In a surprise move satellite and internet broadcaster Sky is to offer a range of home cinema equipment. Although Sky has arguably already dabbled with the hardware market via its Sky+ box, the arrival of branded Plasma screens and surround sound systems is new territory.
Will customers trust Sky as a brand over existing names like Sony and Panasonic? We are not entirely convinced. Still the company has a range of complete packages on offer.
The 42-inch Piano Black Plasma has a resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels, which should provide a pretty decent quality picture. It is accompanied by the Sky 330W Home Cinema System, with Dolby digital, DTS Pro Logic II and DVD/CD-RW with MP3 support. Included with the kit is a glass plasma stand and a four matching speaker stands. The whole thing costs £3,999 plus £150 delivery and installation. A package with a 32inch plasma screen is also available.
Alternatively, there’s the Complete Sky 27-inch LCD package (£1,999 plus £125 delivery and installation). This consists of an LCD flat screen TV, the Sky 330W Home Cinema System and those glass stands again. The 26-inch LCD (£1,299 plus £75 delivery and installation) and 17-inch LCD panels (£799 plus £50 delivery and installation) have an integrated DVD player with support for CD and MP3.
Finally, the 42-inch Rear Projection TV package (£1,499 plus £150 delivery and installation) comes with the 420W Toshiba Home Cinema System, featuring DTS, Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II. Once again, the sturdy glass stand and matching speaker stands feature.