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Sky+HD DRX890

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Sky+ HD
High Definition Digital receiver and video recorder
Pace HD Box

(Model shown above is the 1TB version)

Pace HD Box

Back Panel

High Definition TV is the biggest revolution in TV for years.  HD will bring you a cinema like experience in your own home with sharper, clearer, more vibrant pictures and amazing Dolby Digital 5.1 sound quality on many programmes. Once you've experienced it, you'll never want to go back. (A Sky subscription is required to watch HD channels) Two variants of this are available, one with 250GB of recording space and one with a whopping 1TB


  • Watch one digital channel whilst recording another
  • Watch live or recorded programmes on second TV in the home
  • Instant Replay of live TV
  • Record two digital channels simultaneously (Dual Record), while watching a third programme from the hard drive
  • Series link facility
  • Bookmark feature
  • 1 year in home warranty (see guarantee page)
  • Dimensions: 345mm wide x 250mm deep x 72mm high
  • Weight: 5.3kg gross
  • Hard disc capacity for personal recordings - 250GB (total disc size is 500GB, of which 250GB is reserved applications such as Sky Anytime, 1TB available special order)
  • 1 x HDMI socket - high definition digital audio & video out
  • 1 x scart socket (SD - RGB and composite out).
  • 1 x SD S-video socket (4 way mini DIN)
  • RF output
  • RF output with 9V to power TV link 'magic eye'
  • Aerial loopthrough
  • Optical audio out for 5.1 surround sound - connect to home cinema system
  • Stereo audio output (L & R phono sockets)
  • Standard F connector fittings for the two dish input connections
  • RS232 connection for Sky Gnome, Gamepads etc


It seems that Sky`s acquisition of Amstrad is paying of for this little gem. With it been built in-house they (Sky) can monitor it`s construction much more closely, & for the units to be made exactly to Sky`s specification. Now,I don`t know if there is any other manufacturer for this box (like there is for the 160gb`s), but I`ll tell you this, Sky/Amstrad have got this, just-about-right, it`s a delight to use, instructions are clear,the remote is well designed plus, it comes bundled with some versatile extras. Easily "FIVE STARS",the only REAL starting point for a Skyhd user.


What Channels...

Sky Channels

Currently all of the BBC & ITV channels, Sky News & CNN are available to watch without subscription.

BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Live, World Service, Virgin Radio, Classic FM and many more with superb digital quality.

For full list of Free to View channels click here