Star – Gareth Evans
Genre – World Cinema > Martial Arts>Action
Run Time – 150 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – USA
Oscars – Nominations
Awards – 2 Wins & 9 Nominations
Amazon – £3.95 DVD (Blue Ray £2.99)
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Anyone who saw The Raid: Redemption will know just how good it was. It’s the best modern martial arts movie full stop. Not since Jackie Chan have we seen such insane and imaginative stunts and fight scenes. Where as Chan didn’t like to upset his family audience too much with blood and guts allover the place Welsh director Gareth Evans has no problems on that score. Tarantino could take lessons. If it has sharp edge or sizable thump it can be used in Evans movies.
Evans is a brilliant young talent and appeared on the scene in George Lucas style arrival and impact with Monsters, a rather unique and inventive Sci-Fi film, interesting as it was the first real big special action movie made from off the shelf kit on a home PC set up. Evans would slave for ours on his laptop in his bathroom to perfect the Monsters look and feel. It’s a film worth seeing if you haven’t and Evans took many of his learned tricks from that movie and added a whole lot more for his two Raid movies.
If you don’t know The Raid story it was basically a team of SWAT officers in a city in Indonesia who are tasked to make their way up a dangerous tower block that is being run from the top floor by a drug cartel, the block full of armed addicts on every floor told if they fight the cops they get free drugs. Our hero is rookie cop Rama (Iko Uwais), who survives the bloodshed, only to find out corruption is deep within the police and they were set up to be slaughtered.
The Raid 2 narrative picks up just two hours after The Raid finished, before flipping forward two more years. Raid 3, in production, will start three hours before The Raid 2 finishes. Are you with me? Like The Raid, the sequel was a niche success and the first Indonesian film to be in the top 250 on IMDB, scoring a rare 8.0 score. It’s as violent as the original and according to producer Ario Sagantoro, around 60 types of guns are used, a lot more than the first Raid.
The Indonesian and regional martial art Penkat silat is the real star of the movie. All the punches and kicks to the body of the actors were for real. Iko Uwais and the other fighters had to learn how to control their speed and strength so that it would look real on the camera that way. Preparation for the fight scenes in The Raid 2 took 18 months. This film features an impressive 19 fight sequences.
Arifin Putra as……. Uco Bangun's son.
Tio Pakusadewo as…….Bangun mob boss who runs crime in Jakarta.
Oka Antara as…… Eka head of the biggest crime family in Jakarta.
Alex Abbad as Bejo.
Cecep Arif Rahman as…….. "The Assassin", Bejo's top enforcer.
Julie Estelle as…….. Alicia a.k.a. "Hammer Girl"
Very Tri Yulisman as……… "Baseball Bat Man”.
Ryuhei Matsuda as……… Keiichi, Goto's son and successor.
Kenichi Endo as……… Hideaki Goto, boss of the Goto family.
Kazuki Kitamura as………. Ryuichi, Goto's translator and adviser.
Yayan Ruhian as…….. Prakoso, Bangun's most loyal and dedicated assassin.
Cok Simbara as…….. Bunawar,
Roy Marten as ……..Reza, a corrupt police commissioner.
Epy Kusnandar (id) as………. Topan, a pornographer.
Donny Alamsyah as……… Andi, Rama's brother.
Tegar Satrya as……… Bowo, Rama's fellow SWAT member and survivor of the initial raid.
Just hours after the disastrous raid on the tower block the film opens with Bejo (Alex Abbad), a self-made Jakarta gang lord, executing Rama's brother Andi in a field outside the city. Andi was working for the drug gang in the tower block but made peace with is brother at the end. Across the city, unaware of his brother’s death, abeaten and broken Rama meets with Bunawar (Cok Simbara), a senior police office. But Bunawar is brutal, executing officer Wahyu on the sport for being corrupt and sending Rama's fellow survivor Bowo to receive medical attention. Bunawar seizes the chance to recruit Rama to join a clandestine anti-corruption task force to clean up the cops, an offer he can’t really refuse once he learns of his brother’s murder. The unit seeks to expose the backroom dealings of Police Commissioner Reza (Roy Marten) and other police leaders with the Bangun and Goto crime families.
Bunawar’s plan is to get Rama into prison as an alias, Yuma, by beating up a local politician the Indonesian mob don’t particularly like, hoping he can get to, and win the confidence of, the incarcerated son of crime boss Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo), the handsome and cocky Uco (Arifin Putra). When he saves Uco with his martial arts skills after an attempt on his life by a rival gang he wins that confidence from their on in for the remainder of the two year sentence. Bangun rewards Yuma on the outside with a job as Uco’s body guard, with a nice apartment and car to go with. But Uco has ambition and fed up of shaking down local crooks to make money and wants his dad to give him more responsibility. He intends, with the help of a fellow crime gang boss Bejo, to make that happen by starting a war between the Indonesian and Japanese crime gangs in Jakarta, butting everything his family have built at risk, Yuma’s job to observe and report for the cops.
Whereas the first The Raid: The Redemption is a simple martial arts narrative of up the tower, break some heads, and down again in less than two hours run time, and with a pleasing lack of subtitles, this one is far more complex. Think Old Boy meets Infernal Affairs and you are in the right ballpark. This is a bit too long at nearly three hours and work to do with those subtitles for the viewer as there are lots of plot threads and characters introduced to maintain integrity from the last film and to set up the next film. It’s not over complex but because there is so much going on you may lose track now and then. All these new gangs and characters are really there just to introduce those 19 incredible fight scenes and here-here to that. People really do go flying and every method of dispatch deployed with what ever comes to hand, including the brother and sister assassin team that use baseball skills and hammers to take out the mobsters. Again, Tarantino needs to watch Evans to remind him of the filmmaker he once was.
Just as Monsters was innovative around special effects this one is to. Evans continuous shot through, up and around a car chase is exhilarating stuff. It’s explained in the enjoyable extras how they do it as we see effects guys physically pass the rolling camera from one car to another to create the intimate action packed shot. It really looks good on screen and well worth watching for that reason alone. Evans really wants you to be in the mayhem and an exciting action director. He is particularly pleased with the kitchen fight scene of a 15 minute brawling fight between Yuma and the Yakuza’s best assassin.
Its not non stop action and there is some story build and so a chance for a brew. But when the fights and chases come they are enthralling and some of the best around in the genre. All of the cast involved in the physical stuff all had to learn the fighting art of Silat for up to 6 months, Asian Extreme movies have a certain cool and craziness around those chases and enhanced with some of Evans box of tricks given an extra oomph. Not enough people have got to se his talent though as this looks amazing for its $4.5million budget but just $6.5 million in returns. If you liked those Kung Fu films of the seventies then checkout the Raid trilogy. You will love it!
Imdb.com – 8.0/10.0 79,321(votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 79% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 71 critic’s approval
Blue Ray always adds something and there is a dubbing option if you are lazy. I think dubbing always spoils foreign films although can juts about get away with on action movies. Looks super colorful and sharp and great sound. Blue Ray sound is always superior!
Gareth Evans enthuses about his craft.
-The Next Chapter; Shooting a sequel-
Cast & crew discuss Indonesians most famous movie.
Movie Talk –‘he carnage is eye-gougingly savage - not for nothing does one of the hero's most lethal adversaries go by the name Hammer Girl - but Evans choreographs the action so tightly and films it so fluidly that the mayhem is mesmerising’.
The Sun –‘’The last half hour alone ranks it as one of the best martial arts films ever made’.
The Dakota Times –‘Quite possibly the 'Godfather' of martial arts films’.
Groucho Reviews –‘Evans can't compete with more or less obvious influences like Oldboy and Infernal Affairs, but he's certainly no slouch in the sadism department, making his films in some ways exhilarating but also wearying, for better and worse’.
Arkansaw Times –‘While it may be reasonable to ask what our enjoyment of viciously violent movies says about us... it's hard to imagine anyone being left unimpressed by the sheer ingenuity of ... The Raid 2’
Metro Times –‘By the time you emerge from The Raid 2's mind-boggling, show-stopping and utterly exhausting succession of brawls, gun battles, car chases and martial arts showdowns, you'll feel as bruised and battered as Iko Uwais' inexpressive character Rama’
Cinema Crazed –‘A fantastic follow up that opens up the original film's narrative while standing on its own as a unique and brilliant action entry’.
Sky dominate when it comes to television. And Sky+ is a great improvement on an already great product. There is a great selection of channels for everybody and you can usually find a programme worth watching at any point during the day. From great sport coverage to fascinating documentaries to enjoyable entertainment.
Sky+ allows the user to pause, rewind and fast forward through TV. Its great to be able to record the TV you want to watch. It means that you can crack on with enjoying life and getting things done. And then being able to sit back and relax watching your favourite TV programmes when ever you wish to. Being able to fast forward through the tedious and endless adverts is great as well. The rewind capability is great so you never miss a thing. You just go back to any point you don't understand or may have missed and enjoy it again.
You can however only record two programmes at the same time and you have to watch at least one at the time making recording it a little bit pointless. But other than that you can't really fault it. It would be nice to be able to record more programmes at the same time. Because there always seems to be a couple of programmes on at the same time that you want to watch. However the way round it is simple. Many of the channels have a plus 1 channel. So you can just record the later version of the programmes.
Our Sky package also includes Sky multiroom, Sky+ HD, Sky broadband and landline. We also pay for the sky movies channels. So our package is quite costly but it is well worth the money. It gets used enough to make it worth while.
I would highly recommend that Sky customers upgrade to Sky+. You won't be disappointed.
Being from Canada i've had tv services like sky+ for a while before I moved to the UK. For the first year I was here I didn't have any TV services but freeview and I have to say I really did miss having so many channels. Last year I signed up for sky+ for the first time and was very pleased with everything it has to offer. They are constantly updating and it always seems to be getting even better. It has so many features that you don't get with normal freeview or other services:
- 100's of channels, literally something for everyone at every time (home & lifestyle, cooking, documentaries, history, discovery & nat geo, kids, movies, sports, lifestyle and HD, depending on what packages you get)
- Search button on remote allowing you to search for specific shows on the guide, on demand and in your recordings planner
- Sky+ On demand service, (the best part) which providing you have your sky box attached to a broadband connection, allows you to catch up with your favourite shows, download thousands of movies and tv shows for free and if you subscribe to HD you can download them all in HD, the download speed is very quick for us, it only takes 30 seconds to a minute before a movie or show is available to watch
- The box office where you can rent new movies for 24 hrs, each movie costs around 3-5 pounds
Sky+ also has the app now where you can access the guide and record any shows you want to watch through your phone so they're there recorded for you when you get home (really handy). I moved house once already with sky using their move home service and it was also really easy to set up and got done very quick. I do have to admit though that while we didn't have sky for that week of moving we truly missed it, it wasn't the same without it. I got the broadband, tv and phone service as a package and the broadband and tv has also been really good. Never any problems, the internet is always quick, I have friends in the same area who are with orange and their broadband is so slow it's ridiculous compared to our sky. I highly recommend sky+ to everyone.
~*~*~ Sky + ~*~*~
*** I am going to include Sky +, HD, Movies, etc... in this review to cover it all in one review rather than setting it over numerous reviews. ***
Why have Sky +?
Gone are the days where you needed to set the video to record a programme if you were going out you can now do it all off one box!
I have been a subscriber of Sky for years and have sometimes stopped my subscriptions because I felt I was paying for nothing as there was never anything on TV that I wanted to watch but I have always ended up signing back up as the children would miss the childrens TV channels!
The benefit of having Sky + means you can record two programmes at a time but you will need to either be watching one of them or watching something you have previously recorded. You can set items to record every episode on a daily/weekly basis or however the series run.
I tend to record Eastenders as my children are usually doing something at the time it is on and then I can watch it in peace later on. I also record the movies for my children especially as some are on late in the night and then they can watch them at their leisure whenever they want to.
At the moment I have The Cat In The Hat, Toy Story 3 and Tangled recorded to name but a few and my littlest one is obsessed with The Cat In The Hat and will watch it in the morning whilst I get some cleaning done and put a wash on etc.
It's handy as the things you record will stay there for you and they have now added an extra feature whereby if you accidently delete something then you are able to now get it back which I do like as many a time I have deleted the football my hubby has recorded thinking he has watched it all only to find that he only had it on for a few seconds to check that it had recorded.
Sky as a whole.
I have the nearly full package. I do not have Sky Sports, nor the 3D but I think I do have everything else. The navigation is very simple and everything can be done via the remote control. The remote has a TV and Power button which enables you to also control your TV with it too. At the top in the middle is a large SKY button and pressing this rather than the TV button will allow you to operate your Sky box. I have the black Sky + HD box but have had the other boxes in previous years.
Along the top part of the remote under the SKY button are four other oval buttons these are
The TV Guide button when pressed will bring up the Sky TV Guide. By pressing the arrow buttons you can make your way across the guide. At the top of the Guide you can use your up arrow button to go across the top features which are -
Once on your chosen tab it will turn yellow and then you can use the down arrow button to access the things you need.
So pressing TV Guide and moving down you will see more tabs running across, these allow you to split the TV guide into categories. These are -
HD & 3D
I think these are pretty self explanatory so I won't go into detail but as you can see the TV guide is quite easy to navigate. Once you have clicked on the chosen tab a list will come up of the channels available, however on some Entertainment, Documentaries, Lifestyle, Movies, Sports, Kids and Music you will get another brief menu showing four options -
These help you navigate the guide in an easier way again. I don't really use these I just always click onto channels and then it will show you all of the programmes available in the chosen category.
When you click onto All Channels, you can scroll through the pages until you find what you like. The writing is white and set against a blue background. HD programmes come up in yellow.
At the bottom part of the remote are the usual numbers which you can use to type in the channel number, to programme your Sky remote to your TV etc. And just above the numbers I have all the recording features. I have a pause/play button, rewind, fast forward, record and stop, theres also the select button in the middle of the directional arrows aswell as channels up/down and volume up/down.
Now this is a big bugbear of mine as there are hundred of channels yet at times all that I can find is utter rubbish and repeats! I really hate it when that happens and then I wonder what the point of paying for Sky is!
However saying that there are some programmes that are available on Sky 1, Discovery, etc, that I do really enjoy.
We have subscribed to the Movies package and new films are added on a Friday however some of the movies available are really old. What I am enjoying at the moment though is the new Christmas channel it is available from November 1st through to January 4th, it is called Christmas 24 and it just shows a host of Christmas movies all day every day! Woohoo I am feeling festive!
I have to admit that I see very little difference between the HD channels and the normal ones I don't think the picture looks any clearer so I don't tend to choose these for this reason. I do end up watching a lot in HD but only because the HD versions of the channels come up before the normal ones!
I not only subscribe to the TV packages, but I also have my internet and phone with them too and the cost is bordering on ridiculous. I pay approx £80 a month and my calls and internet come in at around £20 so as you can see £60 of the bill is simply for the TV only.
You have to pay extra to add certain packages, Movies is costing me £16.50 a month and I am sure there is a price increase due too so I think I will shortly be cancelling this as the movies are not great if I am honest. I have subscribed to NetFlix which is a very low £6 a month and these have a lot more movies available compared to Sky and they usually have them before Sky do.
My children do loves the Kids channels and these do get watched a lot in my house, I think this is the reason that we keep the subscription going!!!
When checking the Sky products available you can see the prices, these are -
Sky Entertainment -
40 entertainment channels
21 available in stunning HD when you also take the HD Pack
100s of free to air channels
Pause, rewind and record your favourite shows
Connect your Sky+ box to any broadband router to enjoy TV on demand,
now including Catch Up TV with BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Demand 5
Great entertainment on the move with Sky Go
Sky Atlantic - exclusive to Sky. Home to some of the most iconic shows on TV
12 month contract and standard installation within two weeks
This costs £21.50
Sky Entertainment Extra -
For just £5 extra a month, you can enjoy everything that Sky Entertainment offers, plus an additional 52 great channels. There's something for the whole family with a selection of documentaries, news, sports, music and kids' channels.
If you also take the HD Pack, you'll get 35 channels, plus Sky Sports F1TM HD, in stunning high definition.
Price - £26.50
Sky HD -
Enjoy your favourite shows with up to five times more picture detail
Incredibly vibrant colour bringing TV to life
Immerse yourself with superb quality digital sound
Hundreds of movies a week, with all 12 Sky Movies Pack channels in HD++
Live sports across six dedicated HD sports channels
The best of the week's TV on demand, with a world of entertainment waiting to be unlocked when you connect your Sky+HD box to any broadband router
Price - £10.25
Sky Movies -
Watch new movies every week instantly
12 dedicated channels, all available in stunning high definition when you also take the HD Pack
Connect your Sky+ box to any broadband router to get 100s of movies on demand, on your TV, ready to watch when you are
Take Sky Movies with you to watch on the move with Sky Go, at no extra cost
Free Sky Movies app - find out what's on, watch trailers, set your Sky+ box to record and much more
Sky Movies customers can get free cinema tickets to see brand new movies before general release at one of our nationwide screenings every week
12 month contract and standard installation within two weeks
Price - £16
Sky Multiroom -
Watch different Sky TV channels in different rooms, at the same time
Watch what you want, where you want
Just one HD Pack subscription needed to enjoy HD throughout the home
Free Sky HD Multiroom box
Price - £10.25
****** All prices are monthly and are correct at time of writing 8/11/2012 ******
So as you can see the costs just increase all the time when you add to the original cheap package.
I don't like paying out silly amounts every month but I feel that I would really miss it now if I didn't have it. If you are thinking of going to Sky I would recommend you think long and hard as you do end up tied into a contract.
Freeview etc. are really popular now and of course there isn't the large expenses to worry about every month.
You can pay monthly via credit card or direct debit.
I hope this review is of some use to people, please let me know if I have missed anything important.
Thanks for reading :o) x
I've always been a TV fanatic, whether it was watching my Disney movies as a kid to watching dramatic rom-coms as a teenager and I would say that television is quite a big part of my free time. As a kid, we didn't have sky but I remember the amazing channels it offered when we went to my grandparent's house (they had sky digital at the time!) and it was great to be able to watch The Simpsons and Cartoon Network as much as we wanted! As I got older and started to contribute to the household bills, we decided to get not only sky+ HD but also multi-room, so my boyfriend and I could have a sky box in our room.
Our sky box offers a variety of great channels often 24/7 entertainment and has a control system where you can pause and rewind TV. One of my favourite features is that I can record my favourite shows and store them for as long as I like, and record series with one press of a button for my own convenience. There is also the added plus of being able to watch programmes in high definition, maximising the viewing experience.
One thing that frustrates me about the sky box is that the memory isn't fantastic, meaning that I can't store as much as I would like. My boyfriend and I watch different shows and its not always possible to keep everything which means some things have to be deleted to make room. There is also a downside of not being able to watch something if you have 2 programmes recording at the same time.
I'm not a majorly technical person and I'm viewing the sky box package from an entertainment perspective and I would give it a solid 9/10. It's definitely worth it as its conveniently set out into sections of entertainment such as movies, music channels, documentaries and children's channels. There are hundreds of channels to choose from and there is a search option to look up particular programmes you may be looking for.
Sky + has changed the way I watch television, the revolutionary pause live tv option is quite remarkable. My tv guide is always full of my favorite programs and series with the new series link option. This is where you press the green button on a series you like and sky will automatically record that series for you week after week so you don't have to worry about missing an episode.
Ever get that feeling where as soon as the football starts or your favorite soap begins that there are always interruptions, family visiting or the phone constantly ringing, well now there's no need to get angry about it as the pause button will pause live television so you never miss a minute or that vital penalty decision. You can also rewind and fast forward adverts which is my personal favorite!
Overall sky + is without a doubt the best piece of technology I have seen in my time so far!
Brilliant, would never go back now I've tried it!!
How did I ever live without my Sky+? I had Sky installed over a year ago and its the best package ever!
We pay £24.99 for Uncapped Internet, Unlimited Evening & Weekend Calls and the basic Sky TV package. You obviously then have pay your line rental so thats extra but you have to pay that whoever your with. When we were looking at packages Sky was coming up the cheapest by a long shot so we thought we would try it for a year....
...Ill never go back! The Sky+ Box is great. The TV guide is clear and consise. It can also divide up the channels into categories such as Entertainment/ Films etc and the amount of channels goes on and on. You will never get bored! The Box will record two programmes at once (if you're not watching the TV) or you can record one channel and watch another. The Box also allows you to Pause and rewind TV so if someone calls you, you dont have to miss your programme. You have a 'Anytime' section on the box which holds hundreds of films and programmes that you can download and watch at your leisure. I particulary like this as I often fancy watching a film and if theres nothing on at that moment you can pick from hundreds on the anytime and depending on your speed of internet they download lightening quick.
On to the interent. You are supplied with a router when you take this out. It is easy to set up and comes with a CD to install it with your laptop/pc. The router reacts quickly and it pretty powerful. We have the router downstairs in the lounge and it connects to the laptop anywhere in the house with a full signal strength and it linked to the Wii, PS3, and two Iphones! You can easily be working on your Iphone and laptop and it never slows the internet down.
The only issue we have it that for some reason our box will not order the Sky Box Office movies. We have mentioned this to Sky and they have said this is a problem they are having with some box's/areas. This means if we want to order a film we have to phone up and as the premium rate number it costs a fortune. Then it is all voice automated and it will not recognise our midlands accent! We can go round and round in circles until we give up.
This is the only problem we experience and overall I love Sky+. The choices in TV and the Sky+ Box is amazing!
I have been sky TV customer on and off for quite a few years and was really pleased when the sky + box came out; I have the Sky + hd box but It doesn't really make any difference to me having the HD part as I wouldn't pay an extra £10 a month to gain access to the HD channels. However, I simply love the functions of the box. I really like e the fact that you can record live TV; and that you can pause live TV, as well as being a able to rewind programmes. For example, if you start to watch a programme, from the time you started to watch it, you can actually rewind it. The pause button is great, especially if you are doing bits an pieces perhaps around the house, or need to go away from the TV for a bit, as you can then watch your programme from where you left off. There may be certain parts of the programme that a family member may have missed or something you want to see again in a programme and the rewind function is great for using in this way too.
You can actually record about 80 hours of television, so there is quite a lot of room for recording; although this can soon fill up. I guess it depends. You see if something really good comes on, say a great film or something, you may want to keep this film and not delete it ; if programmes build up you may end up finding yourself running out of recording space. This is actually what happens in my family quite a lot! My children like to keep certain programmes and films to watch over again!! So every now and then I tell them I must have a clear out of the programmes.
Another great thing is that you can record whole series of programmes; the only problem with setting up lots of things to be recorded is that you need to be careful that things don't clash; otherwise, one or the other cannot be recorded. You can record two things at the same time; but according to Sky, you need to watch programmes you have already recorded t the same time; this doesn't make that much sense to me, so I just stick to recording one programme at a time. You can record up to seven days in advance.
Now the problem is, Sky is not cheap; yes, with a basic package you get plenty of channels but many of the channels in my view are not worth watching. However, what is most frustrating is that there are a few channels that I really love such as CBS reality and BIO and without my Sky I cant access these channels!! In a way, that why I call it a sort of catch 22 problem. You can buy other brands of recording boxes which will record normal Digital TV and this would work out a cheaper option ultimately; however, unless you have Virgin Media for example; well, then you will get just the digital channels which leave a lot to be desired n my view!
I have to say I am a great fan of the Sky+ box; the only problem is, I don't now how much longer I can afford to have it for!!!!! Because I love the functions on the Sky+ box; in my opinion, it deserves 5 stars.
Hundreds of channels and still nothing I want to watch! Anyone else have this problem or is it just me?!?
I love sky plus, I'm amazed that they didn't invent it sooner really. The brilliant thing about sky+ is that you can record things on your sky box to watch another time. So for the times when you can't find anything to watch, there is the option to watch something you've recorded from another time. It's similar to having a video or DVD recorder which allows you to tape from sky, but with sky+ it only takes the click of one button to set it to record rather than having to mess around with a video recorder. I love this!
Watching a really great programme? Eastenders characters just about to reveal all? The doorbell rings... No need to panic with sky+! It has the feature to pause or rewind live television. I find this feature so brilliant! If you want to get up to make a cup of tea, or check on dinner all you have to do is press the pause button and you won't miss a thing while you're gone! All you have to do is press play when you return and it carries on from where you got to. If an annoying member of the family is talking through a television show you're trying to watch (perhaps that's just me!) then you can rewind the part you missed. I'm not entirely sure how much recorded television you can fit on the box, I'm told it's 80gb, but I still don't really know how much that is! At the moment I've got a mixture of about 50 TV programmes and films on there and it's nowhere near full.
There is also a feature called 'Anytime' on the sky box which can be accessed via the 'TV guide' button on the remote and then by scrolling across. This is basically a bank of TV programmes, sport and film that are available for watching at anytime (as the name suggests!) There isn't a huge selection, but it gives you a few more options if you don't know what to watch. The only issue I find with this is that a lot of the programmes are in HD and as I don't have a skyHD box, I can't watch them. Compared to Virgin medias catch up service, this is nowhere near as good.
Another advantage of sky+ is that you can record 2 programmes at the same time, something you wouldn't have been able to do with a video recorder. However, when you're recording two, you have to then watch one of the things being recorded or something you've already recorded.
I don't use this feature, but it is also possible to remote record. Which means you can set things to record on your sky box from your iphone or computer.
A disadvantage I will note with sky in general, and I don't know if others have this issue, is that you have to have a satellite dish installed and during windy or rainy weather we tend to get disruptions to our viewing and sometimes our sky television will cut out altogether which isn't good!
Overall, I love sky+ and don't know how I coped without it!
Also on ciao as princessbuttercup.
Sky + is definately an improvement from the original sky box. It allows you to pause, rewind and record live television via your remote control! It also allows you to set a series link to a programme that you don't want to miss, so it records the show automatically everytime even if you are not there!
With sky though, I think there is way too many channels, channels such as 'Sumo TV' and 'controversial tv' surely no-one or hardly anyone will watch?
But on the bright side there are plenty of good channels included which you cannot access on freeview!
The TV guide is very easy to use, with all channels seperated into categories such as Sports, Movies & Documentaries..
Perhaps another disadvantage to the Sky + box is that the internal hard drive is too small, as regularly you have to delete recorded shows to make space for new ones!
All in all though, I would reccomend the Sky + box, as it supplies everything you want to watch and more!
After a few years with freeview we decided to take the plunge and get Sky+, and what an amazing decision this turned out to be. As with regular Sky you have the chance of selecting all of the packages you want such as movies, music, documentaries etc. so you have a huge wealth of channels and programs open to you.
The recording element is very easy to use and allows you to set up a recording from up to a week in advance, selecting to record a one off or even set it to automatically record a whole series. This means that you can stack up whole series' to watch in your spare time, never again will there be nothing on to watch as you have your own personal TV channel waiting for you.
The storage is huge, 80gb, which is more than enough space for a whole family's worth of programmes recorded, even over christmas with all the great TV and films we never got near filling the box.
I do have a couple of gripes with this service though, first is the fact that you can only record two things at a time and when they are recording you can only watch either one of those two things or something that is already recorded. Before you have Sky+ you never think that you will want to watch three programmes on at the same time but once you have the possibility of recording it all it becomes a bit annoying. Secondly is the Sky Anytime service, which is basically a selection of the best TV from the week to catch up on... now, depending on your idea of the best television of the week this could be good but I feel it is a huge disappointment. There is a very small selection of programmes to choose from compared to the competition from the likes of Virgin's On Demand service, it is just nowhere near the same league.
I only got a Sky+ box as I decided to take out a full Phone/Net/TV package, and the Sky+ option ended up cheaper than a standard box. I never thought I had the need to be able to pause TV to make a coffee or record an episode of 24 I was going to miss from the office - to be honest, I still don't. But, after saying that, it's fantastic!
I have recorded virtually everything on Sky Atlantic using the series link feature (records every episode from a series, unsurprisingly) which I find a useful feature as you can watch several episodes at once whilst fast-forwarding the adverts. You can pause live TV, and also rewind live TV up until the point you started watching the channel (max 30 minutes).
The remote record feature is genius, either from any internet enabled PC or my iPhone I can record a show with just a few clicks.
There is also a vast library of shows and movies that can be downloaded to the box, at no extra cost (you must have a subscription to that channel however). A 2 hour HD movie was available for me to watch after about 15 minutes.
Overall it's a great service from Sky, provided at minimal extra cost (or none, if taking a full package), which is extremely easy to use (as long as you're not an idiot like me and turn the box off at the wall and wonder why nothing had been recorded). No one NEEDS to pause live TV or watch The Sopranos whenever they want, but it is handy!
I have always been a virgin customer but since moving to my new rented place (in september) we had to have sky. (because virgin was not available in the area) The major problem with virgin. I had no real problems with virgin and the price was good. We had a number of times that the virgin box was freeze due to a update (which would take for ever) but it has so many advantages. The tv on demand feature was a real good option becuase we could watch anything we missed on catch up, watch music vidoes, films ect.
Now were on sky we have had good service but at a higher price. I really like the sky HD box, The recording feature is as good as virgins catch up as long as you remember to actaully record things.
The tv service itself has been perfect and we have had no problems with the box, we get a range of more channels and alot more music channels which was good!
the one thing we do miss tho is the music on demand (watching music vids) but thats a feature we can live with out.
The phone customer service was alot better on sky, I had a problem with my router and they talked me thought it in a few minutes, where virgin was useless on the phone and rubbish and fixing and installing problems.
I have had Sky + for a few years now and after having all my programmes recorded, I will never be able to go back to anything else. Before Sky + I just had Sky which as I look back after having Sky +, was awful. Having to watch everything live and revolving your day around the TV if there was a programme you wanted to watch became annoying. Sky + gives you more freedom as you do not have to worry about missing your favourite programmes or a movie that you have been wanting to see for ages and is finally coming on channel 5! Sky + takes that worry away as you can set things to record and even put series link on them which means it will automatically record that whole series for you, without you having to worry about it. Also, the simple fact that you can pause live TV makes Sky + appealing to most. Another great feeling is not having to sit through boring adverts, whilst having Sky + I don't think I have ever watched an advert again which is extremely satisfying. It feels good not having to worry about it, you can go out on a saturday night knowing that X factor is recording, waiting for you to watch the next morning. Sky + makes life easier and less complicated, you can record two programmes at the same time, which helps because you would not have been able to watch them otherwise unless you had two Tv's next to each other and were able to watch and understand two TV's at the same time.
I would recommend looking at other options like Virgin + because they may do you a better deal and Virgin is also a good TV network. Look out for deals and take advantage of them, Sky may be doing a great deal at the time so it may be best to join them. Anyway, I hope this review has been of some use to you, thank you.
Ive had sky plus since it was launched and couldnt survive without it, If i get into a show i have to watch it and dont like missing an episode. as well as the standard pause record and rewind live tv there are a wealth of other great features ontop. the planner is well laid out and clear, you can see what you have recorded and what is scheduled to record with ease and the series link option is fantastic if you record one episode or schedule recording and hit series link it will record that show every week at the push of one button. Sky + also comes with sky anytime which is similar to virgins on demand service, although there isnt much content there is always atleast one programme worth a watch. the main draw to me is being able to watch programmes in my own time and not having to say, i cant do something because the apprentice is on.
There are a few drawbacks however. the service isnt cheap and my main bug bear is you can only record 2 shows at once and would have to be watching one of them this sometimes gets in the way but as most channels have a plus 1 now it can be avoided.