Sky Reveals My Sky+ Plans
Orders for the uber-box can be taken from July 1.
It will cost $20 a month to rent (plus $99 for installation) but will offer four times as much recording storage as the $15-a-month My Sky HDi.
Alternatively, subscribers can pay a one-off, upfront fee of $649 instead of the monthly option.
My Sky+ won’t provide any functionality beyond My Sky HDi, which Sky will continue to offer for $15 a month.
But it will afford up to 130 hours of HD recordings – although only 640GB of its hard drive space is for personal recordings; the rest is for ondemand downloads.
HDi has been dropped from the model description merely because Sky thought My Sky HDi+ would be too much of a mouthful.
At this stage the only downside to the upgrade appears to be the inability, because of digital rights management issues, to transfer archived recordings from a My Sky HDi to the My Sky +.
So early adopters may need to undergo a catch-up marathon before the swap.
According to Sky’s director of marketing, Michael Watson, “The launch of My Sky has been a phenomenal success.
“The reason it has proven so popular with our customers is because it delivers so many real benefits and has truly changed the way many people watch television.
“Our customer feedback and research told us that a considerable number of My Sky users desired more personal recording capacity. This need is likely to increase with the growing prevalence of high definition shows.
“We developed My Sky+ to deliver that additional recording space, with four times more capacity but still with all the My SKY HDi features users are accustomed to.”