Sky launch their new Wifi enabled Sky+HD box

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Up until Now, Sky customers have had to connect their Sky boxes to their router using Ethernet cable, or buy a separate Wi-Fi adapter. With new Wi-Fi-enabled box, you won’t have to worry about this any more. You can your TV and Sky+HD box anywhere in the house and as long as you can get an acceptable Wi-Fi signal, you will be able to access the fantastic world of On Demand TV on your Sky box.

Sky said:

“We will step up the roll-out of connected boxes across our base by offering a low-cost wireless connector to customers that have a Sky+HD box but haven’t yet connected it to broadband. We will also launch a new WiFi enabled Sky+HD box as standard from September, rolling it out to targeted groups of customers who don’t yet have Sky+HD boxes. This acceleration of our connected Sky+HD  platform will open up access to the full range of On Demand services.”

However,  there is a catch. The new models no longer have an RF port or UHF modulator (Aerial in from roof – giving Freeview loop through and RF1/RF2 Out), So if you feed your signal from your HD box to other rooms in the house using Rf or through a distribution system this could be a problem. Instead It has been replaced by an IO Port.

We called Sky and the solution they offered is what they called an I/O connector and this apparently connects to the Coaxial connector but it is an additional £25.  So If you want to continue to feed you Sky signal round the house you would need one of those!   “drat”- more money!

I guess RF is soon becoming “old hack” and it makes way for Planner Sharing coming soon from Sky-we hope! Nothing official as of yet.  Don’t know what Planner Sharing is? Watch this space for updates!

There  are two version of Wi Fi HD boxes available. A 500GB and 2TB versions. As far as I gather there is very little if