Picture the scenario: you've just moved in to a new home, you get yourself out of the boxes and start thinking about the basics. Heat, electricity and water are all crucial, and then you come to the things which make your house really feel like a home, things like your TV. These days, there are countless services out there to improve your TV experience. From Freeview HD to Virgin Media via NOW TV, EE TV, BT Vision, YouView and countless others, it really can be a bewildering experience. Each service has their own advantages, and each their own pitfalls, but for the best all-around experience, it's hard to look much further than Sky and their television offering. What makes it so compelling? Join us as we explain.
Sky have been around for as long as digital television has, with the company winning the first ever satellite TV license in the UK and building their service out from there. Now, as we enter 2016, the company are the biggest pay TV provider in the country, and there's a reason for that. Their growth really kicked off with the introduction of the Sky + box and service, and it's still a huge reason to sign up for the company.
Sky +, if you don't already know allows you to manipulate and record live television. That means being able to pause, fast forward, rewind and even put live TV in slow motion. At its launch, it revolutionized the way we watch TV, letting us all pop off to make a cup of tea before getting back and fast forwarding through those pesky adverts. Over the years though, Sky + has developed more and more features that make it invaluable member of your entertainment system. Updates over recent years have greatly increased the amount of storage in the box, and have even added advanced features like catch up TV and TV on demand, alongside things like HD and 3D support.
Perhaps the best reason to go with Sky though, is their exclusive content. Everybody knows about Sky Movies and Sky Sports, which represent the very best sports and movies packages out there, but perhaps the real star is Sky Atlantic. It's completely free to all Sky customers (even those on the very cheapest packages) but offers some of the most compelling programming on the service. Through an exclusive deal with HBO, the channel features the likes of Game of Thrones, Girls, True Detective, Last Week Tonight and countless others. Other deals with the likes of AMC mean that hit programs like Mad Men and The Walking Dead all appear on the service.
That deal, and countless others, ensure that not only does Sky have the best live TV options, it also has a gigantic amount of classic box sets available on demand. From classics like The Sopranos and The Wire to overlooked British gems like Hunderby, they're all there and ready to watch on demand. It's a fantastic service, and one that only Sky operate, putting it at a distinct advantage when compared to the competition.
It doesn't end with Sky + though, because the company are about to launch Sky Q, their next generation service which promises to revolutionize your TV experience once again. Quadrupling the number of tuners in the hub, the new box will allow you to record five programs simultaneously whilst watching on four other screens around the house. On top of that, it features an all new touch based remote control, a huge 1TB hard drive, support for 4K Ultra-HD television programming and even has built-in Netflix support, for those rare programs and films you can't get with Sky.
Put simply, Sky remains the very best TV watching experience around, and it's only going to get better in the coming months.