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In January 2010, customers started being offered the Sky HD box as standard, with the HD package being optional at the same subscription price.
The Sky box was subsequently withdrawn, meaning the Sky HD became part of a standard installation.
Up to 95% of viewing of dramas, for example, can take place after the episode is shown live as people increasingly choose to enjoy shows on demand.” Movies in the recently launched Watchlist are now ordered by the date they expire from Sky Movies making it easier to never miss a movie again.
Prices on launch were announced as £299 for a HD set-top box, with an additional £10 a month HD subscription on top of any existing packages.
Customers who pre-ordered by paying a deposit before 6 April 2006 were the first to receive the service, with installations starting on following over 40,000 advance orders of the service; the number of Sky HD pre-orders surpassed the total sales in the first year of Sky .
All HD channels are broadcast in 1080i format (though the box can be set to scale this to 720p if the user wishes), using the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression standard, from Astra 2A, Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Eutelsat 28A satellites at 28.2°E and 28.5°E in a new DVB transmission standard, DVB-S2.
BBC HD was initially broadcast using DVB-S but switched to DVB-S2 on 6 June 2011.