Sky Italia S.r.l.
is an Italian digital satellite television
platform owned by News Corporation
launched on 1 August 2003, when the former platforms Tele+
) and Stream TV
(News Corporation and Telecom Italia
) merged together. It is similar in many ways to BSkyB
's Sky Digital
in the United Kingdom
, and like that network it is a major sports broadcaster.Pay TV
services on Sky Italia are encrypted in NDS Videoguard
. The Videoguard set-top boxes that have been provided since July 2010 are identical to the Sky+ HD
boxes used in the UK. Pace
, all Digibox licensors, have been producing Sky Italia boxes (SKYBOX, Sky HD, MySky and MySky HD) identical to their Sky Digital, Sky+
and Sky+ HD
offerings, albeit with the potential removal of the second card slot and UHF modulator.
Since July 2010 Sky Italia has been giving the 'Sky Digital Key' and the MySky HD
box for free to every new customer (since July 2009 HD channels have been available with no extra cost to all Sky Italia subscribers). The 'Sky Digital Key' is a USB
device which has to be connected to the 'MySky HD' box and to the aerial cable, allowing the customer to receive every DTT
SD and HD free channel on the Sky HD or MySky HD box.
The 'MySky' boxes launched on the 22 November 2005 - based on a new digital receiver with HDD recording capabilities and surround sound output (not previously available on the normal box). Subsequently, the 'MySky HD' boxes (High Definition with HDD recorder)... Read More