I’d like to tell you a little bit about the rearmost Sky HD box. But before I do let me give you a little bit of history regarding Sky or rather BskyB set top boxes. Over the times there has been a number of manufacturers of Standard Sky boxes, Sky boxes and now Sky HD boxes down the times- roughly better than others.
Pace, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Amstrad/ Sky, Thomson and Grundig. There are no other manufacturers of Sky boxes. All have had their fair share of faults and problems down the times and again some further than others.
In 2007 Lord Sugar, vended Amstrad to BskyB-Sky for£ 125m. This was the turning point for Sky box manufacturing as from also on there was no third party manufacturing. Sky had complete control of the boxes and what went into them where they were manufactured and complete control of their software too. Because they had a decade of fault data from former boxes to go on they were determined not to make the miscalculations that had gone ahead in former models. Together with that and the advancement in chip design they produced the Amstrad DRX 890 Sky HD box. Its lower by design and runs important cooler.
Everything about this box is well made and erected to last. The capacitors which is the element that substantially gave trouble in the history are made by Rubycon. This is one of the world leaders in capacitor manufacturing- nothing cheap about Rubycon and will last for times.
The main micro processor is made by Broadcom-American I suppose and are world leaders in this field.
The Hard Drive is Seagate again only the stylish. So to conclude from notoriety who has had further than their fair share of having to fix sky boxes. The Amstrad DRX 890 and Amstrad DRX 595 and Amstrad DRX 895 are veritably dependable and extremely well erected set top boxes. I largely recommend these units and they’re veritably unborn evidence as they can be linked to your broadband and mileage of all the online services availablee. g BBC iplayer, Itv player and 4OD etc and Now Television. Some time back Sky removed the Amstrad totem and now boxes say manufactured by Sky. This you’ll find notched into the plastic covering on the top of the box at the reverse. To my knowledge the inwards are still the same piecemeal from some nanosecond changes to the motherboards. Amstrad DRX 890 boxes I can largely recommend if your thinking of buying a Sky HD box.