Sky Choose Thomson for New Sky+


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BSkyB selected Thomson for the production of its newest version of the Sky+ digital satellite receiver and integrated digital video recorder (DVR). The Sky+ 160 box will feature a 160 GB hard disk delivering an average of 80 hours recording capacity. It also features USB 2.0 connectivity for future applications and is based on xTV, the DVR and extended conditional access system from NDS. The DVR functionality will be identical to that of the existing leading Sky+ product line. The units are expected to cost GBP 399 when they launch in October.

As of June 2004 there were 397,000 Sky+ subscribers in the UK and Ireland.

Sky digital launched in October 1998 and is now available in 7.4 million homes in the UK and Ireland.