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These units are manufactured by Amstrad, Pace and Thomson only, and use a different remote control. When Sky was launched, there was an additional £10 monthly charge to access the Sky functionality if two or more premium packages were not subscribed to.Sky have now removed this charge, effective 1 July 2007.Digiboxes have been made by Amstrad, Sony, Thomson, Panasonic, Grundig, and most commonly, Pace.Although the reference designs were identical, a number of digibox lines have specific faults or traits, such as failing modems on Grundig units, and unstable tuners on older model Pace boxes.The standardised design is known as the "Flow" design.A second generation of Digibox exists, marketed as Sky .
An Internet service is also available through the device, similar in some ways to the American MSN TV.The Digibox's internal hardware details are not publicly disclosed, however some details are clearly visible on the system.All early boxes except the Pace Javelin feature dual SCART outputs, an RS232 serial port, a dual-output RF modulator with passthrough, and RCA socketed audio outputs, as well as a 33.6 modem and an LNB cable socket.Without a Sky Subscription, the Sky box reverts to the functionality of a normal Digibox, albeit without Autoview modes.The Sky 160 box has 160 GB to record to and is manufactured solely by Thomson. (this unit has been discontinued) A third generation of Digibox also exists, with the additional ability to receive DVB-S2 HDTV signals in the MPEG-4 format.
In late 2005, it was announced that all future Digiboxes would have a standardised cosmetic design, although retain the three current makers, and have a slightly redesigned remote control, which would be recoloured white with some blue keys.