Best set-top boxes

Break free from the terrestrial five with the best digital set-top boxes on the market now

1. Sky+ HD
From free with sub,
Love: Excellent range of HD and 1TB hard drive
Hate: Poor on-demand. Subs can mount up

MORE Sky+ HD review I Sky Plus HD: 10 Reasons to buy it now


Virgin Media Tivo

Box: £199, Sub: XL £33.50 Per month,,

: With its state-of-the-art hardware, huge library of content and Tivo’s intelligent recommendations, Virgin is snapping at Sky’s heels


Built-in modem. Recommends shows


: Expensive, especially when you add the essential Sky Sports/Movies sub

3. Humax HDR-Foxsat T2
£300 plus sub,
Love: Slick interface. Decent on-demand choice
Hate: Not much HD on offer. Expensive sports channels

T3 Star rating: 4/5

4. 3View
Love: Smooth interface, with BBC iPlayer and SkyPlayer. Flexible media playback
Hate: No on/off button on box

MORE 3View review

5. BT Vision+ Box
Free with sub,
Love: Free with a BT landline
Hate: Paying for last week’s telly may cause annoyance

MORE BT Vision V Box review