. In accordance with their standard terms, your Sky TV package may rise by up to 10% in a minimum contract term.

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