Sky won't turn this service on unless you confirm that you have 3D equipment though. While we're sure it's possible to tell Sky a porkie, the company does this to make sure that you don't end up thinking your Sky box is broken.
Lots of dross
It's not our job to tell you what to watch, but it's worth pointing out that there is a great deal of nonsense on Sky. From channels trying to sell you fake-diamond-encrusted horse faeces to networks that show only the most unpopular TV shows from the '70s and '80s, there really is a wealth of stuff available from Sky that's utterly terrible.
That said, some people must be watching these channels, and there's plenty of capacity on the Astra satellites to handle all sorts of nonsense. We should really just say that it's all part of life's rich tapestry, but part of us wishes you could easily remove these channels for good.
Sky doesn't have the luxury of a high-speed network connection so that it can offer video-on-demand content to its customers, like Virgin does. On the other hand, it does have more hi-def TV channels than competitors, and the best premium channels in the UK. It's also committed to adding new services and offering people new and exciting ways to access its content. Sky Player, which we haven't touched on in this review, is a good example of this, offering streaming TV over the Internet to subscribers. Sky is also planning a true VoD service that should launch this year, offering catch-up TV and pure on-demand movies.
If you love sport, movies and TV in general, then Sky is the logical choice for you. We were very impressed by the service, which the company has continually improved, and we think it represents pretty decent value for money, although that extra HD fee is annoying.
Edited by Charles Kloet