Product Type: Amstrad set top boxes
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Sky is a real Plus
Amstrad DRX890 Sky Plus HD Digibox
Member Name: Lakerfanster
Amstrad DRX890 Sky Plus HD Digibox
Advantages: Recordings, Sound, Picture, Channels,
Disadvantages: Not a lot at all
I had wanted to get Sky for a while and having moved to a smaller town in February last year I was unsatisfied with the Pubs in the area compared to where I used to watch Football in my hometown of Taunton. I had been thinking about Sky for a few months but was put off by the price so opted for making do with ESPN on Top Up TV. I then heard of several offers which Martin Lewis was mentioning on Moneysupermarket and I decided to have a look into it. Unfortunately there were only a limited amount of codes available so when I saw a status update on Facebook from someone who was in my Year at School who now works for Sky I jumped at the chance. I managed to get the whole TV Package at half price for 12 months which I thought was an excellent deal and was manageable financially.
When you sign up for Sky they send someone round to install the Box and setup the dish if needed. As I am living in a flat which has a satellite connection already there was no need for another dish so setup was simple and only took ten minutes or so. You are sent out your card which they will insert into the box and then will go through the process with you in case anything happens that needs the process to be repeated. Anyway once this has been done and your box is connected to Sky you can now receive all the channels that you have requested in your package. It's also simple to upgrade to extra channels or take away a package via the internet connection or by phone.
I have always liked the look of the Sky+ boxes as they look stylish and sturdy and look nice with the other equipment you have may in your setup. The box is made by Amstrad. Sky have pioneered the way people watch TV as most people nowadays have some form of TV Recorder whether it's Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat or a freeview recorder. The box has 250GB of space to record which allows an amazing
185 hours of standard TV Or around 60 hours of HD TV. This will be enough for most people but if you need to have more storage you can get the bigger hard drives all the way up to an astonishing 2TB which gives Up to 350 hours of HD TV or up to a whopping 1180 hours of standard TV. The one I have is the 250GB one and that is more than enough for Sport, Music, Films etc.
**Using the Box**
An important aspect of any recorder of player is how easy it is to use and what the on screen menus are like. Well I'm pleased to report that you'll find some excellent navigation here with menus easily readable and simple to scroll through. Channels are a little trickier to remember especially if you watch a range of material but you can add channels to your favourites and also find them through your TV Guide with a press of a button and a quick scroll through the subjects menu which divides the channels into their genre ie Sport, Music, Documentaries etc. It's also easy to setup a programme to record and you can choose to record the whole series which keeps a reminder for future shows and will record them for you without you needing to set it up again.
**Picture and Sound**
Sky are always raving about how good the experience is and the picture from this box is excellent, whether watching HD Sport or a SD episode of your favourite soap the picture will look excellent and deserves a Decent TV to show what it can really do. This Box will provide an excellent picture Whether or not you have a full HD TV. The movies look stunning on this box and the picture quality allows you to make good use of your whole package. The sound is also excellent and is ideal if you like the Music channels or want clear dialogue with the news channels. You can connect the box up to your Home Cinema Amp for even better sound quality.
**Recording and on demand**
This is a great part of the Box, You can view your recordings quickly and easily and can set reminders and record content from a variety of different menus. I have had the box for less than a month but have already recorded a fair few things and there's still loads of hours left. The on demand content includes Movies which change throughout the year. A great tool of this box is that when connected to a Broadband connection either connected to the router or through the sky wireless router you can view BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Demand 5. This is a really great tool especially if you have a big TV Screen instead of watching Iplayer on a small PC monitor.
This is a fabulous piece of kit for a variety of reasons. It has masses of channels whether you opt for the extra packages or not and the Picture and Sound Quality really allow the Box to shine. With some decent deals out there for Sky packages it might be worth looking into if you like your Sports, Films etc or you just want to add extra channels compared to your freeview box. I wholeheartedly recommend this box as a great all round option for any TV Fan. Most people will be able to get the box free with setup too which is a real bonus.
Summary: Great TV