Product Type: Amstrad set top boxes
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Amstrad DRX890 Sky Plus HD Digibox
Member Name: loconnor88
Amstrad DRX890 Sky Plus HD Digibox
Advantages: Great features (anytime, HD), easy to use, great quality and lots of channels.
I've had sky t.v. for quite a few years now. Last year my sky + box broke and, although I lost all my recorded t.v., getting a new sky + HD box was brilliant. It's the nicest looking sky box so far as it's quite streamlined, much more so than the old boxes, and the colours are much nicer (black and silver). Not only is it the nicest designed box so far, it's also the best in terms of quality. The HD is really fantastic and it really makes a difference. There are quite a lot of HD channels on offer and they include entertainment, news, movies, music and sport. I don't watch the sport channels but I watch everything else and I enjoy watching t.v. much more now because of the incredible quality. Movies and nature programmes really highlight this.
There's a huge choice of channels and I'll never watch all of them but it's nice to have choice. The entertainment channels are, in my opinion, the best thing about the sky box. You'll never be bored, there's always something on, sometimes rubbish but usually good stuff. But no matter what you want, there's a channel for it - a huge range of sport, entertainment, movies, music, news, documentaries etc, even radio channels! (Although the radio channels have some DAB ones, it doesn't have all of them which is a bit annoying.)
The ability to record, rewind, fast-forward and pause t.v. is pretty much the best thing ever. And the sky HD box takes this to a whole new level because, not only is the quality excellent, the amount you can record is a lot. You can record up to 240 hours which is great not only when there's a lot of great stuff on but also if you go on holiday and don't want to miss something.
Anytime: this provides a varied amount of shows and movies which can be watched, as the name suggests, instantly. I usually find something on here that I want to watch.
Search: It searches by the name of the programme but sometimes it can be a bit picky about what it brings up so I usuall just search using the first 3 or 4 letters.
Planner: All the recorded programmes are here and it tells me what i've got series linked (another great time saver) and what's been viewed and what hasn't. The series link button will automatically record the next programme in the series which saves me doing it.
The sky box comes with a remote which has buttons for the t.v. guide, services, box office and interactive. It also has numbers and letters for searching or switching channels. It's relatively easy to figure your way around the remote and the box itself. There is some complicated stuff in the services part but it's unlikely, unless there's a problem, that you'd have to deal with that, even then the help guide has a lot of information.
Sky really changed the game in terms of television and it's still the best one to have for a reason. Other t.v. packages (Freeview and Virgin) can try to compete but they can't really match it in terms of quality, choice and service. Overall, it's the best choice for watching t.v.
Summary: There's no better way to watch t.v.
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