Product Type: Sky TV channels
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Great service with a few flaws...
Sky Plus (Sky+)
Member Name: shaneo632
Sky Plus (Sky+)
Advantages: "Pause live TV!"
Disadvantages: Not enough space, expensive box
In America they've had the TV recording service Tivo for years now, so I was glad a few years back when Sky began rolling out Sky+, a brilliant service that allowed you to, as they put it "pause live TV". Does this mean that when you hit the pause button on your swanky new remote that everyone else will have to wait for you too? No! But it actually means that your Sky+ box records an internal stream of anything you're watching, and you can then rewind or pause what you're watching if you fancy a double-take or if the phone suddenly goes off. It's a superb idea and frankly, it's hard to imagine TV without it now.
Furthermore, the Sky+ box comes with a hard drive, although the size varies from 40-100 hours depending on when you bought the box. You can record one programme while watching another, as the box is equipped with a twin head system, but sadly it isn't complex enough to record multiple programmes at once, as often I find there to be an annoying clash between films I want to record. Still, given the limitations of DVD recorders and other devices, it's nice that you can watch one show while recording another.
The recording quality is excellent and far exceeds most DVD recorders; it's crystal-clear quality and you'll be hard-pressed to tell that it is a recording most of the time. However, the entire operation is undone by a small hard drive space, and frankly, even 100 hours really isn't enough in my opinion.
Also, the box is generally very expensive, retailing for about £150, and frankly you're better off threatening to leave Sky if you want the box, as then they will sort you out a deal.
Summary: A vital service in our world today