Sky+HD issues limited edition 1TB set-top boxes for World Cup watching

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Sky+HD issues limited edition 1TB set-top boxes for World Cup watching
Sky just can't quit with the limited edition set-top boxes, issuing its latest edition in honor of the 2010 World Cup. these Sky+HD boxes feature a 1TB hard drive inside and prints from fashion designer Wayne Hemingway, illustrator Gerald Scarfe and actor Phil Daniels on the outside. The pricetag is £249, plus installation fee, but we guess the real question is you can afford not to have a box celebrating 1966 when the games kick off June 11. Think about it.

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A trio of English artists produce limited edition Sky+HD boxes in celebration of this summer's Fifa World Cup

To mark the World Cup being broadcast live and in high definition this year, Sky has joined forces with three famous faces to produce a limited edition collection of football themed Sky+HD 1TB boxes. The exclusive designs are a must have for any football enthusiast looking to soak up every detail of World Cup drama!

Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway, celebrated illustrator Gerald Scarfe and national acting treasure, Phil Daniels have each produced a print to adorn the Sky+HD 1TB box which reflects their love of football and what the World Cup means to them. The limited edition boxes, priced at £249 each, will be available from late May, ahead of start of the tournament on 11 June.

Sky+HD provides access to the World Cup from BBC HD and ITV1 HD plus you'll be able to get all the latest World Cup news from Sky Sports News. What's more the Sky+HD 1TB box has an increased storage capacity of 240 hours of HD recording and with matches scheduled at 12.30pm, 3pm and prime time 7.30pm fans can avoid missing any of the action by recording their favourite shows whilst watching the live games.

Co-founder of Red or Dead and Hemingway Design's Wayne Hemingway MBE found inspiration for his design in England's glory year, 1966, using the date and final score from the now legendary match against Germany as the basis of his design:

"What do we all remember about the only time we won the World Cup? The date and the score. What would you say to a German football fan? 1966, 4-2. They are just numbers but they say so much. Any fan would instantly recognise the meaning of these iconic numbers."

English cartoonist and illustrator, Gerald Scarfe, best known for his work with Pink Floyd, penned his patriotic design in his unmistakable trademark style:

"The sense of excitement, anticipation – and dare I say it hope - that is growing in England as we approach the World Cup is tremendous. Those emotions fuelled my design – it captures what could be a wonderful moment of English glory and unity."

Quadrophenia legend, Phil Daniel's Sky+HD 1TB box design was heavily inspired by a working holiday to South Africa back in 1979:

"I was out in South Africa filming Zulu Dawn with Burt Lancaster and I just remember being visually blown away by the proud display of culture and heritage – such bold vibrant colours and shapes. I used those memories as a starting point when designing the World Cup box, and out came a flood of energy, colour and football."

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Notes to Editors

About Sky+HD:

Launched in May 2006, Sky+HD is Sky's fastest ever growing additional TV product with over two million homes enjoying unprecedented picture and sound quality. A Sky+HD box is free when taken with the HD Pack and today Sky+HD gives you access to 38 HD channels which means over 14,000 hours of HD content a month from leading brands such as Sky Movies, Sky Sports, Channel 4, E4, Disney, MTV, BBC, ITV1, ESPN, Discovery, FX, Sky1 and National Geographic. ITV1 HD is not available in Scotland or Northern Ireland. For more information visit:

About The World Cup Collection

The limited edition Sky+HD boxes exclusively designed by Gerald Scarfe, Wayne Hemingway and Phil Daniels are available to order from Monday 26th April priced at £249. The collection marks a debut high definition World Cup with Sky+HD. Matches will be screened from 11th June to the 11th July 2010. Sky+HD offers superior viewing quality and will ensure that none of the detail and excitement of the tournament is missed.

About Sky+HD 1TB Boxes

The Sky+HD 1TB designer box is available with a Sky+HD subscription (£28- £58.50 per month), it costs £249, with installation costing £30 for new customers and £60 for existing customers.

The new box offers one terabyte of personal storage which is 4X more storage than our latest Sky+HD box.

* 240 hours of HD content - that's enough room to store the whole of the World Cup in high definition
* circ.100 movies in HD
* 740 hours of SD content

About the Artists

Wayne Hemingway: Fashion designer

Wayne Hemingway, MBE is an English fashion designer and co-founder of Red or Dead fashion label. He is also chairman of the The South Coast Design Forum.

Gerald Scarfe: Illustrator

Gerald Anthony Scarfe, CBE, RDI, is an English cartoonist and illustrator. He worked as editorial cartoonist for The Sunday Times and illustrator for The New Yorker. His most famous work was for rock group Pink Floyd, particularly on the The Wall album (1979) and movie (1982), and his work as the production designer on the Disney animated feature, Hercules. He is married to Jane Asher.

Phil Daniels: Actor

Philip "Phil" Daniels is an English actor, most noted for film roles as "cockneys" such as Jimmy in Quadrophenia, Richards in Scum, Kevin Wicks in EastEnders, and for his collaborations with Britpop band Blur.
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