Sky have launched arguably the smallest set-top box available… and if it isn’t the smallest, it’s certainly the cheapest. Priced at £9.99, the bargain box provides access to subscription-free Sky content, BBC iPlayer , Facebook, Spotify and other apps. You also have access to Sky Movies and Sky Sports on a short-term subscription basis if you wish.
We really are astounded at how cheap this package is, it is hard to buy an HDMI cable for a tenner, plus it comes with a remote! Obviously Sky are hoping that you’ll be tempted into subscribing for additional content and, given you can get a free 30-day trial for Sky Movies, it’s a temptation hard to resist. We did just that, and must confess we’ll be keeping the subscription going. At £8.99 per month for three months and £15 per month thereafter it really is economical if you’re likely to watch more than 4 or 5 films a month that you would otherwise pay for on an on-demand basis. Sky Sports come at a higher price… a whopping £9.99 for a 24hr pass. However, it is certainly handy for the occasional foray into big sporting events on Sky.
It’s a cute little fella as well, measuring in at a trim 84 x 84 x 24mm. Portable enough for trips away (although the power adapter, HDMI cable and remote would be joining you). It’s a shame it can’t stream local media and doesn’t have a USB input and whilst the cheapness of the product is evident in its design (the remote feels especially cheap) and interface, at less than a tenner, we implore you to get one.