sawyersbay: I've been wondering whether I will be able to access MySky HD's 5.1 surround sound. I don't have HDMI switching on my Marantz SR5200 receiver, so will take the video via HDMI straight to my plasma. Will I be able to use a separate digital cable to get MySky audio to my receiver eg, using an optical connection?
That's a point - currently we have normal sky digital - that we can either watch sky through a normal channel on the tv - ie 5 or via AV channel with the Sky going through my DVD Home Theartre - does the MySky boxes allow for this?
As I love watching Sky with Better sound through my DVD Home theatre system as if I turn the volume up too much on the TV it has an annoying vibrating sound.
JonathanBarrett: The options re MySky are very confusing. Here is my understanding based on a call to their sales team:- If you want to get MySky you can pay a one-off fee of $599 and you then just pay your normal monthly subscription as before. MySky will be installed within 2 weeks. Easy. Alternatively, you can go for the new hi-definition option. This will not be installed until August or September. However, with this option you can pay a monthly rental of $15 for the box rather than the $599 up-front fee. You will also have to pay $10 per month for the hi-def channels but you do not have to take these. Therefore, comparing the two, you would say that after about 3.3 years of paying the $15 pm rental, you would have been better off paying the $599 as there are no further payments to make. However!! Supposing you will eventually upgrade to hi-definition but you decide to pay the $599 now to get MySky installed quicker. When you go to hi-def you will be paying $15pm rental which you could have just paid from day 1, thus avoiding the $599 fee! So really the only benefits of the $599 option are:- 1) Installation now rather than in Aug/Sept2) No rental fees, **assuming** you never want to upgrade to hi-def Comments, anyone?
As far as I know from what I've read. If you are a Mysky1 user, you can upgrade to Mysky 2 for $49.99 or something like that.
We are still umming and erring over which box to get. Due to the way things are wired - I have sky digital feed from same decoder going to my bedroom. But this can't be done on Mysky2 - unless you get mulitroom.
But I am a little confused also, as we also have the old UHF sky aerial - so I don't know if that can still be utlised to bring the picture to another TV if we get MySky2.
Also, I have a query from your communication with Sky - did they say that $15 a month rental/payment option stop after the $599 is paid off - as I've heard conflicting stories that this is ongoing.