We are not too happy with Sky at the minute. We have been having lots of trouble with our broadband connection at the business and after much headscratching it turns out the router is the problem. No problem I hear you say?! Ring them and request a new one. After ringing their customer service and explaining it is for business use I was told it would be at Pixll for the Saturday if not the following Monday. I could live with that. Well we are now on Tuesday and we've been given various dates for delivery by Sky. Very very frustrating.
Anyway, less of my whingeing. What I am pleased to tell you is that I noticed Sky have finally decided to allow 5.1 output over HDMI (rather than the picture going via HDMI and the sound going via Digital Optical).
Sky has confirmed it is rolling out Dolby Digital 5.1 output over HDMI to selected Sky+ HD set-top boxes. Sky says the software update is coming to all Sky DRX8xx boxes, so the DRX890 and DRX895 Sky boxes, the latter being the 2TB Sky+ HD box.
You will need to go in to Settings > Sound menu to enable the Dolby DIgital 5.1 over HDMI setting (see below, picture courtesy of SkyUser), once the software update has been pushed to your box.
The update is being sent out automatically to the relevant Sky+ HD boxes over the next two months.
The software update will then hit other Pace and Samsung set-top boxes "later in the year".
There is also a new Eco mode included in the update, which puts the Sky box in to a low power mode, using just 0.5 watts, when not in use. More details here on Eco mode.
Sky first revealed plans to enable DD 5.1 over HDMI back in July 2009 and it seems like we're finally seeing the update. The ability was already enabled on the latest Sky Amstrad multiroom box.
Just making you all aware of the latest iPad/iPhone software update. See article below.
To all our Sonos customers,
Please ensure that you update your Sonos systems with the latest software fix 3.6.1. Sonos are saying that this bug could have comprimised users personal information but that they aren't aware of this having happened to anyone.