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Sky releases smaller HD box for multiroom customers

Sky's small HD box

Sky has released a new, smaller, high-gloss HD box for multiroom customers who want something more compact for a second room.

The box will be free for new multiroom customers, though the standard set-up costs and additional subscription costs will still apply.

Previously, customers would have to pay for an additional box – at £199 – if they wanted to sign-up for Sky multiroom.

The new box includes the Sky HD EPG but doesn't have a hard disk drive so doesn't offer any of the PVR functionality of Sky+.

Interestingly, this Sky box does output Dolby Digital 5.1 over HDMI, unlike the other Sky boxes, which will only output DD 5.1 via the optical output.

To get Sky HD in a second room you will need to pay £10.25 a month for multiroom and £10.25 for an additional HD subscription, plus set-up costs: £30 for new customers, £60 for existing customers.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.